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Circling British Columbia's West Coast Splendour

Author: Margaret D.
Date of Trip: May 2009

Cindy Buis of Artworks Tours loves nothing better than to introduce visitors to the best of Gibsons Landing in a walking tours; she spins anecdotal tales about historical characters and landmarks and drops by art galleries, studios and museums.


B.C. Ferries have launched their swanky new Super Cs vessels: The Coastal Renaissance The Coastal Inspiration, and The Coastal Celebration. Their CirclePac ticket is priced at an affordable level of just under $200 which includes a car, two passengers and two kids under 11 years and is valid for 30 days. http://www.bcferries.com/travel_planning/circlepac/

Where to Stay: Favourite picks

In Victoria: Sheer luxury and a stunning view of the harbour is yours at Laurel Point Inn, 680 Montreal Street. An easy walk to downtown Victoria. Their award winning chef presides over The Aura restaurant. http://www.laurelpoint.com/

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the city. http://www.magnoliahotel.com/

Abigails combines old world appeal and comfort in their boutique B&B. http://www.abigailshotel.com/

The Marco Polo, a small but charming boutique B&B is sequestered in the tranquil Rocklands area of Victoria. Their gourmet breakfast menu is fit for royalty.

Also recommended is Spinnakers Gastro-BrewPub and Guest Houses http://www.spinnakers.com/ Wineries:

Merridale Ciderworks at Cobble Hill – self guided tours and La Pommeraie Bistro http://www.merridalecider.com/

Silverside Farm & Winery, Cobble Hill: Try their blueberry, raspberry and blackberry wines. Call ahead 250-743-9149

Glenterra Vineyards, Cobble Hill http://www.glenterravineyarads.com/

Cherry Point Vineyards and Bistro, Cobble Hill http://www.cherrypointvineyards.com/

In Chemainus:

Where to Stay: The Best Western Chemainus Festival Inn offers comfortable suites with kitchen facilities within easy driving distance of the town centre. A hearty Continental breakfast is included in their room rates. http://www.festivalinn.ca/

About Chemainus: http://www.muraltown.com/

There are several restaurants (dine in or take out) in Chemainus with prices to suit every wallet.

In Nanaimo:

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