In Quebec everyone has their own favorite spot for apple picking and for some this is Rougemont. Rougemont is located in Montérégie region of the southwestern corner of Quebec, Canada (discover).
Orchards are found on or around a few hundred meters high Mont Rougemont, one of the Monteregian Hills. The mountain is mostly covered with maple forest and for that reason in the surrounding area can be found number of sugar shacks as well, that in the late winter or early spring produce maple syrup.
Month or so before the first colder days of autumn dress up maple trees with spectrum of autumn colors Quebecers head out to the country side to pick apples, buy some cider, taste local cheeses, buy a jar of locally produced honey or even an apple pie.
On the lower slopes of Mont Rougemont, as well as on the fields surrounding the mountain, many of apple orchards sell freshly picked fruits on their sales counter, but majority of visitors chooses to pick their own. So, if you are one of those, host will sell you an empty bag, two or more, and you go on, choose and pick for an hour or more accompanied with your family and friends. Enjoy the view, have a picnic, take a tractor ride if available.
One way of spending outdoors those last warm days of summer or early autumn in September is to visit an orchard.
Apple harvest does not last forever and soon enough those apples will be picked by orchardists, sold as is in the stores, or squeezed into juice, maybe cider and even an ice cider (for ice cider apples are picked up in the month of January).
Choosing an orchard for apple picking around Montreal shouldn’t be hard since there are many in Monteregie, some in Eastern Townships, as well as on the northern and western outskirts of the city – see one of other orchards (travel notes) that’s as well right around the corner.
After trying a few orchards throughout the years we think that Verger du Flâneur orchard, located on the south slope of Rougemont mountain is the perfect place to pick your own apples in Quebec.