Go Natural Without Going Broke in Southwestern Vancouver Island

Posted October 9, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Bc-vancouverisland-def Located on the edge of British Columbia, Vancouver Island is rich in natural beauty and outdoor adventure. From Sooke Harbor to the historic city of Victoria, you'll find endless ways to appreciate the earth without overspending. Dine in a restaurant with its own garden, shop for anything and everything eco-friendly, and stay in a tranquil inn with a flair for the arts.

Eat
Sooke Harbor House Restaurant: With more than 200 herbs, edible flowers, and vegetables growing in its organic garden, the Sooke Harbor House has made freshness a way of life. Take a tour of the gardens to learn about organic agriculture and using an extensive compost system. Then, come enjoy sweeping views of the water as you dine on dishes made from seasonal and local ingredients.

Shop
Fiber Options: Located in Victoria, Fiber Options sells a wide range of products made from sustainable natural resources, including hemp household items, organic cotton clothing, and tree-free paper. Here, you will find environmentally friendly options to fit almost any need, such as candles, bath salts, twine, baby clothes, and tea. Products are priced accordingly, but helping preserve the natural landscape is priceless.

Stay
Dreamings, The Elements Bed and Breakfast: Surrounded by the East Sooke Regional Park, Dreamings, The Elements B&B is the perfect place to return to nature. The inn doubles as a gallery, with Inuit, First Nation, and Canadian artwork found throughout the property. The innkeepers also strive to preserve the natural area by using recycled and eco-friendly products and cooking with only organic ingredients. Come sit in the lavender rock garden and let the scenery take you away. Rooms start at $140 CAD per night, and include breakfast.

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Reader Comments

It's a dreamy place really! Love to visit it sometime!

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM by Ξενοδοχεία

Anyone we know traveling northwest near Seattle, we beg them to take a boat or plane trip over and spend a few nights on one of the most beautiful places I've ever spent 3 nights in my life. Be sure to get a hotel on the harbor if you can. We found it so peaceful just watching the water planes fly
in and out and guess if they worked on the mainland in Vancover or Seattle or were
tourist like us.We we were there we visited the aquairum
which was better than most I'd seen in the U.S. We saw a litter of sea otters being born and listened to the squeals of excitement of the
young school children on a field trip watching this momentous event. Finally, we decided to get on a regular city bus and just rode around the town and got off where ever we saw something that caught out interest. We plan to go back again in 2 years just to visit this island and spend some time in Vancouver this time. Sandy Robinson, TN

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 01:38 AM by Sandy Robinson

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