Lavenderland is a fairly new Metro Vancouver flower-themed attraction. It features a few acres of purple flowers at a farm in Richmond.
Lavenderland in Richmond
One of the Lower Mainland’s newest tourist attractions, Lavenderland takes place at Metro Vancouver’s very first lavender farm in the summer. The farm is a family-run enterprise that uses an eco-friendly approach in growing its lavender.
Visitors to Lavenderland can explore 7 or so acres of purple flowers over the course of the festival. The farm features four different kinds of the flower including Super Blue, Melissa, Grosso and French varieties.
The grand opening for Lavenderland took place on June 19th in 2021. The lavender field closed on September 26th. That doesn’t meant that nothing took place after that time, however, as there were both Halloween and Christmas events at the venue in 2021. There is also a gift shop open year-round.
For most of the year, the place doesn’t have outside entertainment or festival-style activities for children. There are different events held at the farm in the fall and winter, however, including the Rabbitats’ Easter BunnyFest in April which is a fun, family-friendly event.
Outside of special events like that one Lavenderland is simply a farm with lots of lavender. It’s very pretty though, and offers interesting lavender-themed items for sale.
Richmond’s Lavenderland isn’t the only farm in the Lower Mainland where you can explore fields of the fragrant purple flower. There is also Tuscan Farm Gardens in Abbotsford, the Greendale Lavender Company in Chilliwack, and Full Bloom Lavender in Langley. For details about these other venues scroll down to near the bottom of this article.
Admission to the Lavender Field
The cost to see the flowers for 2022 is $15.75 for everyone over the age of 4. Children ages 3 and under are free. Parking is also free, although parking lot capacity at the venue itself is limited to just 15 vehicles. There is, however, additional street parking in the area.
In 2021, tickets had to be purchased in advance at least 2 hours prior to arrival. 2022 may be the same, depending on what the COVID situation is like in the province. To do so visit the Lavenderland website. Pets are not allowed.
Throughout the year, even when the lavender field is closed, the site’s gift shop remains open (most of the time at least). Its hours of operation are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays (except for Tuesdays when it opens at 11:00 am).
The gift shop is closed on all statuary holidays and was also closed during the holiday season from December 24th, 2021, to January 16th, 2022.
Where and When
Lavenderland is at a farm in Richmond at 8460 Steveston Highway (which is about 3 km from the turnoff from Highway 99). It’s a 5-minute drive from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Historic Site and the rest of picturesque Steveston Village.
Since lavender usually blooms in the summertime, the main fields are only open during the warmer months. 2021 dates were from June 19th until September 26th. During those dates Lavenderland was open daily from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. 2022 dates are to be confirmed as of early April.
Not all the flowers bloom at the same time. Exact blooming details vary according to the weather, season and growing location.
The Super Blue Lavender is usually in season between April and June. It also comes back again in August. Melissa Lavender is typically at its best in both July and September. The Grosso variety is in bloom from July until September. French Lavender, meanwhile, is usually in season from June until October. Again, exact conditions vary. The above details, however, give you a rough idea of what to expect and when.
What to Expect
There is a large gravel parking lot at Lavenderland. At the entrance, at the side of the road, there is also a large modern wood market building. Lavender-themed products are sold there.
After you leave the parking lot you enter a large open building. That’s where you buy your tickets, or show them if you’ve already purchased them online. Inside they also sell a few things, like lavender-flavoured ice creams.
Just outside this second building is the field of lavender. It’s very pretty and full of rows of lavender flowers. You can walk around the field, take photos and enjoy the smells of the lavender. If you love lavender, and everything related to lavender, you might really like this place.
Events at Lavenderland
While the main festival takes place in the summer when the flowers are in bloom, that’s not all Lavenderland has to offer. The following events all take place at the site:
Rabbitats’ Easter BunnyFest
This is an Easter fundraising event for the Rabbitats’ Rescue Society. BunnyFest takes place on the weekend of April 16th and 17th in 2022 and admission is by donation (with a suggested minimum amount of $5). For $15 you receive an “activity package” which includes hot chocolate, face painting and entry in a prize draw.
At the event there are plenty of rescued bunnies to interact with as well as other family-friendly activities and a craft market.
This event took place from September 18th to 20th, 2021, so right near the end of the main festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a traditional East Asian celebration usually held in September. The Lavenderland celebrations were from 3:30 to 7:30 pm on each of those three days.
Admission to the site at those times cost more, at $25 for all those 13 years and older. Those younger were free. That price included admission to the field, a lavender mooncake and some lavender tea. There were also arts and crafts activities for the young ones and different kinds of entertainment.
Lavenderland’s Halloween event, Wizardland took place on the weekends of October 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th and 30th and 31st in 2021, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on those days. The area was adorned with fall decorations and there were food trucks to enjoy with different activities. Those activities included wand decoration, potion-making and different games.
Admission to Wizardland cost $10 for everyone over the age of 3. Those younger were free.
Although no flowers were in bloom, Lavenderland played host to an artisan Christmas market in December. The dates were the weekends of December 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th and 18th & 19th, 2021, from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm each day. Admission was free.
There were over 80 different vendors over the course of the 2021 market, although no more than 30 at any one time. This meant that going to the market multiple times gave you different options to browse each visit. Donations were welcome, with all proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society.
Other Lavender Farms
If you like places like Richmond Lavenderland, you might want to visit some farms in the Fraser Valley too.
Tuscan Farm Gardens also has fields of lavender. Its address is 6834 Mt. Lehman Road in North Abbotsford. Tickets for adults (ages 13 to 64) in 2021 cost $12.50 on weekends and $10.50 on weekdays.
The Greendale Lavender Company is at 42050 South Sumas Road in Chilliwack. Admission costs $15. Children ages 13 and under, however, are free.
Full Bloom Lavender is located at 2926–248th Street in South Langley. Tickets towards the end of their season in 2021 cost about $7 per person including taxes when purchased online.
For more information visit the official Lavenderland website.
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