The “helianthus annuus,” more commonly known as sunflowers, are a symbol of happiness, and of summer. They are interesting flowers that adore the sun, moving to face its warmth in the day and rotating to welcome the sun when it rises in the morning. There are a few farms in and around Ottawa that allow you to pick your own to take this symbol of joy, home with you!
Though the bloom period of Sunflowers depends on a variety of factors, you can visit them from late July to late August in Ontario, but are best visited mid-August.
Central Experimental Farm
This large farm is a must-do when it comes to enjoying the cheerful sunflowers. Central Experimental Farm has a small acreage of sunflowers growing happily and they encourage visitors to appreciate the flowers, reflect in nature and pose for a few pictures, too!
Mid to Late August
Merivale Rd/Baseline Rd, Ottawa
Sultan Farm Sanctuary
Featuring 15 acres of glorious sunflowers, Sultan Farm Sanctuary is in West Ottawa and is strictly a family-run business. They’ve complimented your visit with plenty of informative signs and markers which allow you to learn more about the sunflowers.
Expected to bloom mid-August 2021.
8520 Flewellyn Rd, Ashton – Ottawa
Green Corners Farm
Green Corners has planted sunflowers for you to pick this summer season. A mixture of various non-hybrid varieties and the second section of Sunrich Summer Orange. Over the next several weeks ProCut Brilliance, Firecracker, ProCut Horizon, Sunrich Lemon Hybrid, and ProCut Plum will become available.
Green Corners, 1259 York’s Corners Road, Ottawa
$15 for 10 flowers
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
Ottawa’s famous family fun maple farm also has sunflowers in 2021. Capture all of the photos your heart desires, play on some antique tractors and farm equipment and even see some animals. Sunflower bouquets are available for purchase in the Farm Shop.
August – Weekends
2452 York’s Corners Rd, Edwards – Ottawa
Ferrier’s Scotch Line Farm
Experience the impressive sunflower patch at Ferrier’s Scotch Line Farm. The farm is owned and operated by a local family and is a great way to trade the city for rural life. This year they’ve got the biggest harvest yet, including 8 different types of flowers. You can take photos, stroll the patch and take home a bouquet of your little slices of sunshine.
2579 Scotch Line, Perth
Fields of Gold
Offering walks through “literal fields of gold,” Fields of Gold Farm is a stunning place to visit the remarkable sunflowers! Run and operated by a local couple, they have made the location one of a kind and very memorable. Book a private tour, stroll through the fields, take loads of photographs in a private pod, and bring home fresh cut flowers.
July 23 to August 29, 2021
17650 Strathmore Road, Monkland, North Stormont
Varies starts from $15.
La Belle de Coteau-du-Lac
La Belle de Coteau-du-Lac is a lovely fruit, vegetable and flower farm. Get your chance to experience the unique “garden sun,” where you can wander at your own pace amongst the sunflowers. There are over 40 varieties of sunflowers, which includes captivating colours including yellow, red, black, white and cream! You can take pictures, pick your flowers and even have a relaxing picnic in the sunflowers fields with products grown right on the farm!
August: 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 and September 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021
75 Rte 201, Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, 90 minutes from Ottawa
varies, starting at $11. Children under 3 go free.