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  • 13 Insider Stops Along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

    You could be forgiven for thinking that on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail it’s all about golf, all of the time. While that is true 90% of the time, given the magnificence of Vancouver Island, we’d be fools to ignore its many, many other charms. So we’re here to change your thinking and give you a unique way to explore Vancouver Island. Read on for our version of a Vancouver Island travel guide: 13 insider tips and must-stops to go along with our 13 golf courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

    1. Stop For Craft Beer

    Victoria Ale Trail
    Beer + Golf = Perfect Twosome

    You know what goes down really well after a round of golf? Of course you do. Beer. Luckily for you, on Vancouver Island, we not only boast a golf trail, but also an ale trail. After a round at a nearby Victoria region golf course, stop to discover Victoria’s Ale Trail. Whether you stop for just one at Vancouver Island’s first craft brewery, Vancouver Island Brewery on Government Street, or opt for a brewery tour, Vancouver Island local craft beers will not disappoint. 

    Golf Stop Nearby: Highland Pacific Golf Course

    2. Stop for Fish

    Fish and Chips on Vancouver Island

    She sells seashells by the seashore. Actually, they sell the freshest of fresh fish by the seaside. Red Fish Blue Fish, a “seafood eatery by the seaside”, is an absolute must-stop in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This outdoor waterfront restaurant takes everything you ever thought about fish and chips and makes it so much better. Locally caught, sustainable, Ocean Wise, straight from the ocean. So good you’ll need to play another round to make room for more.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Highland Pacific Golf Course

    3. Stop for Burgers

    The Olympic Burger

    Fish and chips not your thing? A good ol’ burger is, undoubtedly, the golfer’s go-to food. It’s a guaranteed good thing between the front 9 and the back, the ultimate grab-and-go food. But at Olympic View you might want to save your burger cravings for after your round is finished. Because this is one burger you’re going to want to take your time over. The Olympic Burger at Forester’s Restaurant at Olympic View has achieved something of a cult status amongst golfers in the know. Join the cult. You know you want to.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Olympic View Golf Club

    4. Stop for Friday Night Fun

    Friday Night Flights at Bear Mountain

    Fancy a night out surrounded by over 2,000 sleek, glossy, beautifully curved beauties? The Cellar, nestled deep within The Westin Bear Mountain, is surrounded by over 2,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines. And every Friday night, you can be too, when The Cellar Sommelier hosts a Friday Night Flight right there, hand picking wines for your enjoyment. A fun, educational night out. Friday Night Flights 6-7pm, from $40 per person.

    Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Bear Mountain Golf Resort – Mountain Course & Valley Course

    5. Stop for Views

    Malahat Lookout on Vancouver Island

    A short 30 minute drive from Victoria to the top of the Malahat (Highway 1) will reward you with views of the fjord-like Saannich Inlet and the Gulf Islands at Malahat Lookout. Named after the Malahat First Nation, this rugged region of heavy forest and steep cliffs is traversed by one of the most beautiful roadways in the world, climbing to a summit of 356 metres (1,156 ft). It is also of great ceremonial significance to the Malahat First Nation and one of the most sacred sites on southern Vancouver Island.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

    6. Stop for Cars

    Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

    What Disneyland is to kids, The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is to adults with a need for speed and a love of fast cars and performance driving. A private motorsport country club, they offer seven different track configurations, sophisticated road courses fit to host a Grand Prix, a multi-function driving dynamic area featuring a skid pad, an off-road course simulating a trip into a West Coast rain forest… Yes, it requires membership, but if you’re a motorsports enthusiast, this really is the playground to end all playgrounds.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Cowichan Golf & Country Club

    7. Stop for Village Life

    Cowichan Bay

    Did you know that Cowichan Bay Village is home to the second oldest active lawn tennis court in the world next to Wimbledon? It is also home to a working marine community, making for plenty of watery activity. Sail all day on a twin masted ship, race across the waves in a Zodiac to go whale watching, rent a boat and take a picnic to a deserted beach, dive deep to see the creatures of the sea or go kayaking as the sun sets. On land, ride a horse, hike a trail, go for a bike ride, head for a nearby winery. But whatever you do, don’t forget to swing a stick at some point.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Cowichan Golf & Country Club

    8. Stop for Wine

    Cherry Point Winery on Vancouver Island

    Southern Vancouver Island is the second-largest wine region in British Columbia, after the Okanagan Valley. The majority of Vancouver Island’s wineries are located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria. But you know what makes this wine region even more delicious? Close proximity to some of the best golfing on the island. (Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is just a six-minute drive from the Islander-favourite Cherry Point Winery.) Explore our Golf and Wine packages for the ultimate Vancouver Island getaway: golf and wine touring.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

    9. Stop for Nanaimo Bars

    Nanaimo Bars

    You can’t visit Nanaimo without stopping for a world-famous Nanaimo Bar! The first known recipe for Nanaimo bars appeared in the 1952 Women’s Auxiliary of the Nanaimo Hospital Cookbook and was labelled “chocolate square.” One year later, a similar recipe was published in Vancouver’s Edith Adams’ Cookbook, this time going by the name “Nanaimo Bar.” But some say that the history of this custardy, chocolatey treat dates back to when familiies would send their coal-miner providers into the mines with bars tucked into their lunch pails. Whatever the case, it’s a must-have on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, giving you plenty of energy for yet another round. Bonus: tired feet from all that golfing? Local Nanaimo salon and spa House of Kiyo offers a Nanaimo Bar Pedicure. Now that really takes the cake!

    Golf Stop Nearby: Nanaimo Golf Club

    10. Stop for Beaches

    Tigh-na-mara beach Parksville Vancouver Island

    The most famous of all the Vancouver Island beaches is perhaps Long Beach on the West Coast near Tofino – a stop on every surfer’s list. But what’s that you say? Golf more your thing? Yeah, we’re with you. So with you. Luckily, you practically can’t swing a club on the East Coast without your ball hitting a beach somewhere. We’re particularly fond of Parksville and Rathtrevor Beaches, which are close to four golf courses in the region

    Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Morningstar Golf Club

    11. Stop for Spas

    Tigh-na-mara grotto spa Vancouver Island

    All that golfing can really take it out of you. Fortunately the Vancouver Island Golf Trail is also home to numerous spas and resorts with spa facilities, including the #1 Spa in Western Canada as named by Spas of America, The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara. Get your golfing muscles in fine form with a back massage and watch for the results on your scorecard the next day. Or treat yourself to a pedicure to get your feet ready for another 18 holes. Whatever your pamper poison, your golf will thank you for it. 

    Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Fairwinds Golf Club

    12. Stop for Oysters

    Fanny Bay Oysters

    The very best way to eat oysters? Straight from the ocean. After a round of golf. No need to get cold and wet yourself though – just head to Fanny Bay Seafood Shop, located at the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal for the Denman Island crossing in Fanny Bay. Here the oysters are fresh, the people passionate, and the closest golf course just 20 minutes away. Happy slurping.

    Golf Stop Nearby: Pheasant Glen Golf Resort

    13. Stop for Fins

    Fins & Skins on Vancouver Island

    One of the very best and most unique Vancouver Island experiences has got to be the opportunity to pair your skins with some fins… There really is no better place to do it. For thousands of years the waters off Vancouver Island have been harvested for their rich sea life – salmon in particular is abundant here. Our favourite place to drop a line? Well, Campbell River isn’t called ‘The Salmon Capital of the World’ for nothing. Besides, this region is also home to three particularly beautiful golf courses. Do yourself a favour and put this on your bucket list. The Fins & Skins experience really can’t be beat.

    Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Crown Isle Golf Resort, Storey Creek Golf Club, Quadra Island Golf Club

    Finally, if you’re still looking for more things to do to round out your golf trip to Vancouver Island (although there’s always another fantastic round of golf to be played – just saying), check out our extensive Things To Do on Vancouver Island guide. Fair warning though: you may just have to extend your trip. 

    This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is my new favourite golf course – I just love the layout. It’s really one of the prettiest golf courses I’ve played in my life, I’ll come back here on vacation, it’s that good.

    Scott McCarron, PGA TOUR Champion

    I always treat golf courses as how many poor holes there are. This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is a very good one. There’s not one poor hole on this golf course.

    Colin Montgomerie, PGA TOUR Champion

    Great job on the initial booking and subsequent changes requested. Easy check-in at the golf courses and the hotel made the trip hassle-free. Nice touch with the driving directions and discounts at recommended food and beverage establishments. Will definitely recommend your service to friends and business associates.

    Vancouver Guest, Corporate Golf Outing

    Terrific trip: well presented website, knowledgeable staff, and the golf and accommodation were second to none.

    Couples Golf Trip

    We will make this trip an annual April vacation. We will definitely book with Golf Vancouver Island again in 2017!

    Annual Couples Golf Trip

    Very much enjoyed our trip and staff were great to deal with - we'll be booking more trips through Golf Vancouver Island in the future.

    Buddies Trip Golf Package

    Wonderful trip, well planned and organized. Fantastic golf. Wish we stayed longer.

    Buddies Golf Trip

    I have used Golf Vancouver Island a number of times and have found them very helpful and professional. Everyone in our group had a great time, the courses and accommodation were first class.

    Repeat Customer, Buddies Golf Trip

    Staff did an amazing job! So easy to work with. I am already looking to book another trip next year, making this an annual event.

    Annual Buddies Golf Trip

    Personalized, quick response, good customer service and reasonable price. Overall experience was great.

    Couples Golf Trip