Family Run Orchard Since 1982
Cannamore Orchard has been a family-run and operated orchard since 1982, proudly serving the Ottawa area & SDG Counties. We are located just 35 minutes East of downtown Ottawa and 45 minutes Northwest of Cornwall on the 417 to exit 88.
HISTORY OF CANNAMORE ORCHARD
As a family of Mom, Dad and three children, we planted our first 500 apple trees in 1982. We planted another 500 trees in both 1983 and 1984. Then in 1987, 1988 and 1989, we planted another 300 trees per year. By 1987, we were producing a lot of apples and after some creative marketing, found that we had many appreciative customers coming to pick our apples, especially on nice Fall weekends.
To accomodate the crowds and give us a venue from which to sell, we constructed our storefront in 1988, which was so successful that we had to expand it in 1990 and again in 1992.
The growing crowds began to ask for additional activities so we started to offer some new attractions in 1992. We began with wagon rides and expanded our family activity area to include ground and finger board mazes.
We attend conferences, talked with other businesses as well as our customers, and saw much of what was available around the province, country and in North America. We decided to branch out into providing more activities, which lead us into the realm of agri-tourism. In 1992, after attending a 2-day workshop, we decided to start a haunted ride. The Spooky Wagon Ride began in 1993, and it has grown far beyond our expectations.
As more people continued to come and visit, we began to offer more products in our store and more activities every year. We began selling strawberries in 1995, and by 1998 we were offering school, day care, nursery and senior tours.
Things moved along well for the next 7 years, and in 2005 we decided to offer much more to our visitors. Over the next 4 years, we planted gardens, began cow train rides and the duck race. We opened our Learning Center (Museum) in 2009, and started making fudge in the same year. In 2010, we added a pedal car track and our covered sandbox for kids.
In 2011, we expanded our Orchard's trees significantly and have done so since then. In 2016, we built our first ever Escape Maze experience at the Orchard. We opened in August and were sold out by early October with a waiting list of 50+ groups.
2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the Spooky Wagon Ride season, now known as Acres of Terror.
PROUDLY SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Cannamore Orchard further serves the community through our commitment to youth development. We have enthusiastically helped many local parades, festivals, sports teams and agricultural groups. Over the years, we have supported local broom ball, soccer, and figure skating clubs. We encourage food bank contributions, host educational school tours and continually employ local youth every year.
We continue to involve local groups in our business. Local high school bands (North Dundas District High School, St. Francis Xavier High School, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School), athletic associations and drama classes have benefited from over $300 000 of contributions from Cannamore Orchard for their help with Acres of Terror during the last 25 years. Our facilities have been used by organizations to raise funds for their activities.
If your non-profit organization is interested in raising money, promoting your organization or putting on a special day event during the summer, please phone us at 613-448-3633 or contact us by clicking on the button below.