The town of Chemainus is known worldwide by their moniker “the little town that did”. It is a fine example of an Island town reinventing itself in the face of grave economic challenges. The town now boasts over forty spectacular open-air murals and the Chemainus Theatre Festival which offers year-round entertainment from a professional cast and crew plus guest artists from all over North America.
Vancouver Island wineries enjoy a warm northern Mediterranean-like climate is well suited to growing a variety of grapes. Wineries are now located from the Saanich Peninsula all the way to Comox as well as wineries in Port Alberni and the Gulf Islands. Most operations have tasting rooms and tours, and a number have restaurants serving local gourmet fare.
If you like wine and wine tasting you will love what Island wineries have to offer. From the pastoral Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley to the beautiful Gulf Islands, the region is home to almost fifty commercial vineyards and wineries. Several distilleries thrown into the mix make it the largest wine producing region in B.C. behind the Okanagan.
Headed to Tofino? Make sure to add Hot Springs Cove to the itinerary. The remote pools lie in a unique and spectacular setting, cascading over a waterfall and into a series of natural pools in a large rock cleft leading directly to the ocean. The springs are located on Vancouver Island at the north end of spectacular Clayoquot Sound in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park.
What do all Those Wine Competition Medals Mean Anyway? We have all seen wineries proudly proclaim that their wines received a medal at this or that competition, and you will undoubtedly see this during tours of Vancouver Island wineries. While generally it means the wine is better than average, it is helpful to know the basics of wine judging and how medals and rankings are determined. It can also assist with awareness in your own wine sampling during your Vancouver Island wine tour.
Welcome to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, sitting on Canada's west coast just above the 48th parallel. This is a land of lush forests and blue waters. Bays ringed by white sand beaches and flanked by rocky headlands are home to both calm waters and crashing rollers. Vancouver Island has a little something for everyone.