Crafts, Corn, & More!
Photo: A friendly wave at McNab’s Corn Maze as the tractor gets ready for a hayride
The Cedar Yellow Point area nestled in the countryside between Nanaimo and Ladysmith is an amazing place to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of autumn. Take a leisurely drive or bike through the area and discover unique farms, artisan studios, and restaurants that can easily fill a day’s adventuring (all with appropriate Covid protocols in place). It’s the perfect stay-cation destination!
McNab’s Corn Maze is open for the fall season from 9 am to 7 pm daily until October 31st. McNab’s Corn Maze features lots of activities including a corn maze (go figure!), a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a produce stand, and lots of opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of farm life. It’s great fun for the whole family. Tickets will be sold online through Showpass.com, a third-party company that will help keep track of visitors to McNab’s. Some tickets will be available at the farm stand, however, due to Covid protocols, McNab’s may be required to limit the number of visitors on the property at any one time. For more information about McNab’s Corn Maze visit their website at mcnabscornmaze.com.
Just across the road from McNab’s, Yellow Point Cranberries is one of Cowichan’s gems where you can buy any number of items made with local cranberries grown right on the farm. From chutneys and marmalade to cranberry and orange cookies. Getting hungry yet? They are open daily from 11am – 5pm, masks and social distancing are mandatory. More information at yellowpointcranberries.com.
Yellow Point Artisans Country Christmas Self-guided Tour is returning for its 32nd year. Experience 10 days of pre-Christmas delights from November 18th-22nd and November 25th-29th. The various locations on the tour open at 10 am and close at 5 pm. Experience the creativity, products, and hospitality of the local artisans and farmers. Perhaps even find some unique gifts to give during the holidays or to take home and enjoy for yourself.
The tour is practicing COVID protocols at all studios and farms. Masks are mandatory at every venue and social distancing is required. Most studios are small and will limit the number of visitors so please be patient. Most of the locations on the tour will not have public washrooms. Brochures including the tour map are available at the Ladysmith Visitor Centre located at 33 Roberts Street. More information about the tour is available at cyartisans.com.
For more to see, eat and do while you're in the area please visit tourismladysmith.ca.
- Mark Drysdale
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce