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september 8, 2021

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Harness the flower power at these gorgeous flower farms

One of the best parts about living in or visiting Ontario is that you’re never far from a rural area.  Even if you live in a big city like Toronto or Ottawa you’re under an hour away from plenty of beautiful farms.  As we soak up the last few weeks of Summer and the heat wave lifts let’s bring a splash of summer colour indoors.  We’ve put together a list of some beautiful flower farms where you can frolic, picnic, and leave with a bright bouquet and an even brighter outlook.

Andrew’s Farm Market & Winery

article1sept72021.jpgOne of Ontario’s most scenic flower farms is currently blooming.  Right now, pick your own sunflowers, dahlia’s, raspberries, and blueberries at Andrew’s Farm Market & Winery in Milton.  Depending on the time of year you can also get fresh pumpkins, apples, and a huge variety of fruit, veggies, and flowers.  Andrew’s Farm Market & Winery is located on 165 acres of stunning escarpment landscape that offers trails, wagon rides, a farm, mini corn maze and beautiful photo opportunities.    The striking flower fields make for a beautiful photo background, and even prettier DIY bouquets.

Windecker Woods Flower Farm

article2sept72021.jpgAt Windecker Woods Flower Farm in Cayuga, Ontario you can cut your own flowers to create a vibrant bouquet of pink, red, purple, lilac, mauve, orange, salmon and more.  Their variety of flowers are currently blooming but if you’re after a specific type check their website ahead of time to be sure it’s in bloom.  Grab a basket and a pair of clippers and start cutting!  Depending on how big your bouquet is you can decide to pay what you think is fair.  Some flowers (like Peonies) have a specific price per stem.  Flower power!

Country Cut Flowers

article3sept72021.jpgIt doesn’t get much more ‘pick your own’ than this.  Country Cut Flowers is a pick-your-own flower farm located in the rolling hills of King Township.  Visitors can purchase a ticket that grants you a mason jar to collect your blooms.  With your rustic mason jar in hand, you can go to town on a field of beautiful country flowers.  The field is full of beautiful zinnias, yarrow, astrantia, celosia, gomphrena and even some dahlias.  Country Cut Flowers also offers meditations, workshops, and events.

Bombshell Blooms

article4sept72021.jpgExplore a gorgeous ‘Secret Garden’ flower field in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, where you can choose from 10, 20 or 30 stem cut-your-own flower packages.  This ½ acre flower field called Bombshell Blooms is nestled between a sunflower field and a heritage farm.  With 28 varietals of flowers to choose from, you’ll be leaving with a stunning bouquet that’s sure to rival the professionals. Head to their website to book ahead of your visit.

Stems Flower Farm

article5sept72021.jpgCut your own flowers at Stems Flower Farm located 40 minutes north of Toronto.  Stems Flower Farm is a small family owned 8-acre farm.  Their cutting farm is new for 2021 and features over 500 varietals of flowers.  Cut your own bouquet from the thousands of blooms you’ll find; all you have to do is book your spot ahead of time!

Robintide Farms

article6sept72021.jpgRobintide Farms is offering over 25 varieties of flowers for the 2021 cut-your-own flower season.  Right now, there are sunflowers, zinnias, celosia, cosmos, marigolds, salvia, and much more in bloom.  Guests pay an entry fee and can purchase a small or large mason jar to create their own bouquet.  Located in Maple, Ontario, it’s just a quick drive from Toronto to wander through these vivacious flower fields.  While you’re there, see what vegetables and fruits are in season at their farm market.


Featured Events

Toronto international film fest

September 9 – 18, 2021
Toronto (various locations)

featuredevents1sept72021.jpgThe 46th Toronto International Film Festival is one of the best known and largest film festivals in the world.  This year TIFF will offer 10 days of in-person and online events.  Check out exciting films, special events, talks, tributes, and interactive experiences.  Tickets are now available to buy.

Toronto tamil international film festival

September 10-12, 2021
Toronto (various locations)

featuredevents2sept72021.jpgThe Toronto Tamil International Film Festival showcases filmmakers and actors for a 3-day long event supporting talent and cinema from across the world in the Tamil community.  Check out their website for event details on the 2021 festival.

City Folk

September 16 -18, 2021
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

featuredevents3sept72021.jpgCity Folk is an urban music festival that happens annually in Ottawa, Ontario.  The festival this year presents a weekend of all-Canadian headliners across all genres and is taking place at Lansdowne Park.  Get your tickets now on their website.

Featured town: Kincardine

featuredsept72021.jpgOntario’s Scottish destination, Kincardine, is known for its stunning lakeside sunsets over Lake Huron, sandy beaches, and year-round festivals.  You can surf a Great Lake, eat delicious locally grown food, shop for some retail therapy, and listen to amazing live music all in one day.  Visit and take a stroll on the scenic boardwalk, check out some theatre at the playhouse, or max out in the sand at the beach.  You’ll find that Kincardine is one of Ontario’s hidden gems.


only in ontario

onlyinontsept72021.jpg Did you know that the largest canoe collection in the world resides in Peterborough, Ontario?  The Canadian Canoe Museum is a national heritage center that highlights the significance of the canoe to Canada’s history.  As a symbol of Canadian identity, it’s awesome that more than 600 canoes make up the collection of the Canadian Canoe Museum.  The exhibitions tell the story of First Nations and showcases uniquely built canoes, like bark canoes and dugouts.  If you want to step into the past in a visceral way, check out the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Print Edition 2021

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