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CYAA Country Christmas Tour

The Cedar Yellow Point Artisans’ Association are gearing up their studios for their 28th annual Cedar Yellow Point Country Christmas Self-Guided Tour on November 24, 25, 26, and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a great way to get your shopping done and get inspired by our local artists and artisans. The tour lasts for four days, so enjoy exploring artist studios, galleries, farms, local eatery’s and pubs with friends, and a map you can download or view on your phone. Why not make it a two-day adventure and stay at a local B&B? Besides art, Cedar Yellow Point has great pubs and restaurants to serve you.

It doesn’t matter where you start this self-guided tour, you won’t be disappointed as there are surprises at every turn. You will find beautiful pottery, amazing art, gorgeous hand blown glass (Oprah loves her glass pears), amazing wood products, cozy alpaca garments, spectacular First Nations art, hand-crafted items and more. Be sure to stop in at the farms where you will find over 40 delicious cranberry products, just in time for gift giving, and distinctive home-grown herb products to eat as well as for skin care. Fresh honey and bee products will surprise and delight anyone receiving this sweet gift.

Find out more and download a map at, or pick up a map at the Ladysmith Visitor Centre on Roberts Street or at popular stores in Ladysmith and Nanaimo.

Canada’s preeminent glass ornament maker


Ted Jolda has taken over the renowned Barton Leier Gardens in Cedar. Jolda, one of the nation’s leading glass artists, has been working at his craft since 1985. In 2014, Jolda was able to purchase the 9-acre estate on DeCourcy Drive. Master Painters Grant & Nixie Barton Leier purchased the property in 1994 and began to transform the farm into the enchanted gardens and gallery it is today.

“Since I bought the property,” says Jolda, “I have established an orchard, completed the deer fence around the gardens and built my new state-of-the-art glassblowing studio.”

About the upcoming season, Jolda says, “I love Christmas. I love the sentimentality of the Christmas tree ornaments. Everyone that celebrates this holiday has special memories associated with particular ornaments. In my career, I have made over a 100,000 ornaments. I figure that makes me a part of all those families and their special memories.” Jolda’s ornaments have been used as diplomatic gifts and have been sent worldwide.


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