The Festival has many special events on the Millennium Lilac Trail during Opening Weekend. For information, check out our special page, Explore the Lilacs in Bloom.
Guided tours of the Millennium Lilac Trail are available from Festival Volunteers before and after the Opening Weekend. Contact us at WLFTours@gmail.com.
The tour format is flexible in order to meet particular needs. We can accommodate bus tour companies, retirement residences and groups. Tour groups can arrange lunch at St. Paul’s Church. Visitors can also have a picnic on the grounds, or eat at one of the charming cafes on Main Street. The tour is usually an hour long. It may or may not include the entire 2.6 km distance. If guests cannot walk the entire route, we can arrange for other transportation services.
Along the route, various lilacs are highlighted because of the name or historic significance. Information about the particular variety including suitable planting location, colour of bloom, length of blooming season and pruning etc. are explained. We also include some local history of Warkworth and the development of the trail. This year Allan Kerr, who is associated with the International Lilac Society, has provided our guides with historical and human interest stories for specific lilac varieties. Most of our visitors on these tours have their own stories to share about the part that lilacs played in their own lives. With over 300 plantings, there is lots to talk about!
The cost of the tour may be by donation or a sum built into the bus tour package. Visitors receive a tourist info package of other possible destinations in the area, photo opportunities, a walk in the fresh lilac scented air and a rest on a bench along the Mill Creek. We also have a supply of umbrellas for use on the trail as protection from rain, sun or heat.
For more information, or to arrange a tour, contact WLFTours@gmail.com.