Yellow Point Cranberries is an innovative small cranberry farm that makes specialty food products. The “Signature Taste Tours” offer you an excellent opportunity to sample the wonderful taste of fresh cranberries. You will receive a guided explanation of the development of cranberries from growth to harvesting including processing and tasting. All tours include a sampling of our specialty products. Don’t forget to visit the Cranberry Cottage Preserve Store after the tour and take home some of your cranberry favorites. We open September 1st 2013. We will be open at that time 7 days a week 11:00-5:00. We are currently accepting tour bookings for September and October 2013.
4532 Yellow Point Rd., Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1G5
Our herb farm is located on beautiful Vancouver Island in North Oyster, which is just outside of Nanaimo, close to the airport. We sell four hundred varieties of herb plants and add more to our stock each year.
Our Herbal Heaven gift shop is filled with unique gifts for the gourmet, tinctures, salves and natural products for bath and skin care. All products are made right here on our farm. Visit Our Nursery to get a current list of the herb plant selection. Plant availability changes with the seasons. You are welcome to come and enjoy the display gardens and gazebo. We are open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm April until December 24.
13576 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1H6
Phone: (250) 245-8007
Jack Nash, an ex-patriot from Sussex, England, built The Crow & Gate Public House on ten acres of scenic property in Cedar, near Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. In doing so The Crow & Gate Pub became the first neighbourhood pub in British Columbia. Now a well-known landmark and favourite destination for locals and tourists alike.
Construction of The Crow & Gate Pub entailed great attention to detail. Pegged beam & plaster, exposed beams, massive stonework open fireplaces, heavy wood trestle tables and, throughout, clad with authentic pub memorabilia from the U.K. all creating an ambiance only otherwise experienced if you take a trip to the South of England. After 15 years, the Olson family took over the stewardship of The Crow & Gate – maintaining, restoring and improving the Pub to its present day splendour.
2313 Yellow Point Road, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W9
Established in 1972, this park contains the only remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island. This concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal. A historic railway right-of-way also runs through the park, as well as a maintained trail to Nanaimo River.
Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Rd. Open every Sunday from 8am -1:30 pm, Open from mid-January thru to late November, Household items, antiques and collectables,tools, books, toys, baked goods, crafts, plants and more! Both inside/outside vendors.
2388 Cedar Rd., Nanaimo, B.C., V9X 1K3
The largest estuary on Vancouver Island and home to 238 different bird species. There is access off Raines Road, Cedar.
Cable Bay is a must-see for the mid-Island explorer, especially if they continue to walk the extra kilometer to Joan Point Park at Dodd Narrows — the site of a powerful tidal current. You can sit on the mossy rocks or grass here and watch boats as they are carried through the rocky channel. There is a lot of sandstone beach to explore here, especially at lower tides. A well-established trail starts at the parking area and descends gently for a little less than 2km. Then it crosses a pedestrian bridge and emerges above a beach of stone. You can continue to the right, following the shoreline as close to the water as possible, according to the tideline.
For family fun head out to McNab’s Corn Maze situated south of Cedar on Yellow Point Road. Featuring a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and farm fresh products.
4613 Yellow Pt Rd, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1G7
Peaceful Roberts Memorial Provincial Park near Nanaimo on south Vancouver Island offers a small day-use area on the beach overlooking scenic Stewart Channel – an ideal spot for a quiet afternoon picnic. An easy 1-kilometer trail through mature forest leads to the rocky beach, which offers good opportunities for wildlife viewing. From here, visitors can often see Steller’s and California sea lions, who haul out to bask in the sun on the park’s unique sandstone ledges during the summer months. Great Blue herons, Bald eagles and a variety of seabirds can also be spotted in the park, which was donated to the province by May Vaughan Roberts in memory of her husband and daughter. Special Features: The park contains unique sandstone ledges. These ledges are part of the geological heritage of Vancouver Island and represent ancient sea beds. The ledges serve as a haul-out location for sea lions, which can often be spotted basking in the sun in this area.
For fishers who enjoy awesome smallmouth bass fishing, Quennell Lake which is situated south of Cedar just off Yellow Point Road. Quennell Lake also sports some trout fishing and is a very good lake to explore by canoe because of its interesting shape of 9 or so arms that include a small island. If you would like to camp out along the lakeshore the Zuiderzee Campground and Resort is near by.
Located in Duke Point, near the BC Ferries, is Jack Point Park and, to the north side, neighbouring Biggs Park. Both parks have beautiful oceanfront views of Nanaimo and the harbour to the north and are situated along the eastern side of the Nanaimo River estuary. Look for the signs directing you off and away from Hwy 19 (Duke Point Indutrial) and the Duke Point Ferry Terminal.
For a local, family friendly, swimming hole look for the small beach area on Cedar Road just before Cedar Bridge and the turnoff to Cedar’s Main Street area. The beach is a little larger than most areas on the river and is wide open so you can keep a good watch on your young ones. There are so many swimming holes along Nanaimo River. Under the Cassidy bridge is a great place to swim or start a tube down the river.
For more info on river locations, check out the following link: http://www.ourbc.com/discover_bc/rivers/swimmingholes/nanaimo_river/nanaimo_river.htm
Located on Holden Lake south of Nanaimo, this forested park is popular with local residents, who mainly come here to explore the extensive trail system. The marsh area at Hemer Provincial Park is also a favourite destination for bird watchers and ornithologists. A viewing platform over the marsh, approximately 1 km from the parking lot, provides the opportunity to observe various types of ducks, Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles and turkey vultures, as well as beavers.
Approximately 11 kilometers of easy walking trails weave through the park along Holden Lake and through the marsh areas. The trails are forested, primarily with mature coastal Douglas fir, red alder and big-leaf maple. Trails are not marked but are easily identifiable and well maintained. Hemer Park provides day-use opportunities at Holden Lake, a peaceful setting for paddlers, boaters and anglers.
Sundays 10-2pm, begins May long weekend and continues until the last Sunday of October. Located on the field next to the Crow and Gate Pub, 2313 Yellowpoint Road, Cedar.