In January 1999, Clarke and Nancy Gourlay with their 3 boys returned from Switzerland where they had been living for several years. Inspired by the magnificent Swiss cheeses, they set out to learn and practice the ancient and noble art of cheesemaking. The cool moist climate in the shadow of Vancouver Island’s Mt. Arrowsmith proved to be ideal for grazing cows and ripening artisan cheeses, and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks found a home. We began milking cows and making cheese in 2001 and three years later settled on beautiful, Morningstar Farm. Sharing our farm with the public has always felt like an immense privilege and our passion is to see others inspired and empowered to know where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and why that matters.


Today we are milking a mixed herd of about 50 Holstein, Brown Swiss, and other European dairy cows. 100% of our milk is turned into cheese right here on the farm. We take animal welfare seriously and we were the first dairy farm in British Columbia to be certified by the SPCA. When you’re in the area, stop by for a visit!


    Hours of Operation

  • Current Winter hours: 10-5

    Calfe Hours: Closed for the Season

    Open daily including all stat holidays except Dec 25-26 & Jan 1-2



    Welcome to Morningstar Farm, home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery. Morningstar Farm serves as a local-food hub and premier agri-food destination for Oceanside and beyond.

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    Nothing pairs better with cheese than wine! Mooberry winery, located right on Morningstar Farm, produces a wide range of delicious fruit wines using the freshest, finest fruits that British Columbia is famous for. Tastings are available daily in our farmgate store, open 10-5.

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