Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC

“an ancient forest and garden oasis by the sea”

Milner Gardens
Milner Gardens, located near Qualicum Beach/Parksville, is an entrancing mix of old-growth Douglas firs and delicate roses, rhododendrons and azaleas. The 70-acre garden and woods are located on a point overlooking the Strait of Georgia so in one afternoon you can enjoy forest, garden and ocean. (slideshow below)

I really enjoyed the woods and gardens as they are much more natural and untamed than Butchart Gardens. You can wander the paths, moving from majestic cedars draped in moss to fragile bunches of pink roses, and end your visit with a traditional English afternoon tea in the Camellia Tea Room – china cups and saucers and scones with Devonshire cream.

La Boulange
Now, I realize you won’t have an appetite after tea and scones, but you should still stop at La Boulange on your way to or from the Gardens. Clare and I strongly recommend the cinnamon buns and chocolate fudge cookies. And trust us – we’re connoisseurs. The bakery also has a good selection of organic bread.

La Boulange is located in a residential neighbourhood at 692 Bennett Road (airport road), Qualicum Beach. It’s open Monday to Friday from noon to 6 pm.

Milner Gardens

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