“The historic Kinsol Trestle in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island is one of the largest wooden bridges in the world. Completed in 1920 as part of the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway and abandoned in 1979, the bridge appeared destined to be torn down.”
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you might be thinking about heading out of town with your sweetie for a weekend of adventure, romance and relaxation.
If your relationship and family dynamic is anything like mine, you’re probably short on time — not to mention the funds for an exotic week-long getaway.
Fortunately for us Valleyites, one doesn’t have to venture far to be close to majestic mountains, lush trails and breathtaking beaches. While we are surrounded by beauty, it still is nice to get away to play tourist in another town.
Explore central Vancouver Island to experience craft beer culture interwoven with natural beauty, agricultural splendour and some of BC’s most spectacular beaches. This three day tour will take you through the communities of Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Featured breweries include: Red Arrow Brewing Company, Craig Street Brew Pub, Riot Brewing Co., White Sails Brewing, Longwood Brewpub, Longwood Brewery, Wolf Brewing Company, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co., & LoveShack Libations.
Rock Legends was a show so worthy of a standing ovation night after night this summer that one performance even caused a woman to applaud so hard the diamond fell out of her ring. Director Alex Mustakas’ sequel to Twist and Shout: The British Invasion sold 25,349 tickets which was 149 more than the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific in 2008.
We are excited to share with you an amazing story promoting the wildly popular Pacific Marine Circle Route featured in Travel and Leisure Magazine. Author Gina Vercesi, a New York based journalist, explored a number of Cowichan’s hot spots on her way through the valley. The Pacific Marine Circle Route connects southern Vancouver Island’s coastlines from south, east and west, linking the communities of Victoria, Mill Bay, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew and Sooke and is being promoted in collaboration between Tourism Cowichan, Tourism Victoria, Wild Renfrew and Destination BC.
Apart from being blessed with natural beauty, agricultural splendor, and some of BC’s spectacular beaches, central Vancouver Island showcases a thriving craft beer culture. A new BC Ale Trail now connects the Cowichan Valley with the city of Nanaimo and the communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, offering beer-loving visitors an easy way to tour the area’s best breweries.
“We are proud to be part of this excellent initiative promoting the craft beer movement that has swept the country,” says Karen Elgersma, executive director, Tourism Cowichan. “Our breweries are top-notch and we’re excited to be able to share our best-kept beer secrets with visitors.”
Charles McCool of McCool Travel wanted to send Canada some love on our birthday, so he posted this article on Canada Day. This is his first post of a series and features the luxury yurts at Merridale Ciderworks and the Villa Eyrie. Charles engages his readers by asking questions encouraging people to add their own comments and recommendations. Enjoy the read and join the conversation!