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Saturday’s scene: driving Yellowpoint Road in Nanaimo

2013/06/22by Donna Hull

Blue Heron Park off Yellowpoint Road in Nanaimo

Driftwood washes up on the shore at Blue Heron Park off Yellowpoint Road in Nanaimo

On a scenic drive along Yellowpoint Road in Nanaimo, B.C., Alan and I stopped at Blue Heron Park for a walk on an off-the-beaten-path, Vancouver Island beach. After investigating driftwood that the tide had piled like tinker toys onto the shore, we searched for tide pools hidden in the depressions of the rocky beach. The grassy park area above the beach included benches as well as a picnic pavilion. The pleasant scene enticed us to sit for awhile on the bench to enjoy the homemade muffins that Chef David Wong had given us “for the road” after breakfast at Jar Restaurant.

Yellowpoint Road makes a fun country tour after spending time in the city of Nanaimo. Foodies will enjoy visiting Yellow Point Cranberries (closed during the summer)—I dare you to leave without buying a jar of cranberry preserves. Fredrich’s Honey Farm is also located along the route. And, if it’s a Sunday drive that you’re taking, don’t miss Cedar Farmers Market next to Crow and Gate Neighborhood Pub.

Hazelwood Herb Farm makes another fun stop. A walk in the garden is aromatic as well as beautiful. Be sure to browse the gift shop for herb-infused beauty products, herbal tea blends and food products. Rumor has it that the flavored beer bread mixes are delicious.

Speaking of delicious, time your drive to end at Mahle House Restaurant at the dinner hour. Serving seasonal dishes with many of the ingredients coming from the garden on property or from nearby farms, Mahle House is not to be missed. I’ll be telling you more about our Adventure Dining experience soon.

Read the rest of our Road Trip to Vancouver Island articles to create your own itinerary to this lovely part of the world.

Do you like driving country roads? Post a comment to share your favorite with us. Alan and I enjoyed our peaceful time exploring Yellowpoint Road in Nanaimo.

Disclosure: Tourism Nanaimo provided this travel experience but the opinions are my own.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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June 23, 2013 at 3:24 am

I love this kind of driving tour with lots of scenic and delicious stops along the way
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June 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

I love driving country roads. Only thing is sometimes they split without a clear indication of which is the right path.

I drove from Maryland to North Carolina with my brother a couple of years ago and we had to take the long route around the island because of a recent hurricane that blew out the bridge. It was awesome because we got to see a lot of abandoned places that have been consumed by nature. For example a tree growing right out of the middle of a house.

Very fun times =)


Cathy Severson June 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

When we took our Alaskan Cruise, the flight to Vancouver was overbooked, so we gave up our seats in exchange for free tickets. The next year, we went back to Vancouver Island and had a delightful time. We went to many of the places you traveled. It’s been fun reading your commentary and reliving the experience.


Nicole June 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

We are doing a house sit on Vancouver Island at the end of the year. Can’t wait!
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September 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

The Crow and Gate pub is also located on Yellow Point Road in Nanaimo. An old English style pub in a beautiful garden setting. Old fashioned bar service, a cosy fireplace, and great food make it a must stop for us whenever we’re lucky enough be back home on the island!
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Donna Hull
September 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Thanks for telling us about The Crow and Gate, Gillian. We had planned to stop there but ran out of time on our scenic drive to the Yellow Point Rd. area. Maybe next time!
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