If you are on Instagram and follow any big travel or lifestyle account, you may have seen an influx lately of lavender field photos. They are currently in bloom in several countries.
Prior to last summer, one of my main bucket list items was to go to Provence in France specifically to check out lavender fields. I wasn’t aware that they existed in Canada ( I have since learned that you can also go to a lavender farm in Prince Edward County and Montreal). By chance one of my friends asked me if I would like to go to a Lululemon sponsored yoga and meditation event on a farm. I of course said yes without knowing much more.
To my great surprise, this event became one of my most memorable experiences for last summer and one I would often share with people. Mind you anything to do with yoga and meditation usually leaves me feeling very zen. Imagine being surrounded by nature, breathing in the smell of lavender and laying on the grass at dusk whilst listening to a calm voice walk you through a guided meditation? Add to that the unique character of a yellow door in the middle of the fields with a message that reads ” Walk through the door, your worries behind you, your joys are ahead”.
I knew without a doubt that I would be returning to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, located less than 1 hour from downtown Toronto. It is the kind of place that you can enjoy with your friends and family with more to do than just meandering the lavender fields. Please refer to the link for the website which will have information of various events. Some of these events include Joie de bleu Lavender Festival, equestrian shows, yoga every weekend and much more.
This past weekend I returned to Terre Bleu with some friends. It took a few attempts as it was their lavender festival so they were at capacity all day Saturday but our trip Sunday did not disappoint. The setting is perfect for photos (especially family portraits or engagement shots). As you can see by the images below, we certainly had our fill of collecting some content for our blogs and social media.
Photo inspired by Lisa Homsy
Aside from wondering the property and snapping insta worthy photos, enjoying some fresh lavender ice cream is a must! You can also experience a guided tour of the farm including the Terre Bleu apiary (beehives) or pick your own lavender!
And before you leave the farm, don’t forget to pick up a few treats. I personally am obsessed with lavender earl grey tea and lavender vinaigrette. In fact I have been counting down the months until I could get my hands on some of these. The lavender vinaigrette goes really well with kale, so for all of you who hate the taste of kale, this compliments it nicely in a salad with goat cheese and blueberries.
I have since learned that you can shop online so my remorse over not buying the lavender honey is short lived. You can shop the link below.
Featured: fresh lavender that I picked ($5 for 20g), lavender vinaigrette and Lavender Earl Grey Tea.
Keep in mind the farm is only open for a few months in the summer (June to August, 11am-4pm) but if you can’t get out there this year, make it an event for the following summer. Weekdays will be less busy so if you want to enjoy yourselves without the crowds, this would be the more optimal time. If you do get to visit, I hope you enjoy your time there.