The Cowichan Valley

“Cowichan” is a First Nations word meaning “the warm land”.  This is a fitting name, as the Cowichan Valley enjoys Canada’s warmest average temperatures.  Nestled along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with kilometers of beautiful coast and extensive forests, lakes, wetlands, and rivers.  It is also considered the breadbasket of Vancouver Island, as many farms and wineries are spread across this picturesque landscape.  The Cowichan Valley is home to many world-renowned artists and much Native American history, making it an interesting cultural destination.
These links give more information about things to see and do during your stay in the Cowichan Valley:

Excellent map of activities throughout the Cowichan Valley


Food & Wine

Wine & Wine Tours
List of wineries
Vancouver Island Wine Tours
Luxury Wine Tours

There are some amazing restaurants in the Cowichan Valley including: Stone Soup Inn and Genoa Bay Cafe
Full List

Visit a Cidery
Merridale Cider makes a variety of delicious ciders and has a great restaurant too!


The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre
Explore the rich cultural tradition of the Native people of the Cowichan Valley. There are spectacular multimedia presentations, a chance to carve or watch someone carve a totem pole on site, dancing and food, and so much more. The Cowichan Valley is also home of the world famous Cowichan Sweaters.

World famous Murals of Chemainus


Take an Agricultural Tour
Visit one of the many farms that make our valley unique, including lavender, cranberry, emu and alpaca ranches, and a tea farm.

Visit Cowichan Bay Village
This scenic, cozy little fishing village is North America’s first Cittaslow community.

Take an Artisan Tour
The valley is renowned for its many talented artisans, including potters, printmakers, painters, weavers, carvers, glass blowers, photographers, and metal workers.  Watch them work their magic in their own studios.
Map of artisans in the valley

See a show at the famous Chemainus Theatre
Other theatres in the valley

There are many great museums to visit throughout the Cowichan Valley.

Visit the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth.

Attend an auction or hunt for antiques at the Whippletree Junction.

Visit The Raptor Centre.

Learn about the unique and fragile Cowichan estuarine ecosystem at The Cowichan Nature Estuary Centre.

Take a Totem Tour in downtown Duncan.

Visit The Ladysmith Waterfront Arts Centre.

Visit all the communities throughout the Cowichan Valley.



Take a tube ride down the Cowichan River

The Tube Shack, Sun Lotus 

Whale Watching in Cowichan Bay
Ocean Ecoventures

Go Golfing

Kayak in beautiful Cowichan Bay
Sea Legs Kayaking, Cowichan Kayak and Canoe, Cowichan Kayak

Go Horseback riding

Alpine Stables, Takala Trails Ranch

Go Fishing in the Cowichan River or book a fishing charter or marine tour in Cowichan Bay
Gulf Island Explorers

Paraglide off Mt. Prevost


Hike Mt. Prevost, Mt. Tzouhalem, a provincial park, or one of the many trails throughout the valley

Go rock climbing on Mt. Prevost

Sun tan on one of the many beaches in the Cowichan Valley

Explore the historic Kinsol Trestle. Check out this amazing time-lapse video of the restoration of Kinsol Trestle.

Go Mountain Biking on Mt. Tzouhalem and throughout the valley.

Scuba Dive in Cowichan Bay

Go Birdwatching in Somenos Marsh and throughout the valley.

Cycle the Trans-Canada Trail or explore some of the amazing trails of the Cowichan Valley.

Thinking of an exciting eco-adventure you don’t see here?  Check out this list of outfitters & tour operators.