johnstons cranberry farm

This incredible cranberry farm near Toronto is the perfect fall day trip

If Lavender farms are a must-visit summer attraction in Toronto, the fall equivalent must surely be the cranberry farm. What better way to soak up autumn's splendour than by plunging into a sea of bright red cranberries surrounded by dazzling foliage?

Located in Bala, about two hours north of Toronto, Johnston's Cranberry Farm offers an array of COVID-19 safe fall activities including the cranberry plunge, which takes visitors waist deep into a marsh specifically made for the perfect fall photo-op.

The cranberry harvest generally takes place from late September through to the end of October, during which time the farm is a bustling hub of activity. Those making the trip during this period get to witness the unique manner in which cranberries are picked from the marsh.

While you won't see millions of cranberries sitting atop the water as depicted in an Ocean Spray ad, the process is entirely fascinating. It's also thirst-inducing — look at all those fresh cranberries coming out of the water — which is why you'll want to head to the tasting bar next.

After you're done wading around and viewing the farmers at work, you can try out some of the cranberry wine sold on-site. It's a bit tart, but it actually does really well as the base for a sangria. You can also buy cranberries in bulk, of course.

The cranberry plunge ends for the year toward the end of October, though harvest activity continues for a short time after. Check the website for specific dates and COVID-19 policies.

Lead photo by

JW Muskoka. Written by Derek Flack.


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