British Columbia offers its visitors and residents an abundant amount of experiences from its majestic scenery, rugged coastline and gorgeous lakes to its championship golf courses. It also is the perfect place for visitors to tour the more than 120 welcoming wineries located in the southern part of this spectacular province.
Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan each provide its own unique climate and landscape to afford a variety of wines.
Many of the family owned boutique wineries of the Island produce exquisite and award winning wines. Starting your tour near the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal right into Victoria you will find over six vineyards that welcome visitors to their wine tasting rooms. By continuing north along the Island Highway through Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Duncan and Cowichan you will find an abundance of vineyards and wineries to stop at and visit. Don’t rush though because Island life is much slower than the hectic pace of Vancouver and there is much to see.
The Fraser Valley is famous for its fertile soils and is British Columbia’s primary agriculture region. The growth of the thriving wineries and the white wines they produce is expected to continue and expand. If you get off the main freeway and meander along some of the less traveled roads you will enjoy the sight of the dairy farms, the view of the majestic Mount Baker in the distance and will want to stop and visit some of the farming communities along the way.
The heart of British Columbia’s wine country is the Okanagan where they produce award-winning wines that are extremely popular all over the world. This semi-desert area is known for its hot summers and mild winters. This region traditionally was covered in orchards growing apples, pears, peaches and cherries and is a very popular tourist destination. Approximately 40 years ago the first vineyard was started near Oliver and today there are over 82 vineyards and wineries from Osoyoos in the most southern part of the Okanagan to 80 miles (140 kilometres) north at Lake Country.
Spend your vacation in any of these three regions and discover the breweries and cideries as well as the many cottage wineries or Estate wineries in this beautiful province of British Columbia. There is something here for everyone.
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