Tea in the Trees - At Glenrosa Farm Restaurant
Upcoming Dates: September 16th & 30th
Only $25 per guest!!
High Tea at The Empress still tops the lists of "Things to do" in Victoria for the tourist crowd, but Tea in the trees seems like a much more honest Westcoast experience.
Your adventure starts at Glenrosa Farm Restaurant in beautiful, rural Metchosin. Your guide will be waiting to meet you with backpacks stocked with freshly baked scones & house made jam from Glenrosa, water bottles, and a foam "Sit-upon" so you've got something dry and comfortable to sit on at the view point.
You will hike from Glenrosa along the Galloping Goose Trail and through Matheson Lake Park to a stunning view point overlooking the lake, where your guide will brew wild gathered tea to enjoy with your scones and jam. After the hike, guests are welcome to return to Glenrosa (regardless how wet/muddy) to warm up by the fire and enjoy their Happy Hour specials from 3:00-6:00pm.
Transportation is NOT included with this package, guests must get to and from Glenrosa on their own.
Taste the Coast
Spice, sip and hike! This full-day tour package includes a stop at SaltWest Naturals to see a commercial sea salt harvestry in action, a stop just down the road at Tugwell Creek Meadery and Honey Farm to sample some delicious Honey Wines, and a short hike to a beautiful pebble beach on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Lunch is catered from The Stick in the Mud in Sooke, with a fresh-made healthy wrap, a delicious baked treat and a cup of their delicious house-roasted coffee (or tea, latte, ect ect). We'll stop in Sooke to pick up lunch on our way, and can take some time to explore other shops in town if your group is interested.
Products are available for purchase at both locations.
$150 per guest (up to 4 guests).
This tour package is only available with advanced notice. The local producers we will visit are family run operations and some days they are not on the property to offer tours.
Avatar Grove, Big Lonely Doug & The Pacific Marine Circle Route
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ancient Forest Alliance Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew is moving closer and closer to becoming protected parkland. It's hard to believe all the work so far has been done through fundraising and volunteer efforts, as the trail through the grove is outstanding! Stairs, boardwalks and viewing platforms make this a very accessible park, while still limiting the damage that can be done to the eco-system with a well used trail. **A donation of $5 per guest will be made to the Ancient Forest Alliance by The Natural Connection to help their preservation efforts across the province**
After stopping at Avatar Grove we will visit Big Lonely Doug, the second largest Douglas Fir tree in North America! Which, sadly, stands alone in the middle of a clear-cut. This gives you a unique opportunity to stand back from a tree this large to get a better sense of its relative size.
Rather than returing to Victoria the same way we drove out we will return via the Pacific Marine Circle Route and take in the sights as we wind our way through the Cowichan Valley. This newly paved route across Vancouver Island winds along river edges and hillsides, offering some beautiful views between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan.
Office stress running high? Friction in the band? Coaching a team? Flex-day Friday at work? Come together as a group by challenging each other to summit one of the more difficult mountain trails around Victoria and discover how strong you are with teamwork and positive encouragement!