When people in Toronto and area refer to “The Big Apple”, we’re usually not talking about New York, but the Big Apple in Coburg, Ontario. It’s one of the must-visit stops on that stretch of Highway 401 that spans the Toronto-Montreal corridor: roadside rest stop, mini-amusement park, apple pie facvory, apple museum and giant apple-shaped building with a balcony on top giving a commanding view of the cars whizzing by.
There’s no shortage of interesting signs on the grounds:
Apparently, the Big Apple is about 13,000 kilometres from the city of my birth, Manila:
The place is heaven for people who like pie:
They have a mascot, but no one was running around in the giant apple costume today. Damir and I had to settle for the little statue by the counter:
We arrived in the Ford Flex just before a busload of people, which means that we didn’t have to wait for pie:
More scenes from the Big Apple to follow!
[This article also appears in Global Nerdy.]