Cowichan businesses have been working tirelessly to safely open their doors to visitors once again. While we all stay local, take a look at these businesses that are ready to welcome you back.

It’s time to start planning your holiday travel for summer and fall, and we’re so excited to be able to welcome you back to Cowichan. Below is the latest update on travel guidelines to the region. 

On June 24, 2020, it was announced that British Columbia is taking the next step in BC’s Restart Plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the smart, safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province. Our Cowichan restaurants, wineries, breweries, & cideries, trails, campsites, and local producers are once again opening their doors to guests with social distancing in place.

DISCOVER COWICHAN

As the province continues to encourage travel within B.C., many people are discovering their own backyard for the first time. Let us be the first to say, Welcome to Cowichan!

Cowichan takes its name from Quw’utsun’, an Indigenous word that means The Warm Land. The region boasts the longest growing season in Canada, and as such, is known for its countless farms and abundance of fresh, local produce. This also means that Cowichan is home to a plethora of farm-to-tables restaurants, farm stands, markets, bakeries, food producers, wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries. Basically, it’s a foodie’s dream!

Check out some of our helpful resources below to help you plan your Trip!

Know Before You Go

It is important to note, that while we are excited to once again share the beauty of Cowichan, we are not leaving Covid-19 behind, and not every business is ready to open. Before travel, ensure that you are up to date on all protocols by visiting our Covid-19 Response Page as we continue to work with our local business leaders and members to ensure the safety of our valued guests and employees. 

Our Canadian border remains closed at this time and we are asking our international travellers to plan their trips to the region for a later date. Dream now; visit later. We will be here for you when it is time to reopen fully. 

Lastly, the province has put together a Covid-19 response line for British Columbians to better help you navigate through the latest recommendations and updates. Information is available seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.For more information on travelling to other regions of British Columbia, be sure to follow Destination BC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I need to quarantine?

You Will not need to quarantine if visiting from any other Canadian province, but please ensure that you are following health and safety protocols, including maintaining social distance.

Are camping sites open?

Provincial camping sites opened on June 1st for front-country and most back-country sites for B.C. residents only. Reservations can be made and accessed through the Discover Camping website

Private camping sites are accepting bookings from residents outside of B.C. A complete list of sites can be found on the Camping & RV in BC website.

Are hiking trails open?

Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RCTBC) opened most hiking trails on June 1st. Before leaving on your trip, check for possible closures, alerts or other warnings that may affect the site or trail you plan to visit. For more information, visit the RCTBC website.

Note: Recreation sites and trails are often accessed by resource roads, also known as forest service roads (FSR). BC’s resource roads are not built or maintained to the same standards as public highways, with many additional hazards such as rough, loose gravel, potholes, sharp corners, large industrial vehicles and other unmarked hazards. High-clearance 4WD vehicles are often required. Remember to check your insurance policy, as some coverage may be void when using these roads. Please read road safety, road use regulations, and road policy information before travelling on forest service roads. For more information, please visit the Government of BC website.

Are Provincial parks open for day use and hiking?

On May 14, BC Parks began to open many provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks, though some will still remain closed. Some areas and facilities remain closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters and visitor centres. For more information, including a list of open parks, please visit the BC Parks website, or use the BC Parks Map.

Are National parks open?

Reservations at most Parks Canada sites opened June 23rd with limited capacity. Visit Parks Canada Reservations website to see protocols for specific parks in the region.

Are BC Ferries operating?

BC Ferries is operating at a reduced capacity, a limited schedule, and reduction of route service. Safety measures that are in place to support physical distancing include allowing customers to remain in their vehicles during the sailing on all car decks, enhanced cleaning, and screening of travellers.

As they bring service back, they will not be returning immediately to previous levels of service. Service levels will remain lower than customers are used to for the foreseeable future as they seek to find a new normal.

All passengers travelling with BC Ferries are required to be in possession of a face covering that covers their mouth and nose, and asked to wear this covering in situations when a physical separation of two metres cannot be maintained. This directive goes into effect for routes longer than 30 minutes and up. Read their June 8 News Release for full details.

If you plan to travel on a ferry this summer, check the service notices, current conditions and the BC Ferries travel advisory. Reservations are highly recommended.

Hours of Operation

Below is a list of some of the businesses that have updated their operations and hours during Covid-19. This is in no way a complete list of updates, and we encourage people to confirm hours of operation with any local businesses they would like to visit in the area.

*If you are a Cowichan business owner and would like to submit updated information for this page, please send your info to: info@tourismcowichan.com*

AMPERSAND DISTILLING CO.

Ampersand Distilling Company is a family founded craft distillery located on a five acre organic farm in the Cowichan Valley.

We now have open hours on Saturdays 12 noon – 3pm! Please drop by at 4077 Lanchaster Rd, in Duncan for a free tour and taste our award winning spirits. Per Se Vodka, Ampersand Gin & Nocino, a green walnut liquor!

Website: http://www.ampersanddistilling.com/

TWOFIVEO TOUR CO.

In light of covid, we are shifting our focus to single day adventures for groups servicing the Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Victoria and the Comox Valley. We can take about 1-3 private groups depending on composition so that we can maintain social distancing between groups. We are able to take between 6-14 people on most adventures. 

see all the adventures at http://www.twofiveotourco.com

FARM TABLE INN

Farm Table Inn has opened its Farm Store, providing farm-to-table take and bake meals, farm-raised pork products, free-range duck and chicken eggs, desserts and more.

Order at: https://www.farmtableinn.ca/the-farm-store

ROCK COD CAFE

Starting May 1, Rock Cod Cafe is open for take-out 12 – 6pm daily! Check out their menu online, and order via phone 250-746-1550. Order an extra piece of fish – you won’t regret it!

Take-out menu: http://www.rockcodcafe.com

ROCKY CREEK WINERY

While the tasting room is closed, Rocky Creek Winery is offering pickup by appointment for online sales, and delivery in the Duncan area with FREE shipping 3 bottles or more.

Sales: 15% off orders over $100 using code STAYCATION at checkout!

Order Online: http://www.rockycreekwinery.ca/

AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD

Offering free delivery anywhere in BC plus free delivery within Canada on orders of 6 bottles or more; or pick-up at the winery at our window wine shop from 11am – 5pm. They also have several affordable/isolation-friendly case deals available.

Online store: https://www.averillcreek.ca/online-store

MERRIDALE CIDERY AND DISTILLERY

Merridale is open for takeout on both food and cider/spirits 7 days a week from 11am – 5pm with a limited menu including favourite like charcuterie boards, scrumpy pot pie, and cinnamon buns that can be enjoyed right away or frozen for later.

Sales: 20% discount on the purchase of full cases of cider or spirits!

Takeout Menu: https://www.merridale.ca/eatery/take-home-menu

BLUE GROUSE ESTATE WINERY

Blue Grouse Estate Winery has resumed public-facing operations! Guests are welcome to visit and enjoy the beauty of our Cowichan Valley winery from Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
To ensure the safety of our guests and staff we will be implementing a reservation system for tastings. Please schedule your tasting by calling 250-743-3834 ext. tasting room. We can’t wait to see you! 

Live locally? Order for curbside pick-up. Place your order ONLINE or call 250-743-3834 ahead of time.

Free shipping available for 6+ bottles as well! 

SALES: 25% off 2018 Quill Off Dry White

Online Orders: https://www.bluegrouse.ca/Shop

UNSWORTH VINEYARDS & RESTAURANT

The restaurant will be offering a take out menu Friday to Sunday from 12-7. Orders can be placed by calling 250.929.2292 ext 1. Please see the take out procedures for details on prepayment and contactless options.

The Tasting Room is temporarily closed but orders can be placed for free delivery to Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Online orders can be picked up Monday – Thursday from 3pm – 4:30pm at the tasting room, arranged in advance or at the restaurant Friday – Sunday 12pm-7pm.

EMANDARE VINEYARD

Emandare Vineyard’s newest wine releases are now available for pickup or with FREE delivery within Cowichan. Wine Shop and picnic patio are now open Friday and Saturday 11 am – 5:00 pm.

Place your order online (250-597-4075), by email (info@emandarevineyard.com), or by visiting the website!

Online Orders: https://www.emandarevineyard.com/wine

KEATING FARM

The farm stand is currently open at 5250 Miller Road – 5 people or less at a time. Please contact 250-797-6179 to place an order. Current products include farm fresh eggs, honey and juice. Chicken and pork are available in Spring. Hay and honey are available in Summer.

Pork harvest time is around the corner! Sampler boxes available for $250 plus a 5 per cent discount on order over $250. Pork sides available for $6.50/lb

Order online: http://keatingfarm.ca/

ALDERLEA VINEYARD

Wine orders can be placed for pickup or delivery where possible. Rosé, Reds, and Plaid collection currently available and the 2019 Whites will be released in late April. Orders can be placed by phone (250 746-7122), email (alderleavineyards@shaw.ca ) or by Facebook message to Alderlea Vineyards.

http://www.alderlea.ca/

COFFEE ON THE MOON

Your “moon crew” is ready to take your bean order, and look forward to serving coffee again when the time is right.

Order ahead: https://www.facebook.com/coffeeonthemoon

ENRICO WINERY

Pick-up service by appointment only plus FREE delivery on all South Vancouver Island orders of $100 or more. Please call 250-516.8533 to arrange pickup.

Sales: 10% club discount of 6 bottles or more. 

Order Online: https://www.enricowinery.com/

RIOT BREWING

The Lounge is open Monday – Friday from 12pm – 6pm for retail only as well as contactless home deliveries Monday – Friday.

Orders can be made over the phone by calling 250-324-7468. Your delivery will be dropped off at your desired location and you will be notified.

Place an Order: 250-324-7468

Beer Selection: https://riotbrewing.com/

MAD DOG CRABS SEAFOOD MARKET

Open Tuesday to Saturdxay 10am -5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

2 people max in store at a time others are asked to kindly wait outside. A temporary payment station is provided for no-contact processing. Pick up order are also available with prepay options online.

https://www.maddogcrabs.ca/

IRONWORKS CAFE AND CREPERIE

Pickup/takeout and Delivery only (open 11am – 2pm)

Ironworks Cafe and Creperie is operating with a limited menu …. don’t worry though they are still offering vegan, GF, KETO options. All forms of card are accepted, but the cafe is NOT accepting cash at this time.

FOR DELIVERY – Ironworks Cafe is offering a contactless delivery service with online payments options and door-drop service. Download DASH DELIVERS APP & follow the instructions.

More Info / Order Online: https://www.ironworkscafe.ca/

CHEMAINUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITOR CENTRE

Chemainus Visitor Centre is now open and operating from 10AM-4PM Monday to Friday. Once we hire our summer staff we’ll be open seven days a week. We have a team stationed at a table set at the front door to assist customers in order to reduce the amount of traffic inside our office space and keep our staff and volunteers safe. chemainusvc@gmail.com or chamber@chemainus.bc.ca

SPEAK FRENCH NOW

Online French courses. Special rates apply for the month of April.

https://www.speak-french-now.com/

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