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We are planning to safely proceed with Herbfest 2020 on Sunday July 26th, if world conditions permit. Please stay tuned.

We are diligently monitoring official channels and guidelines to ensure we are taking the right steps at the right time, and will do our best to keep you updated through announcements on our website and Facebook.

Your patience and understanding is truly appreciated during these times, and we would like to once again underscore our commitment to act proactively, responsibly, and with integrity to ensure the health and safety of our communities.


The Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest is being held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 9 am – 4 pm 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 25 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.


2019 Ottawa Valley MidSummer Herbfest


Performances at the Gazebo


9am Alan Wright


12:30 & 1:30: BAILEY ROGERS




Laurie Telgen, BUSKER in The SENSES GARDEN



Demos in the MAIN TENT




11am: Sacred Circle Dance, Nourishment for the BODY & SOUL


1pm:  the HERB GARDEN, Chipotle-Lime Chimichurri


2pm:  Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre:BEFORE MENTAL HEALTH





11am: Sacred Circle Dance, hosted by Tracey Cummings, Sacred Circle Dance Facilitator


Dancing in circle is nourishment for the body and soul. It holds many gifts for the dancer, creating a deeper connection to self, each other and our beautiful planet.


Each dance is taught separately; no previous experience is necessary.  Wear comfortable clothing and soft shoes (or dance barefoot!).



1pm: Culinary Demo the HERB GARDEN


During the demo the Herb Garden will demonstrate how easy it is to cook with herbs by making an easy Chipotle-Lime Chimichurri sauce that can be used on nearly anything!


Using fresh herbs is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to take a dish from basic to gourmet. But for most, incorporating fresh herbs can be daunting. We will show you how easy it is to add a ton of flavour to your meals and as a bonus there are significant health benefits when you cook with fresh herbs.





Before mental health –  Let’s talk about the emotional/social side of things and how they affect us.  Presented by Monique Yashinskie,  Executive Director of the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre




A 100% from scratch, Plant-based Food Experience, located in the heart of Petawawa and serving the Ottawa Valley



Other fun activities:


11am & 1pm in Schoolhouse: Treehouse Art Studio: Drawing & watercolour painting of herbs



All Day Activities


Yoga with Movement


Kids Crafts & Activities & face painting


Pontoon boat rides (10-3pm)


Beer & Spirits tent (11-4pm)



Thank you McNab/Braeside Firefighters


Thank you Milliken’s Landscaping Garden Centre

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Free Admission

free admission

Admission is free with donations appreciated.

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Program Guide

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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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