Located just minutes from downtown Nanaimo, the Cedar Yellow Point Trail is one of the best ways to experience the city’s many local artisan shops, galleries, crafts, and more. A year-round hotspot, the Cedar Yellow Point Trail gives visitors and locals alike a great opportunity to shop and visit some of the area’s best artisans and attractions.
Situated at the south end of Nanaimo on the way to Cedar, BC, the ‘trail’ can be found on the picturesque waterfront the city is famous for. It is full of impressive galleries, numerous options for dining and lodging, small boutiques, crafts stores, various farms and fields, and an abundance of irresistible pottery and gift stores. You will have no problem spending a day in the area, from the many shops to the breathtaking scenery.
In no particular order, here is a look at five of some of the top places to hit when spending a day along the Cedar Yellow Point Trail.
1: Cedar Farmer’s Market
The Cedar Farmer’s Market will give you a true taste of the local community as you shop on the field of the Crow & Gate Pub. Pick up everything from fresh veggies, meats, flowers, baked goods, and handmade crafts as you wander the beautiful grounds and mingle with the many different artisans, butchers, and local farmers.
2: The Fern & Feather
This funky shop boasts original art, unique up-cycled furniture, fresh flowers and herbs, and farm gate edibles. Before you go, be sure to schedule a woodland garden tour (held every Sunday from 10am to 4pm), if you are a gardening enthusiast or just have a green thumb. You won’t be sorry!
3: Yeosmith Studio
This gallery is full of lively, spirited, and vibrant artwork and photography, all created by local Cedar artist Cassandra Smith. If you are looking for modern, inspired fine art, Yeosmith Studio is the place to be.
4: Honeysuckle Gift Cottage
Nestled in the English gardens, this shop offers handmade vintage-styled jewelry, scarves, stained glass, bat, bee, and bird houses, and more.
5: Crow & Gate Pub
Famous for their warm and friendly atmosphere and stunning gardens, the Crow & Gate Pub is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat in-between checking out the many shops and galleries. Serving up traditional pub fare and a view of the flourishing gardens the area is best known for, Crow & Gate will not disappoint.
You will have no trouble spending a day or two hanging out near Cedar, BC along the Cedar Yellow Point Trail. The many different shops, drool-worthy restaurants and pubs, farmer’s markets, galleries, and more make this a Nanaimo destination not to be glanced over. For a more in-depth look at the many restaurants, accommodations, and other highlights of the trail, there is an online brochure for your convenience.
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