2016 - Pepper
2015 - Artemisia
2014 - Tarragon
2013 - Elder
2012 - Rose
2011 - Horseradish
2010 - Dill

Organizers and Partners

Mid Summer Herbfest
Sunday July 28th, 2019
9 am – 4 pm (rain or shine)
Free admission

Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens @ the waterfront
24 Museum Road, White Lake ON, K0A 3L0,+White+Lake,+ON,+Canada&hl=en&sll=45.461575,-76.095085&sspn=0.157725,0.307274&oq=waba+cottage&t=h&hq=Waba+Cottage+Museum+and+Gardens,+White+Lake,+ON,+Canada&z=15

Herbfest at White Lake will focus on local goods and services in this one of a kind showcase for healthy living.

There will be great food and beverages to sample, expert health-related seminars to listen in on, interesting articles available for purchase, herbs and produce to check out, kids’ attractions, interactive displays, pontoon boat tours of the Lake, interpretive talks about the Museum’s unique artifacts, and advice for gardeners along with garden tours throughout the grounds. The best part of this day is that admission is free, but there will be an option available to make a charitable donation to the Museum to help offset costs of the event. The event is traditionally held the last Sunday in July, which is usually has the nicest weather out of all the other 364 days of the calendar year. What’s not to like? We hope to see you at the Waba Cottage Museum’s “Herbfest” on Sunday July 28th, 2019. Tell them Herb sent you!

Updated information will be available at:

Phone Geoff at: 613-623-5756-226

The Township of McNab/Braeside Website:
The Township of McNab/Braeside Facebook Page

The term ‘herb’ is an accepted abbreviation of ‘herbaceous plant’.
Their use spans time and cultures.

Herbs can be used in a variety of ways including culinary, medicinal, spiritual
and landscaping applications.

Culinary herbs are used in small amounts to provide flavor to food such as
rosemary, sage and thyme. Herbs were a commodity of trade between
historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. Today, tea plays
an important role in our day to day lives.

Some herbs have medicinal qualities. In today’s culture, modern medicine is
taking a closer look at long established folk and cultural remedies that use
herbs. Some examples include St. John’s Wort, Ginseng and Echinacea.

In some religions, herbs play an important role. In the Bible’s Christmas
story, the Three Wise Men presented gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold to
the infant Jesus.

Using herbs in the landscape is a way to add color, texture and aroma while
attracting bees and butterflies.

Waba Cottage was born with a dark and stormy past.

Scottish feudal Laird Archibald McNab ruled here with an iron fist in the early
1800s. On the settlers’ backs, he made and squandered his fortunes.

Today, it is a relaxing, beautiful and historical setting nestled in the Ottawa

In this charming 8 acre lakeside park, you will find 11 themed gardens and 5
buildings of historic interest. Facilities include picnic tables in a quiet maple
grove, mobility accessibility to buildings and a boat launch to White 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

culinary cookoff at herbfest

The participants battle for culinary supremacy at Herbfest.

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Purchase Tickets

get your ticket to herbfest

Find out how to get your tickets here or call 613-623-5756 ext.232

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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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