There is a difference between growing tea and making tea—Westholme Tea Farm accomplishes both.
A half-hour drive north from the Nanaimo airport, one could easily zip past the twin Vancouver Island towns of Parksville and Qualicum Beach without ever realizing they’re there. Yet, lined by the Salish Sea and enveloped in Coastal Douglas firs, it only takes one visit to understand why many find solace in these two tucked-away communities.
“In Salt We Trust”—Vancouver Island Salt Co.’s slogan. Tattooed in two-inch-high negative block letters against a thick black band, it boldly encircles Andrew Shepherd’s left bicep.
Visitors to Tofino are often hooked on the town’s coastal charms from their first lungful of fresh, conifer-scented air. And yet, even though any who wander as far as the westernmost point of Vancouver Island have already traversed land and sea to reach the highway’s end, it’s finding comfortable beachfront accommodations that truly is the final frontier—especially for those travelling in a group.