Cool Thing We Want #302: Bodega Ridge Weekend Via Obakki’s “Rainmaker Auction”

October 31, 2011 

Jesse Keefer of Galiano Island’s Bodega Ridge has donated 2 nights stay (their cottages sleeps up to 3 couples) as an auction item in the upcoming Obakki Foundation Rainmaker Auction. Obakki hopes to raise $200,000 to help fund the drilling of 200 water wells in South Sudan this December (not next year or eventually, but next month). The auction will feature one-of-a-kind experiences as well as hundreds of signed auction items from well known musicians, athletes, celebrities and artists. Sure, you could bid on any one of the signed celebrity items (there are goodies signed by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce, Katy Perry and more), but the item that really caught our eye was this weekend away. We’ve done it before, and it’s pretty darn cozy.


Postcards From The Crazy Trans-America Trail From Chambar Chef Nico Schuermans

September 22, 2011 

What does any right thinking chef do after opening three successful businesses in six years and becoming a father, twice? He grabs his motorcycle and leaves, of course (well, if only for a while).

We usually do enough field trips on Scout, but Karri Schuermans, wife and partner of chef Nico Schuermans (think Beatty St.’s Chambar, Medina, Dirty Apron) sent in these envy-inducing photos of Nico and his good friend Jesse Keefer (of the awesome Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island) riding the famously grueling Trans-America trail, which starts in northeastern Tennessee and ends at the Pacific at the bottom of Oregon. As a big fan of the Long Way Round films (and Nico and Jesse), I can only imagine how awesome it has been for them. The trail is over 4,800 miles of mostly off-road riding, so it’s quite different from the relative coziness of a Route 66. According to Karri – who has been getting updates and snapshots from the road – their travels have included a lot of dirt and great people (save for some Uncle Daddy weirdness in Mississippi). Nico t-boned a cow on his bike (both were fine) and had to tow Jesse for a while after his clutch broke, but beyond that, they’ve endured a lot of amazing scenery and had a wonderful time. They hit Oregon yesterday and are ecstatic to have real coffee for a change. Karri reports that “they may make it back tonight if the weather holds up, and are looking forward to a great meal and beers!” We hope the last of their journey is a safe one, and welcome both of them home.

Field Trip #586: A Day & Night Excursion To Bodega Ridge On Beautiful Galiano Island

A 24 hour period of merciful nothing opened up before our Vancouver Island trip last weekend, which we turned into a dreamy day and night on Galiano Island staying in an awesome, three bedroom cabin at Bodega Ridge…

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How To Get There: A nice drive, curvy drive on Galiano after a quick trip on BC Ferries from Tsawwassen to Sturdies Bay (schedule)

Cost: $150-$200 a night (based on double occupancy).

Accommodation Type: Rustic cabins surrounding a multi-level lodge. Cabins are fully equipped with modern conveniences, cozy beds and full kitchens. Quiet like you wouldn’t believe.

Connectivity: Cell coverage OK. Tethering in cabins. Wireless in the lodge.

Things To Do: We were only there for 24 hours, but Bodega Ridge struck us as the kind of place that one wouldn’t really want to ever leave. Nonetheless, explore the island and hit up the quiet beaches after dodging the hundreds of deer that seem to play “get a load of me” games with the road. Most of all, however, you should stick within earshot of the dinner bell. Mook Sutton from Chambar & The Dirty Apron is on staff making breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests, plus cold, local beer is available and the coffee is roasted nearby.


GOODS: Chambar Chef Ups Galiano Island’s Food Game At Idyllic “Bodega Ridge”

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The GOODS from Bodega Ridge

Galiano Island, BC | Visits to the Gulf Islands just got a lot tastier with a unique partnership between Galiano Island’s Bodega Ridge and Vancouver’s award-winning Dirty Apron Cooking School. Along with having a resident Chef from Dirty Apron onsite leading all food operations, Bodega Ridge’s menus have all been rebuilt and reimagined by Dirty Apron founder and 2011 Vancouver Chef of the Year Nico Schuermans with a focus on local ingredients from Galiano farmers.

Located on 22 acres of stunning coastal property, Bodega Ridge has established a reputation as a destination like no other for retreats, weddings and corporate events. The Dirty Apron Cooking School and Deli offers much more than just classes and sandwiches. Their superb team also does a wide range of catering and special events which makes them an ideal match for Bodega Ridge’s numerous yoga retreats, corporate meetings, special events and weddings.

Chef Mook Sutton has been put in charge of executing the menus at Bodega Ridge and he brings a stellar resume and wide range of experience in kitchens in Toronto, New Zealand and Vancouver to the task. Having settled in Vancouver, this Auckland, NZ native worked at Cin CIn and the Wedgwood Hotel before helping to open Chambar, where he’s been a cornerstone ever since. The Chambar connection will also include the addition of Chambar Ale— Bodega owner Jesse Keefer’s favourite brew– to the taps in the Lodge… Read more

Bodega Ridge


120 Manastee Rd., Box 115
Galiano Island, BC Canada, V0N 1P0
Toll Free US & Canada: 1-877-604-2677
International: 00-1-250-539-2677
Skype: BodegaRidge
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Jesse Keefer, Proprietor

Prior to his involvement in Bodega Ridge, Jesse was a competitive cyclist competing in elite level races in both mountain and road biking. Jesse is one of the few athletes to earn medals in both road and mountain biking at the Canadian National Championships and won over 40 races in a career that spanned over 10 years, when he wasn’t injured, his bike wasn’t broken or he was upside down in a mud puddle. Jesse has been on Galiano for 6 years and has been visiting since he was a child. Please be sure to track him down and ask him where all the best areas are for outdoor fun on the island.

About Bodega Ridge

Even in the paradise that is the Gulf Islands, Bodega Ridge stands out for its spectacular location and natural beauty. Located near the Northwest tip of Galiano Island, Bodega Ridge is an idyllic setting for retreats, corporate events and weddings.

The seven bright, spacious log cabins and the main lodge which make up the resort are situated on 22 acres of pristine coastal land ideal for year-round recreation. Guests can directly access the hike up to the Bodega Ridge Provincial Park which gives the resort its name right from their door and or just kick back and enjoy magnificent views of Trincomali channel and sunsets over Vancouver Island without leaving the resort.

Positioned in the rain shadow of the Vancouver Island mountains, Galiano Island enjoys significantly less rain than the mainland and most of coastal BC. The West Coast of Galiano Island is dotted with many protected lands and parks and guests can use any of three beach accesses within a kilometre of the resort.

The gently sloping terrain of the property has extensive landscaping, ponds, native plants and rock sculpture. It’s bright and sunny with spectacular meadows, arbutus trees, orchids and wildflowers. There are numerous productive grape vines and fruit trees including fig, pear, plum, peach, apple, kiwi and cherry. The lodge, dining hall and cabins have all been positioned to take advantage of the amazing sunsets.

Bodega Ridge is a Tourism British Columbia Approved Accommodation and is featured in the Lonely Planet as a recommended destination. It has seven bright and spacious log cabins on the property and each is self-contained with three bedrooms, a well-stocked kitchen and private bathrooms. They have all the comforts of home with spacious living areas, cedar decks and both wood and electric heat.

Each cabin is a home away from home and guests can enjoy as much privacy as they desire. Have a soak in the tub, curl up in front of the fire or enjoy the sunshine and views from the deck. Bodega Ridge is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

For visitors who want a little more physical activity, Galiano Island offers a wide variety of superb hiking and biking in a number of parks and protected areas. The Bodega Ridge Team can also arrange boat charters for fishing and sightseeing and Galiano Island even offers a 9-hole course set amid the lush scenery.

Catering and Dining

Bodega Ridge has partnered with Vancouver’s award-winning Dirty Apron Cooking School to offer superb cuisine in the heart of the Gulf Islands. Along with having resident Chef Mook Sutton from Dirty Apron onsite leading all food operations, Bodega Ridge’s menus have all been rebuilt and reimagined by 2011 Vancouver Chef of the Year Nico Schuermans (Dirty Apron, Chambar, Medina) with a focus on local ingredients from Galiano Island farmers.

The Chambar connection continues with the addition of Chambar Ale—a favourite of Resort owner Jesse Keefer—to the draft taps in the lodge.

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