Wining and Dining
An epicurean centre
Thanks to our year round moderate climate and long growing season, Vancouver Island and particularly Victoria has become a west coast epicurean centre.
Victoria has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America (second only to San Francisco).
The exceptional food produced on Vancouver Island attracts great chefs from around the world. The local global dining experiences include an amazing 700 restaurants.
There’s something for every taste, from authentic British pubs to fresh seafood, to first class bistros and dining rooms – some with exquisite, world-renowned wine lists which draw on Vancouver Island’s own famous vineyards. And, of course, there’s the great Pacific Northwest obsession, coffee.
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In just a short time, Vancouver Island’s wines and ciders have gained an international reputation for quality. The warm, dry Cowichan Valley, an hour from Victoria, is the Island’s largest wine-growing region. A short 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria will bring you to a number of estate wineries, hosting daily tours, wine tastings and seasonally inspired fare.