Lavender fields forever.
About an hour’s drive west of Toronto are fields of purple – and, on the day we visited, a whole lot of people obsessed with these pretty purple plants.
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton is a family-run farm, growing eight varieties of organic lavender plants. There are 40,000 plants all blooming and harvested at different periods during its short season. (It’s open to the public June to August.) There are two fields through which you can stroll (and snap photos). No picking (obviously) and jumping over plants. There are also honeybees, an herb garden (with a bar with mocktails), a short trail through a cedar forest, two Clydesdale horses, Icelandic rams, a retail shop and lots of instagrammable moments.
It’s pretty and friendly. The family (formerly of Toronto) lives on the property and opened up some of the grounds to the public in 2014. It is obvious they pour a lot of love and energy into the operation. We met the owner and his son during our visit – they were both hard at work but happy to stop and chat. During high season (July and August) there is a lot of purple-shirted staff welcoming visitors, sharing info and basically ensuring a well-run visit. I’ve been to a lot of pick-your-own farms and attractions and I was thoroughly impressed by the experience.
TRIP TIP: Oh and moms in TOw, there is outdoor yoga in the lavender fields on weekends 10am-11am.
GETTING THERE: Terre Bleu is about 75km northwest of Toronto in Milton, Ontario. Parking on-site. Stroller and wheelchair access yes. No dogs and no smoking.
LOW DOWN: The lavender plants are in bloom in July and August. It’s open daily 11am – 5pm (last entry is 4:30pm). Admission for adults is $20 on weekends and $15 on weekdays; kids 12 & under ($15 and $10); kids 2+under are free – full admission prices are here. Be sure to check their website for any changes.
Trip tip: Sunflower field just opened – extra $10 to visit. (Must be with a lavender farm visit – 12-5pm on weekends only.)
SNACKS: You can bring your own picnic (no BBQs.) There is a herb bar with mocktails (Lavender Peach Bellinis and Pineapple Lavender Mojitos) and a spot to buy lavender ice cream and ice tea.
POTTY BREAK: Portapotties on-site – these are not our typical plastic-boxed toilets. They smell like — lavender!
IN THE HOOD: The Halton County Railway Museum – an electric railyway museum with historic streetcar rides – is just down the road.