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Granville Island Market, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Granville Island Market, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Farms and markets have been a part of rural British Columbia life for more than 100 years.

Whether it’s the Fraser Valley, Thompson Okanagan region, or Vancouver Island, many farms welcome visitors for tours and demonstrations. Purchase fresh fruit and produce, just-collected free-range eggs, delicious cheese and milk, and much more.

Touring some of BC's best farms can provide a rather tasty education. It’s a chance to learn about organic farming and other sustainable farming practices – and taste a few samples! The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region has self-guided Circle Farm Tours to follow.

British Columbia also hosts farmers markets in many communities. Most farmers markets take place on weekends from spring through fall, but some places also have winter markets. Markets enable shoppers to meet the farmers and artisans who grew, raised, caught or produced the food for sale. Enjoy this tempting opportunity to taste a bounty of farm-fresh local foods and to browse and buy locally made arts and crafts.

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Camelot Vineyards - Kelowna

3489 E Kelowna Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4H1
Websitehttp://www.camelotvineyards.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-862-8873

Camelot Vineyards began as an orchard & was owned & operated by Ruth & the late Robert Young Senior for almost 40 years. In 1996, keeping it in the family, Robert Young Jr. & his wife Denise, decided to take over the business. Exactly 10 years later in October 2006, a huge decision was made to remove all of the trees & replant the acreage with a vineyard. Following this, Camelot Winery was erected.

As a member of the British Columbia Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA designation is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC & has met rigorous quality regulations.

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Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery - Trail

9340 Station Rd
Trail, British Columbia
V1R 4W6
Websitehttp://www.cgwinery.com
Toll-free
Phone250-367-7493

A visit to the beautiful Kootenay region would not be complete without a stop at Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery Estate. Nested in the heart of Columbia Gardens Valley near Trail, the Estate is the first commercial sized vineyard & winery in the Kootenay Valley.

As a member of the British Columbia Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA designation is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC and has met rigorous quality regulations.

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Davison Orchards Country Village - Vernon

3111 Davison Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A2
Websitehttp://www.davisonorchards.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-549-3266

Celebrating 81 years of growing Okanagan fruit. Be sure to stop by for fresh produce grown on our farm as well as delicious, made from scratch fruit pies & other baked delights. Sample the gourmet foods made at the farm. Take a tour of the farm on the Apple Train & see the orchard first hand! Orchard Tours run daily during the summer & weekends only during the spring & fall. Be sure to bring the kids to play in our farm-themed park or have a visit with our farm animals. It is always a must to shop our unique country themed gift store, speciality foods & beautiful housewares. Free tasting every day of fresh pressed apple juice.

Davison Orchards - its about family, it's about food, it's about FUN!

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Davison Orchards Crazy Cow Kids Corral - Vernon

3111 Davison Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A2
Websitehttp://davisonorchards.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-549-3266

The Crazy Cow Kids Corral is a farm, with kids in mind. Check out activities such as the corn barn and bury yourself in corn or milk "Betsy" the cow and climb up the treehouse and slide out.

Ride a John Deere trike and play for hours in the giant sandbox or challenge each other to a duck race using old fashioned water pumps to propel your duck down the water trough. Kids will also love our maze and driving the old truck.

Great fun for kids ages 2-10 years.

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Edible Canada - Vancouver

1596 Johnston St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3R9
Websitehttp://www.ediblecanada.com
Toll-free
Phone604-558-0040

Sightseeing for your taste buds! Edible Canada (formerly Edible British Columbia) is located across from Vancouver's Granville Island Public Market. We are Canada's largest culinary tourism & locavore retail company, dedicated to sourcing the highest quality culinary products from coast to coast for our customers. Services include our retail & online artisan food store, guided Granville Island Market & Chinatown Tours, demonstration guest chef Market Dinners, Gourmet Kayaking Weekends & popular Amuse Bouche newsletter & blog. In Summer 2011 we opened Edible Canada at the Market - a vibrant bistro in the heart of Granville Island & at the forefront of Canadian cuisine.

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Erin Valley Riding Stable - Kamloops

8825 Barnhartvale Rd
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2C 6W1
Websitehttp://www.erinvalleyridingstables.com
Toll-free
Phone250-573-5442

Old fashioned country fun for the whole family. We offer trail rides, picnic rides, pony rides, mini cattle drives, hayrides, petting zoo and concession. Erin Valley also does birthday parties, weddings and events as well as year round riding lessons with certified Training Thru Trust Apprentice Kaylee Mills. Camping is available, we are located 20 mins from downtown Kamloops, across from Eagle Point Golf Course.

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Island Gourmet Trails - Comox

Websitehttp://www.IslandGourmetTrails.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-650-1956

We offer exciting, delicious day tours within the Comox Valley. This culinary adventure is planned to cover different trails throughout the Valley. Tours are customized to suit the group's specific interest. Stops may include farmer's markets, bakeries, organic farms, artisan pasta maker, oysters & scallops farms, wineries, breweries etc. You can end your day with a gourmet dinner in a local restaurant or a cooking class. These culinary tours are designed to help you experience the Valley in all its splendour & its flavour! Tastings at each stops, gourmet picnic & entrance fees included. We also offer cooking classes at Blue Moon winery for group .

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Kilby Historic Site - Harrison Mills

215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
V0M 1L0
Websitehttp://www.kilby.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-796-9576

1920s Fraser Valley living history site with costumed interpreters. This 2 ha (5 ac) BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office & First Nations exhibit. Friendly farm animals & wonderful orchard playground. Restaurant, gift shop & special events. Harrison Mills is also home to the Kilby Park, located within walking distance of the historic site at the confluence of the Fraser & Harrison Rivers, on Harrison Bay. The park features our scenic 28 site campground, a day-use area, sandy beaches, nature trails & a boat launch which is open year-round. Both operated by a non profit society.

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Landsea Tours & Adventures - Vancouver

Websitehttp://www.vancouvertours.com
Toll-free877-669-2277
Phone604-255-7272

Landsea Tours offers daily scheduled half-day & full-day mini-coach sightseeing excursions to include Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler & more - maximum of 24 guests per bus. See it all: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, Alaska cruise ships, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & Butchart Gardens. Combine a Victoria tour with whale watching or a floatplane flight, or a Whistler tour with the Whistler Mountaineer train by Rocky Mountaineer. Driver/guides create memorable sightseeing experiences by sharing their extensive knowledge of area history, geography & current events & in answering guests' individual questions.

Private tours & transfers are also available: SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter Vans & Mini-Coaches available.

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Lang Vineyards - Naramata

2493 Gammon Rd
Naramata, British Columbia
V0H 1N0
Websitehttp://www.langvineyards.ca
Toll-free
Phone778-514-5598

In 1989, the 'Farm-gate Winery' license was created. This allowed small growers to start their own operations. Lang Vineyards was the first to receive such a license & opened in Spring 1990. The small but superbly equiped winery has since grown well beyond the farm winery concept.

The winery has enjoyed success with Riesling, ice-wines & a dessert wine called "The Original Canadian Maple Wine". The only hybrid varietal remaining is the Marechal Foch, which is also one of Lang's most popular wines.

Come enjoy the view & taste our award-winning wines!

As a member of the BC Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC & has met rigorous quality regulations.

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