Farms & Markets
Vancouver Island and the neighbouring Gulf Islands feature many farms and markets that showcase local food, products, and arts and crafts.
Stroll through stands of fresh-baked breads and pastries, and check out an array of locally grown and produced foods ranging from baby salad greens and exotic types of garlic to free-range eggs and organic meats. Also look for products like home-made jams, salsas, honey and locally designed jewellery, clothing and natural soaps.
Many Vancouver Island communities host weekend markets, usually on Saturdays from May to October. From the large Duncan Farmers Market to the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market or the goats on the roof at Coombs Country Market, each market delivers a unique flavour of local farm-fresh produce and arts and crafts. Some farms on Vancouver Island also welcome visitors and offer attractions like petting zoos or corn mazes alongside their fresh produce.
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403 Lowry's Rd
Parksville, British Columbia
Morningstar Farm is home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks & MooBerry Winery, where we produce a selection of world-class cheeses & fruit wines to delight the senses. Made from the high quality milk of our own dairy cows, we have artisan cheeses to suit any occasion, meal or light snack. Stroll across the courtyard & visit the winery, where delectable fruit wines pair perfectly with our cheeses. So come visit us - take a look around, sample the different cheeses, taste the various wines, tour the farm & visit all the animals.
We'd love to meet you!
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6552 North Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
Averill Creek is a family run 16 ha (40 ac) estate winery on Vancouver Island. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region, we are dedicated to producing premium quality wines that showcase our vineyard's unique cool climate terroir.
Set on the south slope of Mt. Prevost, the winery's tasting room & patio overlook the Cowichan Valley, with Cowichan Bay & the Saanich Peninsula visible in the distance. We welcome visitors to bring a picnic to enjoy on the patio while taking in the views. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass.
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 .
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.
1230 Merridale Rd
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
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.
415 Station Road
Fanny Bay, British Columbia
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.
2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
6621 Harbour Hill Drive
Pender Islands, British Columbia
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 !
6409B Oldfield Rd
Saanichton, British Columbia
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.
505 Quayle Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
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.