Our Regions

Central Island

Each of the communities on this stretch of coastline sports its own charm and character. Bustling Ladysmith is a favourite with gourmands and antique-seekers alike. Shoppers delight in the streets lined with heritage storefronts. If you prefer to sample wine and local farm produce, head to Yellow Point. Or, if galleries are on your agenda, carry on to the artist's studios and funky sculpture gardens of Cedar. The next jewel on the coast is the thriving City of Nanaimo, which boasts a lively cultural scene, and a great selection of restaurants. A typical day might include boating in the harbour's protected waters and anchoring at a... read more

Comox Valley

Whether your idea of outdoor adventure is skiing in fresh powder, snorkeling with salmon, or leisurely beachcombing on a sandy shore, you'll find it all as you head to Comox Valley and Hornby Island. Bordered on the west by the Beaufort Mountains with its breathtaking Glacier, and on the east by the Strait of Georgia, the Comox Valley's ocean, farms, mountains, and unlimited cultural experiences offer the perfect setting for an island getaway. read more

Cowichan Valley

A breathtaking drive over the Malahat or a picturesque ferry ride brings you to the southern end of Cowichan Valley and the communities of Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay, and Cobble Hill. Sheltered by a ridge of high mountains to the west and warmed by the Strait of Georgia to the east, the valley has long been called by local First Nations people 'The Warm Land'. Indeed the region boasts the highest average temperature in Canada, which creates ideal growing conditions for almost any crop. Approximately a quarter of Vancouver Island's cultivated land is found in the valley and it's a local tradition to sell products fresh off the... read more

Denman & Hornby Islands

Just off the coast are two islands - Denman and Hornby - perhaps best known for their many white sandy beaches and peaceful atmosphere. After touring the wineries and meadery on Hornby, visit the bluffs at Helliwell Provincial Park; the view of Vancouver Island and the mainland snow-capped mountains is spectacular. Or, if you prefer beaches to bluffs, Tribune Bay Provincial Park has one of the finest white sand beaches in the country. Swimming at Tribune Bay in the summer is the closest you can get to a tropical Wine Islands experience. read more

Outer Islands

Dotting the waters between mainland BC and Vancouver Island are hundreds of smaller islands - each with individual character that ranges from funky to sophisticated. Among the largest are Pender and Saturna, where you can travel by ferry for a day trip or stay for a while in a full-service luxury spa hotel or family-friendly resort. With the development of wineries on both islands, you can enjoy some island wine as you settle into island time. read more

Saanich Peninsula

Saanich lies just a few minutes north of Victoria, yet it truly feels like a world apart. Driving along country lanes lined with arbutus and wild roses, gazing at the gently rolling landscape, it's hard to believe that a major highway, ferry terminals, and an international airport are nearby. Sandwiched between a sunwarmed inlet and the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, the peninsula has a sheltered, mild, and temperate nature. This is reflected in the variety of fresh-from-the-field bounty ranging from strawberries to sunflowers sold at numerous roadside stands and markets. Saanich is also Vancouver Island's latest viticultural hot... read more

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island might just be the ultimate gastronomic getaway. Over 200 growers tend the meadows, fields, and valleys of this largest of the Gulf Islands, cultivating everything from sheep to bamboo to grapevines. Island artisans produce hand-crafted goodies such as cheese, chocolate, roasted coffee, and fine wines made from island-grown grapes. The town of Ganges is a showcase for the island's bounty, especially on Saturdays in the summertime in a fabled market that is part commerce and part celebration. Accommodations range from lakeside cabins to elegant country inns. read more


The Southwest coast of Vancouver Island is edged with sparkling and protected bays and traversed with walking trails through the Sooke Hills and beyond. The views are spectacular, whether looking over the Strait to the majestic Olympic Mountains of Washington State, or gazing up into the canopy of a Northwest rainforest. Sooke hospitality is equally exceptional, with a choice of relaxed guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts or the world-renowned Sooke Harbour House. The abundance of year-round marinas and organic gardens ensure a bounty of fresh and seasonal ingredients for inspired cuisine. read more

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (known as the Wine Islands) is the fastest growing wine region in Canada. You’ll find one quarter of British Columbia’s wineries here. The region’s crisp and fruit-filled wines, cider and mead are matched by and astounding variety of vegetables, fruit, seafood, meat, poultry, and herbs. Wherever you choose to stop, you will find friendliness, charm and artisanal production qualities and you will know that the owner(s) are somewhere nearby, perhaps even pouring your libation. read more


The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is home to many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. It boasts some of the country's most exhilarating scenery with an ocean or mountain vista around every corner. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment and restaurant scene. The chefs of Victoria are renowned for their skill and ... read more

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