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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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Morningstar Farm - Parksville

403 Lowry's Rd
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 2B5
Toll-free877-248-4353
Phone250-954-3931

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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40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery - Comox

2400 Anderton Rd
Comox, British Columbia
V9M 4E5
Toll-free
Phone250-941-8810

Visit and Experience Island Grown Wines!

There is something special in the air at 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery. With the Strait of Georgia and the Comox to Powell River ferry just a stone's throw away, the site is alive with sounds of barking sea lions, singing birds, and planes from the neighbouring air force base. An 18 acre pristine vineyard and winery offer a relaxing place for visitors.

Two unique wine portfolios are on offer. The 40 Knots estate-grown wines include a sparkling, table wines, and a fortified wine that are fresh, lively, and aromatic. Two wines are presented under the Stall Speed label, crafted from Okanagan-grown fruit.

40 Knots invite you to visit, taste, and learn what makes Vancouver Island wines so special.

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Averill Creek Vineyard - Duncan

6552 North Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6K9
Toll-free
Phone250-709-9986

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.

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Blue Grouse Estate Winery - Duncan

4365 Blue Grouse Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6M3
Toll-free
Phone250-743-3834

As one of Vancouver Island's oldest estate vineyards and a long time family-owned winery, Blue Grouse produces exceptional Cowichan Valley wines which express their place of origin. Blue Grouse produces a dozen cool climate varieties including Ortega, Siegerrebe, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive. Visitors are invited to share a taste of Vancouver Island's most remarkable wines while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Valley. In summer time, feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy it under the South-facing arbor.

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Island Gourmet Trails - Comox

Toll-free
Phone250-650-1956

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 .

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Island Joy Rides: Vancouver Island Cycling Tours - Campbell River

Toll-free855-830-8522
Phone250-830-8522

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.

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Landsea Tours & Adventures - Vancouver

Toll-free877-669-2277
Phone604-255-7272

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.

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Merridale Ciderworks - Cobble Hill

1230 Merridale Rd
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
V0R 1L0
Toll-free800-998-9908
Phone250-743-4293

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.

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Northern Lights Candles - Fanny Bay

415 Station Road
Fanny Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1W0
Toll-free888-335-0485
Phone250-335-0485

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.

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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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