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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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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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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Websitehttp://www.londonheritagefarm.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

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

The Farmhouse has been fully restored & furnished to reflect life in Richmond during the 1880 to 1930 era. Rooms display the furniture, pictures, clothing, quilts & everyday articles of the era & many London family photographs hang throughout the house, giving you a glimpse into their history.

Owned by the City of Richmond & operated by the London Heritage Farm Society.

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Maplewood Farm - North Vancouver

405 Seymour River Pl
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7H 1S6
Websitehttp://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-929-5610

Maplewood is a municipal park/farm operated by the Parks Department of the District of North Vancouver; located on 2.5 beautiful pastoral ha, mins from downtown Vancouver. Specializing in the display & care of domestic farm animals & birds, the Farm offers three areas where folks can go inside & visit with the animals: Rabbitat where the bunnies reside; Goathill where the goat kids & their moms play; & the Duck Yard where the ducks & geese hang out. A milking demonstration is conducted daily at 1:15 pm featuring the Jersey cow, Lima. Pony rides are available seasonally. Admission is $7.75 per adult /$4.75 per child & senior.

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Meadow Vista Honey Wines Artisan Farm Winery - Kelowna

3975 June Springs Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4E4
Websitehttp://www.meadowvista.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-862-2337

For the harmony of sustainable wine-making, farm fresh ingredients + protecting the honey bees...

Meadow Vista is a modern artisan farm winery driven by passionate eco-foodies. Producing award-winning honey wines since 2009, Meadow Vista offers a portfolio of unique and sophisticated honey wines along with a line of bee-inspired products.

Guests are invited to tour the farm and winery to experience what Meadow Vista is 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.

Meadow Vista is host to a variety of special events throughout the year.

Make Meadow Vista Honey Wines a must-see on your list in Kelowna!

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Merridale Ciderworks - Cobble Hill

1230 Merridale Rd
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
V0R 1L0
Websitehttp://www.merridalecider.com
Toll-free800-998-9908
Phone250-743-4293

Merridale, nestled in the mouth of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Take a tour of the cellar or stroll the orchard at your leisure while the kids hunt for the faeries rumoured to live here; join us at the bistro & savour local fare; peek at our distillery, then sample our brandies & cider; browse our store for gourmet food items & cider apple vinegar made on-site; delight in the baked goods from our own wood-fired brick oven & enjoy the rural tranquillity.

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Northern Lights Candles - Fanny Bay

415 Station Road
Fanny Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1W0
Websitehttp://www.nlcandles.com
Toll-free888-335-0485
Phone250-335-0485

NLC is a three generation, family owned and operated Canadian company. All of our candles are 100% hand made with high-quality raw materials. We craft custom candles that are durable, long lasting and have brilliant colour finishes, resulting in long burning candles. At NLC we hand pour, hand finish and produce candles of all shapes and sizes. Our cotton lead-free wicks, quality scents and superior wax, produce an environmentally friendly candle, that you can be proud to purchase and NLC is proud to sell. The shop is open to the public and we love having visitors stop by to; see the shop, watch how we make our candles, browse the retail stands, or even make a candle of their own as a gift or souvenir.

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Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm - Kelowna

4380 Takla Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 3C4
Websitehttp://www.okanaganlavender.com
Toll-free866-764-7795
Phone250-764-7795

A beautiful farm property with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake was the inspiration behind the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, a family business that has developed a reputation as growers, producers & distillers of fine quality lavender products. The best blooming time for the lavender display gardens is early July, with distillation, a very fragrant time at the farm, occurring in early August. Wander our unique Herb Gardens which bloom throughout the growing season, or treat yourself to lavender-inspired goods at the Lavender Cafe. We invite you to come & entice your senses. Self-guided tour available in English, French, German & Spanish.

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