Escape Rooms

Escapism Rooms- Click Here

Escapism Nanaimo, Exclusively designed by an internationally renowned design company. 3 rooms to choose from. Must reserve your time. 250-753-2341. 1870b East Wellington Rd, Nanaimo.

Breakout Rooms- Click Here

Nanaimo’s first live escape game room. You have 60 minutes with a team of 2-6 people in your bubble to find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape before the time runs out! Book your game on our website. 101-321 Wallace St, Nanaimo. 250-591-9867.

Bowling

Bowling Brechin Lanes- Click Here

5 pin and bumpers are perfect for the whole family. League bowling, glow bowl and open bowl. Book your time.250-753-2341. 1870 E Wellington Rd.

Splitzville Bowling and Entertainment- Click Here

16 Lanes, cosmic bowling, games room, lounge, State of the art Brunswick lanes scoring, convenient lane side service, glow in the dark bowling, dynamic video screens and music. 171 Calder Rd, Nanaimo. 250-754-2442. Book ahead!

 

Breweries

White Sails Brewing- Click Here

Brewery and Taproom located in downtown Nanaimo. Clean, crisp, award winning beers. 8 signature beers from robust dark beers to crisp lagers. Open daily!

Longwood Brew- Click Here

A unique brewery that has partnered with local farmers to grow and malt quality barley and hops. Tasting Room and Patio is open. 250-591-2739. 101A-2046 Boxwood Rd.

Cliffside Brewing- Click Here

6 Signature beers, roasted Porter to a light Blonde Ale. Unit D 11 Cliff St. Nanaimo.

Wolf Brewing Company- Click Here

A combination of rich flavours of the Pacific North with an old world style of brewing. Built on local connections with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Book a tour. Flight tastings available. 940 Old Victoria Rd. 250-716-2739

Wineries

Milestone Winery- Click Here

Is a family run vineyard nestled in the valley of the Millstone River. Handcrafted wines, focusing on pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega and Gwertz. The Farm tasting room offers garden bubble parties. Book a private tour and tasting. Reservations required. 250-716-3549, 2300 East Wellington Rd.

Chateau Wolff Estate and Vineyard- Click Here

Located on Maxey Road in the Jingle Pot area of Nanaimo. Tended to organically, our five acre vineyard boasts some of the oldest vines planted on Vancouver Island. Outdoor tastings. 778-441-2625, 2534 Maxey Road

Art and Galleries

Nanaimo Art Gallery- Click Here

Located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Current Exhibitions, “Small Gatherings” about the relationships between gathering and care. July 24th to August 29th. Followed by “Boarder X”. 150 Commercial St. Nanaimo. 250-754-1750

Golden Otter Gallery- Permanently Closed

Features a curated collection of art that reflects our shared island values of conservation and respect for nature. Here one can find a place where they can support local artists in the acquisition of original, locally made artwork for their homes. 250-753-0497. 34 Nicol Street

Nanaimo Museums

Vancouver Island Military Museum- Click Here

More than 25 exhibits and displays showcasing Canada’s proud Military History and Traditions. For more than a quarter century, the museum has assembled a truly impressive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts from the War of 1812 right through to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. 250-753-3814. 100 Cameron Rd. Nanaimo

Nanaimo Museum- Click Here

Located in the downtown core. The museum features several permanent exhibits that help visitors understand Nanaimo’s past and present. Guests can walk through a replica coal mine, discover what life was like for the early Snuneymuxw First Nation, and find out how the Nanaimo’s World Championship Bathtub Race began. Feature Exhibits, sharing world class displays. During Covid there is limited hours, and entry to the gallery is by timed admission. 100 Museum Way

Nanaimo’s Bastion- Click Here

Closed for 2020 summer season. The last remaining wooden Hudson’s Bay Company bastion in North America. The Bastion is a symbol of Nanaimo that serves a a miniature trade-era Museum. The first floor is dedicated to the Hudson’s Bay Company day-to-day trading operations, the second floor shows off its cannons and armaments, and the third floor displays colonial miner artifacts and tools used to build The Bastion. The Bastion is open to the public between May Long Weekend and Labor Day. It is one of the most enduring and iconic symbols of Nanaimo. Our main entrance is directly beside Serious Coffee on Museum Way, and our elevator & parkade entrance is through the VI Conference Centre lobby via Gordon Street. 100 Museum Way. 250-753-1829

 

Movie Theatres in Nanaimo

Landmark Cinemas 8 Avalon Theatre Nanaimo, 3D Theatre: Click Here

Woodgrove Shopping Centre, 6631 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, 250-390-5018.

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo: Click Here

213-4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, 250-729-8000.

 

Nanaimo Markets

Nanaimo Farmers Market

Open Online Click Here

Island Roots Bowen Market

Shop Online 

Cedar Farmer’s Market

Click Here

Our market features locally grown fruit & vegetables, ethically raised meat, sustainable seafood, potted plants, fresh cut flowers, pottery, jewelry, food trucks, hot locally-roasted coffee, home-made ice cream, all-natural bath & beauty care, home decor, and so much more!

Nanaimo Parks, Walks, Hikes, Ride, Courts and Swimming

Nanaimo is known as the Harbour city. Home of two ferry terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay. Approx 2 hours sailing time to Vancouver. 1.25 to Victoria on Hwy 1 Trans Canada Hwy.

Nanaimo Harbourfront walkway-

Is a multi-use trail along the Newcastle Channel and downtown waterfront. Wheelchair accessible.

Ammonite Falls-

Is one of the three significant waterfalls in Benson Creek, in Mount Benson’s northwestern foothills. Jameson Rd is a popular access to Ammonite Falls. For more information call 250-248-3252

Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park-

Is a wilderness park located between Departure and Hammond Bay. The network of trails within the park will take you through various landscapes from forested trails to valleys, fields and rocky knolls. The city managed portion of the parkland includes groomed trails and maintained boardwalks. 3669 Rock City Road.

Westwood Lake Park-

Is one of Nanaimo’s best loved parks. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Benson it is a year round destination. There is a 5.51km trail around the lake, the lake trail is considered an easy walking trail. The main beach area near the paved parking lot is Nanaimo’s only lifeguard patrolled fresh water swimming spot. Washroom and change room on site. Small playground located at the second beach near the gravel parking lot. 381 Westwood Road

Parks and Recreation-

Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city, with most of the 36 hectare park remaining undeveloped. A leisurely stroll leads to scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species. Includes an outdoor swimming pool(Summer), Sports fields, Curling Club, Outdoor LaCrosse box, Disc Golf (Discs can be borrowed at registration counter), Tennis Courts, Horse Shoe Pitches, Sand Volleyball Courts, Two Playgrounds, Lawn Bowling Green and an Outdoor amphitheatre available for weddings and other private events. There are also Two covered picnic shelters. 500 Bowen Rd, 250-756-5200.

Loudon park and Walkway-

Is a popular spot year round for swimming, various paddling sports, walking, and fishing. On a hot summer day with the sandy beach and swimming float the park is a great place to be. The walking trail runs along the shoreline between Norwell Drive and 101 street. It is a gentle walk but is uneven in some sections. 4295 Victoria Avenue.

Nanaimo Aquatic and Recreation-

Centre. Pool is closed during Covid 19.

Elk Falls Suspension Bridge

The Suspension bridge was a Rotary initiative opened in May 2014.  It hangs 64mtrs above the Campbell River canyon floor offering a top to bottom view of Elk Falls.  Located 8kms on the Gold River Hwy 28 from downtown Campbell River.  The Bridge is free to visit and walk on, it is approximately 55mtrs long and has a turn around platform at the other end.  The Cantilever platform that hangs out over the falls is spectacular both in sound and view.  If you manage to be there when water has been released from the dam, the falls are increased by 25 times the size and sometimes reach the other end of the canyon.  There is a 74 step climb down to the Cantilever platform and less to the bridge.  There is no wheelchair access to the platform or the suspension bridge. However, the top viewing platform is suitable to reach with a wheelchair. The Walk to the falls is a 1.4km walk from the parking lot which is situated at the John Hart Interpretive centre. Pit toilets and a picnic area are available at the entry point.  The suspension bridge is maintained by BC Parks and is for day use only.

 

THE SALT SPRING ISLAND STUDIO TOUR

THE SALT SPRING STUDIO TOUR IS AN ALL YEAR ’ROUND SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF 30 DIVERSE STUDIO/WORKSHOPS. MEMBERS COVER THE SPECTRUM FROM POTTERY, GLASS, WOOD AND WEAVING TO HERBS, BREAD, CHEESE AND WINE.

If you want to taste all Salt Spring has to offer, nothing compares to the mix of art and creativity you can enjoy on the Island’s famous Studio Tour.

On our tour you can watch an artist paint, attend a wine tasting, try on some jewellery and still have time to pick up a one of a kind sculpture on your way home. With 30 studios to discover on the year-round self-guided tour, all that you require is a current studio tour map and a bit of spare time to enjoy the studios of your choice. Some of the studios offer a unique experience such as a workshop tour or a demonstration on creating a work of art. Our Studio Tour’s diverse selection also includes baked goods, wine and cheese shops that will keep the foodies nibbling the day away.

Artists may be present to answer questions about their work and help you understand the creative process and the Salt Spring way of life.

Please pick up our free Map at the Visitor Info Centre in Ganges and set off on your personal adventure to discover what Salt Spring has to offer.  The Visitor Centre in Ganges is now open 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-2pm. If you have any questions or are looking for recommendations on activities, drop by while you are on Salt Spring or call 250-537-5252.

The Salt Spring Island Visitor Information Centre in now operating on a reduced schedule. If you have any specific inquiries, please email saltspring@saltspringchamber.com, call 250-537-5252 to leave a message, or message us on social media @salt_springtourism.

 

 

Arts + Culture

Tofino Beaches

Being here means cherishing and protecting our unique natural surroundings. Embark on a rainforest hike, spend your morning seeking out wildlife, or take in coastal art—there are endless ways to make the most of this vibrant, treasured place.  Whatever your pace, there are a plethora of ways to engage with Tofino’s great outdoors. It all begins with treading lightly and leaving things as they naturally are so they continue to flourish.

Chesterman Beach
When a Tofitian says they’re going to “the beach”, they mean this one.

This “w” or “m” shaped stretch of sand measures 2.7 kilometres and is lined with beautiful homes. Its north end is home to the Wickaninnish Inn.

There are parking lots at North and South Chesterman Beach, with a few spots at Middle Chesterman. Street parking is permitted on the beach side of the road where indicated with signage.

Things to do on Chesterman Beach:
Explore tidepools at low tide on North Chesterman Beach to find sea stars, anemones and more marine life forms.
Drop by the Carving Shed by the Wickaninnish Inn and watch talented wood carvers at work.
When the tombolo (sandspit) to Frank Island emerges at low tide, walk out for views of the entire beach with a mountain backdrop.
Go to South Chesterman Beach and watch surf instructors teaching new surfers the basics of riding their first wave. Better yet, register with a Tofino surf school for your first lesson or bring your gear and surf this stunning beach.
If the wind is blowing, fly a kite!

1358 Chesterman Beach Rd, Tofino, BC

 

Cox Bay Beach
Home to most Tofino surf competitions, this crescent-shaped beach offers consistent surf, tidepool exploration at its north and south ends and even some solitude. Here, you’ll find Long Beach Lodge Resort, Cox Bay Beach Resort and Pacific Sands Beach Resort.

Parking is in two main spots: There is a public lot accessed by the entrance to Long Beach Lodge Resort. A little further south, there’s ample parking on Maltby Road.

Things to do on Cox Bay:
Pack up for a day of beach fun.
Look for some high-skill surfing. This is where you’re likely to find the pros and seasoned surfers.
Spot some sand dollars. While it can be tempting to bring them home, they’re best left in their natural habitat.
Explore driftwood shelters, built by industrious beach lovers. Maybe build your own?
Wait for a low tide to explore the tidal caves at the northern tip of Cox Bay (to the right when facing the ocean.) You may find barnacles, sea stars, and more marine life.

Directions & Parking
Directions from town. There are two parking and entrance areas to Cox Bay Beach. (1) The first one takes you to the northern end. Walk/bike/drive south along Pacific Rim Highway and turn right into Cox Bay Beach Resort. There is a parking lot there with washrooms and showers and a wide level path to the beach. (2) The second entrance is a bit further along and takes you to the middle of Cox Bay Beach and has more parking spots but no facilities. For the original parking lot keep going a bit further down the highway to Maltby Road. Path from old lot is a bit longer. Parking is free at both areas.

Difficulty is 2/5. Both hard and soft sand. We don’t believe the entrances are suitable for wheelchairs.

Cox Bay Beach, South, Tofino, BC, Canada
A local favourite Cox Bay Beach is great for surfing, jogging and drinking champagne. Parking at both Cox Bay Beach Resort and Maltby Road.

 

 

MacKenzie Beach
Sheltered from most wind by large tidal rocks, this beach is known for its calm waters with only the gentlest of waves. It’s a popular destination for families with small children, especially at its south end. There’s also an entrance ramp, facilitating beach access for everyone.

Parking can be accessed by turning from the Pacific Rim Highway onto Hellesen Road.

things to do on MacKenzie Beach:
Do some stand-up paddle boarding! Rent your gear or take a lesson.
Get a skimboard and ride away.
Play some beach games or build a sandcastle.
Walk to the southern end of the beach (to the left when facing the ocean), where you’ll find a rocky intertidal zone to discover.

431 Hellesen Dr, Tofino, BC

 

Long Beach
Aptly-named Long Beach is situated within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Along with Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish, Combers and Schooner Cove beaches, it creates the longest beach on Vancouver Island, stretching for over 16 kilometres. In addition to a storied surf history, the massive amount of driftwood bordering old growth forest adds to the mystical vibe here.

Two main parking lots serve Long Beach. Daily National Park use fees apply and there are pay machines in each parking lot. Choose from the lot at Incinerator Rock or the larger Long Beach lot, both indicated with green roadside signs.

Things to do on Long Beach:
Walk and walk and walk all the way south (to the left when facing the ocean) to where rocky headlands mark the division between Long Beach and Wickaninnish Beach.
Walk north, past the Tla-o-qui-aht beachside community of Esowista, toward quiet Schooner Cove beach.
Gray and Humpback whales are sometimes spotted in the distance. Keep your eyes opened!
Winter storm watching on Long Beach can be a dramatic event. Watch as powerful tides flood the beach, changing its landscape daily.

Don’t forget to “Know before you go near the water” and be CoastSmart

Wickaninnish Beach
Between the hundreds of weather-bleached driftwood on the edge of golden sand dunes and the ocean’s powerful waves, this vast stretch of sand is a living postcard photo. Its westerly exposure make it a surfing destination – also bringing wind onshore. Wickaninnish Beach is situated within Long Beach, in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

There is a large parking lot here. Daily National Park use fees apply and there are pay machines in each parking lot.

Things to do on Wickaninnish Beach:
Climb up the steps/ramp to the observation deck of the Kwisitis (formerly Wickaninnish) Visitor Centre for dramatic views of the horizon.
Pack a beach picnic and find your spot among the driftwood.
Walk the length of this beach, which gets wilder as you walk north, and have a look at the massive sand dunes above.
Head right around the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, past the totem pole. You’ll be on the 1.5 kilometre South Beach Trail. South Beach is known for its large rock formations and its pebbles rolling in the foamy waves. If you’re visiting during storm watching season, be careful of powerful waves and ocean spray.

Tonquin Beach
Sandy, quiet and sheltered beach. Steep trail with many steps down to beach. Parking at end of Tonquin Park Road.

Nice, calmer Tofino Beach for Swimming Swimming Beach Tofino loves dogs. Dog-Friendly Dog-friendly Tofino parking Free Parking

A great beach on the west side of town. Sandy and calm for sunbathing and swimming. Looks out to a small island with Wickaninnish Island in the background. A steep-ish trail with stairs takes you to the beach. Park at the end of Tonquin Park Road and you’re good to go. Parking is free.

Bike or drive through town and along to the end of Tonquin Park Road. Park there and walk down to the beach. The stairs to the beach are many and steep so that may be a consideration for some. Once you get down be ready to enjoy yourself on a beautiful out of the way sandy beach perfect for picnics, sand castle building and napping in the sun!After a rainfall this pool appears and is so warm. Great for young ones to play in.A beautiful, sandy beach perfect for families. Sheltered from the open ocean for calmer water. Sand to play in, rocks to climb on, ocean life to observe. Take the day and kick back.

Tonquin Park Beach.361-367 Tonquin Park Rd, Tofino, BC

Tonquin Park Beach Stairs
There are many stairs through the forest down to Tonquin Park. Take your time and enjoy the view. Parking at end of Tonquin Park Road.Nice, calmer Tofino Beach for Swimming Swimming Beach Tofino loves dogs. Dog-Friendly Dog-friendly Tofino parking Free Parking a boardwalk takes up from the top of Tonquin through rainforest down to Tonquin Beach a bit of a hike but totally worth every step. For little ones or bigger ones carrying all the gear the stairs can seem like a lot down to the beach. Take your time and you’ll cruise down before you know it!

 

 

 

Oyster River Potholes

The Oyster River Potholes are a must see! With some of the clearest water you’ll experience, this North Island secret is one worth sharing!

Location:  – Upper Potholes, (shown in the image) Off the inland Hwy 19, just off from the Cranberry Rd Exit. Drive down a couple of logging roads, park, and walk down to the bowls.-Lower Potholes; this is the swimming hole section with a fast running river, not shown in the image.  Be aware that this is a residential road with local residents, and private property.  We ask that you respect their privacy and not to trespass. 

Please take your rubbish with you.  These pot holes are not maintained by city operations, and rely on the responsible use of those that enjoy them.

Please note: Hazards present due to the terrain, so be cautious.

Art Galleries and Studios

Art Galleries and Studios

Comox Valley Art Gallery

CVAG is a public art gallery featuring contemporary, experimental and applied art by regional and international artists.
CVAG re-opens it doors this Saturday,
July 11, from 10 to 4pm 

Kicking it off, CVAG has the exhibition: The Time of Things:The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practice into Contemporary Art  (here until Sept. 11)    /    Community incubator projects: Water (re)Source    /    The multi-year public art works program on CVAG’s Plaza: Public Place / Sacred Space    /    Other Events and Exhibits through the Summer: Traditional Indigenous Full Circle Tea GardenCrossroadsCVAG Next Door

The Comox Valley Art Gallery’s public gallery provides an environment for the exhibition of Canadian and international conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices. CVAG’s primary concern is to support the professional development of emerging artists through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, publications, events and special projects. 

New gallery hours:

Wednesdays – 12pm to 7pm,
Fridays – 1pm to 6pm
Saturdays – 10am to 4pm.
Book appointments for small groups by contacting at gallery@comoxvalleyartgallery.com or calling 250.338.6211.

Location and Contact

580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay   /   250.338.6211   /   comoxvalleyartgallery.com

Potters Place Gallery

Pottery Gallery and Shop

The alchemy of earth, fire, water and air brings to you the magic of ceramic art.

The Potters Place Gallery is a beautiful ceramics gallery run as a non profit society by a collective of local island potters and has been operating for 25 years. The Potters Place shows the largest selection of clay works on Vancouver Island and one of the largest ceramic galleries in B.C. and Canada.

Each month they highlight one of our wonderful Potters. Their Front Window Gallery is where the monthly “Featured Artist” will have their work on display. Be sure to come by the shop to see what and who is new!
Gallery Hours

Tuesdays: Virtual appointments

Wednesdays – Private in-store shopping: by appointment only

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10 – 3 pm

Location and Contact

Located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay   /   180 5th St, Courtenay,   /   250.334.4613   /   thepottersplace.ca

Pearl Ellis Gallery

The Pearl Ellis Gallery is a non-profit society dedicated to the arts in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

From the beginning, the object of the organization has been to establish and maintain an arts centre to promote interest in and study of the arts and to provide a location that affords a showcase for local talent.

The Gallery is planned to reopen July 13th

Location and Contact

1729 A Comox Ave. Comox   /   250.339.2822   /   pearlellisgallery.com

 

Art Alchemy Studio

Art Alchemy is a working studio and gallery where artists share the space and experience of art making. They welcome visitors to witness the process of art making, be inspired by a wide diversity of artistic expressions and to buy local, high quality art work made by the talented and hard working artists of art alchemy.

Open Saturdays 11-4 by appointment or whenever the door is open, come on up and be inspired.

Art Alchemy Studio offers Art Workshops as well including:

Fun Art Classes and Workshops for all levels (Perfect for a girls night out, date night, birthday parties or team building groups)

PRIVATE ART SESSIONS AVAILABLE for a group of friends, social club, birthday party, family or work team building event.

More as circumstances progress. Stay updated!

Enjoy the artwork up for exhibit at the Comox Airport too! An excellent place with the big walls and spreading art that makes a positive impact on visitors to our green Island home.

Location and Contact

362C 10th St Courtenay, (above United Carpets)   /   250.218.2742   /   artalchemy.ca (and for the Airport) comoxairport

Explore Hornby Island Art Studios

Hornby Island is a hidden away treasure island of artists and art studios. Want to see them all? Make a day trip out of it and just try. We dare you! Explore discovered and undiscovered local art studios and artist.

Head to the Hornby Island Art Council website to find studio and artists locations!

Location and Contact

2115A Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.2070   /   hornbyarts.com

 

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Old Country Market- Goats on the Roof

The Old Country Market started as a roadside fruit stand providing fresh produce to travellers heading to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over the years it has evolved into a landmark of Coombs, with a mixture of shops and eateries for locals and visitors alike. Oh yeah, and there are goats… on the roof!

After extensive renovations, we are now re-open! Click Here

Dining: With three restaurants ranging from fast-casual to table-service, we have options for every finely tuned dining taste.

Marketplace:Travelling to Tofino? Vacationing in Victoria? Wherever you are headed, you will want to stock up with our fresh produce and imported groceries. The locals do!

Shop: There are so many shops under, beside and even behind our world-famous grass roof; chances are you will be able to find what you are looking for.

Treats: When hunger strikes, there are many great options at the Market. “Bee Sting”? “Billy Gruff Bomber”? Our eateries are jam-packed with unique and delicious treats.

2326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0

Contact us

Museums

Comox Airforce Museum

The CAFM commemorates the role and history of 19 Wing (CFB/RCAF/RAF), documenting significant achievements in West Coast Military Aviation History. Here you’ll see the history of the Snowbirds

They are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is by donation

PRESENTING THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR

The Comox Airforce Museum now have an up and running virtual museum where you can virtually view the history of 19 Wing.

Location and Contact

Military Row, Lazo   /   1.250.339.8162   /   comoxairforcemuseum.ca

Directions

The Comox Air Force Museum is located at the main entrance to 19th Wing Comox, our local military base, on the corner of Ryan Road East and Military Row.

If you are coming via Ryan Road east, you will be driving right up to our parking lot, and there is lots of signage to help guide you. Same thing goes if you come via Military Row; just keep going past the Recreation Centre and look for us kitty-corner across the road from Canex.

 

HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial

A non-profiet-profit, Remembrance Program, Museum, and tribute to the Canadian and British men who served on HMCS ALBERNI from 1941 until she was sunk off the Isle of Wight in 1944.

Summer Schedule in effect (June 1 – September 1) Monday – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm.
Winter Hours: (September 1 – May 31) Tuesday – Saturday  10am -4pm

It is Operated by The Alberni Project Society which focuses attention on the lives and stories of Canadians who served with Canada’s military from the Great War of 1914 – 1918, and onwards to the present day.

Admission by Donation

Location and Contact

5-625 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay   /   250.897.4611   /   alberniproject.org

 

Courtenay and District Museum: Museum and Palaeontology Centre

Are they serious about what they do? You bet – award winning natural and cultural history, academic research, interpretation, preservation – and having fun!

Be their guest to find out why the Comox Valley – past and present, is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take a fossil tour and travel 80 million years back in time; browse our galleries to delve into the stories that make our history come alive.

Throughout the year, the museum offers on-site and outdoor programming suitable for all age groups. Program subjects include fossils, geology, First Nations history, pioneer settlement history, social history of the Comox Valley, logging and lumber history, river way study, as well as, a series of changing exhibitions.

Location and Contact

207 Fourth Street, Courtenay   /   250.334.0686   /   courtenaymuseum.ca

 

Cumberland Museum and Archives

The Cumberland Museum and Archives tells the story of the people of Cumberland—the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical through engaging exhibits, films, video kiosks, and a replica coal mine for you to discover. The Cumberland Museum and Archives opened its doors in 1981 and is home to the extensive archives and artefacts of the community of Cumberland.

To enhance their museum experience while maintaining exceptional health and safety measures, the staff have lovingly created “Footprints of History”—a one-way journey through the story of Cumberland’s culture, people and past

The Cumberland Museum and Archives offers private guided walking and museum tours, for groups. An engaging offering for staff outings, family reunions, conference activities, club activities, and more.

Join them at the “People’s Museum” of Cumberland and add your questions, knowledge, stories and interests to the rich fabric of our organization.

New Operational Days and Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Dedicated Seniors’ Hours: Thursday mornings 10 am – 11 am
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Closed on all statutory holidays.

Location and Contact

2680 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland   /   250.336.2445   /   cumberlandmuseum.ca

 

Comox Archives and Museum

The history of Comox and area is alive.  Here in an evolving exhibit we show timelines of the development from the exploration of Vancouver Island through to modern times. We feature family histories, slide shows, maps and many photos to build a picture of Comox through time.

Enjoy our fresh, bright and comfortable space and turn your clock back over 150 years.

You can currently enjoy their online exhibits, which features:

Significant Women, Ethel May and Hamilton Mack Laing, Heritage Wedding Fashions, Notable Comox Buildings, and Points of Interest of Comox Valley’s Past

Location and Contact

1729 Comox Avenue, Comox Valley   /   250.339.2885   /   comoxmuseum.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Markets

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Summer Market Season is Here!

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds: Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Cumberland Village Square: Sundays 10am – 1pm
Downtown Courtney: Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm

Their farmers and producers offer fresh in season fruits and vegetables, wild harvested foods, small scale meat and seafood, eggs, artisan food products, ready to eat food and drink and craft beer, wine and spirits.

During COVID-19 their online market is especially important to keep the residents of the Comox Valley and beyond supplied with fresh, local and nutritionally dense food.  Although their store is operational, they are still working with vendors to make sure all your favourite products are available.

Come for the freshness and stay for the fun!

Their Purpose

  • To promote the economic health of the local farm community,
  • To provide quality locally grown farm products,
  • To educate the community in agricultural issues, and
  • To promote local agriculture.

Location and Contact

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds (Saturdays 9am – 1pm), Cumberland Village Square (Sundays 10am – 1pm), Downtown Courtney (Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm)   /   Email: info@cvfm.ca   /   cvfm.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Distilleries

Distilleries

Wayward Distillery

Wayward Distillery is Canada’s first distillery to produce spirits using 100% BC honey. Located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Wayward Distillery celebrates spirit culture by producing Unruly Gin, Unruly Vodka, Krupnik, Drunken Hive Rum, and Depth Charge spirits. Each and every one of Wayward’s spirits is precisely designed to be sippable on their own and enjoyed in the tastiest of cocktails. When the time is right, join them for a complimentary taste, and stay for a tour to learn about the art of distilling and where your favourite spirits come from. Wayward Distillery, a group of unruly people fighting the evils of poor quality spirits one bottle at a time.

Open Tue-Sat: Noon to 5 pm

Location and Contact

2931 Moray Ave, Courtenay, BC   /   250.871.0424   /   waywarddistillery.com

 

Island Spirits Distillery

An Icebreaker Captain and a Professor of Organic Chemistry come together to form spirits that are now in high demand all over Vancouver Island, BC, and Alberta, with demand going farther than supply can keep up with!

Science aside, the proof is in the tasting. Island Spirits will have you sitting at the comfortable tasting counter, wondering at the complex curves of the still, marvelling at the number of aromatic botanicals added into the Phrog gin such as juniper, coriander, cinnamon and eleven more, sipping,  relax.  Smooth is the first word that comes to mind, especially with the vodka.  The gin changes with every sip, more of the aromatics being released as you swirl it in your mouth and expose it to air.

They’ve learned what gives you a hangover.   (It’s trace amounts of Propanol, Isopentanol, Methyl Butanol and Iso Butanol). They’ve also learned how to get rid of them.

Location and Contact

4605 Roburn Rd, Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.0630   /   islandspirits.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Breweries and Distilleries Cowichan Valley

 

British Columbia is the birthplace Canadian craft beer. From our early history BC’s craft beer community has expanded to almost to 200 breweries provincewide. We globally recognized for our craft beer excellence! We welcome our visitors and our loyal locals alike to visit our breweries and distilleries and sample our unique and premium ales and lagers.

Craig Street Brewing Duncan

Venture off the Island Highway to check out Duncan’s cozy and quaint downtown for some shopping or sight-seeing, and then pop into the Craig Street Brewpub for a meal and a beer. This attractive, multi-level building dating back to the 1940s has lots of different options for dining, whether it’s the downstairs pub with its beautiful, antique bar, the streetside patio, or the rooftop deck upstairs. There is a wood-burning fireplace to keep you warm on a dreary day and plenty of great food options on the extensive menu. Look for live, local musicians and other special events throughout the week. The beer list is solid with a range of staple core styles and a special seasonal usually on as well.CONTACT

(250) 737-2337
manager@craigstreet.ca
25 Craig St, Duncan, BC V9L 1V7
csbrewery.ca

 

Riot Brewing Co.

We are located in the seaside town of Chemainus, BC, famous for it’s murals and inexplicably badass skate park.

Stop in for a tour, a sample, a flight, or even a whole glass of beer, because the local government trusts you to handle more than a tiny sip, unlike some other cities where they don’t allow lounges. Stay for the afternoon, enjoy our gigantic patio, bring the kids, bring the dog. Spark up the fire pit for a weenie roast or destroying old photos of your ex.

Our Labels: Jimbo is the son of Jim Phillips, the creator of all of the artwork for iconic brand Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70s and 80s, including the famous Screaming Hand logo. Now he carries on his dad’s legacy, creating bold, impactful graphics for a variety of media. Including, of course, skateboards.

101A – 3055 Oak Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1
CANADA

Phone: (250)-324-RIOT (7468)
Fax: (250)-483-6416
Contact: beer@riotbrewing.com

www.riotbrewing.com

 

Small Block Brewery

Precision Crafted Beer,  brewed for and from Vancouver Island.  Located in Duncan, BC we endeavour to source local ingredients to flavour our beers with the best of BC ingredients. Welcome to the Small Block Brewery; our garage lounge is a cozy atmosphere where you can have a taster, a pint or take home a growler. Hit the beer menu up at the top of the page to see what we have on offer. Snacks available. 203-5301 Chaster Road
Cowichan Valley, V9L 6T7
250-597-0045
https://smallblockbrewery.com/

 

Salt Spring Island Ales

From deep in our mountain spring comes the cleanest, freshest water for our Salt Spring Island Ales. Piped straight from the spring into the brew house, this gorgeous water is combined with organic Canadian two row pale malt and other natural ingredients to create a lineup of distinctly Island-made ales.

Whenever possible, we source local ingredients such as island grown hops, honey and heather. Our highly flavourful beers pair wonderfully with good food and are the perfect accompaniment to locally-sourced gastronomic fare. Brewed entirely by hand, our beer is made in small batches using traditional, unhurried methods.

270 Furness Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Z7
778.400.8752

www.saltspringislandales.com

 

Stillhead Distillery Inc. 

We are a family owned and operated craft distillery, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley; Duncan, BC.

We use only BC grown fruits and grains to make high-quality spirits bursting with flavour.

Learn how we make our award-winning spirits from grain to glass!

Our distillery tour takes you behind the scenes to see the entire process of making vodka, gin, brandy, and whiskies.

See how fruits and grains are fermented, methods of distillation used on our stills.
Learn the difference between the spirits, what give each its unique flavour, and the history behind each product.
Taste of our flagship spirits.
Book via email or phone 250-748-6874.

5301 Chaster Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 0G4
250-748-6874
orders@stillhead.ca

Website: www.stillhead.ca

 

 

Skate Parks Cowichan Valley

Skateboarding is fun, it is awesome, it is movement, it is fast and the feeling of movement is addictive. We love it, there is no other feeling you get than landing a trick, only other skaters know that feeling. Skating is a lifelong passion, you can start as a kid and enjoy the sport and culture your whole life. Excellent exercise and killer balance are skills you will always use. Come check out the Skate Parks of Cowichan Valley and visit our shops and culture.

 

Duncan Skate Park 

Great skate park, well lit and in a central location.  Suitable for all ages.

2652 James St, Duncan, BC V9L 2X2

 

Chemainus Skate Park

A  new centrally located skate park with an ocean view.

The park features a washroom , picnic table, benches and trees grassy area. The park is suitable for all ages and skateboards, scooters and bmx riders.

Features: snake run, large bowl and Street inspired features.

Elliott St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1

+12502463811

 

Lake Cowichan Skatepark

311 South Shore Rd, Mesachie Lake, BC V0R 2N0, Canada

Bank/wedge, Ramp,Extension, Flat Rail, Handrail, Pyramid, Quarter Pipe

 

Crofton Gerry Hurst Memorial Skatepark

Close to central amenities of town with an ocean view,

1532 Chaplin St, Crofton, BC V0R 1R0

Qualicum Beach Museum

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Our Mandate

The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on March 29, 1984. The Constitutional mandate of the Society is outlined below.

The mandate of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society is to acquire, preserve and present its social history, natural history (paleontology), aboriginal history and archival collections, in a manner consistent with its resources and capabilities, to promote the interest, support and involvement of area residents and visitors and contribute to the cultural and economic development of our community.

Qualicum Beach Museum Archives

The Archives store a treasure trove of the community’s memories that help to tell our history, acting as a repository for community records that document social, economic, political, and geographical developments in the area. The Archives’ purpose is to identify, acquire, and preserve these archival records for the people of Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area, and to make those records accessible to the public.

You will find the Qualicum Beach Museum at 587 Beach Road Qualicum Beach, B.C. V9K 1K7

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association

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Founded in 1985, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) is a non-profit, world-class rehabilitation facility situated on 8 acres of immaculately manicured grounds, caring for animals with all types of needs, including birds with broken wings, orphaned black bears, electrocuted eagles and much more!

We invite you to come to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre to learn about wildlife by viewing:

  • the largest eagle flight enclosure of its kind in Canada

  • a Museum of Nature showcasing the animals of Vancouver Island

  • an interactive Learning Centre

  • beautiful enclosures to get close to more than 60 resident, non-releasable animals

  • a native wildlife garden, bird watching and ponds

  • and more!

Contact Us: wildlife@niwra.org  |  250-248-8534

Address: 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC  CANADA

Hours of Public Viewing
9am-4:30pm 7 days a week

Parks, Beaches and Trails

Provincial Parks, Trails and Beaches

Maps and information available at the visitors centres.

The beach, parks and trails are an important element in the quality of life in Parksville. Click Here

Visitor Centre –Parksville 2502483613

There’s a reason Parksville is known as Canada’s Riviera. Few beaches outside Mexico and the Caribbean compare with our kilometres of near perfect sandy beaches at Parksville Bay and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. With long sunny days, water temperatures may be as high as 20°C in the shallows and the flat beaches are safe for everyone in the family, even at high tide. There’s plenty of space for barefoot jogging, beach volleyball, impromptu yoga sessions, sunbathing and fun in the sun.

  1. Ocean swim: Rathtrevor Beach and the 4 poles at Qualicum Beach
  2. Lake Swim: Spider Lake and Cameron Lake are local favourites
  3. River Swim: Jump off the “Nose” into the Englishman River at Top Bridge or enjoy the deep crystal clear pool at the base at the lower Englishman River Falls
  4. At the Campground: Have a blast at Qualicum Beach’s Riverside Resort, featuring a waterslide and 2 pools. Or let the kids enjoy the man-made swimming pond at Qualicum Bay Resort.

Qualicum Beach Parks, Trails and Beaches Click Here

-Picture miles of green tree-lined pathways, studded with magnificent Coastal Douglas-fir. Picture walking the miles of sandy beaches along our shorline.

With 280 hectares of Town-owned parks and greenspace, and 14 kilometres of maintained trails, the Town is a paradise for outdoor recreation.

Visitor Centre Qualicum Beach 2507529532.

Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach

Take a walk in the Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach, 50 acres of rare remnant old growth forest – a mixture of Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir & Sitka Spruce. Smile at the locals as you walk along the mulch trails and peer down a lush ravine into a salmon bearing stream. You will also discover rare and endangered plants, deer, and many species of birds.

Only five minutes from downtown, the Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest is protected by a Covenant to ensure that it remains as an ecological reserve, available to all for the purpose of observing and appreciating nature.

 

 

Sailing Cowichan Valley

It may be less than 50 miles from the north to south reaches of the Cowichan Region by land, but our undulating shore line, with countless bays and inlets, serviced by world class marinas and sailing organizations, offer almost unlimited exploration. Skills training for all ages is offered, and annual regattas attract hundreds of international competitors to test their abilities in dozens of races.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District www.cvrd.bc.ca

 

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Since its inception in 1925, Maple Bay Yacht Club has served its members by providing an affordable means to enjoy the many benefits of yachting and related water sports on our beautiful coast. The Maple Bay Yacht Club is an integral part of this community, with approximately 700 members who enjoy benefits such as a comfortable clubhouse and first-rate moorage. By supportive volunteer participation for administrative and maintenance positions, the members have achieved a first-class facility at very attractive membership rates.

Our clubhouse and marina are located by the protected waters of Maple Bay, and we enjoy reciprocal privileges with most yacht clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

www.mbyc.bc.ca

 

 

 

Flying Clubs Cowichan Valley

The Duncan Flying Club is a “not for profit” group of flying enthusiasts that maintain and operate a variety of private aircraft including Warbirds, Cessnas, Pipers, Homebuilts and Ultra lights. Our members come from a variety of private and professional aviation backgrounds including recreational, military, airline and commercial flying.  Duncan Flying Club is the operator of a private 1500 ft. paved airstrip located to the southwest of the town of Duncan on Vancouver Island B.C. We are pleased to be able to provide and maintain an airport in the Cowichan Valley that is open to the public and available for use by fly-in tourists, businesses, training schools, Search and Rescue, air ambulances and recreational pilots.

Visitors are always welcome and if you would like a tour of the airport please contact us.

https://duncanflyingclub.com/

5100 Langtry Road
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 6R8

Rowing and Paddling Clubs Cowichan Valley

MIll Bay Rowing and Paddling Club

www.mbrpc.ca

Located in Mill Bay BC. We have a handful of members and so far have purchased a new Little River Marine sculling skiff. As our membership grows we will add Outrigger Canoes and more row boats to our fleet.
We launch from the dock at the Mill Bay Marina. Located in the Saanich Inlet, we have the ideal location for all types of paddling and rowing. If you are interested in learning more about our recreational club please contact us at millbayrpc@gmail.com

 

Maple Bay Rowing Club

www.maplebayrowingclub.ca

We are a community rowing club in Maple Bay, BC on Vancouver Island near Duncan. We have a vibrant Junior Program and a strong Masters Rowing program as well.

6735 Beaumont Ave
Duncan, British Columbia
(250) 748-2042

 

 

Swimming Cowichan Valley

Rainbow Road Aquatic Centre Salt Spring Island

The aquatic centre includes a 6-lane 25 meter lap pool and hot tub.
Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:30am – 8:30pm
Tue/Thu: 9am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 3pm
Sun: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Check Schedule  here: https://www.crd.bc.ca/ssiparc/drop-in-schedules

Kinsmen Duck Pond Lake Cowichan

Sponsored by the local Kinsmen Club, ‘The Duck Pond’ is Lake Cowichan’s answer to the local swimming pool. Situated just after the control weir for the Cowichan River, ‘The Duck Pond’ is a great swimming hole especially if you have small kids. There is a small raft here plus it is a good starting point if you’re tubing down the Cowichan River.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/5310

 

Lakeview Beach Park Lake Cowichan

The is located at the east end of Lake Cowichan, one of the largest freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island. It is also next to the town of Lake Cowichan, a small town with approximately 3,000 local residents. While it is just steps away from the restaurants and shops, the beach serves as a very popular site for boating, hiking and camping. The beach is big, soft and sandy, with the peaceful waterfront, which attracts people from the surrounding areas.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/872

 

Central Park Honeymoon Bay 

Central Park is located in the community of Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island. The park extends to the waterfront of Cowichan Lake, here there is beach access and a roped off swimming area. Other amenities in the park include a picnic area, playground, trail, tennis courts, basketball court, toilet facilities (in the Hall), and a off leash-dog park. Parking is available just adjacent to the beach access area.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/8366

Lily Beach Park Honeymoon Bay Lily

Beach Park is located on Cowichan lake in Honeymoon Bay, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The beach is a rocky/sandy beach, with a roped in swimming area and floating dock. The park is well known for the Pink fawn Lilies that can only be found at two other sites in BC. The blooming period is mid-April to early May. Amenities include a picnic area, trails, and toilet facilities. There is parking located at the end of Beach Drive .

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/8370

 

Bear Lake Park Mesachie Lake

Beautiful Bear Lake Park is located near Cowichan lake in the town of Mesachie Lake. It is home to a large sandy beach, and is a great place place to go and spend a day swimming and relaxing. Amenities include an enclosed swimming area, a diving board, a wharf, a boat launch, and toilet facilities. Parking is located at the end of Fish Road, and the Beach is also accessible by public transit.

www.cvrd.bc.ca

 

Shawnigan Village Parks

Glenora Riverside Park

Shawnigan Wharf Park
Enjoy a lovely day at the beach at Shawnigan Wharf Park located minutes from downtown Shawnigan Village. This park has one of two boat launches located on Shawnigan Lake along with a public wharf. This 1.23 hectare park offers a sandy beach with an enclosed swimming area, a volleyball court, picnic area, and seasonal portable toilet facilities. There is a parking lot with trailer parking available. This park is close to a public transit stop.

2720 Heald Road. To get here turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road. Go straight through the intersection then left onto Heald Road and right onto Thrush Road.

Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park 

Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park is in beautiful Shawnigan Lake and is located adjacent to the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre and close to the village centre.  For more information please go to the Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park page.

Masons Beach Park
Masons Beach Park is located just a short walk from the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre and downtown Shawnigan village. This 0.7 hectare park offers a sandy beach with a swimming area along with picnic tables and a picnic shelter. There are change rooms and seasonal toilet facilities available as well. This park is also located near a public transit stop.

1840 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake. To get here go west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Hutchinson Road, left onto Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill Road, right onto Renfrew Road and the park is immediately on the left. To access parking turn left on to Renfrew Road then an immediate left again into the parking lot.

Williams River Park
This is a small creekside park with a grassy area for relaxing and an area for picnicking. There is a public parking lot as well as a public transit stop nearby.

2850 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake. To get here turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill Road. On the right hand side just after the Black Swan Pub you will find the 0.26 hectare park situated along the edge of Shawnigan Creek within walking distance of Masons Beach Park.

Cowichan Bay Public Waterfront

Hecate Park
Hecate park, located at 1865 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, is the jewel of the bay. The park is located beside the Cowichan Bay Boat Launch, the Cowichan Bay Estuary Nature Centre and the Cowichan Bay Marine Gateway. This 2.51 hectare park offers a public beach with picnic area as well as a wildlife viewing tower and toilet facilities. Public parking and public transit are also available.

 

Mill Bay Community Wharf in Mill Bay

The Mill Bay Community Wharf is located in Mill Bay at the end of Keir Road, there is a gazebo and a lovely beach for your pleasure.

 

Cobble Hill

Cherry Point Nature Park is an ocean waterfront park with stunning views across the channel to Separation Point and Saltspring Island. This beach is teeming with life and offers many nature viewing opportunities.

Manley Creek Park is located near Cherry Point Beach in Cobble Hill. Trails through this park lead to the beach with numerous bridge crossings over Manley Creek. Within the park are several picnic areas and stunning ocean views. Granfield Way, in Cobble Hill, is a trail connecting Aros Road to Manley Creek Park. Please be respectful of the private property on both sides of the trail.

 

 Glenora Riverside Park This park is accessed from both Glenora and  Sahtlam, and is situated on the north and south side of the Cowichan River. The park consists of walking trails and access to the river.

 

Sky Diving

SkyDive Vancouver Island!

We specialize in creating the ultimate Tandem Skydiving adventure, so if it’s your first jump or 100th, Skydive Vancouver Island can create an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. We can accommodate all group sizes!

There is nothing like jumping over the ocean.  The views are spectacular and it will be an experience that you will never forget.  We are centrally located, so no matter if you are coming from Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino or Courtenay we are a short drive away. We even offer a shuttle service from the Nanaimo BC Ferry terminal!

#AwesomeHappensHere Click Here

Tel. 1-877-360-JUMP(5867)

Mobile: 1-250-580-JUMP(5867)

Open 6 Days a Week

(Closed on Tuesdays so we mow the lawn or nap!)

9AM to Sunset*

1515 Island Hwy E

Nanoose Bay, BC

(Arbutus Meadows Event Centre)

Spa Day

The Grotto Spa

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-We are excited to announce that FULL GROTTO SPA ACCESS IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME Sunday July 12th including Locker Rooms, Mineral Pool, Relaxation Lounge and Treetop Tapas & Grill exclusively for spa guests booked to enjoy a NEW Half Day or Full Day Spa Package.

With 20,000 square feet of spa bliss, we give relaxation a whole new meaning.

Dining- Click Here

-The Treetop Tapas & Grill at the Grotto Spa is home to a culinary experience unlike any other in Canada and is included with your Spa Package. Dine comfortably in your robe and sandals as we present a collection of seventeen tapas plates, featuring both local and international influences.

Wineries and Tastings

Wineries

Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery

Winemaker, Freya Timmermans, crafts the vintage in small batches for a unique expression of our Island’s cool coastal climate. Expect youthful, fruit-driven reds, and lively, aromatic whites. Their tasting room is open seasonally and is situated at the top of the driveway in a renovated barn with a rusty orange roof. Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery value a cosy and unpretentious approach to sharing our wines

Location and Contact

5854 Pickering Road, Courtenay   /   250.338.1357   /  beaufortwines.ca

40 Knot Vineyard and Estate Winery

Their products are some of the best BC wines you’ll find. Come and discover them for yourself. Enjoy premium wine tastings, interpretive trails, and tours through the vineyard offered by the qualified 40 knot crew.

Warning:  After one of these experiences, your passion for wine will become an obsession.

Clean ethical wines are our promise. Great wines come from the vineyard.

Location and Contact

2400 Anderton Road, Comox   /   Toll Free: 1.855.941.8810 | Local:  1.250.941.8810   /   40knotswinery.com

Raven’s Moon Craft Cider

Hand Crafted Ciders

10 Varieties of dry cider brewed locally with local ingredients. Ravens Moon Craft Cider will take you by surprise with its unique and bold flavors. They LOVE to make cider, you LOVE to drink it

Artisan Wines

Hand crafted artisan and award-winning fruit wines made from 100% British Columbian organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest, tinkered to perfection, and created in small batches

In their own words, “An old wise man once said ‘If it’s not good enough for me, its not good enough for you'”. Cosy and causal, enjoy Raven’s Moon Craft Cider!

Location and Contact

4905 Darcy Rd, Courtenay   /   250.338.9765   /   ravensmooncraftcider.ca

Coastal Black Estate Winery

Coastal Black is an award winning estate fruit winery and cidery nestled at the base of Mt. Washington on the outskirts of the beautiful Comox Valley. Their family farm is made up of four generations living and working together to produce product of the highest standard, whether it be wine, cider, fresh market fruit, veggies and raw honey.

Coastal Black Estate Winery’s tasting patio and retail store is open Friday to Monday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.Curb-side pickup orders for wine and ciders can be placed anytime during the week simply message them via Facebook and let us know which of our delicious products you would like to purchase!

Location and Contact

2186 Endall Rd, Black Creek   /   250.337.8325   /   coastalblack.ca

Hornby Island Winery

Since 1999 the founders and owners, John Grayson and Joan Costello, have been producing delicious wines, ports, and sherry  made with local British Columbia fruits and berries. In 2020 they expanded the winery to produce high quality Hand Sanitizer.

The Winery is located on Hornby Island, a two ferry journey from Vancouver Island. Hornby is part of the ‘Gulf Islands’ wine region. This region is known for long, hot, dry summers.

The orchard, now 20 years old, produces exquisite English and French cider apples for their wines. The wine making magic happens right on site where they passionately handcraft each and every bottle.

Via their online store they ship to residences located in every Province of Canada. Shipping is FREE when the order is $100 or more (excluding taxes). There is no additional charge to pick up your order at the winery. The winery is open for order pick up every afternoon except Mondays. Please review website for the tasting room availability.

Location and Contact

​7000 Anderson Drive, ​Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.3019   /   hornbywine.com

Middle Mountain Mead

Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery combining the best of ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead. As well as being a superb wine, mead has been central to rituals of celebration and remembrance down through the ages.

Middle Mountain Mead typically serve mead tastings on the meadery’s roof top deck. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of hillside plantings of lavender, black and red currants, apple trees, grapes, roses, and, beyond, the panoramic view of water, islands, and the distant mountains of the mainland! Their beehives also live on the hillside and are tended by Steve.

We offer complimentary tastings:

  • Starting the May 24th long weekend we are open
    weekends Sat-Sun 1-4.
  • For July and August we are open
    Wednesday to Sunday, 1-5 pm.
  • Labour day to Thanksgiving weekend we are open
    Sat-Sun 1-4.

Mead is naturally very low in tannins, histamines and other allergy producing compounds. Many of their customers have sensitivities to grape wines, but can drink mead without negative effects. Mead is naturally gluten free.

Location and Contact

3505 Euston Road, Hornby Island, BC    /   250.335.1397    /   middlemountainmead.com

Isla de Lerena Vineyard

Isla de Lerena Vineyard is located in Hornby Island, BC. Producing some of the Gulf Islands finest wines, and offering even better veiws. Abundant sunny days give their vines a distinctive growing opportunity, which allows us to handcraft small amounts of superior wines for the enjoyment to those who visit the island paradise. All their wines are hand crafted to perfection using modern barrel techniques.

Isla de Lerena Vineyard also offers 9 beautiful glamping tents(glamours, or luxerious camping) available for rent during the months of May thru September.

Location and Contact

1885 Central Rd , Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.2491   /   lerenavineyards.com

Corlan Farm Vineyard and Winery

Corlan Vineyard is a 10-acre 100% certified organic vineyard, farm and boutique winery on Denman Island where you can visit the tasting room, walk the vineyard and gardens (take a picnic and a glass of wine!), enjoy a homemade lunch, and purchase award-winning wines.

Tasting Room Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Location and Contact

8441 MacFarlane Road, Denman Island, BC   /  1.250.335.9132   /   corlanvineyard.ca

 

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