At Ontario’s largest lavender farm, you can eat lavender gelato, take a fragrance workshop — or work out with an Olympian

More than a decade in the past, simply as former tech exec Ian Baird was considering a change in profession course, the fates despatched a signal (a literal one), and the detour (additionally literal) proved pivotal. “My spouse and I have been vacationing in Magog, Que., and as we have been driving sooner or later, noticed a small touristy signal that mentioned, ‘Lavender farm,’ We thought, ‘Wow, fascinating. Let’s go have a look,’” remembers Baird. “I used to be blown away by the serenity of the setting.” A second signal adopted a few years later, within the type of a for-sale advert for a farm — or relatively, an undeveloped expanse of largely hay — out in Milton, Ont. “We ended up shopping for the property with no actual plans,” says Baird. Except he and his spouse, Olympic triathlete and physiotherapist Isabelle Turcotte Baird, hadn’t forgotten these lavender fields they’d seen.Today, the 200-acre vacation spot they’ve constructed, Terre Bleu, is Ontario’s largest lavender farm. Pre-pandemic, summer time day-trippers would flock to admire the aromatic purple blooms (65,000 crops and counting) in addition to Insta-bait sunflowers (half a million). They’d stroll the cedar forest path, and store culinary, tub and physique merchandise made with natural lavender, all of it hand-harvested with scissors. Now, with the purpose of providing extra unique entry and particular occasions, the founders are launching a membership plan referred to as Beyond the Yellow Door, named after an precise sunny-coloured entryway/artwork set up that stands amid the lavender.While à la carte tickets to Terre Bleu will likely be obtainable, those that decide into the brand new membership will obtain invitations to a different slate of extra experiential programming. For the kickoff, Lindsay of The Flour Girl will lead a digital cakemaking workshop utilizing lavender and flowers from the farm.Other partnerships within the works embody the Breath of Bleu day with Toronto meditation studio Hoame and Power Yoga Canada, a pure perfumery workshop with candlemaker Lohn, customized lavender gelato by Death in Venice, and a vogue present within the fields with a famous label (nonetheless hush-hush at press time).The entire Baird household lives proper on-site, and Baird says he hopes others really feel Terre Bleu’s cosy homeyness, too. “What we’ve discovered is that folks will come on the farm and spend hours simply sitting round to kind of clear their thoughts,” he says. It’s an antidote for the ages that couldn’t be extra well timed.The Star understands the restrictions on journey throughout the coronavirus pandemic. But like you, we dream of travelling once more, and we’re publishing this story with future journeys in thoughts.

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