1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill, BC, Canada

Eat, Drink and Be Merridale!

Our mantra  is Apples Expressed. Our cider, spirits, food, bread, soaps, vinegar are  all crafted from the noble fruit. Merridale is a family run company with deep roots on Vancouver Island. We are passionate about what we do, and proud to call BC our home.


Photo by Lara Eichhorn

201210303405-(2)Merridale is located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. The valley offers us perfect growing conditions for cider apples. It gives us climate, aspect and soil conditions to grow world-class cider apples. All of our ciders and spirits are crafted at our farm and then distributed to pubs, restaurants and private liquor stores on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, and of course our own store and bistro.

The cider

At Merridale we take no shortcuts with our authentic, all-natural craft ciders. Made from 100% pure juice, we ferment slowly and naturally, to delicately bring out all of the flavour the fruit has to offer. We do not use concentrates, chemicals at bottling, pasteurization, or fine filtration of juice. Made from heritage cider apples, each cider is a blend of apples aimed at a particular palate.

The spirits

Our brandy house is dedicated to craft artisan distilling. Our spirits are made from BC fruits and distilled in an Alembic Still in small batches by distillers Rick Pipes, and Laurent Lafuente.


We welcome your visit. Our cellar doors are open throughout most of the year. Many of our tours are self-guided and can be enjoyed at your own pace, such as the cellar or orchard walk. Private guided distillery tours journey into the art of craft distilling, and finish with cocktails at the bar. Most of our tours can be packaged with lunch or dinner options, and we are happy to customize. Oh yes, there is a tour for the children in the orchard too.


Our gastro-pub style bistro invites adults and children of all ages to enjoy local fare in a relaxed orchard setting. Savour hearty meals prepared the old fashion way in a wood fired brick oven, made from local ingredients. Summer Sundays are reserved for live entertainment, pizza and cool drinks on the deck.

Tasting Bar

Sample our wares at the tasting bar to learn about the nuances of our award winning ciders and spirits from our knowledgeable staff. Our skilled bar team concoct daily specials, and welcome the opportunity to share their secrets.

Our farmhouse store

Our farmhouse store is a plethora of tastes and visions to tantalize the senses. Cider, spirits and liqueurs and fortifieds; an in-house bakery; Plus a store stocked with local art, gifts, and culinary delights.


Weddings & events

Merridale features a full-service wedding package with staff, a stunning reception venue, and complete worry-free wedding packages that take care of all the little details from table settings to tents to romantic outdoor lighting. Elegance at an affordable price.


The yurts are one room cabins that let you experience the peacefulness of the countryside. Situated in our orchard overlooking the pond, you can fall asleep listening to the sounds of nature.

The People who make Merridale happen:

Janet Docherty – Owner

Rick Pipes – Owner/Head Distiller

Laurent Lafuente – Master Blender

Jason Child – Sales Manager

Jess Howard – Food and Beverage Manager, Wedding and Event Co-ordinator



Open 7 days a week. See our website for our full seasonal hours



2014 American Distilling Association Competition

Best of Class; Gold Medal in the category Aged Brandy – Stair’s Pear Brandy

Silver Medal in the category Aged Apple Brandy – Cowichan Cider Brandy

2013 Portland International Cider Competition

Winners of Large Cidery of the Year

Best of Show – Cyser Cider

Gold Medal, English Sweet Cider – Cyser Cider

Gold Medal, Fruit Ciders – Merri Berri

Gold Medal, Wood-Oaked Ciders – Scrumpy

Silver Medal, Wood-Oaked Ciders – Cidre Normandie

Bronze Medal, English Dry Ciders – Traditional Cider

Bronze Medal, Common Sweet Ciders – House

Cider, Spirits, Brandy, Craft Distillery, Bistro, Tours, Tastings, Apples, Orchard, Events, Weddings, Merridale, Cowichan
619 Courtney Street, Victoria BC, V8W 1B8

Local produce, house dry-aged steak & fresh seafood.

Gather at the bar for fresh-shucked oysters. Unwind with friends over sharing plates in the lower brasserie; or savour an elegant dinner in the upstairs dining room with impeccably prepared local seafood, steak and fine wine.

The Food
Executive Chef Sam Harris’ menu is inspired by both land and sea, and celebrates Canada’s local and seasonal products with a classic French twist.

“I let my food speak for itself,” says Chef Harris. “It’s ingredient-driven yet understated and approachable. I want my dishes to convey a real sense of place and I am excited to continue my close work with the amazing local producers on Vancouver Island.”

Look for house-made sausage and charcuterie, and in-house dry aged beef. Fresh local produce and seafood. Watch for some old classics with a creative new preparation.

For an exceptional dining experience, ask about the Chef’s 5 Course Tasting Menu, with optional wine pairing and caviar service.

The Bar

“Diverse and approachable, a little something for everyone” is how sommelier Anna Romeyn Ion describes the wine program at The Courtney Room. With a wine list of approximately 60 wines, a wine preservation system allows The Courtney Room to serve more than 20 wines by the glass, including 4 sparkling. Anna and Adrian Gatt, Food & Beverage Manager, have curated a wine list that represents the best of varietals and regions. British Columbia wines are showcased, and French wines are well represented.

Look for the best in spirits, beer and cider, including a selection from Vancouver Island. The cocktail program includes the classics, as well as some house originals.

The Room
Taking cues from the old grand dame hotels of Paris, Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design was inspired by the classic French bistro. The Courtney Room boasts high ceilings, and is layered withelements of Art Nouveau to create a casually elegant ambience. Focal features include commissioned artwork by Blu Smith in an abstract expressionist style and a central black granite bar framed between two paneled wood columns with white marble chevron detail – a place to gather and be seen.

The Story
Born of the desire to continue the experience of timeless hospitality embodied by the award-winning Magnolia Hotel & Spa, The Courtney Room delights locals and visitors alike with delicious local cuisine and exemplary service. Welcome!




Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Happy Hour

The Courtney Room


619 Courtney Street, Victoria BC, V8W 1B8

Open 6:30am – late, 7 days per week

1255 Seaford Road, Mansons Landing, BC V0P 1K0, Canada

Historic Linnaea Farm is committed to organic, sustainable agriculture, food security and educational programs. Located in the heart of Cortes Island next to pristine Gunflint lake, charitable, not for profit Linnaea is looked after by eight resident stewards and home to sheep, cattle, chickens and abundant wildlife. Its 315 acres supply Cortes Island’s Natural Foods Co-op with organically grown produce and meat year round. We also support local families in spring and summer with fresh weekly Community Supported Agriculture produce, and have a regular booth stocked with the tastiest seasonal offerings at the Friday farmer’s market visited by residents and visitors. We quickly sell out every week! Our farm gate roadside stand is well stocked with veggie and flower starts ready for planting.
Educational programs include a week-long market garden intensive, permaculture design, cheese making, preserving, and black smithing. In addition to our regular programs, Linnaea Farm welcomes visitors to simply walk about the property, or to take part in organized tours. We also offer farm stays, where you can get up close and personal on a working farm. It’s a holiday your family will never forget. With lakeside accommodation and a well equipped education centre, we’re also available for group rentals where you can stage your own program, professional training, family get together, or friends getaway.
Our history stretches back more than 100 years when the land was first cleared and put into production. Our covenants are currently held by Turtle Island Earth Stewards, The Land Conservancy and Quadra Island Conservancy & Stewardship Society, a BC society managing Linnaea Farm as a not for sale land trust. The property is named after the twinflower, Linnaea borealis, which grows here in abundance.
Trails through the property are still commonly used for hiking, mountain biking or simply as shortcuts for Cortes residents and tourists. A hike up Easter Bluff is a favourite, with dramatic 180 degree panoramic views over the farm, south over the Strait of Georgia, west to Vancouver Island and east to the coast mountain range on the mainland. The stewards of Linnaea Farm are continuing this tradition of providing reasonable access and of sharing and providing resources to people from the community of Cortes Island and beyond. The local branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is also housed here.
Subscribers to our regular e-newsletter receive information about upcoming workshops, gardening tips, recipes, product sales, events, and life on the farm. Get on our mailing list here.
Whether you have a few pots with herbs on your apartment balcony or are a full-on market gardener, Linnaea Farm offers practical, skill building information and hands-on experiences. We look forward to having you come visit us soon!

Linaea Farm Header Pic

The people who make it happen:

  • Executive Director: Tamara McPhail. Performs administrative tasks as well as numerous hands-on farm duties from animal husbandry to product sales.
  • Market Gardener: Adam Schick. The mastermind behind Linnaea Farm’s crops, apprenticeships and garden related educational programs.

Hours of Operation:

Daylight Hours

450 Swift Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1S9

Welcome to CANOE BREWPUB, Restaurant and Marina. Located at the foot of downtown Victoria’s historic Chinatown, CANOE features waterfront patios and the best western exposure along Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Come down to CANOE for great handcrafted beer, real food made with care and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. With a pub, a lounge, a dining room, patios, knowledgeable staff and free parking, it’s a perfect place to share good times with friends and family of all ages!

The timeless waterfront location, soaring timber frame and rustic brick architecture at CANOE create a vibrant and versatile atmosphere for gatherings large or small.

Reservations and families are welcome in the restaurant area.


CANOE handcrafted beers are brewed in small batches using only the finest malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They are naturally carbonated, unfiltered and created without the use of additives or preservatives.

Our beers have become legendary in Victoria and throughout the Pacific Northwest for their crisp, clean & pure flavours. We encourage you to try a fleet to experience the full range of our crafted offerings.


We serve Real Food made with care.

CANOE’s food philosophy is simple:
We make food for good times. We use just the right amount of innovation to make the ordinary, extraordinary. Built using quality ingredients that are seasonally–inspired, we make honest food that is easy to enjoy.


CANOE brewpub is located in a designated heritage site on Victoria’s active inner harbour. Originally the ‘City Lights’ building, it was erected in 1894 to house the coal-powered electric generators which powered Victoria’s streetlights. Today, the building stands as a proud heritage landmark on the downtown waterfront.

CANOE’s commitment to sustainable business practices is apparent across all aspects of our operation. We maintain a comprehensive compost and recycling program, and partner with local suppliers throughout the year to use fresh, seasonal, local products in our menu.

Hours of Operation

Sunday – Wednesday 11:30am to 11pm, Thursday – Saturday 11:30am to 12am

Press / Accolades/ Awards

Drink Lover’s Guide to Vancouver Island
Salt Spring Island Ales and Canoe Brewpub Release Collaborative Beer

2014 Beer Awards – Silver Medal / Canoe Brewpub wins Silver for Bock

VIGBC 2014 Best Restaurant
Best Patio of the City 2014- Vic News

1624 Government Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

Since 1992 we’ve been creating the world’s finest, freshest, organic teas, skin and body products. It all started in Victoria’s Historic Chinatown, with a passion for premium quality ingredients, exceptional customer service, an eco-friendly approach, and a commitment to community – values which continue to be just as important to us today as they were when we started.

Our award-winning teas are made with premium quality, fresh, organic botanicals. Exceptional freshness, combined with organic growing practices, results in higher antioxidant levels and superior flavour in your teacup. What’s just as important as the premium quality ingredients we select for our teas, are the ingredients we never use – no artificial flavours, colours or hidden sweeteners- just pure, healthy, deliciousness in every sip.

Join us for Tea Education at our Tea Tasting Bar – there’s always an interesting class brewing!

Whether you’re visiting us online or at our original Chinatown shop or new Victoria Public Market location in person, we look forward to sharing tea and tranquilli-tea with you!

Silk Road is on:





The people who make Silk Road happen:

Daniela Cubelic: SILK ROAD is led by our Chief Tea Ambassador and founder, Daniela Cubelic. Hailed as “Canada’s Queen of Tea” (Globe & Mail), and “Canada’s Tea Master” (Vancouver Sun), she is a leading authority on tea and tea culture, and an accomplished Tea Master, who was trained by Chinese and Taiwanese herbalists and tea masters. Daniela has been featured locally, nationally and internationally in numerous magazines, publications, and on radio and television. Recently, she helped design a revolutionary new teacup that won a coveted Red Dot design award. Daniela’s love for tea and tea culture is steeped in her veins, and while she is trained in tea’s most ancient traditions, she is equally likely to be found forging new frontiers in tea- from cooking with tea, tea and food pairing, to incorporating tea into our skin and bodycare products.


Hours of Operation:

Government St.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

Phone: 250 382 0001

Victoria Public Market

 Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm / Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm / Monday CLOSED

Phone: 778-433-9838


Globe and Mail: “Searching for the World’s Best Cup of Tea

Yam Magazine: “Shaken to a Tea


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