Sandcrest south

Bronte Creek Provincial Park - little known facts

Sandcrest south

Oakville, Ontario L6M, Canada

Created By: Bronte Creek Provincial Park


In 1796, John McIntosh found an apple tree growing at his farm near Ottawa. This tree bore apples that were particularly tasty and kept well. Efforts were made to graft branches from this tree onto other root stock, thereby starting new trees with the same high-quality fruit. The apples proved quite popular and the McIntosh or Mac, as it became known, has spread throughout the world.

Little Known Fact: This is the Sandcrest South Orchard. Anjou, Kieffer, and Bartlett pears, as well as several varieties of apple, including McIntosh, Red Delicious, Margaret Pratt, and Spy once grew here. A few Maiden's Blush, apples a variety seldom grown today, was once found in this orchard. It is the Maiden's Blush apple that a park trail derives its name from. This Orchard has been left to naturally regenerate. You can find some new heritage plantings closer to Spruce Lane Farm.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Bronte Creek Provincial Park - little known facts


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