Nestled amid the vibrant scenery of Cowichan's wine country, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course weaves through 6,193 yards of fairways and greens kissed by breezes moving inland off the waters of the Saanich Inlet. Named one of Canada's Ten Best Golf Courses for Value by Westjet's Up! magazine in 2009, the course's front nine weaves alongside the seaside community of Cobble Hill before ascending a ridge to a plateau on the back nine, where players can soak in sweeping views of Salt Spring Island and name new constellations in the divots peppered across the course below. Though players encounter many par 4s and reachable par 5s, Arbutus Ridge concludes with three treacherous holes, including the 214-yard, par 3 17th hole, where golfers must overcome swirling winds to land tee shots on an island green. Golfers can prepare for rounds with a stint at the club's driving range or by scouting sand traps' self-defence mechanisms while watching the club's online course videos.
Arbutus Ridge cares about the condition of its course and the nature that surrounds it, and because of its efforts toward sustainable practices, the course has been certified by Audubon International. After rounds, course patrons can retire to the Satellite Bar & Grille, which overlooks the Satellite Channel and serves a seasonal menu of West Coast?influenced French bistro fare, with offerings that include halibut, salmon, and tenderloin steak, which pairs well with a glass of Jean Van de Velde's tears.
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Corporate/Transient Full Service Hotel Year Built 1982 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description Located on stunning Vancouver Island, the BEST WESTERN Cowichan Valley Inn is the first choice among hotels in Duncan, BC for all types of travelers. Those visiting our town north of Victoria, BC find much to love about our establishment, enough so that many come back and visit us again. Our on site dining spots, Choices Restaurant and Station Pub Bar and Grill, offer some of the finest eating experiences in the Cowichan Valley. Choices Restaurant attracts locals and out of town guests thanks to its relaxing atmosphere. The Station Pub Bar and Grill operates at a slightly faster tempo, serving the best steaks in the Valley, to say nothing of great burgers, entrees, and appetizers. And after a long day of travel, work, or recreation, youll appreciate being able to enjoy one of our 12 cold draft beers without having to leave our Duncan hotel. You ll be just as pleased with your room as you are with the food. High definition TV s allow you to enjoy sports, news, and movies while you relax, and our free and fast Wi Fi Internet service lets you browse the web if needed. We take pride as well in offering the most comfortable beds of any hotel in Duncan. Once off our grounds you can enjoy a variety of great local attractions, many of them influenced by the strong local Native American presence. Duncan is known as the City of Totems, boasting 80 of these impressive and unique artifacts around town. Throughout the Cowichan Valley you can sample the wares at any of our 15 local wineries. And, being on the largest island in British Columbia, our Vancouver Island hotel gives you easy access to all the hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing you could ask for. Business travelers enjoy our hotel especial
Owned by its members, Peninsula Co-Op shares profits from its grocery, petroleum, and convenience stores with its members and the larger community. Beginning with a simple Food Centre on Keating Cross Road in 1977, the burgeoning co-op expanded into fuel services and now operates 14 gas centres throughout the area. Members receive a rebate on all petroleum purchases made throughout the year, and the original Food Centre offers a full service deli, bakery, and host of local and national-brand meat, produce, and groceries. Peninsula also keeps homes running with access to heating fuel and frees cars from grime with a full-service car wash. Each visit channels profits back into community enterprises, and affords a chance to rub elbows with Cooper, the co-op's mascot and quality-control expert for all salmon and honey.
For patrons bound for Steeples Bar and Grill, the experience begins before the restaurant comes into view. A scenic drive over the Malahat and through Goldstream Provincial Park offers a feast of vistas, and then the restaurant's steeple—an artifact of the restored church where it has taken up residence—peaks through the trees like a giant toddler playing hide-and-seek.
Beneath it, beams that were hand-hewn generations ago hint at present-day staff members' attention to detail. Amid casual, cozy surroundings including shuttered windows, guests dine on upscale dishes such as steak encrusted with black peppercorns, seared tuna, and creamy tarragon fettuccine replete with king prawns. The drink menu complements meals with daiquiris, martinis, and draft beers.
At Duncan Lanes, 20 well-oiled lanes hasten balls toward clusters of 5 or 10 pins. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Rock & Glow sessions cast incandescent hues upon the lanes, balls, and pins, simulating the rainbow eclipse that scientists have been anticipating for eons. The centre also hosts open-bowling hours throughout the week, along with leagues for adults, children, and seniors. Its on-site Lane 21 Lounge provides visitors with refreshments and a relaxing environment to help them forget about the stresses of losing balls in the alley's challenging water hazards. To keep orbs in top shape, the pro shop staff is adept at ball fitting, drilling, plugging, and resurfacing.
An oceanfront destination near some of Canada's largest old-growth forests, Big Fish Lodge places travellers within a natural playground of fishing, surfing, and whale watching. Wayfarers bunk in one of six rooms including the Captain's Quarters, an oceanfront suite encompassing three beds, a kitchenette, and a retired ship captain who sings visitors to sleep. For increased space, the Tyee room boasts a walk-in closet and opens to its own sundeck. A stay in each room entitles guests to a hot breakfast, plus amenities such as access to a large patio deck, laundry, picnic area, and full commercial kitchen where patrons can prepare meals or build a fire by placing logs in the oven.