There’s more to the great outdoors than sunshine and moose sightings. We’ve all been cheered by the colourful sights of wildflowers on a getaway up north. From the iconic trillium to the much loved black-eyed susan, Ontario’s native flowers are good reason to come up and explore outdoors.
Summer is at it’s peak and so are the flowers. Here are some of our fave Ontario native flowers and where to find them.
Known for their orchids and ferns, the fens of the Bruce are a botanical dream. Be sure to visit the annual Orchid Festival in early June. On route to the area, stop by the beautiful shores of Southern Georgian Bay and see what is happening at Blue Mountain Village, because there is ALWAYS something happening at Blue. Just down the road is Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, which is the perfect launching pad for an eco-adventure.
The rugged landscape of the highlands has endless places to explore and discover Ontario’s diversity of flowers. We suggest starting with the rail trail to see more of Ontario’s more common, but equally loved native plants like our goldenrods, asters, black-eyed susans and evening primroses. If exploring on your own isn’t your thing or you want to get more out of your trip, book an experience with Yours Outdoors. They will help you put an extra spring in your step with spring time flowers or let you discover the edible side of the haliburton landscape. On your way be sure to pop into Abbey Gardens for a bite to eat, maybe even a visit to the neighbouring brewery and of course a stroll through their gardens, filled with pollinator loving native wildflowers.
The land of lakes has more to offer than just water. There are spectacular shoreline walks that showcase Ontario’s beautiful water-loving flowers like Blue-flag Iris and Cardinal Flower. For the more laid back hiker, we highly recommend Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery, because who doesn’t like a perfectly paired wine with a hike.
Not to be forgotten are:
- Carden Alvar, also a great spot for birding.
- The Pinery, for their unique dune ecology
Happy travels from the desk of Laura at 400 Eleven