Quebec orchards where you (and your pooch!) can still pick apples

September 4, 2023

Good news: Many dog-friendly orchards—laden with juicy apples, as well as squash and pumpkins—are still open. But, hurry, the season ends soon.

Climb a ladder to reach the best fruit, ride a tractor with your happy dog at your side … visiting an orchard during harvest season is full of fun and adventure. And, while your dog won't be tasting any jam, pie or apple crisp, her day of outdoor activity in your company will more than make up for it!

Petit et Fils orchard

For anyone with a sweet tooth, Petit et fils cidery and orchard is a pure delight for the taste buds. In addition to apple picking, be sure to check out the cider house and creperie … as well as the view from the observation deck, which is stunning on clear days. Dogs aren't allowed in the shop, so plan to visit with a friend who can stock up on goodies while you relax at the picnic tables with your 4-legged buddy.

À la croisée des pommes organic orchard

Nestled in the Laurentians, À la croisée des pommes is certified 100% organic and practices an all-natural, completely pesticide-free production. Their season can, however, be cut short when the weather's rainy and windy. Check with the orchard before planning your visit—especially after the weekend of October 5-6.

Domaine Orléans

"We have 9 dogs in our family! So yes, we love them and they're welcome,"the owner says straightaway. Located on Île d'Orléans, close to Quebec City, Domaine Orléans orchard is ideal for picking apples, pumpkins and zucchini. Visitors to the farm can also enjoy tractor rides. In addition to the 14 varieties of apples, the orchard offers cider tastings.

Méli-Mélo orchard

Located on the North Shore, Méli-Mélo is a must-visit orchard and a great place to enjoy an outdoor picnic on warm autumn afternoons. You can also visit the farmhouse. Great news: Yes, dogs (on a leash) are welcome!

Le Gros Pierre orchard

In Compton, in the Eastern Townships, Le Gros Pierre is an apple orchard first and foremost. But you can also pick pumpkins and squash until November. On October 19 and 20, you can even participate in their pumpkin fair—a Halloween event which invites visitors to come costumed … and the perfect opportunity to show off your furry buddy's Halloween look! Note that, as with many other orchards, dogs aren't allowed in the shop.

Photo credits:

Photo 1: Tourisme Montérégie

Photo 2: À la croisée des pommes

Photo 3: Domaine Orléans

Photo 4: gusthemutt

Photo 5: lecuyerrebecca


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