Why the Apples Are So Good
European settlers introduced apple trees to Canadian soil, with the apple packing industry beginning here in the 1840s. Production is concentrated along the southern shore of Georgian Bay where protection by the large, deep body of water reduces the chances of late Spring and early autumn frosts. Beside the shore the towering Niagara Escarpment that forms the Blue Mountains and is the slope that makes this Canada's busiest ski area confines warm lake air to small areas creating micro-climates ideally suited to apple growing. The soil conditions, ideal for viniculture in Niagara at the southern end of the Escarpment are equally supportive of apple growing in the Georgian Bay region.
Why the Pie Is So Good
Long winters and plenty of apples add up to one simple thing: apple pie. Ever since this area of Canada was settled in the 1800s, the families who came relied on local produce for their kitchens. The abundant apple crop in the fall became family desserts through the winter. By the warmth of the wood fired kitchen oven, generations of bakers refined and traded their recipes creating a heritage of apple pie second to none. This tradition continues today in a place where apple pie is a way of life.