Cedar & Area
When you enter the Cedar, BC south of Nanaimo district time slips away. Family farms, organic growers and farm markets provide fresh produce and products. This is home to a great variety of artisans, most of whom operate out of their home studios. The best way to find them is to stop at one of several corner store/gas stations in the area and pick up the artisan tour brochure with a map showing locations and hours. Spectacular beaches and trails provide swimming and hiking opportunities. A number of pubs and restaurants serve their thirsty clientele for over 100 years.
Cedar district shares a history of coal mining with Nanaimo and its immediate neighbours, Ladysmith, Chase River, South Wellington and Cassidy. Cedar Road is the main road that connects this predominantly rural community, and is a pleasant drive in the country that brings out lots of summer cycling enthusiasts to the area. Cedar Village has many services for the traveller; a full service grocery store, hardware, restaurant, fuel station, internet access at the Cedar Heritage Centre, a number of popular and historic pubs and much more. Enjoy the beautiful, restful drive, and the good places to stop for a bite to eat along the way. Watch for farm-gate opportunities to buy fresh produce.
Tucked between Cedar and Stuart Channel is picturesque Yellow Point, which is believed to take its name from the flowering orange and yellow sedum which once grew profusely here. Along Yellow Point road is the world renowned 70 acre Wildwood Forest. Established in 1938 by Merv Wilkinson it is now operated by The Land Conservancy and is used for education and research purposes. Tours and workshops are available by appointment. Call 1-888-738-0533. This area offers sandstone beaches, parks for hiking and several lakes for kayaking or swimming. Don’t miss Blue Heron Park, Elliot Beach Park or Roberts Memorial. All these offer easy walking with stunning views – especially at low tide. Cable Bay Trail is a bit more strenuous but worth the hike to Dodd Narrows where at slack tide you can watch the boats streaming through the narrows. A number of resorts, campgrounds and golf courses are nearby.
A family favorite is McNab’s Farm Corn Maze. Opened in 2002 the Corn Maze brings in more attractions every year to make your visit an amazing adventure. Tastey treats await down the road at any of the farm gates or eateries.
Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will find plenty to do and see. The marshes and wetlands are home to birds of all kinds – eagles, trumpeter swans, herons, red-tailed hawks, Canada geese, ducks of all sorts, ravens and crows and owls.
Across in the Timberlands – Cassidy area you will find ruins still visible from mining days. This area provides entry to many trails and back roading opportunities to visit lakes and rivers to fish, swim or just admire. Visit the Nanaimo Fish Hatchery and discover the world of salmon. A popular swimming spot along the Nanaimo River is located nearby.