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


The Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest is being held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 9am – 4pm rain or shine.


The location is Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in White Lake, just an hour from Ottawa. 24 Museum Road, White Lake ON, K0A 3L0


The best part is that admission is free with donations appreciated.


Updated information is available at:


For information please contact:

Karla Blemkie
613-623-5756 x232


Vendor registration:


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In no particular order, we love summer, taking care of our earth and herbs. From day to day, we use herbs for remedies, savoury food garnishes and spiritual purposes.


The last weekend in July is mid-summer. This is one of the best weather weeks of the year. We hopefully hope to continue our record of 24 years without rain.


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


Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens has a collection of five historic museum buildings nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the scenic shore of White Lake An ancient Scottish Clan Chief ruled the roost here with an iron fist. Laird Archibald McNab brought over settlers and subjugated them to medieval feudal terms for almost 20 years.


Our vintage buildings have their stories. The stone house echoes Archibald’s reign of error. The log church, school house, dairy barn and display building offer unique insights into the daily lives of our early residents.


In the 1970s, whale bones were discovered within 2 kilometres of our location. Today, these are important clues in a 2019 breaking news story that spans 12,000 years. New theories about comet strikes, melting ice caps, inland polar oceans, continental wildfires, mass extinctions of man, mammoths and other large mammals are attributed to this ‘bad day’.


The museum is open Fri.- Mon. 10-4:30 until Thanksgiving


Here’s some directions. Take 417 to Arnprior’s Exit 184 and go south on White Lake Rd. about 12 minutes until you come to the 4 corners in White Lake.


Turn right or west on Burnstown Road and go a kilometre. You’ll find us beside the lake.


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

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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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