New to Us
Farm Table Inn
Thankfully a Cowichan Valley couple, Evelyn Koops and George Gates took the leap and opened a wonderful space for group gatherings including a restaurant for leisurely dining and a quaint B&B.
To say they pulled it off is a grand understatement. Evelyn is the perfect hostess while George, a Red Seal Chef, is passionate about the meals he creates.
We highly recommend the Farm Table Inn for dinner, Sunday brunch or a bed and breakfast getaway.
The Vancouver Island Trail
The Vancouver Island Trail Association (VISTA) are proposing to create a 770km trail connecting the SE tip of Vancouver Island to the NW tip at Cape Scott by linking new and existing trails into a world-class, multi-use recreational facility the length of Vancouver Island.
Their efforts will create a 2-3 month long journey for long distance hikers with many access points for day hikers. Mostly an inland route up the Island’s spine until north of Port McNeill when it becomes a coastal route.
Communities potentially affected will include Greater Victoria, Lake Cowichan, Port Alberni, Cumberland, Woss, Port McNeill, Fort Rupert and Port Hardy.
If you can see the value of this proposal, become a volunteer or friend of the trail
“People go on pilgrimages all over the world, from Mecca to the Camino de Santiago. The West Coast Trail has proven there is a demand for pilgrimages into the wilderness. The time is now to create the world’s next pilgrimage joining the last of the ancient forests and rugged coastlines of the entire length of Vancouver Island.” – Briony Penn.
New Sport Fishing Regulations
New DFO Management Measures have been implemented as of May 2018. Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced conservation measures for Northern and Southern BC Chinook Salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Some areas have had their limits cut in half or even gone to non-retention in order to protect Chinook runs and as an initiative to provide more prey for our south coast resident Killer Whales.
The Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia feels that while opportunities persist along the entire coast a number of the measures imposed are unnecessarily harsh and go well beyond conservation needs and instead satisfy political pressure.
Learn about fishing regulations and license info, species identification, responsible fishing practices and more right here.
Off Road Adventures
Western Forest Products provide logging road info and routes for off road enthusiasts. This prominent forest company have built logging roads that open the Island’s wilderness to the intrepid few.
From the Island’s northern tip to its southern coast, WFP have gathered industrial road maps including road information and danger advisories. Their mission is to safely open the wilderness.
Keep in mind that the working trucks throw a lot of dust limiting visibility and most times are unable to move far onto the shoulder so pull over. Cellphone service is limited, so be prepared to rely upon yourself.
Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert
The experience of a lifetime.
You can be one of the few people on earth to be immersed in the rich history of the Nuu-chah-nulth people while experiencing one of the world’s last true wildernesses.
Jacqueline and David are competent, skillful guides with all the knowledge required to lead the first single hiking journey through the Tatchu, Nootka and Hesquiaht Trails along northern Vancouver Island’s remote and rugged outer coast.
We understand that they are currently traveling in remote areas for the month of February and will be more responsive in the spring.
Tacos in Qualicum Beach
6001 Island Hwy
Just another reason to take a road trip up Hwy 19a.
If you don't pay attention you may just drive on by but that would be a travisty.
Those of us that love our Tex-Mex food must make a point of stopping by.
You may have to endure a bit of a wait because the word is out! But when was sitting on a beautiful Island beach a whoesome event?
Owner Ashley Martz has managed to hit all the right notes when it comes to all things taco or burrito.
Take our word for it. On your next foray up 19a make a point to have lunch or dinner at Tidal Tacos.
It may be hard to find but well worth the time.
Pizza in Tofino
Basic Goodness Pizzeria
551 Campbell Street Tofino
Brand new business in sunny Tofino.
Wood fired pizza has become somewhat of a trend but not all are created equal. But when it's good, it's really good.
Marco and Heather have nailed it! Using all local ingredients they offer the best in Neopolitan pizza.
Combine great pizza with award winning beer makes for a must stop and enjoy whenever in Tofino.
And less I forget, pamper yourself with a homemade tiramisu (a popular coffee-flavoured Italian custard dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee,layered with a mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese flavoured with cocoa)
I hear that it's not fattening. Yah, that's what I've heard.
Breakfast in Courtenay
The Hen and Hog Cafe
1190 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay BC
Open 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Wednesday to Sunday
If you didn't know it was there you'd drive right on by.
Attached to the front of the Comox Valley Inn, this small cafe produces the very best breakfast anywhere.
We stopped by on a Saturday morning and were fortunate to have a short wait as this cafe is rather small.
The staff were pleasant and attentive and soon we were seated with coffee and waters.
The eggs benny being delivered to the table across from us called my name and oh my goodness was I pleased they did!
All things are made on site and it shows. Without a word of a lie the eggs benny were the best I have ever tasted.
And just when you think your culinary experience is all one could wish for, our server pointed to the bottle of hot sauce on the far reaches of our table. This sauce is so uniquely wonderful that I have no words to describe just how delicious it is.
We are determined to work our way through the rest of the menu in the coming months.