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petemare Mar 16, 2012 01:38 PM

Hi there, We will be staying at Bear Mountain April 4-8. Were from the prairies and are looking for good seafood, fun spots for a couple to go. We don't mind a bit of a drive.

Any recommendations?

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  1. bourbonstjoe RE: petemare Mar 17, 2012 01:32 PM

    What did you have in mind for fun spots and good seafood? There's many recommendations that I could toss around but, I've never been to Bear Mountain and it's a bit of a jaunt from there ( It seems) to downtown Victoria. You just looking for fresh, funky, ethnic?

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      Georgia Strait RE: petemare Mar 17, 2012 01:50 PM

      seeing as it's pretty close by to Bear Mtn, chances are you'll take a drive up north over the very scenic malahat hiway (drive with care and watch for the one or two very scenic viewpoints looking over Saanich Inlet and toward Washington State (Mount Baker volcano in distance)) --- so for a slightly off-the-beaten path side trip, go to Cowichan Bay http://www.cowichanbay.com/ just south of Duncan, BC - and have a low-key meal at the Rock Cod Cafe http://www.rockcodcafe.com/.

      you can't get much closer to the sea - it's a historic little village.

      There are also some winery/cider making places in the area and one of the wineries (Venturi Schulz) is also known for its fantastic balsamic vinegar.

      If wine isn't your cup of cheer, then there is a place that makes specialty salt in Cobble Hill (which is the north side of the Malahat) http://www.visaltco.com/about-us.php

      and here's a small artisan cheese business in Cow Bay http://www.hilarycheese.com/

      for more info about the area, i'd suggest starting at the local gov't offical tourism website http://www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?NID=260

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