Montreal apple picking orchards? They don't exist. But apple picking orchards near Montreal certainly do. Keep reading to find out where to go.
But it's not always clear where to go. So I did the work for you. Above features several dozen orchards (they're called "vergers" in French, pronounced vair-gay but with a soft g like in "genre") within one hour's driving distance from Montreal, sorted by general direction.
Apple hot spots east of Montreal like Rougemont and Mont St. Hilaire are renowned for their orchards, however there's a risk of lineups and overall traffic at these highly frequented vergers, especially in late September and October. I've been there. It took 30 minutes just to get out of traffic and back on the road to hunt for an orchard without a lineup.
So here's my strategy.
If things get bumper-to-bumper, get out of that hot mess as soon as possible and pick another direction. Consider trying out apple orchards at Frelighsburg and Dunham, both border towns southeast of Montreal, or St. Joseph-du-Lac's apple country on the North Shore as alternatives, with their own share of lesser-known yet picture perfect orchards.
ORCHARDS EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF MONTREAL: MAPPED OUT
- Ferme Au Pic
4551 Godbout Rd., Dunham, Quebec
INFO: (450) 295-2306
- Cidrerie et Vergers Léo Boutin
A-710 Rg de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire, Quebec
INFO: (450) 346-3326
- Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau
575 Rang de la Montagne, Mont Saint-Grégoire, Quebec
INFO: (450) 347-9184
- Verger de la Montagne
118 chemin du Sous-Bois, Mont St. Grégoire, Quebec
INFO: (450) 460-2858
- Verger du Pavillon de la Pomme
1130 Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec
INFO: (450) 464-2654
ORCHARDS NORTH AND NORTHWEST OF MONTREAL: MAPPED OUT
- Verger du Belvédère
1014 Principale, St. Joseph du Lac, Quebec
INFO: (450) 623-6148
- Verger Gervais-Labelle Pommalefun
1673 Principale, St. Joseph du Lac, Quebec
INFO: (450) 491-7319
- Les Fromages du Verger
430, rue de la Pommeraie, St. Joseph du Lac, Quebec
INFO: (450) 491-3726