Dining

Take a Walk Down Nanaimo’s Sweet Side

Nanaimo is famous for many things, one of which is the delectable Nanaimo bar. Classically, the Nanaimo bar is a chocolate-y, creamy, no-bake bar that is only eaten on special occasions, for most. The city of Nanaimo has capitalized on the deliciousness of their most popular treat, offering a self-guided adventure called the Nanaimo Bar Trail which takes you through the streets of Nanaimo and the ...

Sample these Vancouver Island Culinary Tours during Your Visit

Vancouver Island is of course known for its stunning scenery and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, but did you know it is also considered a top destination for foodies? In fact, it was named the West Coast’s “new epicurean mecca” in 2006 by Saveur Magazine, a title certainly well-deserved and lived up to over the years. If you are looking for a vacation that will allow you to enjoy th...

Local Coffee Shops in Nanaimo You Need to Check Out

If you’re like me and you can’t go without a cup of coffee in the morning, chances are your taste buds are going to start craving the finer brews in life. And if you’re like me and occasionally you’re tired of having Tim Hortons and Starbucks as the only two major coffee options away from home, chances are you’re probably wondering if there are any other choices to find your usual pick-me-up. Luck...

Pull up a Chair for a Drink at the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse is a family-owned orchard and ciderhouse located just outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. Situated on the Saanich Peninsula, Sea Cider Farm crafts traditionally fermented ciders from the apples grown right on their grounds. In addition to the wide variety of delicious ciders that visitors are invited to try as they relax in the ciderhouse, there are also pres...

Salt Spring Island is a Wine and Cheese Lovers’ Paradise

There is so much to write about when it comes to this small but bountiful island. Amazing community spirit, a healthy attitude, a supportive artistic lifestyle, and artisan food producers all make this Vancouver Island attraction worth the visit. Though summer is the big tourist season, the fun never stops here. You can still surround yourself with lovely things to look at, eat, and drink. Visitin...

Nanaimo Attractions: Come to the Bite of Nanaimo for Good Eats & More

The Bite of Nanaimo is an annual gourmet food festival held in Nanaimo, usually on the last weekend of September or sometimes in late October. It is widely considered as the unofficial farewell to summer and hello to autumn. The famous Nanaimo attraction is held by TheatreOne, a local live theatre and arts company, and it is both their biggest fundraiser of the year and the biggest food fair on Va...

The Culinary Delights of Nature’s Way Farm and Blue Moon Winery

Agricultural tourism is still very popular, and this Vancouver Island attraction doesn’t hold back from offering its farm fresh, organic delights right to your mouth. This great little spot is only a 5-minute drive from downtown Courtenay, and is very rural, or better put, rustic. That word was earned from years of hard work, keeping locals involved, avoiding GMO’s, and staying in touch with what ...

Why You Should Visit Merridale Ciderworks

Located in Cobble Hill just south of Duncan, Merridale Ciderworks is a beautiful establishment in Cowichan Valley’s wine territory. This is an ideal stop if you want to make your wine tour more balanced with the addition of cider and spirits. I have been to the Ciderworks a few times now, and have always been impressed by their efficiency. I usually grab a couple bottles of the Merri Berri or Scru...

Downtown Nanaimo offers Great Food and Family Entertainment

Nanaimo appeals to many people from full time residents to day trippers looking for fun, adventure, nature, and something unique. Some come for the bungy jumping or the ferry to Vancouver, and if that is all they are doing, then they’re missing out on a really fun place to spend a day or two. At about 114km north of Victoria, Nanaimo is conveniently located mid-Island. It is BC’s third oldest city...

Have Fun in Tofino Discovering Your New Favourite Eatery

Tofino is such a unique town, it has a lot of creative and physical energy running through it. I went there to camp on Long Beach a few years ago and was faced with a few days of poor weather to contend with. Luckily, there was plenty of interesting restaurants to keep us all distracted, nourished, dry and warm. It did seem a little pricey, but not alarming to a cheapskate like myself. Just compar...

Visit Damali Lavender Farm & Winery while Exploring the Victoria Area

I was recently surprised to find out there are a few lavender farms on Vancouver Island. I was expecting to find one, but not five! There are several in the Victoria area, one being Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm and the other is called Victoria Lavender, located in Sidney. Sacred Mountain Lavender is on Salt Spring Island and Island Lavender is further north, in Port Alberni. While each farm...

Cowichan Valley Offers Delights for Lovers of Animals, Food, and Wine

Do I even have to say the accommodation business has come a long way since the time when dreary, ugly hotels and sketchy motels seemed like the only choice? These days, B&Bs have a competitive edge by offering various themes or tempting seasonal package deals. Put yourself in the Cowichan Valley, a pastoral heartland right between Nanaimo and Victoria and embrace country life with your loved one, ...

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