Cedar is located 17 km (11 miles) north-east of Ladysmith
and 10 km (6.5 miles) south-west of Nanaimo.
Cedar is a small rural community that contains a number of farms
in the immediate area that stretch into the neighbouring communities
of Yellow Point and Cassidy. There are
also two Snuneymuxw First Nation settlements in Cedar, the Nanaimo
River Reserve 3 and the Nanaimo River Reserve 4.
The main business section of Cedar is on Cedar Road near the junction
with the north end of Yellow Point Road, the Cedar Village Square
and the nearby Mahle House Restaurant. The Cedar Village Square
acts as the town centre plus houses the 49th Parallel Grocery (that
sells quality meats, deli foods, fresh produce and bakery), the
Cedar Brook Restaurant and an Island Savings Credit Union.
& Gate Pub
If you happen to be in the Cedar area try and visit the Crow &
Gate Pub - a real favourite and destination point for people who
live on Vancouver Island. The Crow & Gate Pub features an authentic
English style facility complete with home-cooked meals such as steak
and kidney pie, hearty soups, ploughman sandwiches and crab cakes.
To enjoy farm fresh produce and local homemade products there is
the Cedar Farmers' Market which is held on the grounds next to the
Crow & Gate Pub on Yellow Point Road. Taking place on Sundays
from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. from Mothers Day in May up to and including
Thanksgiving in October, the market offers farm fresh products from
the nearby producers in the area.
For other entertainment in Cedar there is also the Wheat Sheaf Hotel
a favourite of the young crowd especially during 'slow pitch' and
baseball season. The Wheat Sheaf Hotel is situated at 1866 Cedar
Road right across from the baseball fields in Cedar.
For a local swimming hole, especially if you have kids, look for
the small beach area on Cedar Road often referred to as 'Cedar Bridge'
situated near the turnoff to Harmac Road. The beach is a little
larger than most areas on the river and has the advantage of being
wide open so you can keep a good watch on small children. There
are also a number of other Nanaimo
River swimming holes farther upstream west of Hwy 1 in Cassidy.
Cedar is very close to where the Nanaimo River makes its way to
the ocean in the Nanaimo Harbour at Mud Flats. Along the river there
are lots of exploring available and chances to see wildlife present,
especially for birdwatching throughout the natural surroundings
of the forest and riparian zones along the Nanaimo River estuary.
If you are travelling to or from the Lower Mainland at Tsawwassen,
there is a BC Ferries Terminal situated very close to Cedar at the
end of Duke Point Road.
Point Park and Biggs Park
Also located at the east end of the ferry terminal is Jack Point
Park and, to the north side, neighbouring Biggs Park. Both parks
have beautiful oceanfront views of Nanaimo and the harbour to the
north and are situated along the eastern side of the Nanaimo River
estuary. Look for the signs directing you off and away from Hwy
19 and the Duke Point Ferry Terminal.
For fishers who enjoy awesome smallmouth bass fishing there is Quennell
Lake which is situated south of Cedar just off Yellow Point Road.
Quennell Lake also sports some trout fishing and is a very good
lake to explore by canoe because of its interesting shape of 9 or
so arms that include a small island. If you would like to camp out
along the lakeshore the Zuiderzee Campground and Resort is close
Other ocean access near to Cedar includes Roberts Memorial Park
on Yellow Point Road south of Cedar towards Quennell Lake. Here
you can find a short 15-minute, 1 km (.6 mile) walk through a grove
of Douglas fir forest to the oceanfront across Stewart Channel from
Mudge, De Courcy Island and Valdes Islands. Roberts Memorial Park
along the ocean is situated on a large sandstone shelf and features
very unique rock formations and small tidal pools.
For family fun entertainment nothing is as much fun as going to
McNab's Corn Maze situated south of Cedar on Yellow Point Road.
McNab's Corn Maze is a great place for birthday parties, youth group
functions, office adventures, etc. and features corn maze, a petting
zoo and, for farm fresh products, Mareena's Market.
Other fresh farm products close to Cedar in Yellow Point include
the nearby Hazelwood Herb Farm and Yellow Point Cranberries. Both
are located in Yellow Point, an area just to the south of Cedar.