True Grain Bread


1725 Cowichan Bay Rd. PO Box 6 Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0
Tel: (250) 746-7664


True Grain Bread is an Old World-inspired European bakery where the craft of the Miller and Baker are honed and cherished.  Their passion is creating fresh, local, organic, handcrafted bread. Since first opening their doors in 2004 in the charming seaside village of Cowichan Bay, True Grain Bread has become internationally recognized for delivering an unparalleled bread experience. The friendly, family-owned bakery opened a second store in stunning Summerland in the summer of 2012.

Whether you visit their Cowichan Bay or Summerland location, the True Grain Bread experience is truly unique. Upon strolling through the inviting double-door entranceway, sights and smells will remind you of Europe. Peer through the glass at an authentic Austrian stone mill. Watch as certified organic grain kernels from Vancouver Island and Okanagan farms are freshly stone ground before your eyes.  Peek into the production area and watch the Bäckermeister (German Master Baker) and his team hand-scale and handcraft each individual loaf.  At the front counter, feast your eyes on +10 feet of irresistible treats; French croissants, almond croissants, pain-au-chocolat, butterflies, cinnamon swirls, cheddar twists, chocolate buns, German pretzels, and a wide assortment of addictively delicious modern wheat-free cookies.


At the core, True Grain Bread is about the bread and the craftsmanship.  Most store bought bread today is engineered from the seed, by the grain mill, and in the ingredients added to preserve the loaf.  True Grain Bread is different.  They favour seeds that pre-date engineering and grain hybridization.  Most seeds are purchased directly from the Farmer in BC.  They are stone milled at low temperatures to preserve the integrity of the grain. The loaves are crafted by hand using the grain, filtered water and sea salt, and a nut or a seed.  Some loaves only have 3 ingredients.  THAT is True Grain.

As a result of the aforementioned methods and with no added preservatives, sugars, oils or soya (one of which are in virtually all store bought bread) , many people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity can enjoy True Grain Bread.  Their issue isn’t gluten, its over-processed and engineered food.

We invite you to visit us in Cowichan Bay Village on Vancouver Island or downtown Summerland in the Okanagan to experience True Grain Bread for yourself.


Media Coverage:

CBC Radio Broadcast: Food Matters - Battling the Gluten-Free Trend

True Grain Bread: Gluten & Modern Wheat Brochure


Special Mention:

True Grain Bread

True Grain Bread’s Founder, Jonathon Knight, first opened the doors of the bakery in the charming seaside village of Cowichan Bay, BC in the spring of 2004. Current owners Bruce & Leslie Stewart & Todd Laidlaw have been best friends since meeting at University. They always dreamed of one day operating a refreshingly relevant and reputable values-based business. Judy Corbett, a long-time employee and team leader since 2005 continues to welcome customers to the Cowichan Bay store. The Summerland store opened in the summer of 2012 to much fanfare. In its first year of operation, the bakery was awarded “Best New Business of the Year”(Summerland Chamber of Commerce), & “Best New Restaurant, Shop, or Café in the Okanagan” (EAT Magazine).


Cittaslow Cowichan Bay

In 2009, Cowichan Bay became North America’s first Cittaslow community. Cittaslow communities are characterized by people who; take time to build community relationships, celebrate the community’s unique history and traditions, promote craftsmanship and environmental stewardship, maintain the community’s distinct character, and engage residents and visitors by sharing in high quality living. The Cittaslow International network now comprises 176 towns in 27 countries. Bruce Stewart, owner of True Grain Bread, is Founding & Current President of Cittaslow Cowichan Bay, North America’s first designated Cittaslow community. For more information, please visit  Slow Cowichan.


Hours & Summerland location info


Cowichan Bay, BC

Hours of Operation: Mon – Sat (8am – 6pm), Sun (8am – 5pm)


Summerland, BC

10108 Main Street

PO Box 1010

Summerland, BC

V0H 1Z0

(250) 494-4244

Hours of Operation: Mon – Sat (8am – 5pm), Sun (closed) [open 7 days a week in summer]