- Type: Wineries/Breweries, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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British Columbia is peppered with vineyards, but strict distribution laws mean you won't find BC wine outside the province. To snag a taste of BC vino (and maybe even a few bottles to bring home), spend a day or two in the Cowichan Valley. Occupying the heart of Vancouver Island -- roughly 50 miles northwest of Victoria -- the Cowichan Valley is home to 17 different wineries. The best way to get a taste for this part of the island is to stop at several vineyards for a tasting. To participate in the renowned Wine and Culinary Festival, plan for a September visit.
But wine isn't the only reason to visit this beautiful stretch of Vancouver Island. The Cowichan Valley is also home to golf courses, art galleries and plenty of hiking terrain. Many travel experts also recommend bringing a bike so that you can cover more ground without confining yourself to the car.
For more information on lodging, wineries and other things to do in the valley, visit the Tourism Cowichan website.