Suppliers: Vancouver Island
Regional, seasonal and certified organic products can be found throughout our hotel, from the restaurant to the spa. We serve a wide selection of wild mushrooms, berries, indigenous plants and local seaweed, fresh from the forest and the sea. Good things come in Sooke Harbour House packages.
SVIMS is a small society interested in all aspects of mycology and mushroom appreciation. Its members include professional mycologists, mushroom growers, mushroom pickers, cooks, photographers, and other enthusiasts. Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the 1st Thursday of February to June and September to November in Victoria, with a presentation by a guest speaker. We produce a newsletter and organize mushroom forays and other special events. Check our web site for details and meeting location.
Spinnakers provides a menu that focuses on locally grown, artisan foods from Vancouver Island and other British Columbia producers. We incorporate foraged foods from both the land and sea depending on seasonal availability. As artisan brewers we use Babe's Wildflower Honey as an essential ingredient in our Spinnakers Honey Pale Ale and are working towards using locally grown hops and grains as they become available. Our artisan bakery uses locally grown and ground grains. We view ourselves as a central link between the artisan growers, foragers, suppliers and the consumer.
We are a locally-owned and operated honey farm and apiary located in South Nanaimo. We gather 100% pure wildflower honey from the hills overlooking the Cowichan Valley. Our honey is unpasteurized which is why the flavour is so distinctive. Taste the best of what Vancouver Island has to offer!
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary provides a variety of nature education programs and services for school children and the community at large, from pre-school to adults. Adult programs include bird watching and gardening with native plants, to conserve water and attract wildlife. An annual native plant sale in April provides a good source of materials and information. Programs and workshop schedules can be found at our website.
The Market Stores are your full service grocery stores where you will find an abundance of wild and local BC products. We feature a large selection of local and organic items; we also have a gluten free shopping guide and our Millstream location offers a fully stocked self-care department. Our staff is committed to bringing you the best of BC and continues to bring in exciting, new local products. Downtown Victoria: 903 Yates St., Victoria, BC V8V 3M4 (T) 250.391.6000, (F) 250.381.6066 West Shore: 125-2401 Millstream Rd., Langford, BC V9B 3R5 (T) 250.391.1110 (F) 250.391.1321
Tlaook Cultural Adventures offers day trips in traditional First Nations dugout cedar canoes. These fun and educational trips focus on First Nations culture and the environment. Canoe tours available March to October in Tofino, BC, Clayoquot Sound. Guided cultural walks available in winter season.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is a twelve acre haven of natural forest with a pond and planted flower, herb and kitchen gardens surrounding a café. Visitors love to discover the creative and quirky sculptures and garden structures found along the paths. The Clayoquot Field Station has dorm style and private rooms with a big kitchen, shared bathrooms and a comfortable lounge and dining area and a large sunny classroom.