A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of taking the new Genoa Bay Shuttle from Cowichan Bay to the Genoa Bay Marina. Local B&B innkeepers were invited by Tim at Greylag Boat Tours and Stacey and Gord at the Genoa Bay Café to share an afternoon outing experiencing what they both have to offer.
This shuttle service was first started last summer and makes for a great outing when combined with lunch or dinner at the Genoa Bay Café. While it’s a very pretty drive down Genoa Bay Road to the marina, it’s actually just as quick if not quicker to take Greylag’s shuttle service from Cowichan Bay’s Fisherman’s Wharf. I think we were across in about 20-25 minutes and got to see things from the water side for a new perspective. It was a bit choppy going out of Cow Bay, so do plan ahead if you suffer from motion sickness as I do. This is how you hear “insider” information about the marine world and Tim had some interesting stories to share. Once we arrived at the Genoa Bay Café we were treated to local wine and a fantastic seafood feast starting with samples of their famous calamari, crab & chorizo cakes, and Salt Spring Island mussels. Local artists from the Cowichan Valley Artisans group also joined us, and it was a wonderful afternoon on the sunny deck at the Café with a great exchange of information and brochures.
Thank you to Tim, Stacey and Gord and their staff for their wonderful hospitality. Being in the Bed & Breakfast business, us innkeepers really appreciate hospitality, let me tell you! We’re fortunate here in the Cowichan Valley to have such a great community working together to enhance the visitor experience. Many artisans make their home in, and are inspired by, the Valley, and we have numerous top notch restaurants serving local food and local wines. The rates for the Genoa Bay Shuttle are so reasonable at only $15 round trip (seniors and students pay less) from Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay and back. The last shuttle leaves Genoa Bay at 9:30 pm, so you can easily enjoy a leisurely dinner at the Café. Call Tim at 250-812-7543 to book your trip (Tim also does tours of the Bay). Reservations are recommended at the Genoa Bay Café, ranked #2 on TripAdvisor for Duncan restaurants, so call 250-746-7621 to enjoy their casual and fresh dining experience.