I'm planning a vacation drive through the southern half of Vancouver Island and back via the Sunshine Coast. We'll be camping, so I am interested in lunch stops, bakeries, and groceries for camp food.
We'll probably start on Salt Spring Island, so will pass through Ganges at least once. In the past we've bought groceries there, and eaten outside near the docks. We probably won't be there for the Saturday market.
I intend to stay on the outskirts of Victoria (we've visited downtown several times), and head to Sooke, and then to Port Renfrew. Sooke Harbor House is well outside our budget (and dress code?). From there I intend to take backroads to Lake Cowichan, Bamfield and Port Alberni. In the past I've bought a few groceries in Lake Cowichan, and had a nice, but not memorable, lunch in Port Alberni.
I've passed through Courtenay, but not stopped or eaten there. This may be the place to my Tim Horton fix.
Many moons ago we had a memorable meal in Powell River near the ferry dock, but the place probably isn't in business, even if I could recall the details. The main thing I remember from Sechelt (more than a decade ago) was camping next door to a coffee roaster.
Based on past trips, I lean toward getting groceries at Save On or Overwaitea I'm a sucker for Freby meat ends from the deli. I'll also have to get some schinken.