The new Cobble Hill Events Society is bringing two new events to Cobble Hill Village.  Both a Sunday Farmers Market and a Thursday night Music in the Park have already started this past week.

The Cobble Hill Events Society is going full speed ahead.  The society has received a grant from the regional director to fund the Music in the Park event.  While the event is free, they will be putting out a donation box hoping people will add a little something to keep this summer event going and get people in the village mingling.  So bring your chairs to the village park opposite the Cobble Hill Fairgrounds and enjoy a weekly outdoor concert, from 6 – 8 pm.  Of course everyone is welcome, not just Cobble Hillers!

Music In the Park is on Thursday nights from 6 - 8 pm here in Cobble Hill

Music In the Park is on Thursday nights from 6 – 8 pm here in Cobble Hill

The Sunday Farmers Market will run from 10 am – 1 pm and organizers are hoping to attract the boutique farms in the South Cowichan area.  With the big Duncan Farmers Market on Saturday, this will give merchants another opportunity to sell their products, in the south end this time.  Combined with the Farmers Market there will be Sunday afternoon family events such as cardboard building contests, a carnival day and a water sports day, which will run from 1 – 3 pm.

It all sounds like a great time is to be had in Cobble Hill village, so do come and check it out this summer! Check out their Facebook page for more information!

 

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The Red Chair’s visit to the Cowichan Region was nearing an end but there were a few more stops to make before he departed for Victoria.

Just down the road from his home away from home at Cobble House B&B, Red and innkeeper Ingrid stopped by for a tour and tasting at Unsworth Vineyards. Marketing Manager Sarah was waiting to welcome Red and to show him around.  While it was not quite outdoor terrace weather yet, Unsworth is still a lovely spot even in winter, with chickens in the vineyard (sometimes eggs are for sale), their garden ready to go to supply the Unsworth Restaurant in the old farmhouse, a great dinner spot for Cobble House guests, a lovely little waterfall and bridge, some local arts and related products in their Wine Shop, and some great award winning wine of course! Unsworth recently attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival, where they received some great recognition! Thank you Sarah for welcoming the Red Chair!

Picture yourself on the terrace at Unsworth Vineyards this summer

Picture yourself on the terrace at Unsworth Vineyards this summer

 

The Unsworth Restaurant is a great place for dinner!

The Unsworth Restaurant is a great place for dinner!

An afternoon outing took Red to another specialty Cowichan food producer, but of a very different kind. The Vancouver Island Salt Company is Canada’s first sea salt company, harvesting sea salt from the ocean at Cherry Point right here in the Cowichan Valley. They produce Canada’s first fleur de sel, pure sea salt, as well as sea salt infusions and are winning awards with their products, such as the Producer/Supplier of 2015 at the Vancouver Magazine 26th Annual Restaurant Awards.  Owner Andrew showed Red the salt shack and the room where they flavor and package the salt, and Red even climbed up on the water truck (with a little help)! It’s a simple operation producing another outstanding Cowichan product.  Thanks for welcoming Red, Andrew, and he did appreciate the red shorts!

The Red Chair visited the Vancouver Island Salt Company

The Red Chair visited the Vancouver Island Salt Company

Red spent the rest of the afternoon at Cobble House hanging out with the other Cobble House chairs, as they threw him a farewell tea party!  Such fun to hang out, so much to talk about, and enjoy some great lemon and chocolate cake!  The following morning he said goodbye and then accompanied innkeeper Ingrid to her regular Thursday morning curling game at the local Kerry Park Curling Centre.  The other teams were very welcoming and Red made some nice throws to help win the game!  He had not known too much about curling before, but it’s obviously very popular in Canada, so something else he learned about during his first Canadian visit, and another new winter sport to try!  After the curling game Red headed down the Malahat Drive to Victoria, with one final stop in the Cowichan Valley, at GBS Glass Blowing.  There were so many wonderful glass items to see in their studio and Grahame made a wine glass right while Red was there to see it happen, really cool! Red recognized the same oil lamps he’d seen on the table at Cobble House!  To top off his stay in the Cowichan, they had a new puppy at the glassblowing studio, so one more new friend on Red’s journey!

Red tried his hand at curling at Kerry Park, and helped win the game!

Red tried his hand at curling at Kerry Park, and helped win the game!

As he has every time since his travels began back in 2012 in Cape Cod, Red was sad to say goodbye to another wonderful Bed & Breakfast and lovely innkeeper hosts.  Bed & Breakfasts sure are the way to travel, to get the most out of his visits to all the communities he’d passed through, with all the insider knowledge the innkeepers have about their region. Red has had a fascinating journey already, seeing so much beauty around North America and meeting great folks wherever he went, and his travels are not over yet!  Next stops in Canada: Victoria and Ucluelet, the BC Innkeepers Conference, and then on to Alaska! Safe travels Red, and thanks for being our guest!

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The Red Chair’s next day of exploring the Cowichan Valley included wine tasting, birds of prey and cider tasting.

The day started with a visit to Blue Grouse Estate Winery with its beautiful new tasting room.  The sun peeked out as Office Manager Jenny showed Red around. He especially enjoyed the view from the upstairs balcony looking out over the vineyard.  No budding was happening yet on the vines but what a beautiful spot.  He could picture himself there on a sunny summer day!  New owners purchased Blue Grouse in 2012 and built the beautiful new facilities that they have now.  It’s a must see winery on any tour of the Cowichan Valley.  And they make pretty nice wine too!

The Red Chair enjoys the view from the balcony at Blue Grouse Winery

The Red Chair enjoys the view from the balcony at Blue Grouse Winery

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Red meets a saker falcon at The Raptors

 

From wine to birds of prey was quite a change, as Red and innkeeper Ingrid next headed to The Raptors. The goal of The Raptors centre is to raise awareness about birds of prey and to promote conservation through educational programs and wildlife management. They were actually closed for some renovations, so the Red Chair felt very fortunate that he was still able to come for a visit.  Senior Falconer Tina was on hand to give Red a little bit of a tour and to bring out several of the birds for an up close and personal visit.  Both the female bald eagle Hera and the male Manwe joined Tina on the Red Chair and he was pretty thrilled!  Later a saker falcon didn’t need Tina’s help to join Red for a relaxing chat. What a great place to visit!  The Raptors is re-opening on Friday March 11th from 12-3 with a flying demonstration at 1:30.  Watch eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and turkey vultures fly!

Some curious onlookers gathered to check out the Red Chair

Some curious onlookers gathered to check out the Red Chair

The welcoming committee was out to welcome Red at Merridale Cidery

The welcoming committee was out to welcome Red at Merridale Cidery

Red loved meeting these red chairs at the wonderful Red Arrow Brewery

Red loved meeting these red chairs at the wonderful Red Arrow Brewery

Closer to home, in fact just around the corner from Cobble House B&B, Red’s next visit took him to Merridale Cidery, BC’s first estate cidery.  The welcoming committee was out when the Red Chair arrived!  Red just loves it when he meets other funky chairs, especially red chairs!  Red toured the grounds and the apple orchard, where unfortunately nothing was flowering just yet, and went inside to the bistro and the cider tasting bar to check out all the different products that Merridale produces.  Not only do they make a variety of ciders but also fortified dessert wines, fruit brandies and spirits, and a fruit based vodka.  Of course Red did not taste all of these! Merridale also has a brick oven bakery and a farmhouse store, and hosts many weddings throughout the year.  Summertime Sundays it’s pizza night with live entertainment, which sounds like a great way to spend a summer evening.  Red figured he’ll just have to come back!  While taking a picture with the Merridale sign, Red also met some curious onlookers!

Red’s next visit included another tasting, but this time it was beer!  So many great products are grown and

produced in the Cowichan Valley, the Red Chair was happy he had several days here to try at least some of them!  Red Arrow Brewery opened its doors not quite a year ago.  Red of course loved the name and was even more excited when he walked into their wonderful tasting room and saw two red chairs!  After a little tour of the facilities, Red sat down to chat with his new red friends before taking some pictures with the Red Arrow sign!  Many thanks to Adam and the rest of the staff for welcoming Red for a visit!

With a couple more days to spend in the Cowichan Valley, the Red Chair wondered what else innkeeper Ingrid had in store for him!  He’d already seen and done a lot, but then there is a lot to see and do in the Cowichan!

To be continued……

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The Red Chair arrived at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast on February 26th.  Meeting up with previous hosts from Hawley Place Bed & Breakfast at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre by the Forest Discovery Centre (which is unfortunately not yet open for the season), we took Red into the Visitor Centre for some background information about the many things there are to see and do in the Cowichan.  After checking into the Hummingbird Room at Cobble House, it was off for his first outing to the Kinsol Trestle with innkeepers Ingrid & Simon.

The Red Chair wanted to get the best view of the Kinsol Trestle

The Red Chair wanted to get the best view of the Kinsol Trestle

The Trans Canada Trail runs through the Cowichan Valley west of Shawnigan Lake and all the way up to Lake Cowichan, Chemainus and Nanaimo.  Once the goal of completing the trail is met on Canada Day 2017, the TCT will be the longest trail in the world. The star attraction is the restored heritage Kinsol Trestle, the largest wooden structure in the commonwealth and one of the highest trestles in the world.  Red went all the way down the path to the Koksilah River and felt pretty insignificant!  On the way home to Cobble House they climbed up to the railway tracks at Cowichan Station and discovered the old railway station there, dating back to 1885.  It was great that this was a new discovery for innkeepers Ingrid & Simon too!

After a fairly early breakfast, Red and Ingrid set off the next morning for a full day of exploration.  Their first stop was the Teafarm, and there was a special sign to welcome Red!  With now 800 tea plants on the farm, Teafarm is still the only place in Canada growing tea.  A cozy spot by the fireplace was waiting for Red as well as many interesting chairs to chat with!  He enjoyed a lovely pot of rooster tea, innkeeper Ingrid’s favorite, and a delicious piece of macha cheesecake, yum! He also checked out owner Margit’s pottery gallery which is attached to the tea room.  Thanks to Margit, Victor and their staff for a wonderful visit!

Canada's Teafarm had a special welcome for the Red Chair!

Canada’s Teafarm had a special welcome for the Red Chair!

Duncan station sign

Red checked out the historic Duncan Railway station and the totem poles

After the Teafarm, they were off to see some of the outdoor sights in the Cowichan Valley, with stops at the Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area to learn a little bit about these rare ecosystems, and the old stone (or butter) church on Comiaken Hill, a historically significant man made structure which is unfortunately being allowed to go to ruin.  This made Red sad.  They next drove past the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Courts, grass courts that are the second oldest in the world after the famous Wimbledon courts.  A quick stop at Maple Grove Park opposite the tennis courts featured some of the oldest maple trees in the Cowichan Valley. Then it was home for lunch to plan the rest of the day!

The afternoon took the Red Chair to Duncan, the commercial hub of the Cowichan Valley, and to the funky seaside village of Cowichan Bay.  Duncan is home to the world’s largest hockey stick and Red just had to see that for himself and have a picture taken. It was a bit of a challenge as the hockey stick was SO big and high up, but after Red climbed on top of the car and with some maneuvering, he got his picture! Next they checked out downtown Duncan and the Duncan station, another historic railway station which is now home to the Cowichan Valley Museum, as there is no longer a passenger train running on Vancouver Island. Duncan is also known as the City of Totems and there were several to admire right beside the station, as well as many others throughout town.  There were crocuses flowering by the station, and as so much of Red’s travels through BC had been in the snow, it was lovely to see that touch of spring!  Twenty minutes later though, Red was caught in a downpour out on the Government Wharf in scenic Cowichan Bay.  This funky seaside community is an active fishing village and is also North America’s first Cittaslow Community, with some great natural and organic food outlets including one of Canada’s top 20 bakeries, True Grain.

Red had a full day of exploring the Cowichan Valley and was wondering what kind of adventures the rest of his stay would bring!

 

To be continued…..

 

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Two weeks from today the Red Chair will check in at Cobble House B&B.  It’s on its way to Vancouver Island right now, to Cornerstones B&B in Qualicum Beach, from where it will head to Hawley Place in Ladysmith and then to Cobble House.

Red (as it is affectionately known) arrived in Vancouver on December 4th, for its first ever trip to Canada.  It’s had some grand adventures already, traveling from Vancouver to Port Moody to the Okanagan, Revelstoke, Pemberton and Whistler and back to the Okanagan.  You can read all about his adventures on the BC Innkeepers Blog, as only BC Innkeepers members are hosting the Red Chair.  Cobble House has been operating since July of 1994 and has been a member of BC Innkeepers, the only province-wide B&B association, since 1997.

Red revels in Revelstoke

Red revels in Revelstoke

A first ever visit for the Red Chair, an Olympic community - at Whistler BC

A first ever visit for the Red Chair, an Olympic community – at Whistler BC

Red dips his legs in Okanagan Lake at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim

Red dips his legs in Okanagan Lake at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim

The Red Chair Travels is part of a multi-year B&B awareness program, a movement that focuses on a traveling red chair to highlight the comfort, hospitality and friendliness of Bed and Breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair to showcase their communities and their regions, and to have fun with it too!  It’s also a journey connecting innkeepers around North America.

During his time in BC, Red has tried all kinds of winter sports, from skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, outdoor hockey and snowmobiling, to skeleton and bobsleigh at the Whistler Sliding Centre.  He’s tasted many Okanagan wines, and vodka in the coldest tasting room in the world, the Ketel One Ice Room.  He learned about bats in Peachland, had a private showing at the historic Roxy Theatre in Revelstoke, visited Stanley Park and Canada Place, rode the Kettle Valley Railway, and walked the trails around Buntzen Lake in Port Moody.  Even though Red is visiting BC during the winter, he’s experienced and seen so much of our great province.  With the winter road conditions he’s also had quite a few journeys on the bus, traveling from B&B to B&B.

We are excited to be showing Red the beautiful Cowichan Valley when he arrives on February 26th, (and are REALLY hoping for some decent weather).  First impressions in the rain or on a sunny day do make a big difference!  You may see us out and about with Red showing him such wonderful Cowichan attractions as the Kinsol Trestle, Cowichan Bay, some of the wineries, the Tea Farm and many other great places around the Valley.  Bed & Breakfast innkeepers are great ambassadors for their communities, and we love sharing the Cowichan Valley with our guests and working together with other Valley businesses that bring visitors here from around the world.

Come and say hi to Red if you see us and check out our adventures on this blog and on our Facebook page!

 

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bulk elk visiting Cobble House B&B

bulk elk visiting Cobble House B&B

We had a good year at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast in 2015 and welcomed many more new guests from around the world, as well as ones who had stayed with us before.  Our designated charity for 2015 was the local branch of the BC SPCA as the organization was celebrating its 120th year with their Million Acts of Kindness campaign.  The campaign was a big success and also included the one-millionth adoption for the organization.  Thanks to our guests we were able to make a donation of $300 to the Cowichan & District branch, (along with a bag of old towels!) In addition, one of our guests in July made a direct online donation to commemorate their stay with us, and some Dutch guests left a direct donation as well, and we are so thankful that we had this support! Life is still so busy that it just hasn’t seemed the right time to bring new dogs into our family, but we really do miss having some canine kids.

We did have numerous animal visitors of the non-domesticated variety this year.  I haven’t seen so much wildlife on the property in years.  It started with a group of 4 elk, 3 females and a juvenile, crossing our driveway as our Dutch guests were at the breakfast table one morning.  A few weeks later I walked into our Heron guestroom only to see a bear stand up and peek through the window.  When I ran to get the air horn to chase it away I thought I saw it on the back lawn, but that turned out to be bear number two!  A female elk and a youngster showed up on the back lawn a few weeks after that when my sister and brother-in-law stopped by for a visit.  Next we saw a family of 5 raccoons running across the lawn.  We know raccoons live around us, but rarely see them and continue to be very careful in not leaving any food sources for them or any other wildlife around the house.  The last major wildlife sighting was another group of elk, which this time included a bull elk and a couple of females. It’s such a privilege to live where we do on Vancouver Island and to have these opportunities to see the animals in their natural surroundings.

The Red Chair, here in Vancouver, is coming to Cobble House B&B in March!

The weather was incredible this year with a never-ending summer it seemed.  The dryness was pretty scary though.  Hand and drip-irrigation watering was the norm, and the lawn was completely brown, but the rain has since made up for that. The upside was an incredible crop of tomatoes, the best we’ve ever had by far, and I handed them out wherever I could and many made it to our breakfast table of course! So much nicer than store bought tomatoes!

We are now closed until the first weekend in March and are very excited to welcome The Red Chair at the beginning of that month.  The Red Chair is a plain wooden chair that has become a symbol of B&B hospitality on its trip around North America.  It is visiting Canada for the very first time and being welcomed in BC by members of BC Innkeepers, the provincial B&B association of which I am a life-time member. Watch for Red’s adventures when it arrives at Cobble House!

Our designated charity for 2016 will be the Trans Canada Trail.  With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017, the goal is to complete the TCT by then.  It is now 80% complete and our annual donation will go towards that goal next year.  One of our favorite places in the Cowichan Valley is the Kinsol Trestle on the Trans Canada Trail.  The “Countdown to Connection” is July 1, 2017.

We hope all of our guests are enjoying a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and wish you a safe, happy and healthy 2016!

 

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With Cobble House Bed & Breakfast now in it’s 21st year of operation, and the innkeeper getting a little older, I’ve been contemplating the future of our Bed & Breakfast. With 2015 almost a month gone already, what are the goals for this year, and how much longer will we open our doors to all the fabulous guests we’ve met over the years?

I never imagined that we would still be here after so many years, continuing to learn new ways, especially in the online world of marketing, websites and social media. We’ve improved and adding guest comforts and amenities to our rooms, we’ve expanded and adapted our menus to current tastes, we’ve revised our website a few times and taken new photos and added some social media presence. There is never an end to the learning in the B&B business!

former "B&B dog" Simone

former “B&B dog” Simone

What I think hasn’t changed is our hospitality, our desire to welcome guests from around the world and make their stay with us the very best that it can be. We love sharing the Cowichan Valley and all the interesting things and attractions that are happening here.

With Simon now retired, although taking on odd jobs and traveling, it made me think of my future in the business. There are not many innkeepers who’ve been running a B&B, and have been heavily involved in the industry as well, this long. I’m thinking 25 years sounds like a nice round number, so, health and all permitting, that will be the goal. So there’s still time for you to come and experience a stay at Cobble House for a few years!

and Simone's brother "Bolton"

and Simone’s brother “Bolton”

To make these last years extra special, we will be donating 1% of our earnings each year to our designated Charity of the Year. For 2015, that charity will be the BCSPCA, which is celebrating 120 years this year. Our two beloved dogs Bolton & Simone, our “B&B dogs” who were very much a part of a stay at Cobble House, have been gone for sometime now, and with our busy lives it has not been the right time to bring home another special critter, or two, but if it was, we would support pet adoption from the SPCA. We hope you do too, and welcome your support with a visit to Cobble House in 2015!

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P1000998We finally made it out to Saison Market Vineyard a couple of weekends ago.  I’d heard about it and wanted to go check it out, and had been talking to some friends about going, but it never seemed to work out.  As their bakery/café is only open on weekends from 9 am – 4 pm, and weekends are usually the busiest at our Cobble Hill Bed & Breakfast, it took a rare Sunday morning off and everything else lining up with friends being available, to finally go!

Saison is located just a little ways north of Duncan on Mays Road, east of Bell McKinnon.  It is a vineyard, where they grow vitis vinifera grapes, and a market/café bakery.  I thought it was still a bit of a hidden gem, but the place was very busy, so lots of people have already discovered it.  It has become an agri-tourism/culinary destination in the Cowichan Valley.  They sell fresh produce from the farm, fruit preserves, artisan breads, baked goods & pastries and you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee/tea break along with a sweet or savory treat.  People were continuously arriving and even on this cloudy day with the occasional shower, the place was pretty much full all the time.  By the time we had finished our light meal and I went back to buy some fresh bread to take home, they were sold out of the bread!

enjoying the Saison terrace

enjoying the Saison terrace

We had the soup and savory scone special, while our friends had another savory treat.  All were very tasty.  Later we tried a frangipane pear pastry and split a decadent chocolate goodie and enjoyed the flavors melting on our tongues.  Yum!  I did take home a raspberry white chocolate scone and a couple of onion poppy seed buns to check out later.  We will definitely go back again, hopefully to sit on their terrace, as it was a lovely spot overlooking the farm fields.  And the food, and company, were great!

Saison is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm until just before Christmas.  If you plan to take any baked goods home, I suggest you get their early though!  They are at 7575 Mays Road, North Cowichan, tel. 250-597-0484.  I could not find an e-mail address where you might contact them if you wanted to order ahead, if that’s possible.

As their website says “Visit . Taste . Enjoy . Experience”  We did all of that!

 

 

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Lots of different kinds of music will be taking centre stage in the Cowichan Valley over the next month, at three very different music festivals.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Islands Folk Festival.  This long running event takes place at Providence Farm, a working organic farm with programs to help the physically and mentally challenged.  The 400 acre peaceful farm is a great venue for the Folk Festival, although it won’t be quite as peaceful during Folk Festival weekend!  Dates for the festival are July 18, 19 and 20th, festival gates open at 3 pm on the Friday.  Some well-known great Canadian performers are featured this year such as Spirit of the West and Murray McLauchlan, Daniel Lapp and David Gogo, as well as other noteworthy acts from around the world.  You can still get tickets for this great summer event in the Cowichan.

The very next weekend after the Folk Festival it’s the turn of Rock of the Woods Music Festival.  The purpose of Rock of the Woods is to “bring arts, culture and awareness to the community of the Cowichan Valley”.  There is a large emphasis on sustainability and leaving a small footprint at this smaller rock music festival being held on July 25, 26 and 27th at the Rock of the Woods ranch near Duncan.  Now in its fifth year and its second location, the dedicated volunteers, as with any such event, help make this festival possible.  Headliners include Bubba Sparxxx, Robert DeLong, Pack A.D., Dope Soda, Dougal Bain.

Sun Fest Country Music Festival

Sun Fest Country Music Festival

Finally there is the biggest festival of the three, the Sun Fest Country Music Festival on the August long weekend, July 31 through August 3rd, at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds.  Starting out as a 1-day rock festival at Providence Farm twelve years ago, this event has morphed and grown into one of the biggest country music festivals around, bringing in big name entertainers while providing a stage for local and regional artists as well.  Partial proceeds are donated to local organizations.  This year’s headliners include Jake Owen, George Canyon, Dean Brody, Aaron Pritchett and Tim McGraw.  Find out about tickets on the Sun Fest website.

Camping is available at all three events, but if you’d like a little more comfort and a hot shower here and there, not to mention great breakfasts and peaceful sleeps, there are many Bed & Breakfasts in the Cowichan Valley offering great festival accommodation.  But don’t wait any longer to book as this next month is a busy month with music festivals alone!

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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.

A sunny afternoon on the Genoa Bay Café deck

A sunny afternoon on the Genoa Bay Café deck

 

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.

Greylag Tours leaving Genoa Bay Marina

Greylag Tours leaving Genoa Bay Marina

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.

 

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