Love at Laveanne

About an hour and a half outside of the GTA, you’ll find Laveanne – a beautiful lavender field in Campbellcroft, Ontario.

With free admission for the month of July, you can explore the farm and take in the relaxing aroma around you. This month, you still have time to enjoy a wine sampling, their Lavender Harvest Festival and an aromatherapy workshop.

While we were there, I purchased a dried lavender bouquet (which will last even long after the bouquet is gone by saving the buds in a sachet), and their body lotion.

It’s definitely one of my new favourite places. I look forward to going back! Click here for more information.

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Prince Edward County Lavender

Prince Edward County Lavender’s annual Lavender Festival was this weekend. For over a year, I have been trying to plan a trip there, and this Saturday I finally did it.

What I find interesting about PEC Lavender – the owners Rolande and Derek are Yukon natives, who uprooted themselves only a few years ago to follow their lavender dreams in Ontario. As you know, I was in the Yukon earlier this year, and I must admit … it was hard to leave.

Some of the great products you can find at PEC Lavender include body care products, pure essential oils, wands, sachets and plants. During the fest, I picked up lavender goat milk soap and a bouquet of lavender picked from the field. I also sampled lavender chocolate and shortbread. Yummy!

If you’re coming from far out of town, you can always stay at one of their B&Bs. While you’re in Prince Edward County, stop by the farmer’s market and spend a day at Outlet Beach or the Sandbank’s dunes. It’s a provincial park, and will cost almost $20 to get in. But if you bring your beach wear, a volleyball and sunscreen, you’ll have a full day’s worth of fun in a clean and charming environment.
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Happy Canada Day: Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Happy Canada Day, everyone! I would like to share some photos from my recent adventure to Presqu’ile (“almost an island”) Provincial Park in Brighton, ON, just a couple hours east of Toronto.

According to Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s website, there’s 16 km of trails and paths along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows; a migration hotspot in spring and fall, 336 bird species recorded with 130 breeding species; and 1 km marsh boardwalk trail accessing the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Also, the areas has hundreds of car camp sites for an overnight, but spots by the water book out quickly. So if you plan on going, book well ahead of time.

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Bruce Peninsula

Last year, for the first time, I went to Tobermory in the Bruce Peninsula. This year, we went back before peak season to explore the surrounding area. We stopped by Bruce’s Caves, Wiarton, Lion’s Head and Tobermory – unfortunately, we didn’t make it to Flowerpot Island … but we will be back within the next few weeks!

Bruce’s Caves were our first quick stop – part of a unique cave formations found along the escarpment face. Unfortunately, not as picturesque as I thought.

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In Wiarton, I stopped for a photo with the Wiarton Willie statue. According to southbrucepeninsula.com, “The statue was unveiled “Willie Emerging” in the Bluewater Park on William Street in Wiarton on February 3rd, 1996 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Wiarton Willie prognostications.”

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Lion’s Head is about a 30 minute drive from Wiarton, and has a beautiful beach – great for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. It almost looks tropical in photos.

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And our last stop was the Big Tub Lighthouse in Tobermory. An incredible location for picnics, photos and just relaxing until the sun goes down. Also, a quick fly or boat ride away, you can see one of the famous shipwrecks in the area. Tobermory is home to more than 20 shipwrecks.

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I’ll be back, Tobermory. And not just for the ice cream. 🙂

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My last night en route to Oslo (Norway Pt 6)

After a full day of driving back from the magnificent Trollstigen, we ended our journey just outside of Oslo, complete with overcast skies, a small town lit up in the fog and some sheep!

Farms are in abundance in Norway, and evidently, livestock are too. I promised myself to take photos of the sheep — and on the last day, I finally did!

This isn’t a long post, but it wraps up my exciting trip to Norway and Sweden.

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Goodnight!

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