Brentwood Bay Resort is just twenty minutes to downtown and the Inner Harbour of the beautiful City of Victoria, BC, Canada. Conveniently located minutes from Victoria's wonderful museums and heritage attractions, galleries, restaurants and shops. Victoria is British Columbia's capital city and has something to offer every traveller, in any season. The quaint seaside village of Sidney, BC Canada is just fifteen minutes north near the Victoria International Airport, is also a popular destination famous for its many bookstores and boutique shops.
Brentwood Bay Resort is located in the heart of the Western Canada's fastest growing wine region, where you can take wine-tasting tours of the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley. Take the scenic Mill Bay Ferry located right next to Brentwood Bay Resort across the Saanich Inlet to tour the many wineries, cideries and the region's many farms, orchards and cheesemakers.
Those who are culturally inclined will appreciate the ambiance that is created by the fine original local art that graces Brentwood Bay Resort. Original paintings and carvings by internationally acclaimed British Columbia and First Nations Artists with a unique westcoast perspective. The Art Gallery of Victoria has one of Canada's premiere art collections and the Royal British Columbia Museum showcases incredible Native Art and original Totem Poles.
Outdoor adventure abounds at Brentwood Bay and in the Victoria area. Try our unique eco-cruise in the beautiful fjoird of the Saanich Inlet, rent a kayak or scuba dive right from the resort, you can arrange a charter tour boat, guide or instructor to help you explore a host of outdoor adventure activities for individuals or groups. Some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the Gowling Tod Provincial Park is only minutes away. Killer Whale watching can be arranged in downtown Sidney or Victoria. We can arrange golf tee times at one of Victoria's world-class golf courses like The Jack Nickaus signature course ay Bear Mountain or the stunning oceanfront Victoria Golf Club, considered the Pebble Beach of Canada. Explore the Gulf Islands or the San Jaun Islands, considered the world's best cruising grounds for powerboating, sailing, siteseeing or fishing.
The Butchart Gardens, considered one of the most spectacular gardens in the world, is located just a five minutes from the Lodge. Open year round, the Gardens continually change to reflect the seasons. With 55 acres of impeccably designed and maintained gardens it is easy to spend a whole day or more simply wandering.
The Butchart Gardens also offers outstanding entertainment, in addition to the plentitude of floral gardens. In the summer an exciting fireworks display occurs every Saturday night.
For fun & scenic way to go, Brentwood Bay Resort provides daily water shuttle service to The Butchart Gardens.
Visit http://www.butchartgardens.com/ for more information on the gardens and entertainment schedules.
We also offer a relaxing daily water shuttle to the gardens.
British Columbia's past, present and future are alive at the Royal BC Museum. With a collection of more than seven million unique objects and documents, there's something incredible to see every time you visit.The RBCM is located in downtown Victoria, on the Inner Harbour.
Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea with hands-on/hands-wet exploration and friendly experts at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. See wolf eels lurking in caverns and a giant Pacific octopus in an overhead den. Microscopes, touch pools, scavenger hunts, and a "journey" to the ocean floor. Located on the waterfront in Sidney, 25 minutes from Victoria.
Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors. Rising 87 stairs up through the 4 1/2 stories, there are 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the 1890s–1900s period. With over 20,000 square feet of space, the house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built, and you will find artisans working on restorations most days. Step back in time and experience the life and times of the very rich and famous.
As well as a quaint and picturesque city, Victoria and the Saanich Inlet are home to some of the finest agricultural regions in the world. This provides us not only with the fresh produce and seafood we feature in our restaurants, but also an abundance of fantastic local wineries and craft brewhouses, many of which specialize in organic and sustainable practices. No trip to Victoria would be complete without a tasting of delicious local wine or spirits. Below we have included just a few of our favorites, but be sure to ask for a more comprehensive list, or to book a wine tasting tour.
Hidden in Deep Cove on Southern Vancouver Island is Muse Winery (formerly Chalet Estate Winery); a small self sustaining, family winery owned by Peter & Jane Ellmann. This boutique winery has been producing fine limited edition wines since 2001. Fine Wine begins in the vineyard and the Ellmanns strictly adhere to organic practices using natural ingredients to fertilize the vines and control weeds. Extensive canopy management, hand cropping and picking ensures that only the finest fruit is used in the production of their Award Winning Wines and minimal to no sulphites are added to any of the wines. Experience a structured tasting or enjoy the wines on the Vineyard Patio. During the summer hours are 11am to 5 pm daily, closed Mondays.
http://www.musewinery.ca/; phone: 250-656-2552
This boutique winery, a partnership of three couples, has built a strong following for its limited edition wines. Ortega, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch, Pinot Noir -- pure Vancouver Island! Visit the idyllic winery setting, once the 18th Century estate of British Columbia's "hanging judge". Tasting room open weekends, May-September.
http://www.starlinglanewinery.com/; phone: 250-881-7422
Come raise a glass at Sea Cider! Discover our award-winning fermented organic ciders. Savour our ciders paired with local cheeses while drinking in the ocean view. Relax in the stylish ambience of the Ciderhouse with its long, rustic tables. Then take a tour and browse our pantry of Island farm products. Sea Cider is open year round for tastings and tours, 11 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays). We are located on the Saanich Peninsula, minutes from Victoria and Sidney. To find us, from Hwy 17, turn west onto Mt. Newton X Rd., north onto Central Saanich Rd., east onto Mt. St. Michael Rd.: 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd., Saanichton.
http://www.seacider.ca/; phone 250-544-4824
With great pride 100% of our wine is produced only from grapes grown on our beautiful 10 acre Cowichan Valley vineyard." Roger Dosman--Winegrower. Our white wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, while our red wines are aged in American and French oak barrels. Our careful vineyard management and dedication to winemaking produces quality Cowichan Valley wines, full in varietal character and easily enjoyed with a variety of cuisine.
www.alderlea.com; phone: 250-746-7122
Blue Grouse Estate Winery was established in 1989 as one of the pioneering family-operated vineyards on Vancouver Island. It is situated on a 31-acre farm in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. Hans and Evangeline Kiltz are the proprietors operating the estate with their winemaker son Richard.
The southern slopes of the vineyard provide ideal growing conditions for producing premium Germanic-style wines. The harvest is done by hand and only the highest quality grapes are selected to create character wines such as Ortega, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive. All wines are grown, produced and bottled at Blue Grouse Vineyards.
directly at the onsite wine shop and are served in fine dining restaurants throughout Vancouver Island. Their products are not distributed through Government Liquor Stores. For retail outlets near you, please contact the winery.
Blue Grouse is located 45 km north of Victoria or 7 km south of Duncan, just 1 km west of the Highway.
http://www.bluegrousevineyards.com/; phone: 250-743-3834
Averill Creek Vineyard
The Averill Creek Vineyard is the result of one man's 30-year passion for wine. Over the past decade, physician Andy Johnston has been preparing for a dramatic career change by apprenticing in the vineyards of Italy, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Averill Creek is the vineyard of his dreams. Today, Averill Creek's wines are among the most popular wines on the island.
http://www.averillcreek.ca/; phone: 250-746-7122
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