The Photographer’s Guide to Ontario’s Lavender Fields

A woman holding an umbrella poses in a lavender field

And when lavender fields are in full bloom each summer, it’s a photographer’s paradise. The harmonious rows of deep purple, soft mauve and spring green roll like undulating waves. Whether you’re an expert or an amateur, be on the ready for awesome pics. These fields are filled with Insta-gold … or in this case, Insta-lavender.

Note: In most cases, advanced booking and special permits are required for any commercial or professional photography sessions and shoots, as well as for drone photography or video, so inquire well in advance. And be sure to respect the privacy of other guests at the field.

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Where to Photograph Lavender in Ontario

Christel Lake Lavender Farm

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 giftshop before you leave. This farm operates seasonally, and reservations are required.

Location: 1381 Scugog Line 12, Greenbank

Apple Hill Lavender

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

Stonewell Lavender Farm

From the postcard perfect heritage stone hose 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

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

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

Lochland Botanicals

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

Steed & Company Lavender

Located in central Elgin, just three km 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

The Lavender Farm

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

Serenity Lavender Farm

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

Prince Edward County Lavender

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

Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery

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

How to Photograph 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.

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 pop.

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. Check in advance if four-legged, furry models are welcome to the lavender farm.

Last updated: October 28, 2021

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