Known for its mild climate and thriving artisan communities, there's always a variety of fun experiences to have when you live on Vancouver Island. It's a great gift to live in a part of the world that sees just enough of every season, offers easy access to mountain peaks and meandering shorelines, and boasts some of the best libations and culinary cognizance in the country.

 

Rocky Creek Winery

 

Amidst picturesque vistas of valleys and vineyards, forests and farmland, sits a place of incredible beauty, timeless traditions, and tidal rhythms. Just a short drive North of Victoria are some incredible wineries, cideries, and breweries to frequent when you live here.

Exploring the area is easy by car or bicycle, and can make for a memorable excursion from bigger close-by cities. However, if you’re looking to settle into a place where the living is easy, awesome, and steeped in a special sort of mystique, consider moving to Cowichan.

 

Bottle holding collection of cork stoppers.

 

The rolling fertile valleys of this “land warmed by the sun” have attracted hobby farmers and organic crop growers for a long time. Living well is a lifestyle here, and nowadays there’s an abundance of local eateries inviting you to sip, savour, and splurge on local favourites.

Not exhaustive by any means, here's a quick list of our top picks:

WINERIES

Rocky Creek
Blue Grouse
Cherry Point
Unsworth
Averill Creek
Zanatta

CIDERIES & DISTILLERIES

Merridale
Tod Creek
Valley Cider

BREWERIES

Red Arrow
Riot
McBarley's

EATS

Bridgeman's Bistro
Cow Cafe
Ma Maison
The Ainslie
True Grain
Villa Eyrie Resort

 

Handful of grapes

 

Life in this region is full of outdoor adventures too! Explore nearby communities rich with wildlife to watch, freshwater lakes to swim and paddle board, hills to hike, old-growth trees to feel tiny under, and so much more. It’s pretty hard not to slow down and savour life here.