“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
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.
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
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 all the communities throughout the Cowichan Valley.
Take a tube ride down the Cowichan River .
Whale Watching in Cowichan Bay
Paraglide off Mt. Prevost
Go rock climbing on Mt. Prevost
Sun tan on one of the many beaches in the Cowichan Valley
Scuba Dive in Cowichan Bay
Thinking of an exciting eco-adventure you don’t see here? Check out this list of outfitters & tour operators.