Culinary Tours & Schools
Fresh farm produce (Andrea Johnson photo)
There are more culinary tours on Vancouver Island than in any other BC region, thanks to the abundance of local ingredients from farms, orchards, markets, vineyards and the surrounding Pacific Ocean.
Culinary tours are clustered in the Cowichan Valley, the Gulf Islands, and Comox – these areas are renowned for a commitment to local, organic products and the "slow food" movement. Frommer's travel guide even called the Cowichan Valley "The New Provence" for its thriving agri-tourism.
Join Edible Canada, Island Gourmet Trails and Swallow Tail Tours on guided tours that incorporate gourmet food with kayaking or walking. Looking for a truly West Coast culinary experience? Search for seaweed in Sooke and mushrooms near Mill Bay, or enjoy a traditional Aboriginal feast in Alert Bay.
The area's farms, farmers markets, artisan shops, vineyards and cideries are easy to explore by car or bicycle. Get hands-on at local cooking schools.
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Come with us on a unique culinary adventure! We take you off the beaten track & into some seriously delicious hidden gems. From local butcher shops to high-end restaurants, our tours have something to please everyone's palate. And with a minimum of five tasty stops on each tour, we guarantee you will finish the tour full! We take you where the locals go to eat & drink in their own neighbourhoods away from the tourist centre. Meet the chefs, engage with the locals & have a cocktail with new friends. Get to know the real Vancouver & Victoria beyond the stories & history through local food & beverages that make these cities such culinary wonders.
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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.
719 Douglas St
Victoria, British Columbia
You are just a bike ride away from feeling like a kid.
Victoria is the Cycling Capital of Canada, and no wonder so many locals embrace the bicycle. Our year round temperate climate makes cycling an obvious choice and
The Pedaler's bicycle tours reinforce the simple pleasures in life: a nice bike ride, great food, and the exhilaration of discovering something new from the seat of a stylish and comfortable bicycle. Visitors to Victoria have the opportunity to experience Victoria like a local.
Victoria and its beauty is best experienced when you can breathe in the flowers, touch the trees, smell the ocean, and feel the clean air on your skin as you pedal around town.
2915 Cameron-Taggart Rd
Mill Bay, British Columbia
Located off a picturesque country road winding through working farms and rolling hills, Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant is whimsically nestled in the heart of Cowichan Valley's wine country. Dedicated to crafting wines of distinction that reflect the exceptional soil and growing conditions of the region, Unsworth's award-winning, family-owned and operated winery is complemented by their own restaurant - a restored early 1900s farmhouse serving natural local foods. A delicious wine and culinary destination, and a spectacular setting for intimate weddings and events - warm and welcoming with plenty of charm and heritage.
1707 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Join our local guides in a small group setting for a unique tour of Salt Spring's best attractions. We offer a range of tour packages that involve: guided nature walks and hikes for all levels, gourmet picnics at scenic viewpoints, the Saturday Market, stop-offs at local artists' studios and galleries, cheesemakers, vineyards, breweries, and farms, walking tours of Ganges, fishing and crabbing expeditions, family friendly tours, and many other highlights on and off the beaten track. Let our local guides show you their Salt Spring.