Island Bison is a small family farm located in Black Creek, found in the shadow of Mount Washington, approximately a 20 minute drive north of Courtenay. Their goal is to raise the healthiest red meat for their family, friends, and customers.
Grandma and Grandpa Watson, Mom and Dad Vance, and the 4 children all pitch in to run the farm. Raising bison and water buffalo is a great privilege considering the history of these magnificent animals.
They believe that raising their animals as 100% grass fed, without the use of antibiotics or added growth hormones is not only what is ethical, but also what is best for all of us as consumers.
Both their bison and water buffalo enjoy free ranging on their pastures which include numerous natural spring water sources, stands of forest and brush, as well as mud wallows and dust pits that are enjoyed throughout the summer months. They focus on maintaining a low stress environment and believe that raising happy animals equals healthy, high quality meat.