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WHIPPLETREE JUNCTION

About 45 – 50 minutes or so north of Victoria right along Hwy #1 is the quaint and unique Whippletree Junction.

It’s a funky collection of businesses, restaurants and art and craft galleries that’s always fun to explore.

Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC

Pioneer House Restaurant at Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Pioneer House Restaurant at Whippletree Junction

Its jumble of salvaged buildings and old-world charm has served as a rest stop for tourists, a curiosity for locals and a coffee stop for the generations that built up the Island.

Whippletree was established in 1969 when Randy Streit built a store and other businesses using remnants of Duncan’s Chinatown, which he had been contracted to tear down in 1968.

Streit and brother Ernie ran Streit Bros. Antique Trading for 34 years until closing it in 2007. And over the years, old buildings saved from demolition in Sooke and Cobble Hill expanded the site.

Ernie Streit — Randy died in 2001 — sold their portion of Whippletree to Hung’s family six years ago, putting together a land package that includes more than four hectares.

Times Colonist August 1, 2014

The main tenant is the unique Wickertree Furniture Store … which has a large variety of wicker and other varities of outdoor furniture.  They also have a great selection of other outdoor accessories such as table settings, lamps, cushions and more!

Wickertree Furniture Store, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Wickertree Furniture Store, Duncan, BC

Wickertree Furniture Store, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Interior Wickertree Furniture Store, Duncan, BC

Behind the frontage section is the cobbled courtyard with more stores to explore.  There’s a leather furniture store along with some other unique galleries.

Whippletree Courtyard, Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Whippletree Courtyard

Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

Whippletree Junction

Parking is easy along the front and everything is wheelchair accessible.

This is a great stop along the way to Duncan, Cowichan Bay and Chemainus!

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I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!

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