Toronto is crowned by the vast expanse of York Durham Headwaters’ undulating hills, woods and farmland. It is bejewelled with apple orchards and sugar shacks. It is ribboned with bike trails, hiking and romantic getaways that entice us. Here is an awesome itinerary for family adventure in York Region just north of Toronto. (Check each one for schedule and hours of operation)
Armed with a list of available apple varieties and an empty half-bushel bag from Archibald’s Orchard & Winery we’re free to roam through the orchard and fill it with 20lbs of fruit. Fresh- pressed sweet cider, a range of hard ciders and iced apple wine, and warm aromatic apple pie, crisps and dumplings are available in the Apple Market. Munching on our apples, we tower above the Oak Ridges Moraine at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park, and navigate through twelve obstacles in the trees: suspension bridges, log and Tarzan rope swings, cargo nets, barrels, floating logs, J ropes, ladders and platforms, and a zip line all the way down. Courses are age and height-appropriate. For the older kids and the young at heart there’s even a course for combat archery! We’ve packed a lunch and make our way to Pathways on Pleasure Valley for a picnic in tranquility. Horses await us for a serene trail ride through 225 acres of breathtaking landscape. It’s a short jaunt from horseback riding to the York Durham Heritage Railway. All aboard! The train whistles as we sit back to enjoy dinner and a themed ride. There are several family trains, and kiddie-themed trains like Day out With Thomas ™, Fall Colours, Polar Express Train Ride and Santa Trains.
Adam Waxman is an award winning travel journalist focusing on food, wine and well being. As well as an actor in film, television and formerly, the Stratford Festival, he is the Associate Publisher and Executive Editor of DINE and Destinations magazine.