What better way to celebrate fall than by sipping hard cider and popping artisanal cheese, surrounded by ocean views and 1,000 young apple trees? Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse presses, ferments, and bottles on-site, while you get to sample its full line―made from traditional bittersweet heirloom apples―sitting at long wood tables milled from local trees. Try the dry, earthy Wild English cider, made from wild yeasts. 2487 Mount St. Michael Rd., Saanichton, B.C. 250-544-4824.

Michael Hanson

Sip some cider, take a gardening class, and enjoy locally grown produce in British Columbia’s Saanich Peninsula

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Why go in fall: It’s harvest time!

From downtown Seattle, a Victoria Clipper ferry ($89 round-trip; clippervacations.com) takes you to Victoria’s dock, where Budget Rent A Car awaits.

Michael Hanson

Peel your eyes for: Hand-printed roadside signs advertising fresh eggs and locally made jam.

Number of farms: More than three dozen of all sorts, with goods from apples to quince to Christmas trees.

Fruity wines: The relatively mild climate is hospitable to grapes―and to blackberries and kiwis, used by a handful of Saanich wineries.

Sweetest touch: Dark, raw wildflower honey at Babe’s Honey Farm, still carrying a taste of the honeycomb (334 Walton Place, Saanich; babeshoneyfarm.com).

Traffic hazard: Tractors share the backroads.

Kids will love: Island-made ice cream and feeding the goats at Dan’s Farm and Country Market (2030 Bear Hill Rd., Saanichton; dansfarm.ca).

Read up: At Country Life Books, browse old cookbooks and gardening magazines (2372A Beacon Ave., Sidney).

Take it home: Find inspiration for your own home harvests at Dig This, from patterned gardening boots to heavy-duty trowels (2387 Beacon, Sidney; digthis.com).

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