“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.”
“Dreaming about a quick family getaway this winter, but don’t want to worry about passports, flying or maxing out your credit? Between Victoria and Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Cowichan enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperature, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or family vacation throughout the calendar year”
“Dining out has always been one of my favourite parts of travel, so it’s only natural I’d worry it would go to the wayside once Jason and I became parents. . . While the following restaurants listed in this blog post are not your typical family restaurants, we discovered that they do dish up some amazing food and atmosphere that both parents and kids will enjoy.”
“Drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route, a loop starting and ending in Victoria on the southern end of Vancouver Island.
This British Columbia road trip takes you through the Cowichan Valley, which is a growing wine-producing region, through old-growth rain forest where you can find Canada’s “gnarliest tree,” and along the island’s south coast, where the views of the ocean and across to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula pop out through the trees.
While it’s possible to pack this 185-mile (300-kilometer) island road trip into one very long day, it’s far more relaxing if you have at least two or three days to explore. A delicious stopover point, for both food and overnight lodging, is the Farm Table Inn, located off Highway 18, between the towns of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.”
“A layer of fog hangs in the air as we drive through the rolling green hills and farmland of the Cowichan Valley. Family farms and vineyards dot our route as we make our way to Merridale Cidery & Distillery in Cobble Hill a few days before Thanksgiving for some fall fun.”
“This week on BC Food + Wine Radio, we head to the exciting culinary region of the Cowichan Valley where we press grapes with Tim Turyk at Unsworth and talk to his winery chef, taste wine with Blue Grouse and count medals at Rocky Creek.”
“With its old growth forests and shimmering river, the area boasts a Mediterranean-like microclimate (with more sunny days each year than anywhere else in Canada), hence why a plethora of farmers, vineyards, artisanal producers and even roadside stands dot the map of this picturesque region.
Here’s how to make the most of your trip to the Cowichan Valley…”