When I was a kid and we drove from Montreal to Toronto, I got super excited whenever I passed The Big Apple. To be fair, now that I'm an adult, I still get pretty excited. Because The Big Apple isn't just a friendly face you pass on the 401, but it's totally worth the stop.
Known as Mr. Applehead, he stands proudly in the City of Colborne, Ontario in North Cumberland County, just an hour and a half east of Toronto.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Mr. Applehead is following the government guidelines and is wearing his mask, like his fellow citizens.
Over 35 feet tall, you can actually head inside and climb to the lookout point to see the Village of Colborne, Cramahe Township and Lake Ontario, too.
Of course, you're probably wondering about what you can eat.
The bakery is famous for its pies and apple bread, as well as other apple treats, like crumbles and bites. You can also try other delicious goodies, like pecan pie and mumble crumble bread.
There are gluten-free options, too, thanks to their neighbours, Ste. Anne's Bakery.
And if you've still got a craving for some more apples, you can make your way over to the winery and cidery for some sweet refreshments.
But don't think that you'll only be getting a sugar-high from all of the apples. Head over to smokehouse, country kitchen or one of the food trucks for some savoury bites.
When you're not indulging in amazing food, you can explore the grounds for other things to do, including the country market, the wishing fountain, mini-putt, a candy shop, and a petting zoo for the kids.
But I'm sure the llama wouldn't mind if you also came over to say hello.
So the next time you're making the long drive along the 401 and you're wondering "What the hell is that giant smiling apple?" you'll realize it's definitely worth the stop to find out for yourself.
The Big Apple
Address: 262 Orchard Road, Colborne, ON
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours
Why You Need To Go: Because you've always wanted to stop and see The Big Apple!