Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour

Sunday, September 24, 2017

10am – 4pm

 

The Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, boasts over 400 farms and some of the most stunning & abundant agricultural lands in the province, and it only gets better when you can explore it on two wheels during the 7th Annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour.

The Comox Valley Farm Tour allows cyclists of all skill levels and ages to experience the countryside of the region, as they discover the incredible array of farms. Meet local growers and sample fresh produce from the fields. Pick your pleasure — visit as many Tour Stops as you like and go at your own pace on this self-guided adventure.

 

Register Here

 

Don’t Miss The Early Bird Rate
Only $15 per person until September 23rd!

Farm Cycle Tour Start / Check-in Location:

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds; Rotary Bowl (lower level)
4839 Headquarters Road, Courtenay
Registration from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
*Cyclists will sign a waiver at the start location and be given their Farm Cycle Tour Map!

 

Shopping Shuttle ($5 surcharge):

Shop at the farms, wineries, or breweries without worrying about carrying the extra weight on your bike. Shopping Shuttle service can pick up your goods and deliver them back to you at the end of the day for only $5 per person.

Need to rent or tune up your bike?

Contact one of our local bike shops:


More Weekend Culinary Events

Saturday, September 23rd

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

This year-round award winning market is not only a place to buy fresh, local food, but also a showcase for the talented musicians who live in the Comox Valley.

 

 

 

Island Joy Rides – Town Tour: Trails and Tastes of Courtenay – Book now!

Town Tour: Trails & Tastes of Courtenay offers an opportunity to cycle in and around trails and routes that are best accessed by bicycle. We’ll weave our way through trails surrounded by lush forests, open roads with expansive views, and paved paths paralleling the river – allowing our guests to explore the community beyond what you see by vehicle or by foot. And like all Island Joy Rides tours, we’ve sprinkled in tastes of local food and refreshments at a few of our favourite places along the way.

 

Sunday, September 24th

Sip & Savour Tour – Book now!

This Comox Valley adventure includes appies and your choice of wine or craft beer and 3 different restaurants in one night. Locations are kept a secret to maximize fun and excitement. Let our guides show you the best our Valley has to offer!

 

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Participating Farms

Stay tuned for more participating farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries!

Amara Farm
2641 Kirby Road, Courtenay
Website

Amara Farm is a certified organic farm that specializes in garlic, vegetables and blueberries. Come see how the farm is able to produce year-round in unheated greenhouses and taste their famous garlic scape jam. A special tour of the house’s geothermal and solar hot water heating system will also be provided for those interested in the sustainability side of farming.

Included: Farm Tour and Product Tasting
For Sale: Garlic & garlic scape jam, tea & coffee, baked goods from the farm’s organic blueberries.

Berry Best Farm
2156 Coleman Road, Courtenay
Website

We are a family run, organic fruit and vegetable farm, with a farm stand that is open from March – October. We will have farm tours along with a seasonal selection of produce available for sale.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting
For Sale: fresh greens, squash, zucchini, strawberries

Washroom facilities available

Blue Haven Farm
2046 Idiens Way, Comox
Website

Comox Valley’s local blueberry farm for over 25 years! Come down to our friendly, family run farm and pick your own blueberries! We offer three different varieties, in season from July to early September. Our farm stand and ice cream parlour offers pre-picked and frozen blueberries, our very own blueberry ice cream, blueberry sundaes, and a great selection of Island Farms hard and soft ice cream. We also make the best frozen yogurt in town, with real fruit ground in right in front of you. Enjoy a relaxing time picking blueberries or bring the kids down to teach them how their blueberries are grown. Then finish off your visit with our famous blueberry ice cream!

Included: Product Tasting
For Sale: Blueberry ice cream, blueberry frozen yogurt and 5lb frozen blueberry bags.

Blue Moon Winery & Cider Worx
4905 Darcy Road, Courtenay
Website

At Blue Moon Winery and Ciderworx we grow, gather and ferment the flavours of the land to offer you handcrafted award winning spirited fruit wines and sparkling ciders. Our inspiration comes from the scrumptious organic fruits collected from Vancouver Island, the ancient history of the craft of fermentation and the lively traditions we now seek to revive. Our award winning fruit wines and ciders are crafted from 100% BC organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest and created in small batches.

Clever Crow Farm
7911 Island Highway, Black Creek
Website

At Clever Crow Farm, you will be delighted with the abundant gardens of vegetables and herbs, meandering ducks and chickens, and mountain views. We are also an artisan Sea Salt producer and Herb and Spice business too. You will be able to refresh your water bottles, have a glass of iced tea, sample some greens and soups, and ask as many gardening questions to Farmer Brian as you like.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting
For Sale: salt flavours, spice blends, preserves

Washroom facilities available

Coastal Black Winery
2186 Endall Road, Black Creek
Website

Award winning 600-acre fruit winery. This family farm is made up of four generations living and working together to produce product of the highest standard, whether it be wine, fresh fruit, raw honey. Enjoy the West Coast tasting room where you will sample award winning fruit wines.

Courtenay Country Market
5352 A Island Hwy N, Courtenay
Website

“You don’t have to buy to come in and say HI!”

A full service grocery store, deli, meat counter, country cafe offering local, organic and well known brands. Deli features made on site products like garlic sausage, breakfast sausage, pepperoni, beef jerky. The cafe features home cooked menu items using as much local and store produced products as possible.

Country Cafe will be featuring a lunch special containing Fresh Local Ingredients along with the regular menu including Breakfast ALL DAY!

Included: Product Tasting, samples of local and island made products including smoked sausage made on site.

Washroom facilities available

Forbidden Brewing
1590 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Website

Award winning Forbidden Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Saison, Also Lone Tree Cider and Hoyne Pilsner, all on tap.

Garry Oak / Willow Works Courtenay
4690 McLauchlin Dr, Courtenay

At Garry Oak / Willow Works Courtenay, they germinate Garry Oak acorns, transplant the baby trees into pots, and distribute them for regeneration of the Garry Oak habitat that is now less than 1% of its former self.This farm also grows 19 varieties of ornamental willow used for weaving and they are specifically grown for their non-invasive properties. They have willow structures and sculptures as well as living willow fences, or fedges (fence+hedge). Their willow is used for ornamental purposes, some varieties have great new growth colour, beautiful and unusual leaves, or flashy catkins.

Included: Farm Tour, Demonstration
For Sale: Garry Oak in plain pots or in a variety of hypertufas.

Gladstone Brewing
244 4th Street, Courtenay
Website

From its humble beginning in a garage in Victoria, BC, Gladstone Brewing Company has since been established as a mainstay of the Comox Valley – a hub of activity, collaboration, and community. Focusing on Belgian ales, European lagers, and Pacific Northwest style India pale ales, we strive to provide our customers with the highest quality product and service in a casual, welcoming atmosphere.

Glen Alwin Farm
6126 Island Highway N, Courtenay
Website

Outstanding view! Beef and sheep farm. Also other smaller livestock. Farm equipment labelled and what it is used for. Tasting of beef and lamb.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting
For sale: Beef, Lamb

Washroom facilities available

Hazelmere Farms
3222 Grant Rd., Courtenay

We are a certified organic farm since 2002 growing a large variety of fruits and vegetables and raising chickens, ducks and lambs on a small scale. We also keep bees! There will be a Beehive art show with actual painted bee hives, bee themed paintings by the Art Group of the Comox Valley, a demonstration bee hive etc. This is a multi-sensory event promoting awareness of bees and other pollinators.

There will be delicious snacks and drinks for sale featuring our farm’s produce throughout the day.

For Sale: Farm fresh produce, products and honey. Wonton soup combo lunch will be served at a cost during 11am-2pm.
Included: Guided Farm Tour (at 11am and 2pm), Product Tasting, Demonstration, Art show

Washroom facilities available

Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
3636 Trent Road, Royston
Website

Innisfree is a herbal farm and an internationally registered Botanic Garden – we host the largest collection of medicinal plants and biennial herbal conference in Western Canada. Cyclists will pause among the plants, visit the gardens and the shop, taste herbal teas and other health products, walk the Labyrinth.

The shop at Innisfree showcases products made from medicinal plants grown in the gardens, and other plant foods from the farm.

Included: Product Tasting, Botanic Garden
For Sale: food, and medicinal plants

Washroom facilities available

Island Bison
3100 Hamm Road, Black Creek
Website

Island Bison is a small family farm located in Black Creek with the goal to raise the healthiest red meat for their family, friends and customers. Bike past the main bison herd on Hamm Rd, and ride up the driveway to the farm store.

We will have samples to taste and lots of product available.

Kehler Vegetable Company
8083 Island Highway, Black Creek
Website

Stop by our small family run market farm in the heart of Black Creek. Shop our seasonal farmstand filled with farm produce and preserves. We will have snacks, coffee and tea available and you can pull up a stump by the fire!

Included: Farm Tour
For Sale: Seasonal produce, preserves and snacks/coffee/tea available.

Lawn to Food
1483 Hillside Ave, Comox
Website

Wander through the front and backyard vegetable gardens on this 1/4 acre lot in Comox. Lawn to Food grows a surprising amount of organic food in a small space, by utilizing vertical supports and consecutive planting. Lynda Smith was a competitor on the Food Network show Chopped Canada, where she was able to promote her Lawn to Food message nationally. Come and learn a few tips from her about how to grow and preserve bounty from the garden.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting
For sale: seasonal produce, craft items freshly baked baguettes, raisin loaves and soft pretzels

Washroom facilities available

Lloydshaven Holsteins
3209 Dove Creek Rd, Courtenay

We will be giving tours and showing the public a modern dairy farm. We have been here since 1969, with ever evolving changes throughout the decades. See the mature cows, baby calves and equipment that is needed to operate a dairy farm. Milking is from 1:00 – 3:30pm.

Included: Farm Tour

Washroom facilities available

New Sprout Farm
7191 Howard Rd, Merville
Website

New Sprout Farm is a big family made up of smaller families, older couples, and single people. Though everyone has different tasks, all work together for a common goal:  the restoration of true life and values. This farm in the lee of Mt. Washington has been the setting for this mission for the past 10 years. For those who stop here, we hope to warm your souls with smiling faces, folk music, and heartfelt conversation.

Included: Farm Tour, live music, refreshments
For sale: Produce and baked goods will be available, as well as refreshments.

Washroom facilities available

Outback Nursery & Garden Centre
6016 Headquarters Road, Courtenay
Website

Stop in and see what’s Outback! A Garden Centre extraordinaire! Established garden beds throughout the property. Great selection of pottery, bird baths, benches and more! Unique specialty trees and shrubs! Rock Gurglers and Fountains!

Included: Farm Tour, Refreshments
For Sale: Refreshments and baked goods

Washroom facilities available

Paradise Plants Garden Centre
2480 Hardy Road, Courtenay
Website

Cyclists are welcome to do a self guided tour of our hedge maze, fill their water bottles, and take a break on our new patio! Cookies will be baked for the first 100 cyclists!

Our gardening shop will be open all day so come on in and check out our plants and garden art.

Included: Free Hedge Maze!

Washroom facilities available

Shelter Point Distillery
4650 Regent Road, Campbell River
Website

Blessed with a near perfect mix of fertile soil, sunshine, abundant fresh water and mild weather, the ingredients are here to produce true ‘Field to Flask’ spirits. Enjoy a tasting!

Sylvia’s Handspun
2748 Smith Road, Courtenay
Website

Cyclists will be able to see the sheep that produce the wool for Sylvia’s Handspun at Cork Tree farm. They can also view the small studio where she produces her wool handmade products. Sylvia will be conducting demonstrations of spinning wool on her spinning wheel between 11am and 2pm. Sylvia’s daughter Jessica will also be on hand to provide thirsty cyclists with free samples of her refreshing Heavenly Libations non-alcoholic artisan drinking shrubs.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting, Demonstration
For sale: Handspun art yarn and other knitted items, and select flavours of drinking shrubs. Cash preferred.

Washroom facilities available

Wayward Distillation House
2931 Moray Ave, Courtenay
Website

We are a small craft distillery making all of our spirits from 100% BC Honey. While visiting the distillery cyclists will have the opportunity to sample a variety of our spirits and tour the distillery, learning all about fermentation and distillation of honey based spirits!

There are bottles of all our craft spirits available for sale. We will also be offering a bag check service which will allow cyclists to purchase and then pick up later after their ride, so as to not have to bike around with heavy bottles if they don’t wish to!

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting
For Sale: craft spirits

Washroom facilities available

Whitaker Farm
6255 Whitaker Road, Courtenay
Website

Whitaker Farm has a very deceiving presence, from the front it looks like an unassuming 1970’s bungalow but when you walk past the house the farm opens up into a 26 acre expanse of mixed farming, including market veg, lavender, livestock and agritourism.

We will take you on a tour of our operations & property, the 1930’s original farmhouse which is now a vacation rental, show you a simple way to preserve your excess produce to make a delicious drinking syrup called Shrub. And, of course, you will get to see the distillation unit in action.

You are welcome to spend some time sitting in our four acre forest on a bench by the creek or at a picnic table by the farmhouse enjoying the views.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting, Demonstration
For Sale: Seasonal produce & soaps will be available for purchase at the farmstand.

Washroom facilities available

Willovic Farm
5259 Stapley Rd, Courtenay

Enter from Stapley Road, between two fenced and fallow fields, past the pond on the right and second growth fir forest on the left, uphill to Will’s workshop, bakery kitchen, and guest suite. on the north side of this building is a copy of a European farmhouse wood-fired oven and tangled gardens beyond. Further up the driveway, there are chicken dwellings followed by Vicky’s yurt art studio next to our home. Most of the action will be at the wood-fired oven but getting a tour of the studio from Vicky is always interesting.

Included: Farm Tour, Product Tasting, Demonstration
For Sale: bread, garlic

Washroom facilities available

40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery
2400 Anderton Road, Comox
Website

Enjoy a tasting of our traditionally made wines from our traditionally farmed grapes. Take a stroll through our vineyard interpretive trail.

Included: Farm Tour and Product Tasting
For Sale: Product, merchandise, picnic food items.

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Featured Hotels

Stay, and Cycle for FREE! Book your overnight stay at one of these participating Courtenay accommodation properties and receive your Farm Cycle Tour registration for FREE!

All rates are based on double occupancy, taxes extra, subject to availability.

Old House Hotel & Spa 
1-888-703-0202

From
$159.95

This west coast inspired boutique hotel is committed to offering great value. Located just blocks away from downtown Courtenay and features a year round outdoor pool, hot tub fitness centre and Spa.

Crown Isle Resort
1-888-338-8439

Surrounded by several acres of green landscape with Beaufort Mountain Range views, this Courtenay resort features a championship golf course as well as on site dining at the Timberoom Bar and Grill. What better way to recover after a long days ride than to soak in our luxury One Bedroom King Jacuzzi Suites.

Anco Inn
1-877-393-2200

From
$84

The Anco Motel is a well established locally owned and operated company that has been in business for more than 10 years.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1-778-225-0010

From
$149.99

Stay smart at the award winning Holiday Inn Express and Suites, come see why we are constantly rated number one on TripAdvisor. We offer a hot complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, pool, hot tub and the Comox Valley’s only in-hotel waterslide. Close proximity to local restaurants and scenic airpark walkway.

Best Western, The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
1-800-668-7797

10% off Bar,
based on availability at time of booking

Located in the heart of the Comox Valley, this full-service hotel offers premier event facilities near world class skiing and golf.

Travelodge Courtenay
1-800-795-9486

The Travelodge Courtenay is conveniently located next to shopping, restaurants and movie theatre.

Comox Valley Inn & Suites
1-800-811-5955

Comox Valley Inn is located in the center of Courtenay, the heart of the Comox Valley.

River Heights Motel
1-888-873-7022

Located within minutes walk from the Airpark, which boasts its beautiful walking trail along the Courtenay river way. Two bedroom suites and rooms with kitchens available.

Cona Hostel
1-877-490-2662

The Cona Hostel, aptly named with Strathcona Park outside its back door, is situated in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.


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