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3 Day Farm Table Cooking Holidays in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia

Farm Table Inn, 6755 Cowichan Lake Road, Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada

Cooking Vacations in Canada

Rated with many prestigious 5-star awards by world travelers and locals alike, the Farm Table Inn has become the can’t-miss-restaurant in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Farm Table Inn has generated a strong following among locals and world travelers alike. What he doesn’t grow or produce himself, this inspiring chef and owner, George Gates, meets his favorite local food producers, then creates mouthwatering dishes with the ingredients they provide. “I like to stay in touch with seasonality by growing and raising much of what we


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  • Guided visit to local wineries
  • Cooking class with Chef George
  • Enjoy cheese and wine upon arrival
  • Relax in the fabulous bounties of nature
  • Tour farmers market in Duncan
  • 2 nights accommodation


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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

This holiday begins when you step out of your car and breathe in the sweet smell of the forest. You have arrived at your Savoury Destination, the Farm Table Inn. Renowned chef George Gates and his lovely partner Evelyn Koops, have created the quintessential county inn.

B & B guests enjoy the private entrance, and the small kitchenette (shared) is equipped with a mini fridge, microwave, toaster oven, coffee and tea supplies. There is even a small library with a variety of books and board games. The Wi-Fi is free, but there is no cable tv.

The two cozy guest rooms invite the traveler to rest and relax. Each room is fitted with warm and welcoming furnishing and beds are dressed with an abundance of fluffy quilts and the softest sheets. Each private en-suite is completed with organic toiletries and plenty of soft towels.

The Maple has a queen-size bed and the en-suite has a shower/tub. The Cedar has two twin beds which can be put together side by side. This room has a walk-in shower.


Day 1 - Friday

Arrive after 15:00 at Farm Table Inn for your weekend getaway and check in. After you have settled into your room, at 17:00, you will meet with Chef George for wine and cheese to discuss plans for next day’s tour and dinner. Dinner will be on your own and transportation can be arranged.

Day 2 - Saturday

Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., and at 10 a.m., your escorted tour will begin. During the tour, you will be visiting the farmers' markets in Duncan and then proceed to visit a local winery and enjoy your packed lunch. At 14:00, you will return to the Farm Table for a short rest.

At 15:30, your two-hour cooking class with Chef George will begin. The three-course dinner, which you will help to prepare, begins at 19:00 and includes wine paring.

Day 3 - Sunday

After enjoying the famous Sunday brunch at Farm Table Inn, it is time for departure.

Included excursions

  • Tour of the farmers' market
  • Visit to a local winery


George Gates


This culinary holiday takes place in the exciting Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. The Huffington Post Canada, called” B.C.’s Cowichan Valley the New Tourism Hot Spot” and have included it in “the 20 Best Places to Visit in Canada”. The Cowichan Valley has been called the Napa Sonoma Valley of the North and it lives up to repetition. But it is also the outdoor adventurer’s paradise; from fly fishing or tubing on the Cowichan River, hiking up Mount Tzouhalaem, kayaking in Cowichan Bay, back packing and camping in the rain forest, to exploring the BC. Forest Discovery Centre.

The Farm Table Inn was recently honored by being included on the Pacific Marine Circle Route, a traveler's guide from the Cowichan Bay on the East Coast to Port Renfrew on the West Coast of the island.



  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping
  • Wine tasting


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market


During this holiday, you will enjoy breakfast on Saturday morning, a Sunday brunch, a wine and cheese reception, and one dinner at Farm Table Inn.

The menu at Farm Table Inn reflects the passion chef George has for serving locally produced products. The pork served in the Pork Tenderloin Calvados is raised at the Farm Table Inn, along with the smoked belly bacon he wraps around the locally sourced scallops. The beef for the Wild Mushroom Filet Medallions is raised by Quist Farms, a longtime favorite farm in the Cowichan


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Biking or hiking the mountain summit

Mount Prevost is a local favorite for hikers, mountain bikers, and if you can believe it, even hang gliders.

Experience birds of prey

Experience birds of prey up close in the Pacific Northwest Raptor Center, which was created by biologists and falconers.

Shopping in Duncan's farmers' market

Saturday is just not Saturday in Duncan without a stop at their grand Farmers Market. It is a must.

Tasting wine, ciders, and beers

The many wineries, craft breweries, and cideries in the area are a must, as the Cowichan Valley has become known as the Napa Valley of the North.

Touring the Duncan totems

The City of Totems, as Duncan is known, is an on-going project that has developed into one of the largest outdoor collections displayed publicly. The project started in 1985 to bring visitors to Duncan.

Tubing on the Cowichan River

Experience the fun of tubing down the Cowichan River. Enjoy the crystal clear water and pristine scene on your way down the river.

Viewing the Chemainus murals

Chemainus murals attract visitors from around the world. Then, if your time allows, a 20-minute ferry ride to Salt Spring Island is a must. Among the notables that have made homes there, Salt Spring is also famous for raising the only lamb that Queen Elizabeth serves to her guests, or so the stories say.

Walking the Kinsol Trestle

The Historic Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest, free-standing, and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 meters in length and standing 44 meters above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, it is open to the public for cyclists, hikers, and equestrians.

Whale watching

The 3 to 4-hour whale watching and wildlife tours focus on the southern resident orca whales.

What's included

  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 brunch
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 three-course dinner including wine pairing
  • 1 two-hour cooking class
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Reception with wine and cheese
  • Toiletries
  • Tour to the farmers' market and a winery

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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