Imagine walking with your children through an apple-filled orchard on a warm summer’s afternoon. The children are wide eyed, on the lookout for the next set of fairies as many have been known to hide among these very apple trees. You wind yourself around the back of the property and then your residence for the evening comes into view. A picture perfect yurt, with every comfort you could imagine included. A family stay at Merridale yurts isn’t an adventure, but rather a place to stop, breathe, cuddle, talk, think, reflect, and reconnect.
Merridale is a 20 acre boutique farm set in the beautiful Cobble Hill region of the Cowichan Valley. Located a 17 minute rural drive out of Duncan, this destination cidery and distillery is the perfect place to stop for lunch and to stay for the evening when you’re in the Cowichan region.
Merridale is a major employer within the region’s agri-tourism sector, and over the past two decades, the Merridale brand has helped to cultivate significant media and marketing attention for the Cowichan region. Through her volunteer role as President of the Tourism Cowichan Society, Janet Docherty has also blazed a path for new industry involvement and commitment within Cowichan’s tourism sector. Through her leadership of TCS, she’s bolstered the destination marketing reach of the organization by championing the adoption of the MRDT program and leveraging significant new marketing resources for Cowichan through Destination BC. These achievements are a testament to Janet’s industry savvy and her respected place within BC’s tourism sector.