2019 - Anise
2018 - Hops
2017 - Coriander
2016 - Pepper
2015 - Artemisia
2014 - Tarragon


Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest

Sunday, July 28, 2019

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Rain or Shine

Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens

White Lake, Ontario




Admission is free with donations appreciated.


On Sunday, July 28, we welcome you to join us in celebrating our 24th annual festival of healthy lifestyles.


We love summer, herbs, taking care of our earth, embracing our future and respecting our past.

And we have it all here in White Lake, within an hour’s drive of Ottawa.


Midsummer HerbFest highlights the roles that herbs play in our lives.  Herbs provide remedies, savoury food garnishes and can be used for spiritual purposes.


Activities will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, crafts, children’s activities and food and drink concessions.



Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens is a collection of five vintage buildings nestled in 8 acres of lovely lakeside gardens.


It’s also a historic site. Quasi-feudal tyranny by an ancient Scottish Clan Chief was rampant here for almost 20 years.  It’s true.


8 acres of beautiful themed gardens were developed for the 2000 Millennium.


Our park offers mobility access, parking, and washrooms.


This event is being presented by the Ottawa Valley Herb Association in partnership with the Township of McNab/Braeside.


Parking is being arranged with a free shuttle that will be available from a secondary parking lot.


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For information please call Scott at

613-623-5756 x232

or by email at


Please consider these items on your ‘what to bring list’. Hats, shade umbrellas, lawn chairs, sunscreen and a camera. As an eco-option, we suggest that you bring a refillable water container. We will provide a tap with drinking water and rinsing station. Bottled water will also be on sale.


Events, Presentations and Workshops throughout the day:


Composting & Mulching


Tomato Talks


Garlic Braiding


Vegan Talk and Taste


Herb Walk ‘n Talk


Garden Tours


Museum Talks


Pontoon Boat Cruises


Make and Take

-a bird feeder

-a herb cone


Nordic Pole Walking


Kid’s Zen Zone with


-Make ‘n Play

-Giant Games

-Story Time

-Relax & Read


Rock Wall Climb


Schoolhouse talks:

-‘Nature is Speaking to You!!’

-Can U be silent for 18 minutes.

-Listen and learn!!


Bertrand’s Big Bear Carving


Beer & Wine Tent




-Youth Yoga

-Intro to Crystals & Chakras

-Meditation/ Sound Bath


Thank you McNab/Braeside Firefighters


Thank you Milliken’s Landscaping Garden Centre

Chef Cook-off

culinary cookoff at herbfest

The participants battle for culinary supremacy at Herbfest.

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Free Admission

free admission

Admission is free with donations appreciated.

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Program Guide

activity guide for herbfest

There are a wide variety of activities to get involved in. Enjoy.

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How to Get There

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Held at the Waba Cottage Museum in White Lake, Ontario.

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