Best visited during the end of May and early June, the Lilac Tour is the perfect way to celebrate the Lilac blooms of Spring. These fragrant purple and white flowers are a beautiful flowering plant; ornamental and attractive, that often mark the closing in of summer.
Located an hour east of Toronto and three hours from Ottawa, this road trip through the lilacs is a trip for the memory books or your Instagram wall.
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The Warkworth Lilac Festival, which takes place for a week starting from the weekend of May 25th and 26th this year (2019), is filled with family-fun activities and showcases the rarest varieties of lilacs. Marvel at the serenity of the area and sit at the halfway garden Gazebo, and check out some unique live music.
Whilst there, don’t forget to take a stroll along the Millennium Lilac Trail by the Mill creek, which can be accessed from the south end of Main Street or Highway 29. Along the 2.6 km trail, you’ll find over three hundred plantings representing over sixty varieties of lilacs, which blooms from late May to end of June, giving you plenty of time to plan your trip.
Visit the village of Warkworth for artisan creations of baked goods and crafts. The Main Street of Warkworth is lined with amazing shops, galleries and cafés.
Northumberland County Tour for the Love of LilacsNorthumberland County is a year-round true Canadian getaway just one hour east of the bustling city of Toronto. The county is a true mix of old-town charm and natural beauty – combining independent boutiques and specialty shops, down-to-earth gastronomy, and outdoor recreation. Discover the history of Northumberland county on a heritage walking tour to learn all about the Ojibway culture at the First Nation reserve, or get your gear on and go camping or hiking surrounded by incredibly lush greenery.
If you cannot get enough of lilacs, Northumberland county tourism has identified three road trips sprinkled with lilacs and showcasing the best of Northumberland County.
The Picnic Trail –
The Picnic tour gives the opportunity to picnic at Ganaraska River, Rice Lake, Ball’s Mill Pond, and Lake Ontario with scenic views of the waterways and of course a trip through the lilacs.
The Dining Trail –
Take a dining route with scrumptious sit-down meals at a gluten-free bakery under a sheltered patio, and a barbecue spot with tender pulled pork and classic poutine. This trail gives you the perfect chance to purchase some organic heritage vegetables and sourdough artisan breads along with glorious views of Lilacs.
The Trent Hills Treat Trail –
For the retail-curious, this shopping-focused trail includes the main streets of Warkworth, Brighton, and Campbellford where you can find artisan shops, bakeries, and eateries for the perfect afternoon delights.
So what are you waiting for? Round up your besties for a fun spring trip!
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