We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Big Apple

262 Orchard Rd | Exit #497 Off Hwy 401, Colborne, Ontario K0K 1S0, Canada
+1 905-355-2574
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Weird and wonderful

What a place this is. Half of Ontario seemed to be there when we stopped of for a break. Food of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
HabLeaf
,
Larne, United Kingdom
We always stop here! Forget the On Route stops.

We don’t drive past very often, but when we do, we always stop. We had an early drive on this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeff G
,
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
via mobile
Read all 642 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
A Little Bit of Country... A Whole Lot of Fun! And everything's about apples! We offer a bakery and pie factory where our famous pies and breads are made right before your eyes - everyday! We offer a cafeteria-style restaurant with paninis, burgers, poutine, pizza, specialty apple items, and more. Gifts, souvenirs and unique market items surround you as you browse our establishment. A fun, whimsical area awaits you where you'll feel 'like a kid in a candy shop' again! Our apple cider brewery offers FREE cider sampling and a wonderful selection of bottled apple-icious cider blends. Outside (weather permitting), you'll find Mr.Applehead, an observatory - and the world's largest apple-shaped structure, in which you can ascend inside to discover breath-taking vistas of surrounding countryside. We also offer a kiddie train-ride, outdoor activities such as mini-golf, ping pong, lawn bowling, animal attractions, and more! Best of all, all these activities are FREE!
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“apple pie” (183 reviews)
“petting zoo” (72 reviews)
“mini golf” (37 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION
262 Orchard Rd | Exit #497 Off Hwy 401, Colborne, Ontario K0K 1S0, Canada
CONTACT
262 Orchard Rd | Exit #497 Off Hwy 401, Colborne, Ontario K0K 1S0, Canada
+1 905-355-2574
Call
Website
Write a ReviewReviews (642)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 595 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a place this is. Half of Ontario seemed to be there when we stopped of for a break. Food of every variety was on offer and of course apple pie just had to be ordered. It was delicious. An amazing place.

Thank HabLeaf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We don’t drive past very often, but when we do, we always stop. We had an early drive on this trip, but checked in advance when the Big Apple opened so that we wouldn’t miss it. This time around, we had some breakfast, french toast...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were glad that we were visiting in December. By the size of the lot & the bus parking, this place must be packed spring through fall. There is lots to see, and the staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful. Because it was...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up in Ontario, and on the way to Montreal every winter my family would drive by AND NEVER STOP!! I finally made the stop during a visit home a few weeks ago - and I must've looked like an absolute fool when I...More

Thank bodiddly2
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Be very careful with the food quality at the big Apple, especially their meats. (Apparently it wasn't the first time this happened) i ended up calling in, letting them know what happened and the lady over the phone mentioned how this was NOT the 1st...More

Thank Natacha M
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Natacha - we are very sorry your food did not sit well with you, but we appreciate you letting us know. We have NEVER had a case of food poisoning so we are not sure why one of own employees would say such. All...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Okay, It goes without saying the food, coffee, treats are amazing. But did you see the restrooms! Amazing job. It's hard not to walk out without a huge order, so many amazing treats to try. Cold salad and sandwiches are perfect for the road trips...More

Thank GyPSygurl1175
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for your recent visit and wonderful review! We are pleased you recognized our hard work to provide products and treats for everyone, of all ages, but a big thank you for recognizing our recently-renovated washrooms! It is so nice to hear...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Only minutes from the 401 exit with an abundance of items including and extensive sweet shop, view of the bakery in action, large restaurant area, and an abundance of nick nacks. Enjoyed the Apple pie with a burger platter from the grill, the restaurant is...More

Thank fai235
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for your recent visit and nice review! We are happy you found most of what we offer our visitors. The restaurant is cafeteria-style for hot food, but also prepares ready-to-go sandwiches and salads if you are in a hurry. The fresh...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

35+ years we have passed this giant red apple on the way home and too quebec or ottawa. Basically used it as a landmark off the 401 to gauge how far we have gone. Decided to stop this time and we were not disappointed. Left...More

Thank H5590TQmichaeln
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for finally stopping in for a visit - we are pleased to know you found us convenient and pleasantly surprised. We hope you enjoyed your pies and goodies and will be back for another visit soon - have a wonderful day!

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Great location to kick back a take a break from the monotonous drive. If you’re a pie lover you are in luck. There is just about something from everyone. There is even a dog run that’s so nice to get your k-9 friend some exercise....More

Thank Hill905
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your visit and rave review! We are pleased you stopped and found us so enjoyable as both a rest stop and a shopping destination. Our dog run is new for this year and is getting great reviews! We pride ourselves...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Going 401E, at exit 497, is The Big Apple, we took our 4 years old, grandson along and he just ran around to see everything. Well the place is good for a break going east or returning toronto. unlike old days besides different apple pie's,...More

Thank syedtms
Lesley T, Public Relations Manager at The Big Apple, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your recent visit and great review! We are happy you recognized our growth and improvements and hope you will visit us again, soon. Have a wonderful day!

Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Colborne Hotels
Ste. Anne's Spa
1,424 reviews
10.70 km away
Breakers on the Lake
84 reviews
21.40 km away
The Cedarview Motel
12 reviews
21.64 km away
Comfort Inn Cobourg
112 reviews
21.96 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Golden Rooster
57 reviews
2.28 km away
Pizza Amore
7 reviews
2.37 km away
Izzy's Spud Mobile
8 reviews
.43 km away
Tim Hortons
13 reviews
.48 km away
Nearby Attractions
Ste. Anne's Spa
177 reviews
10.69 km away
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
236 reviews
15.66 km away
Rutherford's Farm and Roadside Market
9 reviews
3.12 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
19 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Lesley T | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question. Our pies are only made and sold on-site, at our Colborne location. You can also freeze the pies and bread for up to 6 months, if you'd like to stock up, on your next visit!
0
Votes
Pancho07
30 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Lesley T | Property representative |
The Big Apple opened in 1984 and has continued to evolve since then! It took almost 5 years for its vision to become a reality so, yes late '70s would have had something here, then. Our apple-shaped observatory is a unique... More
0
Votes
maddy202
18 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Lesley T | Property representative |
The Big Apple opened in 1984 and has continued to evolve since then! It took almost 5 years for its vision to become a reality. Our apple-shaped observatory is a unique, Canadian landmark which we endearingly call 'Mr... More
0
Votes