Ontario Outdoors: Featured Videos
Ontario, which can be found in the east central regions of Canada is a popular area for tourists from all over the world. Visitors come to see the fantastic lakes, the renowned Niagara River and Falls and to delight in the many attractions Ontario's main city, Toronto can offer. What many people are starting to realize however, is that Ontario has many alternative tourist attractions that are less showy and more something to be experienced and treasured. These are the many lavender farms.
Summer blooms of lavender
Lavender comes in many different varieties and can be found around the world. Many recognize it for its purple-hued flower and gorgeous scent and this can be found in abundance in Ontario, alongside some rarer less-known, but no less beautiful, varieties.
There are many lavender farms across the region but these five all stand out as places that really should be on the "must visit" list when in the area.
I. The Steed and Company Lavender FarmSteed and Company, which was previously known as Lavender blue farm, can be located just outside Sparta, a historical village in Ontario. Steed and Company farm is part of an area which has been designated as an Area of Natural Special Interest (ANSI) no doubt due to its immense beauty and thriving wildlife.
II. The Great Lakes LavenderWhen visiting the great lakes of Ontario it is important that no lover of lavender misses out on the Great Lakes Lavender Farm. Great Lakes was first establish in 2004 and currently has over 8000 lavender plants growing there.
III. Purple Daze Lavender FarmPurple Daze can be found in Norfolk County which lies on Ontario's South. The farm may not be largest lavender farm in the area but it does have three fragrant lavender varieties planted over an impressive seven and a half acres of land. Anyone visiting Norfolk would be missing out if they didn't take a day to visit the beautiful Purple Daze Lavender Farm.
IV. Prince Edward County Lavender.Prince Edward County Lavender can be found two hours by road from Toronto and is well worth a visit. This lavender farm is well established on land that is steeped in history and provides a variety of interesting sights and activities for those visiting for the first time, or those who had to come back for more.
V. Stoney Hollow's Lavender Farm.Stoney Hollow can be found in Markdale within Grey County. Established in 2001 its owners have dedicated the past eleven years to cultivating an impressive crop of organic lavender and lavender products. This is not a place to miss when exploring Ontario.
These popular lavender farms, alongside many others in Ontario offer visitors the opportunity to not only see different varieties of lavender stretched out across some of the world's most beautiful scenery, but they also much more. These lavender farms run organized tours and walks, have gorgeous tearooms and shops and hold workshops on everything from the history of lavender to showing visitors how to utilize the lavender in a variety of ways, from dried flower arranging to cookery.
Rows of lavender
When visiting Ontario it is important to not only visit the large and well known attractions but to make sure that these hidden gems in the form of lavender farms are enjoyed as well.
Guest post from Martina Mercer at Lavenderworld.co.uk.