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12 Hours in Cowichan: The Ultimate Day Trip

Sunday, September 2, 2018


Life is busy, and we know that taking time for fun and adventure can often take a backseat. Well, we’re here to help. If you need a break but don’t have a week or even a weekend, consider taking a day trip to Cowichan. It’s less than an hour from Victoria and Nanaimo, and we might be a little bit biased, but we think it’s amazing. One of the best parts: It makes a perfect day trip. Here’s how to relax, explore, and enjoy 12 hours in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.  

9:00 am: Shawnigan House Coffee Shop and Oma’s Bakery Location (Picture Credit Instagram @livinghollisstyle) 

If you are heading North from Victoria or South from Nanaimo, start your journey around 8:00 am to arrive at the Shawnigan House Coffee Shop and Oma’s...

Coming Soon: Merridale at Dockside Green

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We love our farm in Cobble Hill, and it will always be our primary location for producing cider and spirits and hosting events. That said, after several years of planning we are really excited to be branching out with a new 12,000 square foot facility in the trendy Dockside Green area of Victoria. The concept is to build on the successful brewing and distilling techniques that we’ve become renowned for and bring Merridale at the Farm to Merridale in the City.

With a focus on sustainability, Merridale at Dockside will feature an open layout, where people can not only enjoy the products, but also see and smell the process too. Our customers will have the opportunity to learn about the brewing and distilling process when they visit – tours and hands on experiences will be woven...

Top 5 Hidden Gems of Summer at Merridale

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

1) Find the Fairies, Gnomes, Elves and Hobgoblins in the Orchard

Take a stroll through our orchard and keep your eyes peeled for mystical creatures. One little-known fact about the Merridale orchard is that it’s home to fairies, gnomes, elves and hobgoblins. They’re clever, mischievous, a little bit shy, and lightning fast, so you’ll have to really focus if you want to spot one.

We’re told they like to hang out near the bases of the apple trees. While you may not see the creatures themselves, you’ll almost certainly find evidence of their existence throughout the orchard like colourful mushroom caps and round portal doors…seeing is believing! Pick up (or print off) an Orchard Adventure Map to help you log your findings. 

2) Retreat overnight for a glamping...

Red Wagon Picnics

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

First of all, welcome to the Merridale blog! We’ve been talking about doing this for a while now, because Merridale has so many wonderful stories and we really want to share them with you. So… stay tuned, we’re planning to share a new blog post every two weeks! If there’s something you’re dying to hear about, please leave us a comment on any of our social media channels (we’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) or write us an email. Better yet - tell us in person the next time you visit Merridale!


Do you remember the classic red wagons from days gone by? Do you remember when summers were long, picnics were plentiful, and family gatherings were often? Well, now’s your chance to relive those experiences with a Red Wagon Picnic at Merridale...