Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vacation Destination of the Month- September 2009

The vacation destination for the month of September is Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Canada has so much to offer and beautiful Vancouver Island specializes in unique experiences. Just outside of Victoria you can enjoy the beautiful Butchart Gardens a beautiful botanical garden that has been in bloom for over 100 years. The garden grounds are rich in seasonal floral and plant displays, something new and different for each season. The admission price to the gardens is $28 in the summer and it is worth every dollar, this really is a must see! While at the Butchart Gardens be sure to enjoy dinner or late afternoon tea at the Dining Room Restaurant. For complete information please visit
In addition to the gardens, just outside Victoria you can enjoy a very creative wine tasting experience. When visiting Victoria's wine country be sure to visit Cherry Point Vineyard owned and operate by the Cowichan Indian tribe, they specialize in highly popular white and red blends. For a fruitful wine tasting experience don't miss Marley Farms, a family owned and operated winery making the typical grape based wines but also specializing in fruit and even flower based wines, including elderberry, raspberry, and rastaberry (a customized blend of different berries). The Merridale Estate Cidery makes wonderful ciders ranging from typical European style ciders to a warm and rich Warm Apple Cider that is perfect for the holiday season. For a full list of Vancouver island wineries please explore
If you and your travel companion are ready for some adventures by car you cannot miss Nanaimo, home of the Dinghy Dock Pub located on Protection Island, you can only get to the pub via the "Protection Island Ferry" a rather unique ferry that is never early but always on time, so make sure not to miss the boat. For more information on Nanaimo and Dinghy Dock Pub you can visit and
Another great city on Vancouver Island is Tofino, it is quite a drive (about a 1/2 day) from Victoria but it is worth every minute. Tofino is a small town with wonderful art galleries and great whale watching. For a romantic dinner on the waterfront make a reservation at the Wickanninish Restaurant, after dinner be sure to explore the deserted beaches of Tofino just below the dining room. For restaurant information and reservations please see For all things Tofino you can visit
Vancouver Island has so much to offer and this is just the beginning. If you are interested in exploring ALL that Vancouver Island and British Columbia have to offer please contact BellaMar Concierge for itinerary planning services at

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