A Little List Of Big Adventures
A Neighbourhood Fixture
The Cobblestone has been a fixture in the Cobble Hill landscape since 1983.
Prior to the family taking ownership, this was the location of the Cobble Hill division of The Cowichan Creamery, which was a hub around which many aspects of community life revolved from 1895 to the early 1940s.
Since its inception and throughout all the years of operation, the Cobblestone is proud to say that we have always been family owned. This commitment to family and community has strengthened our ties to the community and more specifically, to numerous charities, organizations, and groups in the Cobble Hill area.
A Local Gem
Union 22 is a local based buisness geared towards providing outstanding vintage wares. So many new treasures arriving daily, you just never know what you may find.
They have also just opened up another 300 Sq ft in our historic building in Cobble Hill and added 2 new vendors. Check them out on FB or stop by the shop open Thursday thru Monday or 7 days a week for online sales.
A Hike That Spans the Continent
The longest recreational, multi-use trail network in the world.
It spans 24, 000 km’s of greenways, waterways, and roadways that stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, and goes right through Cowichan Valley.
One of The Highest Trestles on Earth
The Historic Kinsol Trestle (AKA – Koksilah River Trestle) is one of eight trestles located along the Cowichan Valley Trail (completed in 1920).
This spectacular timber rail bridge is one of the tallest free-standing trestles structures in the world. Some cool facts about this structure: It drew its name from the grandiously named ‘King Solomon Mines’ (although never intended to serve any nearby mines as some mistakenly believe), and it sits 187 metres in length and 44 metres above the Koksilah River.
It has the following amenities close by: picnic area, hiking trails, parking lot and viewing platform (idyllic for family pictures).
Popular Outdooring Destination
Located seven km’s west of Shawnigan Lake, this popular destination for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking is a must see.
The recreation area is 210 – hectare park made up of 26 km’s of signed trails ranging in difficulty from easy, double track to technical single-track. There are several viewpoints offering a 360 degree panorama of surrounding area.
Located in ‘Quarry Nature Park,’ which provides parking for vehicles (including equestrian trailers), washrooms (bike wash area included), bike skills park, and off-leash dog park.
The ‘Biggest’ Little Museum in Canada
In the small village of Shawnigan Lake a surprise awaits. For over 30 years, this ‘big’ little museum has been surprising and delighting tourists and visitors to the area.
Stop by for in depth information on the majestic Kinsol Trestle; learn more about the acclaimed local artist EJ Hughes (Canada’s official war artist during WWII); and hear the true story about the Last Spike.
Visit this charming archive and you’ll leave with more knowledge of the local character than you ever thought possible.
Whale Watching With The Windows Rolled Down
Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales can all be seen with a whale watching excursion off Vancouver Island’s southern coast.
As an added value you may also run into a variety of other marine life such as Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Calls and Harbour Porpoises.
Get On The Water
Experienced team of instructors and guides who are passionate about paddling; offering a wide range of tours, lessons, and customized instruction. Located in Mill Bay Marina.
Because Cider Heaven Is An Actual Thing
An apple orchard, craft cider house, small-batch distillery and a wedding/event venue all rolled up into one.
Visit this destination of deliciousness for cider and spirits tasting; farm-to-table cuisine in their yummy eatery; fresh baked goods baked on site with cider leaven; and learn some tricks of the cider trade with daily tours of facility and surrounding orchards, or rent a yurt!