Fairburn Farmstay and Guesthouse in the Cowichan Valley
(Andrea Johnson photo)

Vancouver Island

Food, Wine & Relaxation

Blue Grouse Estate Winery (Andrea Johnson photo)

Blue Grouse Estate Winery (Andrea Johnson photo)

Saveur magazine, in 2006, named Vancouver Island the west coast's "new epicurean mecca."

This is a well-deserved title, given the region's countless farms, markets, fresh seafood docks, wineries, cideries, breweries, restaurants, and culinary schools.

Farmers markets overflow with fresh, local, and organic produce, freshly baked goods, and locally made artisan cheeses. Island vineyards bear some of the world's most outstanding cool-climate grapes, and are winning rave reviews and critical awards.

Dining on Vancouver Island is sublime. Local food is meticulously prepared by some of the continent's most innovative chefs and paired with award-winning wines from island wineries.

And to relax? There is a large selection of wellness centres and spas on Vancouver Island, many of which feature stunning natural views and treatments with local ingredients, such as seaweed, wine, berries and cedar trees. For a hot springs escape, take a short boat tour to the remote Hot Springs Cove and soak next to the Pacific Ocean.

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