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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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Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm - Kelowna

4380 Takla Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 3C4
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 and 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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Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse - Victoria

2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V8M 1T7
Toll-free
Phone250-544-4824

Come raise a glass! Let our cider tease your senses. Try our critically-acclaimed selection of traditional fermented ciders, which we handcraft from certified organic heritage apples. Savour with an artisan lunch plate & drink in the ocean view from our majestic Ciderhouse overlooking our organic orchard. Then take a tour, browse our selection of artisan goods & learn why other apples envy ours. We are located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria & Sidney & close to area attractions such as Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly World & more.

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Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards - Pender Islands

6621 Harbour Hill Drive
Pender Islands, British Columbia
V0N 2M1
Toll-free
Phone250-629-6960

A beautiful vineyard & farm bordering the Salish Sea on North Pender Island, with the new winery Sea Star Vineyards dedicated to crafting excellent wine. Our award winning wine maker is Ian Baker, and we will be open for tastings & sales with our first vintage in the Spring of 2014. As an Event location, this is one of the most beautiful vineyards in British Columbia with 26 acres terracing up to Mount Menzies & cascading down to the beach. The Winery building & many viewpoints have hosted numerous weddings & events. If you are looking for a venue in the Gulf Islands check us out !

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Sun Peaks Resort Summer - Sun Peaks Resort

1280 Alpine Rd
Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia
V0E 5N0
Toll-free800-807-3257
Phone250-578-5399

Our year-round community has evolved into a regional summer hub for weekly festivals & events from July to September. Stroll through the village, listen to live concerts, explore the shops & restaurants, or choose an outdoor activity. Lift-accessed hiking trails provide easy access to some of the most stunning alpine wildflowers in the region.

There's the 18-hole Sun Peaks Golf Course, downhill mountain bike park, cross country bike trails, canoe and kayak rentals, horseback riding, geo-caching, stand-up paddle boarding, outdoor pool, tennis courts & more. The weekly Sunday Farmers' market features local food vendors & artisans. With 7 hotels in the village core, an international hostel & hundreds of town home & chalet rentals, you'll want to stay for a few days just to take it all in.

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Symphony Vineyard Ltd - Saanichton

6409B Oldfield Rd
Saanichton, British Columbia
V8M 1X8
Toll-free
Phone250-208-8784

We are a small family owned winery 15 minutes north of Victoria near Butchart Gardens. We make Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Ortega, Blanc de Noir, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Millot and Foch from our 3 vineyards on the Saanich peninsula. Enjoy a great local experience on our historic family farm in our timber tasting room, or on our patios overlooking the vineyard. Savor the quiet with a glass of wine and a 100% locally sourced lunch from our deli. Winery available for private bookings; an elegant country location for that special birthday or small corporate event.

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The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) - Victoria

505 Quayle Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9E 2J7
Toll-free
Phone250-479-6162

The Gardens at HCP has 4 ha (10 ac) of spectacular demonstration gardens with over 10,000 varieties of plants. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest. The gardens also include the second largest Bonsai Garden in North America.

Walk or cycle the 37.2 ha (93 ac) Conservation Park, through wetlands, forest and fields. Second growth Douglas fir surrounds the wetlands, providing a feeding area for over 35 varieties of birds which you can view from several bird watching platforms.

These gardens are a perfect example of what can be achieved in the Pacific Northwest.

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UBC Botanical Garden - Vancouver

6804 SW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Toll-free
Phone604-822-4208

Explore Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden & immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants. Garden highlights include an Asian garden with over 400 different species of rhododendrons, thousands of alpine & montane plants from around the world, a traditional physic garden full of herbs, a demonstration food garden & the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure. Also, visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum that is close by.

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Vancouver Photo Walks - Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-318-1277

So much more than a walking tour! Visit Vancouver, explore the city, learn how to use your camera, improve your photography & get some fresh air in only two hours!

See the hot spots & learn basic photography principles like ISO, aperture, shutter speed, composition & more. Online photo gallery posted for each photowalk, info sheets provided so you don't have to remember everything we cover!

New camera? No problem! We help you use the equipment you have. DSLR cameras & tripods available to rent.

Tours run year-round at Granville Island, Canada Place, Gastown, Stanley Park & Olympic Village. Indoor winter photowalks at Bloedel Conservatory, Museum of Anthropology, & Museum of Vancouver! Tours also available in Victoria!

Photo-guides available who speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, Tagalog & French. Public & private tours available.

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