Charge your camera and swap the city air for the sweet scent of lavender the next time you hit the Georgian Bay region this summer.
If you’re in the market for a sensory experience, reliable photo ops, or appreciated gifts for your weekend cottage hosts (or all of the above), Purple Hill Lavender Farm is definitely worth a visit. Soaking in the summer sun with a backdrop of endless rolling hills, the postcard-esque lavender fields are now in full bloom in all of their calming and double-tap-worthy glory.
Located in the peaceful countryside of Creemore, Ontario, the family-owned lavender farm is a passion project of retired lawyer Brian Greasley and his two daughters, Jessica and Emma (pictured below). It sits on the picture-perfect 50-acre property that the Greasley family has called home for the past 30 years. First planted in 2016, the lavender is a relatively new addition.
The now sprawling sea of purple sits behind the family home and a backyard pond. It’s complete with inviting purple Muskoka chairs to take in both the view and the lavender’s calming properties.
This is the first year that the farm is officially open to guests, following a soft opening last summer. “We welcome people to come enjoy the fields, take photos, walk our trails, have a picnic under a tree, relax by the pond, and explore our farm boutique,” says Jessica Ridding (Greasley), of the family business. Many people come solely for the spot’s photo-worthiness, she says.
A look at Purple Hill Lavender Farm’s tagged Instagram posts reveals as much. People can also book formal photo shoots in advance, whether for an engagement, wedding, family photo – or for no reason at all.
The lavender farm’s charming on-site store takes over a former horse barn, selling bouquets of dried lavender and an assortment of lavender-infused products. Wellness is a central theme in the retail offerings, with things like soaps, Lavender Lilac Goat Milk Creme, Black Lavender Goat Milk Creme, English Lavender Essential Oil, Body Oil, Lavender Bath Salts, and a calming lavender-filled eye pillow among the store’s most popular items.
You can also bring some of the sweet country experience back to your city home, with a variety of lavender-infused room sprays or lavender-infused honey.
The farm is currently open on weekends (Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm) for a limited number of guests and costs $10 per adult. Reservations/tickets are required in advance and available for purchase via website, with a portion of proceeds going to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.
Don’t waste time planning this outing; the stunning purple fields of lavender in full bloom are as fleeting as these easy, breezy summer days.