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Jul 17, 2013 03:51 PM

Nainamo house trade

My husband and I are doing a house trade to Nainamo from July 22nd till the 31st.Any suggestions as to where we should eat and also shop for food since we will have a kitchen and we love to cook,we do prefer organic as much as possible.Thanks hounds!! You haven't let us down yet on our travels:)We are open to fun activities as well and or live music.

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  1. Things are a bit thin on the ground in Nanaimo. In laws who live in Qualicum like the Crow and Gate in Cedars not too far from Nanaimo. It is a pub.

    Thrifty's is a decent island chain grocery store. I haven't been but McLean's certainly looks promising:

    Don't go to Gina's.

      1. re: Georgia Strait

        The nearby Cowichan Valley has all kinds of options for baked goods, cheese & produce maybe some of them show up @ the farmer's market.

        There's a winery 'n the hood too

      2. SS is right - we have family in that area so i'm somewhat familiar with the food options - they like this spot - the view is really like that shown in the photos

        Genoa Bay is beyond Maple Bay.

        if you go to Venturi Schulz winery - they have the best balsamic vinegar - not cheap by any stretch - but wow.

        more info

        and here too - click Tourism Cowichan pull-down menu - you'll find wineries and food options

        ps - the forest museum in Duncan is interesting - live steam train etc.

        EDIT to add - this place in Ladysmith looks inviting - i have never been

        1. There's a Farmers Market on Bowen Road Wednesday afternoons: There's also a good one on Saturday in Qualicum.

          Riso in Lantzville is worth a visit:

          Hilltop Bistro is worth a visit:

          Take the ferry to Protection Island and have beer at the Dingy Dock: Nothing fancy but a fun visit.

          Buy seafood in the harbour downtown and stop in at Penny's for a margarita

          Have lunch on the patio at Westwood Lake:

          If you go to the Crow and Gate (which you should) visit the Hazelwood Herb Farm nearby: I haven't visited for a while but they had a great selection of herbs in the nursery, herbal products, and a nice garden to wander in and home made lemonade in the summer. You can also pick up some honey at Fredrich's: . There's also a farmers market on Sundays at the entrance to the Crow and Gate.

          Take the ferry to Gabriola Island and explore the beaches and trails. They have a farmers market on Saturday mornings just up the hill from the ferry terminal.

          If you like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing or boating there are lots of opportunities to do those things around Nanaimo.

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          1. re: Anne M

            Now that is a great list! Anne, did Mahle House ever get past change in ownership/chef/whatever a few years back?

            1. re: grayelf

              I had lunch at the Mahle House last summer or the summer before and it was good. They are not open for lunch now and that's when I usually go out in Nanaimo so I haven't checked it out recently. I'd say it is worth a visit.

          2. i agree - wonderful list

            have you ever been to that Page Point Bistro - it looks tempting - anyone you know gone there? (not too far from Nanaimo esp if one is touring around)

            also any Ladysmith oysters - i mean, those were famous farms in their day (30 + years ago that I know of personally - my school friend's family had one of the farms - no idea of status now) - are Ladysmith oysters still edible, good and available? What species? where to buy / eat?)

            google shows this result - anyone been here?

            here is more history of bivalve farming in Ladysmith - the 49th parallel

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            1. re: Georgia Strait

              No I've never been to Page Point.

              I do a lot of in-home dining when I'm visiting Nanaimo because I'm lucky enough to have family with nice waterfront homes who are happy to have guests. And I bring good wine.