“The Cowichan Valley, just north of Victoria, has been called Canada’s Provence, but it doesn’t really need the French analogy. This is the heart of foodie-paradise B.C., a rolling landscape dotted with wineries, cideries, distilleries, organic farms — even a cranberry bog and a tea farm.”
“Known for its warm weather (boasting Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climate), the area is full of hidden outdoor adventures, amazing artisanal eats and drinks, and a whole lot of reasons to enjoy a well-earned beer.”
Vancouver Island has earned a reputation for its outstanding forest excursions, surfing thrills, and quiet time for romantics and explorers. It’s also a destination for families — particularly those with inquisitive kids who want to learn more about nature and the animals who live in it.
“We nosed our way into a Cowichan Bay Marina on a glorious day, with the sun burning off twists of mist and creating undulating oval diamonds on the wavelets.” Take a read through this beautiful article by Marianne Scott in Pacific Yachting!
“In Cowichan alone, there are 800+ farms, 14 wineries, 2 craft distilleries, 2 cideries and 3 craft breweries. So you could literally eat and drink your way around for a weekend!” From A Life Well Consumed
“Nestled in the Cowichan Valley, midway between Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, is Duncan, Canada’s smallest city by area, at just 0.8 square mile. But small doesn’t mean this area isn’t rich in opportunities for visitors.”
“Wedged between the central highlands and the protected waters of the Strait of Georgia, the Cowichan Valley has the hottest microclimate on Vancouver Island and is home to more than a dozen wineries. Just across the Saanich Inlet, more small vineyards are popping up among the corn and blueberry farms, while enterprising vintners tend grapes in the Gulf Islands, from Pender and Salt Spring to Mayne.”