Visiting COMOX VALLEY + WINE TASTING ?? | Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

By Brian Lemay 24 comments

in today’s video we continue our
Vancouver Island road trip in partnership with trover this time doing
a little exploring along the Comox area this was another exciting day that
featured our closest bear encounter to date a chance visit to a winery owned by
a famous Hollywood film director and some fun at a beach with a name that
will make you chuckle all that and more in today’s episode
well good morning good morning guys morning guys from goose spit
Park yeah if you’re in Comox Vancouver Island I know that’s the best name ever
oh man we were so amused by in here yeah yeah it’s another day when we woke up
this morning it was so foggy yeah like the fog started rolling in the clouds
and we could not see the mountains from our balcony it was just like a complete
whiteout and then then it lifted for a bit but it started raining again and
again the carts are coming down it started pouring rain so we thought like
oh man what are we gonna do today but we got down here and it’s cleared yeah so
the plan so the plan today is we’re gonna walk along here it’s a beautiful
beach by the ocean then I think we’re gonna do a little bit of hiking and
there’s also a vineyard and a winery to visit so we’re thinking of having a
picnic we’ve already grabbed some sandwiches and the coolest thing that
we’ve seen so far today as we were driving down from Mount Washington we
had an intimate encounter with the bear on
the side of the road yeah he was just grazing on berries and oh my gosh we got
so close to it rolled down the window and the bear was just in its own little
world then yeah I just going about his day he didn’t mind that we were lying
over him yeah and obviously obviously for for safety’s sake you when you’re
that close to bear you never never jump out of the car stay in the car yeah so
the telephoto lens came in very handy for that and anyways yeah we’re just at
this beautiful beach here and there’s a lot of families out with their dogs
there’s a lot of people walking around let’s see yeah we’re just gonna have a
nice relaxing time here to start off our day so how did we end up at this beach
you asked well as usual we started the morning scrolling through the trover app
using the near me feature to find things to do that’s when we noticed a photo of
this beach was named that just begged a visit we can’t say we saw any spitting
geese on the beach but it was a nice place for a morning stroll plus we met
some friendly pups so you got to see a bear on the ski lift
but this is the first time to be really close to it on the side of the road what
did you think that was a beautiful encounter yeah it was an encounter of
the first kind that’s amazing look at that I’ll put my window down oh wow I’m getting so close up now I
have to ultrazoom Roger this is amazing wow it’s getting away from the berries
now yeah look at them go pretty good there’s worth coming back I’ve got to see the black bear it’s the
second one that we see in this trip one yes a cub and this one was a grown up
adult and it was nice because the way it happened is that that we were coming
down the hill I saw it through the side of the window I saw this big black ball
fur and I said that’s a bear but we couldn’t swing around so we had to go to
the next place where we could make a u-turn and we came back an amazing he
was still there huh he was eating berries huh his own little world in the
only world he ignored us royally and then he looked at us and we got to film
him really nice and it was just amazing you know like I mean wildlife at his
best that I thought that made my day I mean the rest of the day is a bonus yeah
now we’re looking for the elusive elk we’re hoping that we’re going to be able
to see one once we do then on the trip we’ve seen everything we’ve seen the
bear within six deer and now we saw another tool and the only one left it
would be like the elk we still have a few days left on we’re confident right
we’re confident yeah we’re gonna see it so yeah we’re gonna enjoy the the beach
with the gooses name you know name yeah we’re gonna have some lunch here and
then we will keep going on now we’ll bring you along okay so let’s go check
it out let’s go yeah now time for a little bird-watching
we’re seeing lots of Canadian geese and we’ll see what else
it’s the boost loose the goose is loose there’s a lot of loose oh my gosh guys this little pond area actually you know
where the official observation deck is but safer there you know what we’re
seeing the same birds just from a different vantage point exactly exactly
nice little pit stop and I think we’re gonna go get some wine with our food
come be known guys how lucky are we
there’s it’s a seal the seal is like swimming and splashing around and we’ve
got to paddle boarders as well how lucky right place right time it’s a loose seal any other fans of Arrested Development I
think that’s my favorite joke from the whole show
when looking for things to do in the Comox area we were surprised to find
that there were several local wineries to visit we chose one at random and
ended up at Beaufort vineyard and Estate Winery which is owned by the Cameron
family as in James Cameron the film director with movies like Titanic avatar
and Terminator 2 his name we decided to do a wine tasting while we were here and
paid $5.00 to sample five wines which is an excellent deal if you ask me
so we’re taken grape but it grows really well on Vancouver island we grow
a lot of Ortega we make a lot of this what are we doing guys
today we are doing a wine tasting at Beaufort here in the Comox Valley and we
are starting off with a German grape it’s called Ortega it was named after a
Spanish philosopher and yeah it has a lovely fruity aroma I would say pine
apples and pears to describe it my dad hates wine being described I’m
gonna cover my ears I I don’t hear that yeah I I don’t go for the berry the
strawberry the Apple they leather the wood
nice is like a good wine I know it tastes for the wine what do you what did
you think of the first one I thought I’d you know it’s a it’s a good table wine
that would be good for like whitefish or something light like that you know and
we we’re gonna be having I believe five five tasting only $5 per person great
great beautiful setting and we’re gonna probably buy a bottle of wine to take
back home so let’s go in for round two and the word borealis means true north
so on Vancouver Island we are the most northern commercial vineyard so the
grapes we grow here are ones that do well with a shorter growing season we
get a lot of rain here so they have to be horrible to a lot of rain and we
don’t get the big hot heat that Argentina gets or Okanagan gets or
California gets okay round two next wine another white one this one is called
borealis and it’s actually a blend of three different grapes and
has been genetically modified to be able to deal with the rain and the weather
here on the island yes pacifically design so very unique wine sweet I like
it yeah the sweeter than the other one and very very very soft to the palate so
how we made this rosy is the main grape is show number which is a white grape
and then we’ve added 7% marichal foix grapes which is a dark red grape so the
white and the red next makes a lovely pretty rosy color number three we are
moving on to a rosy looking back color they were telling us you can leave this
on the counter for three to four hours but then your bubbles will start to
disappear so enjoy it quickly or with friends this is similar to like what
would be a blush or what’s called the Zinfandel Zinfandel is kind of a very
very late you know white grapes you can grow but red grapes have a thicker skin
so when Susan and Jeff vandermolen decided they were gonna plant this
vineyard and she asked all her friends what she should grow here and they said
just stick with whites don’t go anywhere but she did a lot of research and found
three Reds that had thinner skins shorter growing season and were taught
with a lot of rain first for years she we bought grapes made wine fourth year
we had enough if we put all our grapes together we could make one batch of wine
so she made this batch blend of Marichal Foix Cabernet foix and Leon Merlot these
grapes have a thinner skin after a fourth year when she made to the first
batch she thought was the best wine she ever made entered into all Canadian Wine
Festival in Toronto and won a double gold medal like the Best in Show so she
named it sabotage and I don’t look at the spelling of the word sabotage
against all your friends don’t do it alright so we have moved on
to the fourth one the red this is our first red they’ve named this one
sabotage beautiful colors like a ruby red so different tastes something it’s your favorite one so far this is my
favorite yes it reminds me that I’m drinking a South African smoky wine oh I
love those the next one I have for you is not our bag the first part we’re all
grapes either from our vineyard or from both sides of Courtenay area these grapes
we brought from the Okanagan so the Okanagan a very hot part of BC it
gets 30 days of 30 degree heat these are grapes that we can’t grow here so it’s a
50/50 bank Cabernet Franc from a town called Oliver and the merlot from near
Matt a pension content alright last but not least these are grapes from Okanagan
this is a mix of odd cover nephrite and I’m never alone he should be up my alley
let’s say favorite one what at the end I’ll stay with this saving the best for
last is always a good strategy I’d say this was a really fun activity so of
course we had to add this place to trover and geo tagged it to help you
guys find it so if you ever find yourself in the Comox area now you know
where to try five wines for five bucks at the end of it all George bought some
wine for us had Frank we’re gonna be enjoying this one tonight I imagine oh
yeah that was a really fun wine-tasting super affordable as well five dollars
per person and if you buy a bottle of wine they take off the five bucks that’s
amazing beautiful setting and I think not a lot
of people know that there is wine tourism on Vancouver Island so guys if
you’re in the Comox area you can definitely visit one of these places so
keep that in mind if you’re visiting the central part of Vancouver Island in the
Comox area definitely recommended from there we decided to hike a wooded trail
that was just down the street from the vineyard the attention all the attention on me Seal Bay Nature Park when you did to do a
little bit of wobbling after all that night all that wine in the food actually
wasn’t that much wine but it’s just enough that uh five little glasses a
little tasting a smidge Cesar yeah so now we’ve hit up one of the trails here
in the park when the middle of the woods basically it’s beautiful it’s beautiful
brain is holding off which is a great I know we’ve really looked on the
weather I thought we’re gonna get quite a bit more rain today
yeah so cool seeing the moss there’s a lot of bearded moss growing yeah trees
we’ve got ferns various various kinds of trees we’ve seen perch we’ve seen what
else cedar Douglas fir Douglas fir I’m learning to identify trees this has been
a good trip for learning types of trees that grow here indeed and yeah I’m fine
so we’re just kind of enjoying a bit more of a chill day today we’ve had a go
go go schedule since we’ve come to the island and today we’re just enjoying
things in and around kind of the Comox Valley area which is where we’re staying
so this has been great we have a couple of fir trees here that
are pretty well the same age as all the other ones around this and these two
right here this one in that one had a better start
and they haven’t slowed down the fact that they still have the branching on
the on the outside shows that maybe they were a little bit more open grown than
what they normally are used to growing in a stand
most of those branches would be off there now but the fact is this one here
is probably maybe 10 15 metres above the rest of the because they haven’t slowed
down they have any missed a beat the Rings would be quite a bit wider than
all the other ones and these two trees will be some people call them super
trees because they they’ve had the best of conditions okay there’s no lack of
water no lack of light bulb or a head we got rained out while we were on the
trail so we’ve retreated back to the apartment for an early dinner and also
started packing for the following days adventure which would take us further
north on the island alright guys so we are we are back at home
we’re having a familiar meal we love the salmon and the corn so much we’re
literally just replicating it again same meal we know it’s gonna be fantastic and
we picked up a wine what do we go Cabernet Franc we got the a cover new
Frank that George went and bought from this vineyard I like that
it’s a 2016 from the beautiful island Vancouver Island salut salut yeah we
stole the James Cameron’s place yeah I mean it’s no joke
it’s the venire from director of Titanic an avatar okay I am
okay that’s easy they make some really nice wine lots of different varietals of
grapes and so we got a beautiful meal we’re ready to eat this is our last day
here in Mount Washington but tomorrow we go to Port Alice so we’ll hope you’ll
join us for that and with that we say salut ciao bye


Pranav Kumar

Nov 11, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

First Like

Pranav Kumar

Nov 11, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

Nice Video Samuel and Audrey

samuel attias

Nov 11, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

Bon Temps, Mauvais Temps

Esther Vera

Nov 11, 2019, 7:05 pm Reply

Hi ???

Pheng Ov

Nov 11, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

Looks nice in Canada ?

Daniel Dinenno

Nov 11, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

Hi my canadian friends….!!!…PLEASE… se les ocurra traer OSOS si regresan a Argentina….!!!! ? jajajajaja

Maria Etelvina Cingolani

Nov 11, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

Otro paseo por la isla de Vancouver. Realmente hermosos paisajes.


Nov 11, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply


Wheel chair Mamma Prepper

Nov 11, 2019, 8:34 pm Reply

wow this is my kind of trip kids!!!

Finding Awesome

Nov 11, 2019, 8:52 pm Reply

Ok, this looks INCREDIBLE! Fantastic share! ?✨✨✨

Grant Atwood

Nov 11, 2019, 11:11 pm Reply

Great video! Moving here in six months!
Thanks for sharing Sam and Audrey.


Nov 11, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

Pretty lucky to see a bear up close like that!

Yoli Gonzalez

Nov 11, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

Beautiful video! How awesome seeing the bear up close and what a bargain for the wine tasting and such a pretty place to enjoy it at. Can't wait to see the next video 🙂

Pradeep Rajkumar

Nov 11, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

Wow Gorgeous Canada

akiva private

Nov 11, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

Zinfandel wine is also known as Primitivo

Jack Daniels

Nov 11, 2019, 1:40 am Reply


Junkfood Junction

Nov 11, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Livin your best life, hello from Mississauga ?

yoshi ara

Nov 11, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

Animales, árboles, todos en su debido lugar, hermoso!!! Y las degustaciones..???..gracias..saludos.

Anneli Schmidt

Nov 11, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

How have I missed that winery?? I just got back from Courtenay 2 days ago, my sister and brother live there. Well next time I'm going to tell them we need to go have a tasting. Thanks for all the great coverage of the island!


Nov 11, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

What a beautiful place you both went to, it’s so gorgeous ???

Lisa Kipp

Nov 11, 2019, 7:27 am Reply

Audrey you're the animal Whisperer. You didn't want to get out and see the bear? LOL

Kim MacIntyre

Nov 11, 2019, 8:04 am Reply

You know you’re on the island when you’re wearing a Lucky hat. Fun video!

Lilian Lipper

Nov 11, 2019, 8:49 am Reply

Fantastic place !!!! I am in love with Vancouver

mariaines vicario

Nov 11, 2019, 11:00 am Reply

bellisimo video !!!!! bellos ustedes!!! se los quiere por estos lados saludos desde argentina !!!

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