Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada

The fun thing about having a travel blog is that you occasionally end up checking something out you would normally ignore… just in case it might make for a fun, or at the very least interesting, post.  That is how we ended up stopping at the kitschy monstrosity that is “The big Apple”.

Located between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario “The Big Apple” is a bakery, restaurant and roadside attraction just off Highway 401, in the community of Colborne.  It is recognizable from quite a distance with what may be the world’s largest apple, with a height of 10.7 meters (35 ft.) and diameter of 11.6 meters (38 ft.).

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

There it is … in the distance.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Driving past it on our way to the correct exit on the right!

 

Let me share with you our experience.

We turned in and parked.  There is LOTS of parking. Some for cars and some spots for big tour buses.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

In case you did not know where you are… :)

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Where to start?

 

We knew right away that I would not be allowed inside to see the bakery (Mom told me you can watch them baking the pies behind a big glass window), or the restaurant and gift shop… because… Canadian bylaws *sigh*.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Here pie is made.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

… and here… pie stuff is purchased!

 

So the bipeds do what they always do and split up.  Mom went in first while I hung out with Dad.  He and I walked over to the petting Zoo to say hello to the Lama’s, bunnies and other animals.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Why hello there!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

I don’t get the whole “eating grass” thing … you?

 

We then walked up to the entrance and Mom and Dad did another switch.  Dad went in to use the facilities and I hung out with Mom and sniffed the apple pie in the box while she enjoyed an ice cold apple cider.  All goods are baked on the premises and because of the fast turnaround, the pies are always very fresh. Needless to say the little pie in Mom’s lap was smelling rather fine Dear Reader!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Is that Mom? what does she have?

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Cold apple cider and apple chips! yummy! I guess the pie is for later.

 

Once we were all back together, we decided to check the rest of the place out.  We discovered a mini-put!  It was only May and it was still closed but it looked like fun.  Dad and I took this opportunity to do a little agility training!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Eeeeeeek!! what fun!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

and whooooop there I go!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

I see tracks but no train … poop.

 

Between the parking lot and the mini-put is an area with picnic tables.  We were thrilled to notice that under a tree, with its own little fence and water dish, was an area for small dogs to roam free off-leash and rest in the shade.  This makes the stop a pet friendly location in the warmer months!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

That is a pretty tree … and … fence?

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Well look at this!!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

What’s the password?!! hehehee.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Well that is nice!

 

Walking past the closed bumper cars/train track, we wondered over to the main attraction, “The Big Apple.   Passing a cute little bridge, following the path, we noticed a large dog waiting patiently for his owners to return at the bottom of the stairs that lead up and inside the apple. Not sure why they left him there… There are no signs indicating that dogs are not allowed inside and since there is no food served inside “The Big Apple” we didn’t think it would be an issue. Dad just scooped me up and carried me in.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Pretty bridge!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Monty Python moment …

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Looks bigger here …

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

The way in!

 

Inside you will find some murals explaining facts about apples.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Scooped!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Apple Education!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

yeah … ha ha dad … now put me down.

 

And then you get to the top and you can enjoy a rather nice view of the area from the observation deck. It’s fun to see the highway from above like a big concrete string cutting through the countryside. We could also see the orchards in the distance that supply ALL the apples used in the making of the pies, the apple breads, crumble and cider.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

ahmmm …Going to need a hand for the view …!

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

ariel view #1

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Highway 401 and baby apple trees.

 

Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada Montecristo Travels

Last one downs a rotten egg!! Hahahahaa!

 

It was time to keep going on to our next stop: Kingston.  Taking with us the small pie, and some apple chips.  That night, in our hotel room we got to try it and although far from the best apple pie we have ever had, it was pretty decent. The apples were cooked until they were tender, but not mushy and the crust was not overly sweet. That was a nice surprise.

The apple chips were delicious and disappeared quickly.  With absolutely no added sugar or any preservatives it was just good wholesome apples with a twist. I thought they would make a perfect travel snack… and they did!

So if you are ever on the 401 … and you see “The Big Apple” and need a break from driving, want to stretch your legs, and let your canine friend walk about on leash for a bit … stop.  The pie is good and affordable, and you’ll have some plain old, kitschy, slightly bizzaro, fun.

 

7 Comments on “Big Apple Highway Stop, Ontario, Canada

  1. So wish to make you a company one day and share with you your awesome taste for travels, Montecristo Family, :D, <3

  2. Good stuff to do, amigo! Rico was a little disappointed with no close-up photos of pie, but you are the pro. Cool stop, bro.

  3. Darn. How did I miss that when I was in Ontario last June? Next time or maybe not now that you’ve told me all about it. And, BTW, in case it ever comes up, I abhor miniature golf. I forced myself to play sometimes when our boys were little so they wouldn’t be traumatized, but until and unless some grandkids appear, I declare myself a miniature golf free zone.

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