Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
SPCA Certified (dairy - cheese products) since 2005.
SPCA Certified is an innovative farm certification and food-labelling program dedicated to improving farm animal welfare standards in Canada.
About Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
In January of 1999, Clarke and Nancy Gourlay and their three boys returned from Switzerland, where they had lived for several years. Inspired by the Roquefort Swiss cheese, they set out to learn and practice the ancient and noble art of cheese making in the shadows of Vancouver Island's Mount Arrowsmith. The cool, moist climate proved to be ideal for the ripening of their signature washed-rind cheeses. Thus was born Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.
A love for animals, farming, and the rural lifestyle landed them on beautiful Morningstar Farm, located just outside Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. There, the Gourlays care for a mixed herd of 100 very friendly dairy cattle. The cows graze on fresh pasture for seven months of the year and calve in the early spring to produce the most milk while on the best pasture.
The Gourlays only use the best quality milk for cheese-making. 100% of their cheese is made from their own cows' milk!
Clarke and Nancy invite interested people to join them for a visit. Meet the calves! Face off with their moms! Watch the milking and cheese-making right before your eyes and stop in at the shop to purchase some of Little Qualicum's wonderful cheeses.
Where to buy
Little Qualicum's farmgate store is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, 7 days a week (closed Christmas and Boxing Day).
The Gourlays also sell their famous cheeses to over 100 retailers, to wholesalers and at numerous farmers' markets. For a complete list of retailers selling Little Qualicum Cheeseworks products, visit the SPCA Certified retail page and Little Qualicum's website.
Contact Information (if available):
||403 Lowry's Road