Every year, millions of flowers blooming across the country captivate locals and enchant tourists with their dazzling colours. After a long winter, the country hangs up its skis and celebrates the arrival of spring with gorgeous displays of flowers in Canada.
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Why not add a flower festival to your weekend getaway plans?
Canadian Tulip Festival (Ottawa, ON)
In 1945, the Dutch crown gifted 100,000 tulip bulbs to the city of Ottawa to show gratitude for sheltering the royal family during WWII.
A tradition that continues to this day is the annual Canadian Tulip Festival. To demonstrate the lasting friendship, the Netherlands sends 20,000 bulbs every year for display at the tulip festival.
This unforgettable festival of tulips takes place over 10 days every year in mid-May. Nearly 65,000 Canadians and international visitors make their way to the capital to see almost 1 million tulips in bloom. Along with activities like live music, art displays, and culinary tastes, this festival is a spring must. There’s even a fantastic fireworks show every Victoria Day over Dow’s Lake.
Local Tip: Stroll down Queen Elizabeth Drive, next to Rideau Canal, for the best of the best.
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm (Milton, ON)
Lavender, with its pastel colours and signature scent, is a fan-favourite across the country. Bring your camera — this lavender farm is a hot spot for ‘grammable’ shots.
In our experience, weekends are the best time to visit the Terre Bleu farm. Visit on a Saturday or Sunday to catch one of their famous yoga sessions in the fields.
There’s no shortage of types of lavender at Terre Bleu; 60 sprawling acres host over 35,000 plants, the largest lavender farm in Ontario. Located only an hour outside of Toronto, it’s a great stop for a weekend trip (see our 7 other getaways close to Toronto for more tips!).
Around mid-summer, the farm hosts the Joie de Bleu Lavender Days flower festival. Be sure to check their Facebook page for schedules closer to the lavender season. This unique flower festival encourages visitors to participate in guided tours, live music
Local tip: Grab one of Terre Bleu’s products and take a homemade souvenir with you — we recommend their lavender ice cream.
Davis Feed Farm Sunflower Fields (Caledon, ON)
Blink and you’ll miss them — you only have three weeks to catch the Davis sunflower fields! With the unpredictable Canadian weather, it is impossible to know the exact date of the sunflower bloom. The Davis Family Farm
This is a dog-friendly flower farm, so bring Fido along to trek the trails in the fields, but be sure to keep your pet on a leash – the sunflowers are delicate, and visitors are asked not to wander off the paths.
Once the giant yellow blossoms are in full bloom, Davis Family Farm kicks off three weeks of flower festival fun, including evening yoga sessions in the sunflowers. All proceeds of their yoga events are donated to the Canadian Celiac Association and Parkinson’s research.
Local tip: Local Caledonian vendors also set up shop at the farm. Bring home some Caledonian culture!
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Every April, Vancouver’s cherry trees bloom, blanketing the city in soft shades of pink. Festival goers will be amazed by just how many cherry blossoms trees in Vancouver there are — over 40,000!
Though the trees start blooming in late March, the flower festival officially starts in April and runs throughout the month. Festival-goers congregate in Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park to see hundreds of cherry trees bloom together.
Local tip: For the best viewing spots, head to the VanDusen Botanical Garden, a 55-acre garden that features 24 varieties of trees in a tranquil green setting. Stay for the cherry blossom painting classes!
For a twist on one of our favourite
Waterton Wildflower Festival (Waterton, AB)
Can’t get enough of flower festivals? Head to Waterton Lakes National Park for the Waterton flower festival. Waterton has a wider range of flower species than any other park in the country! In fact, the Wildflower Capital of Canada has over 1,000 kinds of native wildflowers for you to explore.
Every year for a week in June, Waterton welcomes festival goers and flower lovers to the park. Guided wildflower tours through the fields are a smart choice for hiking enthusiasts, while wildflower photography and painting activities are great for any artists.
Local tip: A few hundred of the native wildflowers are rare, and 20 only bloom in Waterton. Taking a guided hike doesn’t just show you the best flower viewing spots — it’ll introduce you to flowers you cannot see anywhere else in the world.
If you need a break from your flower festival day filled with hiking, flower watching, and horseback riding, stop for afternoon tea! Local wildflower experts host afternoon teas throughout the festival.
The Montérégie Cider Route (Montérégie, QC)
The top cider route in Quebec has less of a formal flower festival and more a flower season — and it’s a season you shouldn’t miss! The cider route is a popular destination during the fall for apple picking, but it’s also a hidden gem in the spring.
Explore along the St. Lawrence River’s south shore, just 30 minutes from Montreal, to see rows and rows of apple trees flowering in the spring sun. Delicate, white and pink flowers dot the trees that shelter rustic cider houses and local shops.
Local tip: A number of the orchards on the cider route offer free admission during the spring celebrations.
While you’re admiring the flowers, stop in for some cider tastings! Many of the cider houses have general stores with their homemade products. You can also safely bring little ones along — plenty
Tangled Garden (Grand Pré, NS)
Beautiful flowers, sculpted gardens, and delicious homemade jelly call visitors to the Tangled Garden in Nova Scotia. As both a garden and a working farm, this floral paradise features flowers, fruits, herbs, and trees in a perfectly designed setting — 30 years in the making. The shop is open year-round, but it’s in the spring and summer that the flower festival atmosphere shines in the garden!
In the garden, visitors can try their hand at the flowering labyrinth, make their way through the garden paths, and look out for the sculptures dotting the flowerbeds and trees. If you’re visiting on a Thursday, the garden’s owner offers private tours and afternoon tea (with reservations — call ahead).
Local tip: Throughout the year and during garden season, Tangled Garden throws Unpredictable Dining events. These gourmet four-course suppers are developed by local chefs, paired with local wines, and developed to reflect the spirit of the garden. Reservations are required — follow their Facebook page for updates!
Tangled Garden, Nova Scotia’s floral gem, overlooks the Bay of Fundy for spectacular waterside views.
Canola Fields (Springbrook, PEI)
It’s no secret that PEI is full of majestic beaches and the best seafood you can find in the great white north, just take a look at our list of best things to do in PEI. One of the hidden gems in Canada’s Garden Province are the grand canola fields that can be spotted all around the island.
These beautiful yellow fields brighten up the island during the spring and summer months right before the trimming season begins.
Local Tip: The Springbrook lookout point is the local’s favourite spot to see canola fields as the famous Cavendish beach dunes look out from the distance over the golden fields creating an I
Bright, hopeful tulips; soft, soothing lavender; beaming, golden sunflowers… spring and summer are flower festival seasons, so why not take the time to celebrate them all?
Make it a week-long or a weekend trip with a vacation rental from CanadaStays. Stay in historic downtown Ottawa, take in the views at a waterfront condo in Vancouver, or start your expedition along the cider route with a night in Montreal.
Canada’s floral landscape is calling. Don’t forget to bring your sense of wonder — and your camera.