Comox Valley

Our base camp for the next three nights will be at Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Today we headed out for a bit of exploring in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley area includes a handful of small communities in addition to Comox and Courtenay. We started out to Fanny Bay, a small community about 30 minutes from where we are camped at Miracle Beach. We had been to Fanny Bay a few years ago and stopped in at the local Chandler – Fanny Bay Candles to buy some handmade candles. If you are ever in Fanny Bay you must stop and chat with the owner Donalda Lauzon and her puppy Bella. She makes beautiful candles in her shop on her property. We purchased 3 candles to take home with us that we will enjoy on our deck back in Kelowna. After driving around for a bit and unsuccessfully finding a place for lunch while still being able to keep an eye on Rylee in the Jeep we started back to our campground. On the way we saw a sign for a winery called 40 Knots Winery so we thought “Let’s check that out”. After being to many amazing wineries in the Okanagan Valley close to where we live we were a bit surprised to find a quaint winery shop on the property where the wine tastings were offered. We pulled up a seat at the wine bar for a flight of wines to taste. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and the history of the winery. We really enjoyed the Pinot Gris, the unoaked Chardonnay, and a Gamay Noir which we purchased to take back to the RV with us. We enjoyed the wines so much we decided to join their wine club and have a shipment sent to us at their next release. While we were there they suggested that we stop at another local winery whose speciality is fruit wines. Now neither one of us are fond of sweet wines so we were a bit hesitant but went anyways. The sign outside of Coastal Black Estate Winery said fruit wines and mead which I anticipated would be very sweet being that mead is made with honey. We were both very surprised on how much we enjoyed their wines especially the mead and in fact bought a bottle of it to enjoy later! As we were heading back to the campground for the evening to enjoy a glass of wine that we selected from 40 Knots we spotted a local organic fruit stand advertising fresh berries. I quickly pointed out the signage to Dave and he made yet another unscheduled stop! The berries looked delicious so I grabbed a basket which we’ll  most definitely enjoy.

 

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