Shelter Point, Wayward Distillery, and Island Spirits are all located in close proximity (or within) the Comox Valley, which is well-known for its abundant agriculture, wide-open views, and the Island’s only commercial ski resort.
The first stop on the Path: the 300 acre former UBC farm bordered by the Salish Sea to the east and the oyster river to the south, now home to Shelter Point. It’s difficult not to be blown away by how expansive and gorgeous this place is. And Shelter Point Whiskey is good. Really good.
Travelling ‘down island’ (as the locals say) brings you to Wayward Distillery in Courtenay. 100% BC honey is fermented and distilled into decadently sippable and unruly spirits. As the first distillery in Canada to use honey as the ferment in all of their spirits, Wayward hosts two demonstration hives on-site to help visitors make the connection between pollinating honey bees and conscientious alcohol consumption.
The path then leads you across two ferries to Island spirits on Hornby Island. If you’re making more than a day trip (advisable as Hornby truly is an experience unto itself), plan ahead and settle into spirits distilled by a former icebreaker captain and an organic chemistry professor.