Attention Lavender Lovers, flowering season is around the corner. Plan a trip to your favourite farm, or check out some you haven’t visited yet. Both useful and versatile, lavender is known to soothe anxiety and stress, promote restful sleep, and has rejuvenating properties for skin and hair care. Plus, it’s really pretty and smells nice.
Terre Bleu, Milton
Ontario’s largest lavender farm grows eight different varieties and offers a full menu of activities. Gain insights into the life of a lavender farmer on a guided tour of the farm, the distillery and the honey house. Follow the Yellow Bench Trail that winds through a 200-year old cedar forest to the expanse of lavender fields. Look for art installations throughout the property, catch the horses in the equestrian demonstration ring or find your zen with Yoga In The Fields. And be sure to visit the farm store to pick up a jar of lavender honey. Finally, toast the day with fresh herb fruit Mocktails at the herb bar. Can we interest you in a Lavender Peach Bellini or perhaps a Pineapple Lavender Mojito?
Serenity Lavender, Colchester
The name really says it all. Serenity Lavender Farm grows over 40 varieties and invites you to come ‘learn the language of lavender’ on a farm tour. Nestled on the north shore of Lake Erie, this is Canada’s most southern lavender farm. Browse the myriad of lavender-infused goodies in the shop, including culinary, aromatherapy and bath products. Did we mention it’s on a winery? North 42 Degrees Estate Winery offers tastings of their whites, reds and rosé. It’s also a stop on the Windsor Essex Trolley Tours. Turn a day trip into a weekend adventure with a stay at the recently renovated and totally retro, The Grove Hotel in nearby Kingsville.
Prince Edward County Lavender, Hillier
As if Prince Edward County wasn’t pretty enough, strolling through the lavender here will have you feeling like you’re in Provence (minus the airfare). Peak flowering period is late June into early July, and the farm hosts a two-day Lavender Festival July 7 & 8. Pick up essential lavender oil, or try this year’s newest products: a sugar exfoliation scrub and a Lavender & Earl Grey Cream tea. For the ultimate immersion of scent, colour and relaxation, stay at the B&B on the farm.
Steed & Co. Lavender, Elgin County
Located in central Elgin, just three kilometres east of the historic village of Sparta along Ontario’s south coast, this lavender farm is part of a 45 acre horse ranch. Admire several varieties of English lavender grown in the beautiful gardens. Learn about lavender farming techniques – Steed & Co. adheres to organic growing practices with no chemical intervention. The lavender boutique sells gifts, bath and body products, as well as creative culinary items like lavender infused marmalades, jams, mustards and jellies. Foodies will want to pick up a copy of The Lavender Cookbook.
Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery, Waterford
Once a tobacco farm, this property has been successfully converted into a lavender farm and winery. It’s a must-stop location within a region of environmentally and culturally significant sites that make up the Long Point UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy a glass of wine (there’s lavender-infused dessert wine) or cider as you wander through the grounds’ vineyards, prairie grasses, lavender fields and natural wetland. Set aside the July 7-8 weekend to join fellow lavender lovers for entertainment and food at the 8th annual LavenderFest.
Wherever your senses guide you, be on the ready for awesome pics. These fields are filled with Insta-gold … or Insta-lavender.