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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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Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery - Vernon

5011 Bella Vista Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A1
Toll-free877-233-9675
Phone250-542-8088

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery - one of the Okanagan's favourite family attractions. You can watch live honeybees busily working behind glass performing their amazing bee dance & producing their numerous nutritional products which can enhance our health & well-being. Join us for in-season, educational presentations on honeybees & marvel at these incredible insects in the indoor glass observatory or the safe & fully screened outdoor honeybee demonstration areas. The Honey Health Boutique, offers numerous educational displays & posters with free honey tasting & a full selection of all-natural bee products; honey, pollen, propolis, Royal Jelly, beeswax & candles. And now introducing Honeymoon Mead.

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Sandy Acres Berry Farm - Salmon Arm

2250 - 40th St SE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 1X9
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5398

Welcome to Sandy Acres Berry Farms, a family owned and operated orchard offering cherries, strawberries, raspberries blueberries and more.

Located right beside the airport, we are a great pit stop, to enjoy the Okanagan sunshine at one of our picnic areas or to stretch out your legs under a nice shaded area.

Pick up some of our fresh seasonal fruit or our homemade syrups and jams, which are made right on site! We also offer farm tours, please see our website or contact us more details and specific harvest times.

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40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery - Comox

2400 Anderton Rd
Comox, British Columbia
V9M 4E5
Toll-free
Phone250-941-8810

Visit and Experience Island Grown Wines!

There is something special in the air at 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery. With the Strait of Georgia and the Comox to Powell River ferry just a stone's throw away, the site is alive with sounds of barking sea lions, singing birds, and planes from the neighbouring air force base. An 18 acre pristine vineyard and winery offer a relaxing place for visitors.

Two unique wine portfolios are on offer. The 40 Knots estate-grown wines include a sparkling, table wines, and a fortified wine that are fresh, lively, and aromatic. Two wines are presented under the Stall Speed label, crafted from Okanagan-grown fruit.

40 Knots invite you to visit, taste, and learn what makes Vancouver Island wines so special.

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Averill Creek Vineyard - Duncan

6552 North Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6K9
Toll-free
Phone250-709-9986

Averill Creek is a family run 16 ha (40 ac) estate winery on Vancouver Island. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region, we are dedicated to producing premium quality wines that showcase our vineyard's unique cool climate terroir.

Set on the south slope of Mt. Prevost, the winery's tasting room & patio overlook the Cowichan Valley, with Cowichan Bay & the Saanich Peninsula visible in the distance. We welcome visitors to bring a picnic to enjoy on the patio while taking in the views. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass.

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Blue Grouse Estate Winery - Duncan

4365 Blue Grouse Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6M3
Toll-free
Phone250-743-3834

As one of Vancouver Island's oldest estate vineyards and a long time family-owned winery, Blue Grouse produces exceptional Cowichan Valley wines which express their place of origin. Blue Grouse produces a dozen cool climate varieties including Ortega, Siegerrebe, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive. Visitors are invited to share a taste of Vancouver Island's most remarkable wines while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Valley. In summer time, feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy it under the South-facing arbor.

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Camelot Vineyards - Kelowna

3489 E Kelowna Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4H1
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
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 Crazy Cow Kids Corral - Vernon

3111 Davison Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A2
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 tree house 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
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
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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