A day to discover Comox Valley – Janelle Bedard

Recently I was given the opportunity to go on a day tour and sailing adventure. The offer was extended to me by Suzanne Girard of Pacific Yacht Charters who also does PR work for Comox Valley’s Seafood Festival and Tourism.

By Guest Blogger, Janelle Bedard

I work on boats, I love the water, camping, and any kind of adventure that involves being in the outdoors so of course, I jumped at the chance to go on a whole-day-away-from-Vancouver adventure, best decision I have made this last couple of months.

Here is day I will cherish.

The morning was stunning, a beautiful sunrise as we waited to board Harbour Air – my very first time on a seaplane!

Flying away from Vancouver, what a sight to see. Harbour Air connects so many communities to Vancouver, without these seaplanes it would take days, maybe even weeks to get to the mainland. Thank you Harbour Air.

We landed on the water in beautiful Comox Valley, the air there is crisp and fresh. Loved it immediately.

We stopped at Mary’s Old Fashioned Bakery to sample the most delicious nibbles of sweet cakes, tarts, cookies, savoury pies and more. Did I mention Dairy-free and Gluten-free? Yep and I didn’t miss it, the baked goods were so good.

We walked through history.

Went for a nature walk.

Stopped to take a rest and soak up the view.

Found a food truck. The menu of local seafood is mouthwatering.

I saw my first seal this close at the wharf in Comox Valley, they are very cute to look at.

Sailed away.

 

Learnt how to be part of the crew with the Robinson men of Compass Adventure.

Got up close and very personal with Wayward Distillation House . It is here they brew up all the Unruly Gin, Krupnik, Elixer, Death Charge, Unruly Vodka, Drunken Hive Rum and more.

Being an ex-bartender myself, I like to learn as much as I can about our distillers in British Columbia. When you visit, check out these bad boys.

Next was 40 Knots Winery. I loved it here too! I could write an entire piece on this vineyard and the wonderful owner Brenda Hetman-Craig.

This puppy stole my heart.

We flew back over the most beautiful scenery. The ocean and Stanley park are stunning from above. I got to sit in the co-pilot’s seat.

Can you believe that was only one day? Amazing.

I am looking forward to my next opportunity to visit Comox Valley, which is in a week or so, for the BC Seafood Festival.

I will get to go on a Salmon Farm Tour, along with many female chefs from Vancouver and abroad. I cannot wait to go on another adventure.

 

All images are credited to Janelle Bedard.

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Samantha McLeod

Vancouver based food and travel writer.