Best of the Fraser Valley Tour
Friday, September 29 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
*Please note: The CanWest Brochure was printed with the wrong date. The tour will be happening on Friday, September 29th.
From apples on the trees to busy buzzing bees, this tour offers a unique honey-sweet experience! Spend the day touring the best of the industry and hidden treasures of the Fraser Valley, including Van Belle Nursery Inc. Stroll a six-acre residential site on the banks of the Fraser River, one of the most luxurious estate gardens in B.C. with multiple waterfalls, ponds, sweeping lawns and lavish plantings. Sample honey at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, craft cider from Fraser Valley Cider and artisan spirits from Roots & Wings Distillery. Your lunch destination is Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery.
Here is a little more detail on the sites you will be visiting:
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery
Mike and Judy Campbell are co-owners of Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery and operate a diversified 8-acre farm operation, including an apiary, in southwest Abbotsford. They offer off-farm honey bee pollination services to local growers and focus on honey and honey wine production. The farm is a licensed Meadery (honey winery), producing a variety of honey wines, including ancient mead, melomels (honey/fruit wines), pyment (honey/grape wine) and more. Much of the honey used is produced by their bees. The grapes and most of the fruit and berries used in the honey wines are produced on the farm. Mike and Judy have a great story; learn more about their passion and their desire to continue leaning and teaching. Retired professionals, they lead an amazing active and healthy lifestyle. You’ll be sampling some fine honey at this stop.
Fraser Valley Cider
Rachel Bolongaro and her husband, both engineers, came to Canada from the United Kingdom 17 years ago. Around 2012 Rachel realized she needed a change of scenery. While mulling over a few ideas she took a course on cider making to improve her home cider skills and thought “….hey wait a minute!” And so, a project was born. They found a 12-acre farm in January 2014. Less then two years later the cidery was built and with the help of friends they’ve planted an orchard of 1800 trees. With over 25 different varieties of English and French cider apples their aim is to grow the types of apples that make the highest quality cider. Yes, you will get to sample their ciders while learning about their handcrafted ciders using traditional techniques and of course, freshly pressed BC Apples.
This is a private, residential, six-acre site on the banks of the Fraser River that has been transformed into one of the most luxurious estate gardens in B.C. with multiple waterfalls, beautiful ponds, sweeping lawns and lavishly planted shrub and perennial borders. This property features top quality stone walls, multi-layered terraces, elegant stone paths, an outdoor kitchen with Forno oven, a babbling brook, woodland walks, firepits, numerous strategically placed viewing platforms and inviting sitting spots.
In addition, the garden has its own English country pub, the Old Mill, that feels totally authentic on the inside and has a large, working waterwheel attached to the outside. At the heart of the garden a Whistler Mountain lodge-style home, complete with infinity pool, overlooks the river.
Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery
Owned and operated by Alf & Sandee Krause, this 200-acre farm grows and produces some of the Fraser Valley’s best berries and vegetables. You will enjoy a restful stop here with a hearty farm lunch to re-energize you for the afternoon.
Roots & Wings Distillery
Roots and Wings Distillery, located on a 30-acre farm in Langley, produces homegrown and handcrafted artisan spirits. Owners Rebekah Crowley and Rob Rindt are committed to being as sustainable as possible by growing their own potatoes and corn, as well as using their land’s source of natural spring water for distillation. Kick back, relax, and sample the fresh, clean flavours made in the spirit of the beautiful Fraser Valley, while learning more about this farm and the art of producing small batch, handcrafted spirits.
Van Belle Nursery Inc.
Life with a little greenery is inherently better. This philosophy is what began Bill and Grace Van Belle on their journey into the world of nursery growing. What started out as a landscaping business blossomed into a full-fledged nursery, with sophisticated propagation and finished-container operations fuelled by a leading-edge product line. Based in Abbotsford, B.C., Van Belle aims to be the first-choice provider of flowering shrubs for growers throughout North America and garden centres throughout Western Canada. Van Belle produces between 3.5 million and 4 million plants yearly.