After a busy week, today we finally got out to do some touristy things. It was a beautiful day to visit the Opening Day of the Annual Warkworth Lilac Festival, just a twenty-minute drive from our home.
In this little artsy town, there is a beautiful trail, aptly named Millennium Lilac Trail, along the meandering Mill Creek. Over a number of years many varieties of lilacs have been planted by local groups such as the Girl Guides, and sponsored by many local businesses. Volunteers will give group tours with explanations of the age and types of lilacs you will see. The Lilac Festival lasts for 30 days, but during the Opening Weekend there are many events and the whole town gets involved.
From the entrance to trail off of Main Street, it is a bit of a wander before you’ll see many lilacs, but Mill Creek provides a very peaceful introduction.
Unfortunately, some beaver decided that lilac wood might be a good addition to their home.
A Victoria Tea was offered in a decorated Gazebo, a nice break from the heat
While a harpist and a flute player entertained.
Vendor tents offered items from books, to jewelry and wood products.
Bees were busy collecting pollen for lilac honey
In 2017 the Festival was winner of a Canada 150 Garden Experience Award.
Back on Main Street the shops and restaurants were all open and decorated.
We shared a table at lunch with some people from Oshawa and Deb from Campbellford.
There was a Photo Contest on the porch of one of the Victorian homes, and a Lilac Flower Arrangement contest for visitors to cast their votes.
A couple entertained us with music outside the ice cream parlour. We had to indulge.