Northwestern US in Duncan

Hudson's on First

In an immaculately restored 1906 heritage building, the ever-changing seasonal menu here fuses local ingredients with subtle European influences. For lunch, go for the gourmet fish-and-chips (after starting with...

Farm in Duncan

Westholme Tea Farm

Thought tea was a tropical plant? Not always. Hidden in bucolic farmland 8km north of Duncan, the improbably located Westholme grows its own tea plants. There's a contemporary, winery-like tasting room that's the...

Winery in Duncan

Averill Creek

An upmarket glass-fronted winery that’s popular with tour groups, Averill is cradled by mountains guarding terrain that’s ideal for producing the vineyard’s trademark pinot noir. Polished glasses are lined up...

Pub Food in Duncan

Craig Street Brew Pub

An inviting, multi-floor locals' hangout (aim for the top-floor patio in summer), this dark-wood boozer offers a huge menu of elevated pub grub, from taco salads to finger-licking pizzas (a favorite among...

Farm in Duncan

Merridale Estate Cidery

One of BC's earliest exponents of craft cider-making, Merridale has since gone from strength to strength. The rustic-chic cidery site is lined with trees and gabled barn buildings, one of which hosts the tasting...

Winery in Duncan

Cherry Point Vineyards

One of the Cowichan Valley's original wineries is now on its third owners, Colombians who have added a bit of Latin panache to wines such as the crisp, white Ortega and the fruity, red Lagrimas Negras. Roll into...

Northwestern US in Duncan

Old Firehouse Wine Bar

This surprisingly large, dark-painted resto-bar is a great dining option with a well-executed menu of seasonally changing dishes reaped from the nearby Cowichan Valley. The pork-belly tacos are a top choice and...

Cafe in Duncan

Duncan Garage Cafe & Bakery

Possibly Duncan’s finest rehab project is this 1911 garage-turned-food-emporium with a bookstore to boot. Despite doing away with the car paraphernalia in 1983, the operation still runs like a well-oiled machine...

Museum in Duncan

Cowichan Valley Museum

There’s plenty of history lovingly stuffed into this museum in the town’s former train station. Closely packed exhibits cover the favorite BC topics: pioneer settlement, Japanese internment, First Nations culture...