In summer, fragrant fields awash in purple make for delightful hands-on exploration, particularly at the three-hectare (eight-acre) Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm.
Overlooking Kelowna's Okanagan Lake, the former apple orchard took root with its first planting in 1994, flourishing over the years into fields that feature over 60 varieties of the blossoming herb. It's a bonanza that has spawned a lavender-themed industry: one hectare (three acres) of the farm is dedicated to public space which includes self-guided tours that meander through themed herbal gardens, sprinkled with whimsical vine sculptures, and hand-crafted jellies and bath salts, loose-blended tea, eye pillows and more in the farm's country store. You can gather lavender by the basketfuls in the U-pick bed, sign on for wreath-making and aromatherapy classes, and even wind your way, little ones in tow, through the hedge maze. To end, sips of lavender lemonade or silky scoops of lavender ice cream showcase fragrant flavours, courtesy of the farm's flowering fields. www.okanaganlavendar.com
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