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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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 .
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 center. 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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719 Douglas St
Victoria, British Columbia
You are just a bike ride away from feeling like a kid!
The Pedaler Bicycle Tours and Rentals provide a unique Victoria experience: lighthearted bicycle tours. Our Hoppy Hour tour showcases the craft beer culture of Victoria and includes tastings. Our Beans & Bites tour gets off the beaten track to sample locally roasted coffee, bakeries and a unique tea tasting. Castles, Hoods & Legends explores the vibrant and unique neighborhoods surrounding downtown. Our Spirits of Saanich tour pedals to rural on-premise tastings of locally crafted gin, wine and cider and includes our renowned Lochside Trail. Or rent a bike and explore on your own - our knowledgeable staff can point you in the right direction to ensure your two-wheeled adventure includes the best of Victoria.
2915 Cameron-Taggart Rd
Mill Bay, British Columbia
Nestled in the foothills of Mill Bay, surrounded by pasture and minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, lies Unsworth Vineyards. The winery's pristine Cowichan Valley setting provides the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world's finest and most unique wine grapes. Panoramic views, a relaxed ambiance and seasonal entertainment combine to make Unsworth Vineyards an essential stop on any wine tour.
Next to the winery's tasting bar, a 119-year old farm house has been beautifully renovated to accommodate an award-winning restaurant. Visitors and locals alike are invited to experience the terroir cuisine of the Cowichan Valley through cooking classes, chef's discussions overlooking the vineyard, and garden tours among the heritage apple and walnut trees in the winery's orchard.
170 Hillcrest Drive
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. Our 6 passenger van is very comfortable, and has air conditioning for hot summer days. Let our local guides show you their Salt Spring.