Since 2004, the Bleu Lavande lavender field in the Fitch Bay area in Stanstead has been a popular tourist destination for anyone visiting the area. Known to be one of the only of its kind in Canada, the lavender farm has managed to flourish over the years regardless of the hardships of the climate. With multiple different activities, events, and things to do at the fields, it’s a great place to visit for a day of summer fun.
The high season which falls between the end of June and October is the best time to visit the lavender fields as all the flowers have bloomed and the smell of calming lavender fills the air. When we visited the fields it was the lower season so most of the plants hadn’t yet bloomed and the restaurant wasn’t open.
During the low season, it is free to visit the fields up until the 23rd of June and after that it is still relatively cheap to get in, coming in at 10$ per adult and free for children under 11. Besides wandering through the fields of lavender and getting some amazing pictures, there is also a boutique filled with homemade products, a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat, as well as many other events and activities. Visitors can enjoy massages as well as yoga classes in the middle of the fields.
The boutique located on the grounds of the lavender fields houses a variety of homemade products made with the lavender grown in the fields. These products can also be found in multiple other stores across Quebec. When you walk into the boutique you are instantly greeted with the smell of lavender floating through the air. Take the time to wander through the store and discover these products which range from bath bombs, shower gel, soy candles, and even lavender flavored tea and hot chocolate mix.
With the amount of things to do and see at Bleu Lavande, there is no doubt that you’ll work up an appetite and conveniently enough there is an on site bistro for visitors to grab a bite to eat at. The bistro is open during the summer months during the high season and is called the Bistro Lavendula. Dishes offered are made with local, fresh ingredients and the dishes can be enjoyed either on the beautiful terrace overlooking the garden or in the fields picnic style. The menu has a wide range of options with dishes such as spinach rolls with lavender, smoked fish, and lavender duck rillettes for diners to enjoy.
Bleu Lavande can be found right on the border of Vermont making it easily accessible for many. It is about 2 hours away from both Burlington, VT and Quebec City and even less time for those coming in from Montreal.
For more information or to plan your own trip to the Bleu Lavande lavender fields, be sure to visit their website.