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.

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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Rustic country ambiance and honest food at Cowichan’s Alderlea Farm Cafe

We love the concept of farm-to-table food and all the fresh goodness it brings to dining out.  The Cowichan Valley is rife with delightful finds of this genre, including Alderlea Farm Café, perched in the bucolic Glenora area. Alderlea started … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Raptors centre offers a close-up look at birds of prey

    You haven’t lived until you have had a conversation with a spectacled owl, or watched a bald eagle swoop for a fish at close quarters, or seen the huge black sweep of a turkey vulture’s wings as it … Continue reading

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Duncan’s Totem Tour

First Nations culture has always played a huge role in life in the Cowichan Valley, to the point were the main city, Duncan, is known as The City of Totems.  There is much native history seen in every facet of … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Merridale yurts provide a unique accommodation experience

My husband and myself are pretty much up for almost any experience during our travels, but when I suggested staying in a yurt for a couple of nights he looked askance at me. I was considering the yurt offerings at … Continue reading

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Beautiful food in a beautiful setting at Cowichan’s Vinoteca

We have always been fans of Fatima Da Silva’s culinary creations.  We first discovered her talents in the kitchen when she ran Bistro 161 in downtown Duncan.  More recently, she has transferred her flair for food to a beautiful early … Continue reading

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Shawnigan’s OUR Ecovillage – inspired and inspiring

Plunk a group of dedicated people on 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, stir for 17 years, and the end result is both inspired and inspiring. Although in truth, there is no end in sight at O.U.R. Ecovillage, a sustainable co-op … Continue reading

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