Surround yourself in a sea of purple — the largest lavender farm in Ontario will be in full bloom just in time for summer this year.
Located in the town of Campbellville just 45 minutes west of Toronto, Terre Bleu has the largest showcase of lavenders in the province, with over 40,000 plants on site. The family-run farm welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every summer and aims to educate the public on the positive impact of sustainable and organic farming on the world.
There are several activities and events at the lavender farm. Visitors usually come for the photo opportunities, but there’s also a farm store, essential oil distillery, honey house, equestrian ring, herb bar and 200-year-old cedar forest trails to check out.
The farm store sells a variety of products made from Terre Bleu lavender, which is planted, pruned and harvested by hand. The lavender used is also distilled in traditional copper stills to ensure the products made are truly authentic.
The distillery is where the farm makes all of its premium lavender essential oils using old European methods. Those who visit during harvest season will be able to catch tours of the process in action.
The honey house is the farm’s on-site apiary, which can be viewed during the general tour. The facility is enclosed in mesh for safety, and visitors can learn about the role of honeybees and their honey in relation to lavender farming.
The equestrian ring is where you may find horses peacefully grazing on the pastures. On certain days, you may be able to see equestrians run an interesting demonstration on the fields.
The herb bar is a place where you can try cool lavender-inspired drinks, including cocktails like the Lavender Peach Bellini or Pineapple Lavender Mojito.
The Yellow Bench Trail is a path the cuts through a 200-year-old cedar forest and leads to 20,000 more lavender plants on the farm. The short walk is a perfect place to get in touch with nature during your visit.
Terre Bleu will officially open this June, however for the best blooms it may be better to visit between early July and August. There will be an entrance fee of $12 on weekdays and $16 on weekends during the peak season.
For more information, visit the Terre Bleu website here.