Local Dining: Relax & dine nearby at the popular Crow & Gate English Pub or gourmet Mahle House. Both of these spots, only ten minutes North by car, are extremely popular dining establishments with patrons coming from many miles around. Crow and Gate is excellent for lunch anytime, but especially on a sunny day when you can sit outside in the gardens, and also popular for dinner.
Mahle House serves dinner only and has an award winning wine menu, serving 5 course gourmet meals. Reservations are recommended because it is often booked up due to good food and service.
We enjoy more sunshine and the best climate in Canada throughout the year according to Environment Canada. First in total sunshine hours and second in average daily temperature after Victoria. Spring and Fall on Vancouver Island are beautiful times of year, as is Summer. Winter is very mild and we have many visitors who come here to escape the cold Winters from far away places.
Here is some information on the local weather patterns:
The condo is located in the North end of the Cowichan Valley, on central Vancouver Island, 12 miles south of Nanaimo. Cowichan is known locally in history as the "warm land". This area is on the east side of Vancouver Island overlooking the Gulf Islands in south Nanaimo in the village of Cedar. The condos are 45 miles north of Victoria and about 12 miles south of Nanaimo. This area enjoys the second most temperate climate in temperature throughout the year in all of Canada after Victoria,( by only one or two degrees. Nanaimo has the highest number of sunshine hours throughout the year in all of Canada.
Temperature range in Fahrenheit by Month:
April to June averages from 46 to 75 degrees F. June can be as high as 85 degrees F.
Ladysmith and the village of Cedar reports an average daytime temperature of 46 to 52 degrees F. during the months December to March.
Departure Bay in Nanaimo 12 miles north of the condo, is the second highest mean temperature throughout the year of anywhere in Canada. This has been verified by the Federal Government Fisheries Biological Research Station located there. We are actually second only to Victoria, which is famous for its temperate climate, by a couple of degrees C on average. However we have less wind and fewer winter storms, being on the leeward side of the Island.
There is hardly ever any snow here in winter. If it does snow, it normally lasts only a day or two. Locally, golf usually carries on right through the Winter on Vancouver Island, except on colder days in January and February. That is one reason this area is so popular, the temperate climate. Vancouver Island is very large and the condo is centrally located between Victoria and the Central and North Island. There is lots to see and there are many interesting places to visit. Welcome !!