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Drinking Along the Ale Trail in British Columbia

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The craft brewery business in British Columbia is booming. It’s not that surprising of a trend when you consider that just a hop and a skip south of the border, in Oregon, they’ve seen similar growth. In 2016, 40 percent of Oregon’s beer market was made up of craft sales.

The beauty of these breweries is they’re fun and hip, and they’ve pushed aside the stale old guard. With so many new ones in B.C., there are now “ale trails” where you can explore them all. We visited a number of the small communities on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to not only cover some beautiful terrain but to taste some flavorful suds. If you’re looking to do the Ale Trails, here are some of the better breweries to hit along with itineraries of where to eat and where to stay.

The Breweries

Riot Brewing

Riot Brewing is one of the newest breweries on the scene, and they’ve got a fantastic story. It was a long seven years of trials and tribulations before the owners found someone who believed in them enough to bankroll the brewery. But they finally got their break, and they’ve hit the ground running. Not only do they make some good, clean beers, their packaging is really cool. Make sure you ask to hear the story about the “Junk Punch.”

Persephone Brewing

What’s the farm-to-table equivalent for a beer? Whatever the name, the concept is clear at Persephone Brewing. They took over a farm to turn it into a brewery, and now they’re growing their own hops right on site to use for their own beer. They also grow produce, apples, and veggies using organic practices, and then either use the products themselves for the beer or sell them at local markets. Their brewery has earned plenty of acclaim for their beers and recently won a Land Award.

If you’re stopping in for a drink, make sure you pair it with the on-site Farm to Feast food truck. It goes well with their handcrafted pizzas.

Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company

A couple of brothers and a brewmaster have teamed up at Mount Arrowsmith. The result is a small brewery with a foursome of very fresh beers. There’s the Salish Sea pale ale, Arrowsmith Blonde ale, the Jagged Face IPA and the Comfortably Chum hefeweizen. The brewery is located in Parksville, which is a short drive from Nanaimo, and is a short walk from the waterfront.

Longwood Brewery

Longwood Breweryhas become one of the best beer brands in Nanaimo. The brewery is the place to go to get your fix if you want to go direct to the source. Alternately, you can get a bite to eat at the Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant, try the beer and pair it with food. They work closely with local farmers to get access to quality barley and hops.

They have a large array to choose from but their seasonal beers are especially recommended. The Beetnik (a stout with beetroot undertones) and The One That Got Away (a red wheat ale) are both worth a taste.

Wolf Brewing Company

A British import making some excellent craft beers is what you’ll find at Wolf Brewing Company. Kevin Ward has worked in food and beer for a long time — he even worked with Gordon Ramsay at one point. He’s brought his talents to Wolf Brewing Company, where he makes some authentic beers. They try to support local when possible, either by using local ingredients or by hiring local artists to create the labels for their beer bottles — but quality is of the utmost importance here. That’s why they also import many top-notch ingredients, such as noble hops from Germany.

Cumberland Brewing Company

Cumberland is a delightful little town and the brewery is well worth a stop. The beers speak for themselves — the stouts are delicious — but the signature item might be their “pay it forward” board. If you want to buy a beer for a friend or for a stranger, you can do so and they’ll put that person’s name on the board. The next time that person comes in, they’ll receive the lovely surprise of free beer!

Originally, the brewery wasn’t quite sure what the reaction would be when they started the endeavor, but it’s now become a signature element of the brewery. And there’s been no shortage of people in a giving mood paying it forward.

Gladstone Brewing Company

The décor at Gladstone Brewery really makes it stand out from the crowd. Earlier in the 1900s, the building was a mechanic’s shop. Nowadays, Gladstone Brewery pays homage to that history by preserving the memories. They use dashboard gauges on their cans to denote how empty or full the beer is of IBU’s, tasting samplers are served on license plates, and you buy beer at the ‘filling station.’

It’s a very lively place to go for a pop and is often the hub of activity, buzzing with social gatherings in the evenings.

Townsite Brewing

Townsite Brewing is a microbrewery located in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. The beers are overseen by a Belgian, which is always a good sign. The Belgians know their beer.

They have a lot of unique flavors running through the taps like a Blackberry Sour, a wet-hopped Pale Ale and a Belgian Quad. They even have kombucha available in case you’re the designated driver.

Gibsons Tapworks

The tiny town of Gibsons has a picturesque setting on the Sunshine Coast. After a walk along the water, pop up to Gibsons Tapworks for a brew. This microbrewery has a lively atmosphere with themed nights like Name That Tune on Wednesdays and trivia on Mondays. It’s usually a lively spot for conversation any day of the week.

White Sails Brewing

While Sails almost feels like it should be located on a college campus. The food offerings support that feeling, as you’ll snack on soft pretzels and pepperoni sticks while sipping different ales. The atmosphere is young and hip, and it can get boisterous, as they offer board games for you to bring back to your table.

Where To Eat Along The Way

White Whale

Located in Courtenay, the White Whale is not only a gastropub that’s great for a bite — it’s also a must-stop for beer lovers. That’s because you can get so many in one place. They have 16 rotating taps of local B.C. craft beer along with experts to guide you through those tough decisions. You’ll be pairing it with a menu that’s fully made in-house — including the bread. While the beer is local, the menu feels like a little tour around the world with hiyashi chūka, tuna niçoise, and shrimp tostadas.

The Boardwalk Restaurant

Lund is another charming little spot on the Sunshine Coast. If you’re making your way around Vancouver Island or heading for the ferry in Powell River, The Boardwalk Restaurant is a good place to eat.

There's a focus on fresh, local and gluten-free on the menu. And being right on the water — it’s located in Lund Harbor — the seafood is definitely the star. The gluten-free crowd will love the fact that they can find things like calamari and fish and chips — options that they normally can’t participate in.

Coastal Cookery

Coastal Cookery is located in Powell River — a town of just 13,000 people — but the quality of the food could go head-to-head with Vancouver’s trendiest spots. That’s because it’s run by successful restaurateur, chef Michael Salome and front-of-house expert Sarah Salome, who gained experience working for some of the best sports in Vancouver (Cactus Restaurants).

There are a lot of fun things on this menu from the liquids to the solids. From the cocktail menu, try the ones with kombucha for a rare flair. From the menu, the creole-spiced homemade popcorn is a fun starter, the classically braised beef short rib will leave you satisfied, and the bourbon pecan galette is a very happy ending.

Gibsons Public Market

Gibsons Public Market is the new heart of the community in Gibsons. Upstairs you’ll find a hub bringing together people for weddings and galas, art exhibits, and educational seminars. Downstairs there are a variety of merchants from a Belgian chocolatier to local butchers and artisan cheeses. The cheese vendor in particular is a great story: It’s owned by a successful woman who wanted to have local access to great cheese, so she invested.

Come hungry, because there is lots of tasting to be done.

Where To Stay

Coast Bastion Hotel

Most trips on the Ale Trail will start in Nanaimo. If you plan to stay in town before getting going on the journey, the Coast Bastion Hotel offers clean, comfortable accommodations. You can’t beat the location, as it’s steps away from the waterfront and many rooms have a view directly out onto the Strait of Georgia.

Old House Hotel and Spa

The Old House Hotel and Spa is an all-suite accommodation in Courtenay for those who love to relax. After a number of beer stops, this space will allow you to recover. They have an in-house spa if you’re looking for services and an outdoor heated pool with a hot tub if you’re just looking to soak.

The Old Courthouse Inn

The Old Courthouse Inn in Powell River is a place to stay with a story. It’s a Tudor-style building that used to be a courthouse, but is now run as accommodation by J.P. Brosseau and his partner Kelly Belanger. The rooms are old-school — in a cottagey, pleasant way. Brosseau manages the hotel while Belanger runs the on-site restaurant, which is a breakfast spot that focuses on organic, local foods and zero-waste practices.

Bonniebrook Lodge

Bonniebrook is a four-story, seven-bedroom lodge that is located on the Ocean Beach Esplanade in Gibsons. That means you’ll have a completely unobstructed view of the water or walk out right to it. The rooms are all suites, so they are very spacious. The property is a quiet setting that feels like the ideal spot for couples who want some serenity while not being too far away from entertainment and activities.


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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

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“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

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“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

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“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

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“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

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“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

View image in full screen

“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

View image in full screen

As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

View image in full screen

“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

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“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

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“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

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“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

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“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

View image in full screen

“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

View image in full screen

“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

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As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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Your adventure in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley begins with a hike on Sumas Mountain. After taking in the views of the province’s largest agricultural area, it’s time to reward yourself with a flight of “ground to glass” craft beer at Ravens Brewing Company. Then it’s off to lunch at Bow & Stern, a family-owned eatery known for its fish and chips and ale, followed by a visit to Field House Brewing, which often hosts concerts on its 3,000-square-foot “beer lawn.” Now it’s time to stroll through historic downtown Abbotsford before grabbing a pint and a timber-fired pizza at Duft & Co Brickhouse.

This is just one day on the BC Ale Trail, a network of breweries that allows people to get to know various B.C. regions through self-guided tours. “We want to encourage people to explore the craft beer scene and enjoy other activities in each region,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content at the BC Ale Trail. “British Columbia has an amazing combination of absolutely spectacular wilderness and outdoors experiences as well as a really mature, interesting and exciting craft beer scene that is comparable to anywhere else in the world.”

The BC Ale Trail launched in 2016 with seven regions. Last year, eight more areas were mapped out and a few more will be added this year to cover the province. The interactive website allows you to plan your trip with prepared itineraries and to get to know a region before you visit it through engaging videos and blogs and colourful descriptions of the breweries. You can even choose whether you’re travelling by car, bus, bike or foot.

View image in full screen

“When you plan a trip to visit one of our regions you’re not just drinking beer the whole time,” Wiebe points out. “You’re going out and doing something fun and exciting, getting some exercise, and then you celebrate by going to a brewery.”

The Ale Trail also highlights the many beer events that take place across British Columbia, including the upcoming Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival over the May long weekend. Even if beer is not your thing, there’s much more to discover at this event and others, including live music, dancing and local food. At the Fort Langley National Historic Site, you can take a break from the festivities and immerse yourself in the history of the place where British Columbia was declared a province.

“There are so many wonderful food, wine and beer festivals around the province ranging in size from multiday events with many hundreds of attendees to small community celebrations,” says Janice Fraser of Destination BC. “Going to one of these events is a great way to be introduced to a new destination, to get to know a community and to sample some of the local flavours.”

If your trip doesn’t coincide with a festival, don’t fret: self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the local food and drink, Fraser says. In addition to the Ale Trail, visitors can look to Westcoast Food for an array of classic and quirky experiences from Dine the Line public transit tours to Richmond’s famous Dumpling Trail. The just-launched Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL also directs visitors and British Columbians to food producers and restaurants that are committed to locally grown and produced foods.

View image in full screen

“Local flavours point to the kinds of foods that can be grown or harvested in an area, so it gives a sense of the ecology and the nature of the region,” Fraser says. “Seafood is a big part of the coast of British Columbia, and the valleys offer fantastic growing opportunities.”

Wiebe and Fraser agree that meeting the creative makers and entrepreneurs behind the food and drink of British Columbia is a highlight of exploring the province. “I love the experience of visiting the breweries and hearing their stories and really getting the whole picture in that glass,” says Wiebe, adding that Canada’s craft beer revolution has its roots in British Columbia. The country’s first microbrewery opened in Horseshoe Bay in 1982, followed by the first brewpub, Spinnakers, in Victoria. “We have a lot of history and a lot of innovation.”

View image in full screen

As for the culinary creators, Fraser says international influences paired with local products results in flavours that can’t be tasted elsewhere. “I think the creativity and the unique backgrounds of the people—whether they grew up in British Columbia and embody that through their cooking or they’ve come to British Columbia and brought some really amazing influences from other parts of the world—is what can really be found reflected in our foods.”

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