Tucked away in the picturesque Cowichan Valley, Merridale is a destination not to be missed! For those looking for a unique experience that is sure to make your tastebuds happy, Merridale Cidery, Distillery and Eatery is home to a beautiful 20 acre apple orchard. They have been churning out award-winning ciders for years now. Lately, while still producing their much sought after craft cider, the folks at Merridale have turned their attention to perfecting the art of gin, vodka, and rhumb distilling. At the Merridale Eatery (restaurant and bakery), local meats, cheeses, produce and freshly baked goods are featured on the menu, which is all about wholesome and delicious comfort food, featuring their delicious apples!

The property and buildings, including the restaurant, are wheelchair friendly and barrier-free, for the most part. My scooter could access the indoor section of the cafe, and the many tables in the covered porch area, but not the lower outdoor seating. The bathroom is accessible for me and my compact scooter, but some may find it a little snug. There is a baby change table in the accessible restroom as well. Much of Merridale’s grounds are paved and level, and designated accessible parking is located on the right hand side shortly after you drive through the entrance. (Be sure to go past the first driveway, which is a residence). 

Merridale is a destination worth visiting for a minimum of a couple of hours. Along with cider and spirits, freshly baked sourdough bread and homemade apple butter are available to purchase, along with other fun local goods and merchandise. In the summertime, tours of the cidery and distillery operation are available, and there are walking trails through the orchard. Kids will love searching for fairy houses, and there are picnic tables and sitting areas on the grassy slopes. Reservations are not taken at the moment but I find a phone call with an explanation that you are in a wheelchair goes along way. There’s only one thing left to say, it’s high time to pop by for a visit! 

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