Ontario’s Lavender Fields and Farms
What’s not to love about lavender? This versatile plant is aromatic, therapeutic, flavourful and pollinator-friendly. Lavender is known to soothe anxiety and stress, promote restful sleep and has rejuvenating properties for skin and hair care. It has also been infused into beverages and both sweet and savoury foods for centuries.
Lavender is also simply stunning in bloom.
Ontario’s lavender fields reach full bloom each summer from late June until mid-August. The harmonious rows of deep purple, soft mauve and spring green roll like undulating waves and make the perfect natural backdrop for dramatic Instagram photos.
Scenic Lavender Farms & Fields in Ontario
Northeast of Toronto near Uxbridge and Port Perry, the lavender fields at this farm surround a spring-fed lake, offering some amazing photo ops. There’s also a playground onsite with swings and a trampoline to keep kids occupied while you set out with your camera. Browse the lovely lavender-infused products in the gift shop before you leave. This farm operates seasonally, and reservations are required.
Location: 1381 Scugog Line 12, Greenbank
The lavender fields at Apple Hill are part of a family-operated century farm in Norfolk County. Open to the public from May to December, stroll the lavender fields (which peak in July), linger over a picnic and shop for essential oils, lavender chocolate, tea and more in the boutique. Professional photo shoots, as well as yoga sessions, must be booked in advance.
Location: 1795 Windham Road 11, Windham Centre
From the postcard-perfect heritage stone house to the picturesque lavender fields, there’s a lot of potential for the photographers at Stonewell Lavender Farm just west of Brampton. Professional shoots will require advance booking, but amateur shutterbugs are welcome to join this lavender-loving family on mini-tours of the farm.
Location: 9762 Wellington Road 42, Erin
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? Admission requires a paid booking, so buy a ticket in advance.
Location: 2501 25 Side Road, Campbellville
Just a stone’s throw from Terre Bleu, Lochland Botanicals grows a variety of herbs and flowers like peppermint, sage, sunflowers, and of course, lavender on a picturesque horse farm west of Milton. In addition to pick-your-own opportunities, they offer classes and workshops on how to use herb and floral products for culinary and wellness purposes, as well as mini photography sessions. Reserve tickets in advance.
Location: 2468 25 Side Road, Campbellville
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. Photograph 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.
Note: Bald eagles are commonly spotted on the property so remember to raise the lens now and then.
Location: Aylmer (London) Elgin County
In the rural town of Ayr, just outside of Cambridge, this scenic lavender farm is a highly sought-after wedding venue. The Lavender Farm also welcomes photographers to shoot the rustic barn, antique farm equipment, and of course, vast lavender fields. Since 1882, the Lavender Farm has been a family farm, but it wasn’t until 2011 that lavender became the main crop. With several varieties to photograph, this is an exciting venture for any photographer, professional or amateur.
Location: 769 Drumbo Road, Ayr
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. With tasty food and wines to try, it’s easy to turn your photo mission into a day-long excursion at this scenic spot. 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.
Location: 130 Essex County Rd 50, Harrow
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 each July. 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 opportunity to snap the perfect dusk or dawn shot, stay at the B&B on the farm.
Location: 732 Closson Road, Hillier
Once a tobacco farm, this property successfully transitioned 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 (including lavender-infused dessert wine) or cider as you wander through the grounds’ vineyards, prairie grasses, lavender fields and natural wetland and get that perfect picture.
Location: 410 Concession 12 Townsend, Waterford
When in season fresh lavender and sunflower bundles are available for purchase along with a variety of lavender products such as bath bombs, bath soak, pillow mist, sachets, and more. South Bay Fields distills their own English and French essential oils on-site. If you are lucky, you may even get a glimpse of their free-range chickens while you visit.
There will be opportunities to visit this boutique lavender farm this summer through ticketed events, private photography sessions, yoga in the fields, and more. Visit the farm shop for handcrafted soaps, luxurious lavender and botanical products, local artisan goods, and stunning seasonal bouquets.
This 36 hectare Christmas Tree farm now also features lavender fields! Discover unique lavender products such as lavender chocolate sauce, caramelized onion lavender chutney, lavender teas along with various bath and body products. Visit a historic grain silo on-site that is surrounded by lavender planted in a circular design. Seasonal attractions and activities such as wagon rides, nature walks and food trucks are available for visitors.
Location: 5837 3 Line, Hillsburgh
Avalon has over 30,000 lavender plants to stroll through. "Cut-your-own" lavender will be offered to visitors should they want to take home a fresh bundle. Products such as lavender white hot chocolate, lavender simple syrup, lavender creamed honey and lavender savoury seasoning are a few of the items you will find at the farm. Seasonal yoga classes are hosted in the Celtic Stone Circle on select dates.
Location: 347036 Mono Centre Road, Mono
Located in Bruce County Essentially Lavender is offering tours of their beautiful gardens that include lavender, a labyrinth, shrub and perennial gardens, a xeriscape garden and an apiary. Interested in sleeping over? Accommodation is available if you want to extend your visit; advanced booking is required. Visit their lavender boutique for unique lavender products such as after sun spray, lavender and lemon deodorant, lavender yoga mat spray, lemon lavender room spray, essential herb blend and more.
Location: 1379 Concession 10, Teeswater
Head over to Port Colborne and take a tour of the lavender fields at Ridgeway Lavender. Yoga classes are available at the farm on select dates. Choose from pre-potted lavender plants while visiting and add a piece of the farm to your own garden. There are a variety of different essential oils for purchase. Try lavender eye mask when in need of rest and relaxation.
Location: 3359 Third Concession, Port Colborne
Located just over 10 minutes from downtown Milton, Kelso Lavender farm is home to over 25,000 lavender grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides. The unique line of lavender products such as lavender maple syrup, lavender pillows, lotion sticks, lavender ‘leave-in’ conditioner and charcoal + lavender face/body soap are unique finds to visitors looking for something different.
Location: 8649 Appleby Line, Milton
This pesticide-free lavender farm has beehives, wildflowers, sunflowers, chickens, rescue bunnies and a fish pond. The farm shop has honey bee lavender products, lavender beard oils, lavender honey and gourmet lavender sugars. Look at the events calendar for more information.
Location: 19618 E Townline, Mount Albert
A variety of workshops and events will take place this summer at Rocky Meadows Lavender Farm, just an hour west of Belleville in beautiful Prince Edward County. Pre-book your appointments so you don’t miss out on yoga, reflexology, crafting with lavender (wreath and lavender wands), art in the lavender fields and aromatherapy education workshops.
Follow Ontario’s Purple Road
Get more information on lavender farms, shops and events along Ontario's 'Purple Road'.
Note: Some lavender farms may not have washrooms or food and beverages onsite. Also, be sure to check if the lavender farm requires registration or purchase of admission tickets before you visit. Check in advance if dogs are welcome to the lavender farm.
Tips for Taking Pictures of Lavender Fields
It’s clear why photographers love lavender. The green contrasts beautifully with the muted purple, and the symmetrical rows offer tons of natural leading lines.
From lighting to composition, here are three tips to make your photos look amazing.
Shoot at Golden Hour
When the sun is high, the stark shadows created take away from the striking symmetry in the rows of lavender plants. You’ll want to shoot lavender fields at golden hour - early in the morning or right before sunset. Not only does the yellow tone of the sunshine perfectly complement the purple of the plants, but the softer light creates softer shadows. Bonus, you’ll also avoid the crowds that flock to lavender fields during the summer days. Just confirm the hours of operation at the farm you are visiting in advance.
Try Unusual Angles
The typical lavender photo is a perfectly symmetrical shot between two rows of lavender, with the rest of the rows peeking over on each side. However, to make your lavender photos stand out, try shooting close-ups of the plants, bees buzzing around, or top-down shots. That said, shooting a typical lavender field is never a bad thing. Just make sure to lock your white balance, so those purple colours stand out.
Add a Subject
Lavender farms are indeed photogenic, but your lavender photos will pop with someone interacting with the plants, or simply an eye-catching detail at the end of a lavender row that draws your viewer’s eye down the leading line. These subjects also make great tools for close-ups, like the photo of a hand holding a lavender sprig. Make sure to ask your lavender muse to wear something that isn’t green or purple, so they really pop in the photo.
Last updated: May 17, 2022