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Authentic Experiencers are typically understated travellers looking for authentic, tangible engagement with destinations they seek, with a particular interest in understanding the history of the places they visit.

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Beaver House Fudge

Holiday Tin With Special Edition Flavoured Fudge: Beaver House Fudge is a melt in your mouth, decadent treat, made right here in the Cowichan Valley. Using local, organic cream and butter- you can’t go wrong giving this gift over the holidays to those of your loved ones with a sweet tooth. And be sure to check out their special holiday tins featuring seasonal flavours like Egg Nog, Candy Cane and Salted Caramel with Dark Chocolate! 

Pick up more holiday fudge at their location in Whipple Tree Junction.

Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery 

Wool & Fibres Key Chain and Broach  & Ladysmith Gift Cards by Leona Petrak: With stunning gallery space, workshop and class space, and a gift shop full of local artisan gifts the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery is an important facility for the Cowichan arts scene. The Gallery is located in an incredible renovated warehouse that has been updated to seamlessly house the arts. Stop in at their gift shop this holiday season to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

Black and White Coffee Roasters 

Café de Noel Holiday Coffee & One Gift Card for a bag of coffee: Black & White is a sweet little roastery located in the Cowichan Valley. Their aim is to provide you with an amazing coffee experience time after time. “Something special can happen over coffee…a romance may spark, life’s goals can take shape, more time spent with the people we love.” 


Apple Butter & Cyser Mustard: Merridale is the oldest craft cidery on Vancouver Island. Their orchard and farmhouse in Cobble Hill is a delicious and beautiful destination for cider and food lovers of all types. The farmhouse giftshop is an excellent spot to shop for locally crafted holiday goodies. Their Apple Butter and Cyser Mustard are both unique Merridale produced products that make great stocking stuffers.

Ed’s Soup Co

Mulligatawyn Soup Mix: Founded over 10 years ago, Ed’s Soup Co produces delicious and nutritious dry soup and dinner mixes. What started as Christmas stocking stuffers and gifts for friends and family, blossomed into a family business and Ed’s Soup Shack was born. Now offering 20 different soups and 4 dinners and Ed’s Soup Co mainly sell at farm markets and street fairs.

Find them at the Duncan Farmers Market.

Heart Wood Studio

Set of handcrafted spoons and cooking spatulas:  Heartwood Studio is known for their individually handmade kitchen utensils and bowls, made from local Cowichan woods including both maple and arbutus, with some dogwood, plum, cherry and other species as well. Owner Ken Broadland handcrafts each item, so no two are the same. After sanding, he finishes the wood with walnut oil and then top-coated with beeswax; both are food-safe finishes. A true one of a kind, local gift that will last a lifetime.  Shop for your own beautiful spoons at these Cowichan locations.

Fat Chili Farm

West Coast Kitchen Freeze Dried Hummus: With a passion for cooking unique and flavourful foods, Fat Chili Farm is known across the Cowichan region for their incredible hot sauces and unique food products. Their traditional and nutritious hummus is made from chickpeas and sesame paste. Pick up your own package or shop from their extensive list of spicy offerings at these Farmers Markets.

Cowichan Lake Visitor Information Centre

Cowichan Lake Hoodie: Cowichan Lake is one of the largest bodies of fresh water on Vancouver Island, BC. Located just 20 minutes west of Duncan along Highway 18, the Cowichan Lake region includes the villages of Youbou, Caycuse, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, and The Town of Lake Cowichan.
Stop in at their Visitor Centre to pick up your own Cowichan Lake Hoodie.

Get your holiday shopping done and treat yourself to a mini getaway in Cowichan.

Book a weekend at the Cowichan River Lodge and discover the unique farm stores and shopping in the Cowichan Region. Stop in at Merridale Cidery for a farm to table lunch and peruse their gift shop.

But wherever your seasonal adventures take you, we wish you safe travels and a very happy holiday.

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