A visit to Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Region is truly a refreshing experience. Often overlooked by the popular South and Central Regions, Cowichan has it’s own beauty and culture.
Thanks to the surrounding mountains, a mild year-round climate, and the fertile soil, the Cowichan Valley is blessed with Canada’s longest growing season. Named from a First Nations’ word meaning “the land warmed by the sun,” a visit here will explain why. Vineyards, orchards and farmlands offer an array of fresh food, wines, and ciders that are sure to satisfy even the toughest of critics.
With so many things to do, see and taste in the Cowichan Region don’t even think of trying to drive straight through.
Tour Canada’s first-ever water buffalo dairy, sample award-winning wines and spirits, purchase a locally made craft at the market, or stop in for a mouth-watering lunch at a bistro or cafe.
Take the self-guided tour of the world’s largest urban totems in Duncan. Walk one of the world’s largest outdoor wall-sized mural galleries in Chemainus and don’t forget to catch a live show at the theatre while you’re there.
Experience the thrill of a hawk landing on your hand at The Birds of Prey, hike or bike to one of the world’s highest wooden train trestles, or hop on a tube ride down the meandering Cowichan River. You can even check out fantastic island views from atop one of several hikable summits.
If it’s golf you love, the Cowichan Region has 6 beautifully manicured courses and there’s always time to rent a kayak in Cowichan Bay and paddle around to view the sunset from the water.