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About Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill, on southern Vancouver Island is a picturesque village in what is known as the Cowichan Valley. Although there is very little written history about the village, we do know that it was a hub bubbling with activity by residents coming to do business from Mill Bay, Cowichan Bay, and Shawnigan Lake. Of course, prior to the arrival of European settlers to the Cowichan Valley, First Nations People called this area home.
For a long time, Cobble Hill was the centre of activity where families arrived by railway to do their day-to-day shopping and gathered for social events and community meetings. Children also came from neighbouring towns to attend school. Cobble Hill was also the main transportation terminal for the export of agricultural products and lumber.
The Shearing family farm was the first one established in Cobble Hill where one can still see the ‘Shearing Tree’ (also referred to as Shearing Eagle Tree or Shearing Big Tree) which the family purposely left standing so future generations would see the beauty of the once majestic forest.
Near the end of the 1880’s Jack Verdier settled in what we know as Kilapi Beach. Although seriously injured in a logging accident, Verdie was determined to clear his land and establish his homestead.
The Walton Hall, erected by Tom Walton in 1911 which housed a grocery store on the main floor and an art studio on the second floor flourished and stood proudly for more than 100 years. Parts of “Little Women” (1994 version) were filmed in Cobble Hill.
Cobble Hill Real Estate Market Report
While the Cobble Hill real estate market may not be experiencing the housing boom that some other Vancouver Island communities are, it continues to grow at a steady pace with an average of 40 to 50 houses on the market each year. The median listing for the area is about $537,888 and as more housing becomes available, these numbers tend to drop somewhat making it a great time to invest in the Cobble Hill housing market.
With amenities within Cobble Hill and more just a short drive away in neighbouring communities like Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay, residents are able to take advantage of this rural lifestyle and still enjoy the things that a larger city has to offer.
Location, housing prices, and quality of life are the main things that continue to draw people to take advantage of choice real estate opportunities in Cobble Hill. The village offers a welcoming and inclusive community that make it an ideal spot for raising a family. Buying a house or property in Cobble Hill can be considered a sound financial investment both for the short term as well as those who are looking to stay past their retirement years.
Cobble Hill Attractions and Resources
The landscape of Cobble Hill, in the Cowichan Valley, offers a wide array of landscapes such as:
- Freshwater lakes
- Forested parks
- Saltwater beaches
- Lush farmland
Cobble Hill has a vibrant community of sculptors, painters, potters, and totem pole carvers. The more temperate climate of the area also means that there are several wineries and vineyards that residents and visitors can enjoy.
There is an 18-hole championship golf course in Cobble Hill that is open year-round and several other golf courses and county clubs in nearby communities.
Police services for Cobble Hill fall under the Shawnigan Lake Detachment of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). The Mill Bay Fire Department services both Mill Bay and Cobble Hill residents.
School District 79 offers both elementary and secondary schools for students of Cobble Hill. Vancouver Island University is also within driving distance of the Village.
For more detailed information about attractions, resources and things to do in Cobble Hill BC, click on the PLUS sign beside “Cobble Hill Attractions” below.
Local Resources and Information
Cobble Hill Attractions
Located at 3700 Holland Avenue, Cobble Hill, Alpine Stables is your go-to place for equestrian fun! Whether you are a first-timer, an advanced rider, or simply want a great venue for your kids’ birthday parties, Alpine Stables can accommodate you!
They have several packages available, including:
- Trail rides ranging from $60 for 1 hour to $130 for 3 ½ hours.
- Week-long riding camps ranging from $300 for half-days to $595 for overnight camps.
- Week-long advanced riding camps, at $650.
- Lessons, for young children to adults (call to enquire rates)
- Birthday parties (includes use of facilities, picnic area, fire pit, play area, 1 or 2 ponies and their handlers), ranging from $95 per hour for 1 pony to $175 per hour for 2 ponies.
Arbutus Ridge Golf Course
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, at 3515 Telegraph Road in Cobble Hill, is one of the area’s premier golfing experiences. It is a semi-private club with an 18-hole golf course, nestled in the lush environs of the Cowichan Valley. Their comprehensive pro shop offers equipment and cart rentals, equipment sales, and caddies. Lessons and video analysis are available to help you better your game, as well as an on-staff CPGA golf pro for consultation. If you are hungry after your game, the club offers an excellent menu at their on-site restaurant. They can also accommodate weddings and other special events, when you are looking for a pleasant, spacious venue with high attention to detail and excellent food. To book your tee time or special event, please call: 250-743-5000Learn More
Cherry Point Estates Vineyard
Cherry Point Estates is located at 840 Cherry Point Road, in the picturesque coastal town of Cobble Hill, just north of Victoria, British Columbia. Featuring award-winning wines, a charming lunch-time bistro, and a gorgeous special events venue, Cherry Point Estates is situated on the popular Vancouver Island Wine Route. Tours of the winery are available year-round, are hosted by one of the Estate’s knowledgeable staff, and can be booked 48 hours in advance by calling 250-743-1272. Group tours and wine tastings are also available, with the wine tasting room being open every day from 10am to 5pm.
If you want to celebrate your big day in style, Cherry Point Estates can provide a gorgeous venue for your wedding and reception, to a maximum of 90 guests. Their Garden Pavilion offers a charming setting for your nuptials, or you may choose to rent tents from the Estate and use the lower lawn and patio.Learn More
Damali Lavender & Winery
Damali Lavender and Winery, at 3500 Telegraph Road in Cobble Hill, is an idyllic farm and vineyard that not only offers you the opportunity to purchase a selection of products made using the lavender and grapes they grow, but also a pleasant day-time retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
You can choose to tour the property freely with a “Tour Map and Lavender Variety Guide”, and sample their wines at your leisure, or you can book a half hour guided tour for a group of 12 or more at $5 per person. Also available are group tasting sessions, for $8 per person.
While at Damali, you can walk their labyrinth, enjoy a picnic and some wine in their licensed picnic area, or choose some lavender for your home. You can even choose to book at stay in their award-winning bed and breakfast!Learn More
Located at 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, Merridale Estate Cidery is a multi-faceted cidery that offers not only the drink for which they are named, but also several other ways to stimulate the senses that must be experienced. Whether you wish to buy them outright, or enjoy them with a meal at the bistro, Merridale offers a number of distinct ciders and other spirits. With their farm store open from 11am to 6pm, and their bistro open from 11am to 4pm, you can join them for lunch, a tasty drink, a little treat-shopping for the home, or a unique stay in one of their yurts.
During the summer, the bistro is operated outside, adding an extra pleasant touch to your dining experience. Special events and groups of over 10 people can be accommodated, with advance notice. If you are looking for a beautiful all-season wedding venue, look no further! The staff at Merridale Estate Cidery will be happy to help you make your big day as memorable as it can be.Learn More