Where: Agassiz and Chilliwack, BC, Canada
Description: The Slow Food Cycle Tour is a bike tour of various of various local farms and gardens. On the tour you can buy delicious fresh produce, free-range eggs and meats, artisanal cheeses, locally made ice cream, locally produced honey and hazelnuts, and many other gourmet foods. There are also opportunities to play in corn mazes, ride farm-style go-carts, jump on a giant inflated rubber bubble, meet animals living happily on humane farms, purchase beautiful local handcrafts, cycle through gorgeous hazelnut orchards, drink wine at the vineyard where it’s made, and sample all sorts of delicious food. Samples tend to be free or very inexpensive, and they include various meat dishes, skewers, veggie wraps, a gourmet version of corn on the cob, cheeses, ice creams, flavoured nuts, and more. Other featured stops include a museum, an arbour, a wildlife preserve, and a food research center. Cycle tourists choose which places they wish to visit and can see them in any order they prefer.
Cost: $20 for Agassiz, $15 for Chilliwack, or $30 for both
Time: One day in Agassiz and one day in Chilliwack
Difficulty: Easy – you just cycle around at your own pace. There are not too many hills and none of them are steep.
- Cash (some of the farms take debit, but cash is faster and easier)
- Water (there are a lot of places along the route selling water, but you may have to wait in line to buy it)
- The tour was really fun, and everyone we met was relaxed and friendly.
- There were opportunities to sample all sorts of amazing food cheaply, learn about local farms, and photograph cute animals.
- You can find unique gifts for people, including handmade crafts, food that isn’t available anywhere else, and local wine.
It can be difficult to carry as much as you might want to buy if you don’t have a bike trailer or at least panniers or a large basket. Also, it was quite hot, so there was a risk that perishable items bought earlier in the tour would go off. Some of the farms offered a shipping service whereby purchased items were driven in a refrigerated truck to the parking lot at the end of the day’s tour, but this option wasn’t available on both days.
- At least one person in your group should have a bike trailer or a very large basket or large panniers to carry your loot.
- Bring a cooler if you can manage it so that you can buy more perishable items such as milk, cheese, eggs, and meat.
- Bring plenty of water in a thermos to keep it cool.
See the Slow Food Cycle Tour Photo Gallery for more pictures.
For more activity descriptions, see the main Activities page.
*Prices and featured farms and activities may have changed since the time of this writing.