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Fairburn Farmstay and Guesthouse in the Cowichan Valley
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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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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

2182 Lakeside Road
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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Covert Farms Family Estate - Oliver

300 Covert Place
Oliver, British Columbia
V0H 1T5
Toll-free
Phone250-498-9463

Established in 1959, Covert Farms Family Estate Winery is located on 650 acres of bench land and winemaker Gene Covert is a 3rd generation farmer who worked this land with his father and grandfather.

Our certified organic estate vineyards are influenced by the majestic McIntyre Bluff and managed with biodynamic practices. We craft wines with minimal intervention, using natural fermentation when possible to focus on vineyard and fruit. Our white wines display purity of fruit and a crisp natural acidity coveted by other growers, and ultra low yields result in terroir-focused artisan reds that are luscious and age-worthy.

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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 FREE farm themed kids play area giving kids the chance to have some old fashioned fun!

Ride the John Deer Tractors 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 can drive the old truck, play in the tree house and go zipping down the slide.

Check out the farm animals and feed them. There's also plenty of space to enjoy your treats and for parents and grandparents to relax while the kids play!

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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Island Joy Rides: Vancouver Island Cycling Tours - Campbell River

Toll-free855-830-8522
Phone250-830-8522

Island Joy Rides is a boutique, active travel company offering award-winning guided & self-guided, single & multi-day cycling experiences. We offer premium vacation packages featuring seaside routes, wineries, farms, local food scene, local culture & natural beauty of the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Quadra Island and surrounding regions. Our commitment to small groups & providing personal, behind the scenes tours to guests of all ages & fitness levels is the key to a valued and memorable experience. Signature tours include: West Coast Foodie, Edge of the Islands, Wine & Chocolate by Bike.

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Kilby Historic Site - Harrison Mills

215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
V0M 1L0
Toll-free
Phone604-796-9576

Your visit to Kilby General Store Museum will take you back to the 'good old days,' to the time when the Country Store was a familiar sight in rural British Columbia. You will see long forgotten brand names on the crowded shelves, goods of all descriptions hanging from the ceiling & the old pot-bellied stove near the traditional checker-board where you can match your skill with the storekeeper. From the time you open the squeaky screen door until you reluctantly leave to re-enter the hurried pace of modern day living, your experience will be an adventure into the past. This 2 hectare (5 acre) heritage attraction includes a 1906 General Store, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office, First Nations exhibit, friendly farm animals cafe & gift shop.

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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

London Heritage Farm is a 1.6 hectare (4 acre) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers an 1890s farmhouse in a park with lovely heritage and herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments, Tea Room, Gift Shop as well as picnic tables and public washrooms.

Take a stroll through the park and heritage gardens, and stop in to the Farmhouse for a cup of our London Lady Tea and delicious home baked scones and homemade jam and other baked goods in our Tea Room. Wander through the historic farmhouse, entrance by donation.

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Meadow Vista Honey Wines Artisan Farm Winery - Kelowna

3975 June Springs Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4E4
Toll-free
Phone250-862-2337

For the harmony of sustainable winemaking, farm fresh ingredients + protecting the honey bees...

We are a modern artisan farm winery driven by passionate eco-foodies which offers portfolio of unique and sophisticated honey wines along with a line of bee-inspired products. We have been producing award-winning honey wines since 2009, including Gold for our Ostara at the All-Canadian Wine Championships - Canadian Wine Trail (2014).

Come tour the farm and winery and experience what we are truly about. Explore the grounds, wander though the thornless blackberries and edible flower gardens, meet the bees, taste the highly acclaimed wines and enjoy a picnic or game of bocce ball.

We also host a variety of special events throughout the year. Make us a must-see on your visit to Kelowna!

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