Victoria + Vancouver Island
Things to do in Victoria + Vancouver Island
Sample local products at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday in Duncan, the valley’s workaday hub.
Hike through the orchards of Merridale Ciderworks, seven miles south of Cowichan Bay. Rick Pipes and Janet Docherty make their cider from English and French heirloom apples and distill a fine Calvados-style brandy using a traditional copper still.
Stop in at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery to sample the excellent honey and strong mead.
A man-eating trifecta of bears, wolves, and cougars call the woods around this trail home. Yet adventurers come from all over the world to hike the 48-mile route, which was built decades ago as a seaside trail to aid troubled ships that came in from the fickle Pacific waters offshore.
Inspired by ancient Chinese tea traditions, this shop sells a wide variety of loose-leaf organic teas flavored with all-natural ingredients.
Share a gelato while strolling the flower-carpeted 55 acres complete with traditional Japanese, Italian, and English rose sections.
Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glass windows in North America.
Seemingly every resident makes a daily pilgrimage to True Grain Bread & Mill, whose organic loaves you’ll smell from blocks away.