Category Archives: DUNCAN/COWICHAN

Duncan and the Cowichan Valley are an easy, scenic one-hour drive north of Victoria. The area is large and offers everything from pretty ocean-front communities to pastoral vistas, great outdoor activity opportunities and some of the most talented chefs and best restaurants on Vancouver Island. It is also blessed with a very mild climate that has encouraged a burgeoning community of award-winning wineries, so a wonderful destination for those who enjoy good food and wine.

Ladysmith’s Appetit – Food For Thought

Hole-in-the-wall eateries are always an adventure, and Ladysmith’s Appetit-Food For Thought is no exception. We first ate there several years ago when we enjoyed a quick, cheap ($4) and hearty dinner when we were in town for the annual Christmas … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Kids Pirate Day

There are pirates everywhere – big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. There is a massive bouncy slide for the kids, a bullhead fishing derby. There is live entertainment, a great variety of food, a craft tent for … Continue reading

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Chemainus – Vancouver Island’s Cinderella town

It’s known on Vancouver Island as The Little Town That Did, and boy, did it ever! Located on the east coast mid-way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the small town of Chemainus rose from the ashes of a floundering forest industry … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Kinsol Trestle

There are a lot of people on Vancouver Island (and, doubtless, elsewhere) who would argue the wisdom of spending $7 million to rehabilitate a crumbling old train trestle in the middle of nowhere. We are not among those skeptics; in … Continue reading

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Crofton’s Community Seawalk

    The tiny community of Crofton (pop. 2,500) is probably best known as a jumping-off spot for the ferry to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island and, of course, for the massive Catalyst pulp and paper mill, perched on … Continue reading

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A slower pace in the pretty seaside village of Cowichan Bay

If you are looking for a pleasant way to dawdle away a leisurely morning or afternoon, Cowichan Bay, located on the east coast of the Island, just may be the ticket. The funky little waterfront village is located smack in … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Unsworth Restaurant relaxes

The vibe has changed, but the ambiance at Cowichan’s Unsworth Restaurant remains very much the same since new operators Christie Pope and Steve Elskens took over a couple of years ago. Situated amidst the verdant beauty of  the Unsworth Vineyards, … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Whippletree Junction – a charming shopping enclave

One of the oldest and quirkiest little shopping enclaves on Vancouver Island is snugged up right alongside the Island Highway just south of Duncan. Whippletree Junction came in to being 47 years ago, the result of relocation of some of … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Saison Market Vineyard

Cowichan Valley restaurateurs and farms seem to have nailed it when it comes to providing good food in beautiful settings.  We finally got to another one that has been on our list for a long time, and Saison Market Vineyard … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Red Arrow Brewing Company

I have consumed my fair share of beer over the years – it’s part of the territory when you are a news reporter. But in the ‘good old days’ of my burgeoning journalism career there was no such thing as … Continue reading

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