“They’re apex predators, but in this place raptors capture more than prey. They capture imaginations.
This refuge and attraction in the Cowichan region of British Columbia is devoted to helping people get face to face with big birds that they usually only see from a distance: “So we work with eagles, owls, hawks, vultures, we have some kookaburras,” one-hundred-and-forty birds in all”
“The owner-perfumer at Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, along Vancouver Island’s Pacific Marine Circle Route, creates “scent memories” of British Columbia locations. “I try to paint a picture with fragrance,” she says. With names like Whistler, Sunshine Coast, and Salt Spring Island, the perfumes evoke a definitive West Coast Canadian experience enhanced by natural native ingredients.
Laurie Arbuthnot bottles up her memories. Maybe yours, too.”
“Long gone are the days of underripe grapes that plagued the area when the industry was first starting out. if anything, their focus on low-alcohol, high-acid wines are now far more on point than some of the big hulking reds the South Okanagan is producing. And for the most part these are still owner-operated wineries, meaning that the person pouring you the wine, made the wine, sells the wine, sweeps up the winery, etc.”
“Have you ever driven between Victoria and Nanaimo without stopping? Us too, but this trip we’re moving a little slower and taking time to explore a variety of the areas adventures and attractions so we can get to know the region better. If you’re looking for family adventures in the Cowichan area look no further, here are our top six recommendations!”
“Over the weekend we got to explore one of the most hidden gems in our country – Cowichan. We were familiar with Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and never knew about there’s such a beautiful wine region in between. Cowichan also known as Warmland – literally means beautiful fertile soil warmed by the sun.
Here I would love to share my Top 8 experiences in Cowichan Valley and you will know why the food, people and of course the view, everything we experience makes such an amazing journey.”
“As we pulled into the driveway of The Raptors, we were surprised at how many vehicles were in the parking lot. After all, it was a Monday afternoon and we thought we were going to a small attraction that would be a one hour visit. Apparently everyone else in the parking lot knew the secret… The Raptors was a well known centre that draws visitors from all over.
The Raptors is a wildlife sanctuary that is comprised of a group of biologists and raptor enthusiasts who are dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey, and educating guests to help them understand the delicate and important role birds of prey play in the Eco system, and what we know about them, and how we can protect them and their environments for years to come.”
“Imagine walking with your children through an apple filled orchard on a warm summer’s afternoon. The children are wide eyed, on the lookout for the next set of fairies as many have been known to hide among these very apple trees. You wind yourself around the back of the property and then your residence for the evening comes into view. A picture perfect yurt, with every comfort you could imagine included. A family stay at Merridale yurts isn’t an adventure, but rather a place to stop, breathe, cuddle, talk, think, reflect, and reconnect.
Merridale is a 20 acre boutique farm set in the beautiful Cobble Hill region of the Cowichen Valley. Located a 17 minute rural drive out of Duncan, this destination cidery and distillery is the perfect place to stop for lunch and to stay for the evening when you’re in the Cowichan region.”
“Have you ever heard of a Microtel? I hadn’t either which is why I was so excited to stay at the new Microtel by Wyndham in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island!
Imagine a hotel that was designed with families in mind, in absolutely every essence. From the moment your children walk into the hotel they know that they are welcomed! While parents are checking in they can enjoy fresh cookies! From there you can check into your hotel room, a room that is slightly smaller than a traditional room, but filled with amenities that every family needs. After a quick change you can head down to one of the hotel amenities, perhaps a splash in the pool or some playtime in their games room? Mom and Dad will love the price, starting as low as $80 and averaging $145 during the busy season. Value + experience + amenities means microtels are the perfect fit for the travelling family!”
“A wine-growing region in a temperate rainforest might seem like a novelty, if not an impossibility. Vinifera works best in a stable climate with many dry days and high temperatures. Vancouver Island, home to the Pacific Coast rainforest, may not seem to meet the requirements but in the 1990s a small group of pioneering farmers and viticulturists began a wine industry, experimenting with a number of grapes and coming to the conclusion quality sparkling wine and some whites could succeed in the Cowichan Valley”