Farms & Markets
Many farms and orchards are located just outside Nanaimo.
Named for the thick stands of Western Red Cedar that still cover large tracts of the area, Cedar is a rural community some 9km/6mi south of Nanaimo off the Trans Canada Highway (#1).
A loop driving tour of the area along Cedar and Yellow Point roads encompasses farms, galleries, studios and a corn maze. The tour is mapped out in the Cedar & Yellow Point Artisans' Guide, available at the Visitor Centre.
Yellow Point Cranberries (4532 Yellow Point Road) is open for tours year-round (Wednesday-Saturday). Its on-site store offers 20 varieties of jams, jellies, chutneys and salsas. One treat among many: Cranberry Lemon Liqueur with rosehips. Best time for a visit is during the fall harvest, when the fields are bright red with fruit.