Victoria; Duncan; Nanaimo; Tofino/Ucluelet; Courtenay-Comox; Campbell River; Gulf Islands
Vancouver Island has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, oceans, rivers, mountains and lakes. The region is well-known for it’s wildlife and beautiful natural environment, as well as a thriving arts community.
The region’s restaurants make effective use of the local produce available to them, with a year-round supply of fresh seafood and variety of artisan products. Many chefs form close partnerships with local farms and craft breweries to create delicious local and seasonal dishes. Produce ranges from wildflower honey and brie cheese to organic lamb and artisanal spirits. The oldest craft brewery in Canada is located at the heart of downtown Victoria. Local restaurants partner with farmers from the Cowichan and Comox Valleys, with many embracing the Ocean Wise program dedicated to promoting sustainable seafood harvesting practices.
The Gulf Islands, located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, are considered one of the world’s best coastal destinations.
Visitors fish, sail and scuba dive in their sheltered waters, and hike in their ecologically-protected forests. The islands are well-known as a haven for artists, and the mild climate is ideal for wineries and organic farmers. Chefs are known to incorporate local lamb and cheeses into their eclectic menus.