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Delicious Vancouver Island

Enjoy a quick bite from a gourmet food truck in Victoria, a fresh ceviche in a remote fishing village in Ucluelet, or a picnic lunch served by a helicopter pilot on a 10,000-year-old glacier just off the north end of the Island. Throughout the Island, you’ll find a venue that creates the tastes and smells to make memories that last a lifetime.

With over 2,600 farms working the land on Vancouver Island, local fare is never far away, and with a coastline that stretches over 3,340 km (2,137 miles), the freshest seafood is practically in your plate.

World-Class Wines, Beers, and Spirits of Vancouver Island

Take a tour of over forty different wineries, breweries, cideries, and meaderies in the Cowichan Valley and south Island, or enjoy a cocktail made with spirits from a local distillery. Artisan winemakers and brewmasters have discovered that the Island’s temperate climate and crystal clear waters create the perfect recipe for a diverse selection of adult beverages, best enjoyed with someone special.

Farmers Markets

Just about every community on the Island has at least one Farmers Market: a place to find local produce, fresh dairy, herbs, spices, and baked goods. Some of the markets have over 100 vendors, offering a diverse variety of edibles, crafts, and delicious treats to provide you the sustenance you need to keep shopping and exploring. Mane of the markets are open year-round, offering a seasonal selection to spice up the table at home.

Milner Gardens and Woodland

2179 Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1G1 • Central Island
250-752-6153

Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens and Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered by an old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.Enjoy a leisurely pot of tea while taking in the…

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Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

4330 Island Highway South, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R9 • North Central Island
1-800-663-7929 or 250-338-1323

Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Pamper yourself in our luxury Pacific Mist Spa where our spa therapies focus on the rich ingredients of the sea – leaving you feeling completely relaxed…

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Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club

2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2A5 • Central Island
1-866-582-8633

Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club was established in 1996 and features an 18-hole, Par-61, executive golf course adjacent to the Beaufort Range. Mount Arrowsmith, the largest mountain on Vancouver Island, offers stunning views both on the course and from Micky J’s Bar and Grill outdoor/ heated patio. Our…

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TOFINO'S LUXURY ADVENTURE RESORT! Come experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities & handcrafted cuisine at Long Beach Lodge Resort. The Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf...in fact it is one…

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The Oak Bay Beach Hotel

1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC V8S 2N2 • South Island
1-800-668-7758

Your VIP experience. Reimagined. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, BC - the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a luxury boutique property like no other. Our facility overlooks the Juan de Fuca Strait and offers breathtaking ocean views of snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance. Just…

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Discover Vancouver Island Tours

1917 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 • Pacific Rim, South Island

Find tour packages for the best of Vancouver Island. We do outdoor packages for Victoria, the Pacific Rim (which includes Tofino and Ucluelet), and the North Island. You can: - get packages for all the BEST of Vancouver Island - fish the MOST productive salmon and halibut waters in the world - kayak…

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City of Duncan

200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1W3 • Cowichan
250-746-6126

Duncan is small, in a Big way. Just a few hundred metres off the Highway (about 60 kilometres north of Victoria) you'll find 300 shops and services in a few beautiful walkable blocks - although Visitors seem to remember the 40 world renowned totem poles. Within minutes of downtown are…

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

1155 Resort Drive, Parksville BC V9P 2E3 • Central Island
1-800-663-7373

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and self. Discover Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience the comfort of 192 handcrafted guestrooms, the convenience…

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Micky J’s Bar and Grill

2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2A5 • Central Island
1-866-582-8633

Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club is located half way between Qualicum Beach and Bowser and open to the public year round. Drop by our fully serviced clubhouse with Micky J’s Bar and Grill, pro shop and exceptional staff. We offer a wide selection of delicious food and…

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LUXURY AND RECREATION – JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY.Bear Mountain Resort is the only urban resort in Canada and offers residents and guests alike, resort living at its finest. Victoria, BC is a sophisticated and charming city with world class recreational opportunities and a year round temperate climate. Visit Bear…

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The Beach Club Resort

181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC V9P 2H5 • Central Island
1-888-760-2008

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Guest suites offer private balconies, spectacular ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor. The hotel’s…

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Perched above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains, the resort offers an unparalleled experience to its guests. Newly-added fire pits in the tropical-inspired terrace add an element of casual luxury as visitors are encouraged to enjoy a glass of wine or…

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Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet, $2 Wildlife Fee & for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.When you ride with us you are guaranteed to…

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Harbour Air Seaplanes

950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212

Harbour Air Seaplanes offers fast, frequent flights between BC’s most popular coastal destinations 364 days a year. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows and Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple Bay, Comox, Salt Spring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. Scenic tours show off our waterfront cities, majestic mountain ranges…

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Merridale Cidery & Distillery

1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, BC, V0R 1L0 • Cowichan
1-800-998-9908

A delicious Cowichan destination—an apple orchard, craft cider house, small batch distillery, and gastropub. Learn about the production of cider and spirits through a tour of the orchard and cellar, and then step up to the bar for a guided tasting of our ciders and spirits. In our pub, enjoy…

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Victoria Distillers

9891 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC, V8L 4X3 • South Island
250-544-8217

Tour, Taste and Lounge in BC’s only waterfront distillery in charming Sidney-by-the-Sea. Take in all aspects of production during tour and tastings. Visitors are guided through the entire distillation process and around two gleaming copper pot stills for an intimate look into one of BC’s finest artisan distilleries.…

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Tourism Cowichan

2896 Drinkwater Rd Duncan, BC V9L 6C2 • Cowichan
1-888-303-3337 (Visitor Information)/ 250-746-1099 (Tourism Cowichan office)

The Cowichan Region, a sprawling belt of land that extends from sea to sea across Southern Vancouver Island, takes its name from ‘Quw'utsun’, an aboriginal word that means ‘the warm land’. Here, ancient rivers flow from craggy peaks, through lush forests, to vast tracts of fertile farmland. Today, Cowichan’s rugged…

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We’ve all been there. Day 1 of your vacation. You’re wondering what to do, what to see, and where to eat. Tofino Food Tours will make that decision a lot easier for you while being your introduction to everything Tofino. By the end of the tour, you’ll know where you…

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Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

PO Box 3301 Courtenay BC, V9N 5N5 • Central Island
250-218-0321

Taste the bounty of the Comox Valley! Year round Saturdays plus Sundays and Wednesdays through the summer. 100s of varieties of veggies fruits and flowers in season, meat, poultry, eggs, fish and seafood, artisan baked goods of all kinds including for special diets, cheese, yogurt, frozen desert, chocolate, honey and…

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Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

2487 Mt St Michael Rd, Saanicton, BC, V8M 1T7 • South Island
250-589-9809

We are a family-owned, community-minded orchard and ciderhouse. We grow organic cider apples and to produce award-winning cider. We are a small farm with a big heart and aim to deliver an exceptional experience. We think cider is for celebrating and cider is worth celebrating, so raise a glass of…

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Fairmont Empress

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5 • South Island
(250) 384 8111

Home to fairytale weddings, world famous afternoon tea, and the best martini on the Coast, Fairmont Empress graces Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. This iconic Canadian luxury hotel offers 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and expansive meeting and wedding space adjacent to the conference centre.…

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Beaufort Winery

5854 Pickering Road, Courtenay, BC V9J 1T4 • North Central Island
250.338.1357

We are dedicated to crafting small batch wines while adhering to environmentally sustainable practices in our vineyard. We grow eight grapes varieties at Beaufort, all of them perfectly suited to the growing conditions on Vancouver Island. Our white wines are classically crisp and aromatic, while our reds are delightfully smooth,…

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Cheers Cowichan Tours

896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan, V9L6C2 • Cowichan, South Island
250-710-7391

Cheers Cowichan offers guided tours and transport in the beautiful Cowichan Valley and South Vancouver Island.We specialize in Winery and Brewery Tours, Wedding/ Event transportation. Corporate Day Trips/Transport and Custom Group tours to any Island Destination. Ferry and Airport transport available for groups. Open daily, year round. 250-710-7391

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Chances RimRock

4890 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, BC V9y 8E9 • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-724-7625

MUST BE 19+. We offer 99 slot machines with one virtual Blackjack table that seats 5. Loon Lake Bingo offers paper and electronic bingo which seats 97 players. A daytime and evening bingo session is offered daily. Enjoy excellent food, classic cocktails and fine wines…

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Blue Grouse Estate Winery

2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC, V9L 6M3 • Cowichan
250-743-3834

Blue Grouse Estate Winery offers a family-owned and sustainably-farmed taste of Vancouver Island. The winery and surrounding vineyards are a sought after destination to delight in the winery’s award-winning portfolio of wines. The Leed-certified facility and grounds are also home to events, weddings, picnics, and family adventures. New to 2017…

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Island Joy Rides: Authentically Natural Vancouver Island Experiences

Comox Valley and Campbell River, British Columbia. V9W 4M3 • North Central Island
1-855-830-8522

Island Joy Rides tours are carefully designed to connect you with the people, the food, the culture, and the places that make our region so spectacular. Discover the hidden secrets of the Comox Valley and Campbell River on our cycling tours and multi-adventure experiences (including kayaking, hiking, and whale watching).…

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Shelter Point Distillery

4650 Regent Road Campbell River, BC V9H 1E3 • North Central Island
778.420.2200

Paradise isn"t necessarily a geographical requirement for making great spirits, but we managed to find it — at Shelter Point, on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Come savour our hand crafted Whisky and Vodka.

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“From Corporate Suits to Gumboots”. Discover our story. Learn how wine and food can “wow” you. Taste our wines that have won over 90 medals since we began. Our wines are all estate grown and managed entirely by the owners. We make our wines food…

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Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co.

Unit 109, 425 Stanford Ave. Parksville, BC V9P 2G3 • Central Island
250-951-0125

Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co is a family run collaboration of passionate beer enthusiasts who deemed the communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach were in dire need of great locally made craft beer. Our cozy, west coast themed tasting room is just the place to come for a tasting flight or…

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Ramada Duncan

140 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC V9L 3P7 • Cowichan
1-250-748-4311

After a day of wine touring, cycling; hiking, or exploring Cowichan Valley’s delightful towns, relax with a glass of local wine or craft beer in our gorgeous courtyard at the Ramada Duncan. Enjoy house made ‘comfort food for Island folk’ created by our red seal chefs at the Old Fork…

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Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

403 Lowry's Rd. Parksville, BC V9P 2B5 • Central Island
250-954-3931

Home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery, Morningstar Farm provides a unique opportunity to visit and experience a functioning dairy farm. They combine age-old grazing and cheesemaking practices with the best of modern technologies including a fully robotic milking system. Visitors are welcome to explore the barns, walk the…

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Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant

2915 Cameron-Taggart Road, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P2 • Cowichan
+1-250-929-2292

Family-owned, award-winning, boutique winery and restaurant producing handcrafted wines reflecting our Vancouver Island terroir. Unsworth Restaurant is nestled in our vineyard and features exceptional farm-to-table cuisine. Enjoy wines by the glass or share a bottle on the tasting room patio. Play a round of Japanese Park…

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Best Western Dorchester Hotel

70 Church St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H4 • Central Island

Located in the heart of Downtown Nanaimo across from Inner Harbour Walkway, steps away from Port Theatre, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo Museum, Art Gallery, Bastion, as well as some of the City’s best shopping and entertainment, the waterfront playground, and the Nanaimo Casino.

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Wickaninnish Inn

500 Osprey Lane Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 • Pacific Rim
2507253100

Discover Tofino through the only resort on Chesterman Beach. The Wickaninnish Inn offers magnificent views of the open ocean set against a backdrop of old-growth forest. A dedicated Concierge custom creates readily available Tofino packages such as: wildlife viewing, fishing, ocean sports, and arts and cultural experiences. Uncompromising service and…

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The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC, V8L 4X3 • South Island
250.655.6445

Discover the perfect blend of contemporary style and comfort at our oceanfront boutique hotel in the charming town of Sidney-by-the-Sea. Haro’s Restaurant & Bar is renowned for great local food and tranquility is ever present at Haven Spa. Explore nearby Butchart Gardens, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Victoria Distillers, wineries and…

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Qualicum Beach Inn

2690 Island Hwy W Quualicum Beach, BC V9K 1 G8 • Central Island

The Qualicum Beach Inn is a perfect blend of romance, charm, and convenience. More than just a hotel in our community, we are a reflection of the values and characteristics that make Qualicum Beach such a unique and wonderful place to experience.At the QBI, we take pride in being ambassadors…

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In the heart of Comox Valley, 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery crafts wines distinctly shaped by wind and sea on a sun soaked glacier till vineyard. Established 2005, Brenda and Layne Craig steward environmentally ethical farming practices and traditional wine making methods under direction of a Master Wine…

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Averill Creek Vineyard

6552 North Road, Duncan BC, V9L 6K9 • Cowichan
250-709-9986

At Averill Creek we are passionate about creating premium quality estate wines from our 30-acre Cowichan Valley vineyard. Set on the south slope of Mt. Prevost, our tasting room and relaxing garden patio offer spectacular ocean and valley views. Drop in for wine tastings or pack a picnic lunch…

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Millstone Winery

2300 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6V7 • Central Island
250-716-3549

Small, family run vineyard nestled along the Millstone River in Nanaimo. Our unique area is a reflection of our handcrafted wines, focusing on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega and Gwertz. Enjoy wines by the glass or share a bottle and enjoy a cheese board on the vineyard patio.

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Make Cheese with Paula

2125 North Road Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X7 • Gulf Islands

Using readily available products with comprehensive instruction, Paula demystifies the idea that cheesemaking is difficult. You will journey through history, learn the process, technique, and chemistry of the craft, and experience a world of sumptuous flavours as you create your very own cheese. It's a unique experience sure to spark…

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Vancouver Island Expeditions

Pickup at 98 Front Street, Nanaimo BC • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island

A visit to Vancouver Island isn’t complete without going on a local food, craft beverage & estate winery tour that will excite your senses and leave you longing to return! Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that will inspire stories that last a lifetime!

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