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Guidebook for Duncan

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Guidebook for Duncan

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Our farm Teashop offers a selection of high quality non-blended estate grown organic teas, as well as a wide variety of creative tea and tisane blends. The teas we offer for sale are sourced from small scale organic tea farms worldwide. We believe in small scale organic and biodynamic tea farming and use only the finest ingredients in our artisan blends. We blend teas… we do not flavour any of our tea recipes, that means no synthetic essences or artificial flavourings. They are all fresh, beautiful and unique. The Tearoom and Garden Patio experience features our diverse selection of loose leaf teas and delectable tea infused sweets.
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Westholme Tea Farm
8350 Richards Trail
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Our farm Teashop offers a selection of high quality non-blended estate grown organic teas, as well as a wide variety of creative tea and tisane blends. The teas we offer for sale are sourced from small scale organic tea farms worldwide. We believe in small scale organic and biodynamic tea farming and use only the finest ingredients in our artisan blends. We blend teas… we do not flavour any of our tea recipes, that means no synthetic essences or artificial flavourings. They are all fresh, beautiful and unique. The Tearoom and Garden Patio experience features our diverse selection of loose leaf teas and delectable tea infused sweets.
A traditional hand cut timber frame facility, affectionately known as ‘The Barn’, nestles into the stunning rolling fields of the 300 acre Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. Highland Cattle roam the pastures grazing on the lush grasses of Vancouver Island, while chickens freely wander and laze in the warm Cowichan Valley sun. There is no other place on earth quite like it, where memories are made and peace, tranquility and natural beauty are found. MARKET NIGHTS ARE BACK JUNE 4th! Join us at the farm and enjoy views of the fields, mountains and ocean while our Highland cows placidly graze. All of our pizzas our made from scratch and we use our own produce as much as possible.
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Bird’s Eye Cove Farm
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A traditional hand cut timber frame facility, affectionately known as ‘The Barn’, nestles into the stunning rolling fields of the 300 acre Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. Highland Cattle roam the pastures grazing on the lush grasses of Vancouver Island, while chickens freely wander and laze in the warm Cowichan Valley sun. There is no other place on earth quite like it, where memories are made and peace, tranquility and natural beauty are found. MARKET NIGHTS ARE BACK JUNE 4th! Join us at the farm and enjoy views of the fields, mountains and ocean while our Highland cows placidly graze. All of our pizzas our made from scratch and we use our own produce as much as possible.
The Duncan Garage is a unique combination of restaurant/cafe, bakery, natural foods market, and bookstore all on one floor of (you guessed it) a converted commercial garage.
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Duncan Garage
330 Duncan Street
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The Duncan Garage is a unique combination of restaurant/cafe, bakery, natural foods market, and bookstore all on one floor of (you guessed it) a converted commercial garage.
The Royal Dar ('Royal Door') is an established Indian restaurant in Duncan serving top quality Indian Chef-cooked food for lunch and dinner.
The Royal Dar
148 3 St
The Royal Dar ('Royal Door') is an established Indian restaurant in Duncan serving top quality Indian Chef-cooked food for lunch and dinner.
Ever since winning GOLD at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards in 2014, Hudson's On First, has continued to surprise and delight locals and travellers, who have come to visit this extraordinary valley. A region that has more concentrated organic & specialized growers, farmers and ranchers, than anywhere in British Columbia.
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Hudson's on First Restaurant
163 1 St
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Ever since winning GOLD at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards in 2014, Hudson's On First, has continued to surprise and delight locals and travellers, who have come to visit this extraordinary valley. A region that has more concentrated organic & specialized growers, farmers and ranchers, than anywhere in British Columbia.
Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and a whole lot of sharable starters - we serve up comfort food with an original twist. And since we believe you can never have too much of a good thing, every entrée comes with your choice of two sides. But food isn't the only thing we serve to make you feel comfortable. With everything from beers and wines to craft cocktails, our drink menu is designed to help you leave your worries where they belong: at the door.
Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
375 Trans-Canada Hwy
Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and a whole lot of sharable starters - we serve up comfort food with an original twist. And since we believe you can never have too much of a good thing, every entrée comes with your choice of two sides. But food isn't the only thing we serve to make you feel comfortable. With everything from beers and wines to craft cocktails, our drink menu is designed to help you leave your worries where they belong: at the door.
Nha Trang Maki Sushi Restaurant serves the best sushi in the Cowichan Valley! Voted best sushi on Vancouver Island by The Times Colonist, we are located in the heart of downtown Duncan, BC. Browse our Sushi, Lunch, and Dinner menus for delicious sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura, Vietnamese special dishes, hot pots and a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Nha Trang serves great martinis every night at our Martini Bar. Come down and have a drink!
Nha Trang Maki Sushi
62 Kenneth St
Nha Trang Maki Sushi Restaurant serves the best sushi in the Cowichan Valley! Voted best sushi on Vancouver Island by The Times Colonist, we are located in the heart of downtown Duncan, BC. Browse our Sushi, Lunch, and Dinner menus for delicious sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura, Vietnamese special dishes, hot pots and a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Nha Trang serves great martinis every night at our Martini Bar. Come down and have a drink!
The Old Fork opened its doors on March 1, 2013. Instantly it has become a staple in the Duncan community as the most fun and funky place to grab a plate of food in the morning. Our most popular dishes: the Huevos Rancheros, Reggie’s Old Fork and our classic bennies are house made and served by our friendly staff. Take a mix of old-style Southern goodness and modern restaurant professionalism with a Vancouver Island foodie sensibility and you have The Old Fork.
The Old Fork
140 Trans-Canada Hwy
The Old Fork opened its doors on March 1, 2013. Instantly it has become a staple in the Duncan community as the most fun and funky place to grab a plate of food in the morning. Our most popular dishes: the Huevos Rancheros, Reggie’s Old Fork and our classic bennies are house made and served by our friendly staff. Take a mix of old-style Southern goodness and modern restaurant professionalism with a Vancouver Island foodie sensibility and you have The Old Fork.
Pacific Northwest craft beers, forno oven pizzas. Authentic farm-to-table tapas and appetizers in an incredible atmosphere.
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Sawmill Taphouse & Grill
3055 Oak St
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Pacific Northwest craft beers, forno oven pizzas. Authentic farm-to-table tapas and appetizers in an incredible atmosphere.
Pagliacci’s is one of those timeless places, born in passion, carved from life and bathed in laughter. From the foccacia bread and soup through the Broadway-style cheesecake, every morsel is made on the spot, served with style by someone hustling for you. And there’s more than enough pasta or steak to bring home to Asta. Step back into history. This is what it used to be like before franchises.
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Pagliacci's
1011 Broad Street
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Pagliacci’s is one of those timeless places, born in passion, carved from life and bathed in laughter. From the foccacia bread and soup through the Broadway-style cheesecake, every morsel is made on the spot, served with style by someone hustling for you. And there’s more than enough pasta or steak to bring home to Asta. Step back into history. This is what it used to be like before franchises.
Enjoy our timeless waterfront location, soaring timber frame and rustic brick architecture as you share good times with your favourite people. Complete with a pub, lounge, dining room and scenic patio, we're proud to offer a vibrant and versatile atmosphere for both large and small gatherings.
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CANOE Brewpub
450 Swift St
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Enjoy our timeless waterfront location, soaring timber frame and rustic brick architecture as you share good times with your favourite people. Complete with a pub, lounge, dining room and scenic patio, we're proud to offer a vibrant and versatile atmosphere for both large and small gatherings.
The selection of Cinnamon Buns is unbelievable! Every item is awesome! Highly recommend this place. Once you've been here, you will be back.
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Old Town Bakery
510 1st Ave
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The selection of Cinnamon Buns is unbelievable! Every item is awesome! Highly recommend this place. Once you've been here, you will be back.
With over 150 vendors, we are one of the largest markets in British Columbia. All our products are locally grown and produced. We offer plenty of fresh foods and artisan wares. Live entertainment every Saturday (April to October), including singers, bands, choirs, magicians, and other performers.
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Duncan Farmers' Market
200 Craig St
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With over 150 vendors, we are one of the largest markets in British Columbia. All our products are locally grown and produced. We offer plenty of fresh foods and artisan wares. Live entertainment every Saturday (April to October), including singers, bands, choirs, magicians, and other performers.
Only 5 minutes away, Cedrick's Coffee House in Crofton is a must for your morning coffee and muffin! http://cedricksteacoffee.ca/
Cedrick's Coffee House
1610 Joan Ave
Only 5 minutes away, Cedrick's Coffee House in Crofton is a must for your morning coffee and muffin! http://cedricksteacoffee.ca/
The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub is an oceanfront, neighbourhood pub, located in beautiful Maple Bay, only 10 minutes away. They serve traditional Scottish food, plus a selection of Canadian favourites. Where else can you get a poutine with haggis?!? They have 16 beers on tap, with a focus on local, craft beers from Vancouver Island. They also have one of the best beers ever brewed - Innis & Gunn from Edinburgh, Scotland! They have the Original Ale plus the Lager versions on tap. Their private liquor store includes local craft beer and wines, as well as national and international favourites.
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The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub & Private Liquor Store
6777 Beaumont Ave
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The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub is an oceanfront, neighbourhood pub, located in beautiful Maple Bay, only 10 minutes away. They serve traditional Scottish food, plus a selection of Canadian favourites. Where else can you get a poutine with haggis?!? They have 16 beers on tap, with a focus on local, craft beers from Vancouver Island. They also have one of the best beers ever brewed - Innis & Gunn from Edinburgh, Scotland! They have the Original Ale plus the Lager versions on tap. Their private liquor store includes local craft beer and wines, as well as national and international favourites.
We create wine that embodies the true flavours of the Cowichan Valley. We craft our wine from fruit exclusively grown on our Glenora vineyards, giving us complete control over the quality and flavour of our product. We pride ourselves on making wine that is utterly accessible: affordable and delicious, our wine is made to enjoy as often as you like. Truly Vancouver lsland, our wine is satisfying on every level. Created with love, the menu at Vinoteca reflects Fatima’s passion for food, her approach is to keep it simple and let the fresh ingredients speak for itself. The unique menu is inspired by both Fatima’s multicultural background and the Italian tradition of the Zanatta family.
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Zanatta Vineyards
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We create wine that embodies the true flavours of the Cowichan Valley. We craft our wine from fruit exclusively grown on our Glenora vineyards, giving us complete control over the quality and flavour of our product. We pride ourselves on making wine that is utterly accessible: affordable and delicious, our wine is made to enjoy as often as you like. Truly Vancouver lsland, our wine is satisfying on every level. Created with love, the menu at Vinoteca reflects Fatima’s passion for food, her approach is to keep it simple and let the fresh ingredients speak for itself. The unique menu is inspired by both Fatima’s multicultural background and the Italian tradition of the Zanatta family.
From old friends to new ones, we enjoy welcoming visitors to our little piece of wine heaven. Come experience Unsworth wines in our Tasting Room, stroll the grounds and gardens overlooking the vineyard, and enjoy the extraordinary tastes and hospitality at Unsworth Restaurant.
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Unsworth Vineyards
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From old friends to new ones, we enjoy welcoming visitors to our little piece of wine heaven. Come experience Unsworth wines in our Tasting Room, stroll the grounds and gardens overlooking the vineyard, and enjoy the extraordinary tastes and hospitality at Unsworth Restaurant.
Mad Dog Crabs is located in Duncan, BC and is owned and operated by Scott and Katie Mahon. Mad Dog Crabs has been voted #1 on the island several times since it's opening in 2004. Come aboard! The seafood is always fresh and the crew is always friendly!
Mad Dog Crabs Seafood Market
Mad Dog Crabs is located in Duncan, BC and is owned and operated by Scott and Katie Mahon. Mad Dog Crabs has been voted #1 on the island several times since it's opening in 2004. Come aboard! The seafood is always fresh and the crew is always friendly!
Averill Creek is a family run 40 acre estate winery on Vancouver Island. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region, we are dedicated to producing premium wines that showcase the terroir of Vancouver Island. Drop in for a wine tasting, and to enjoy the views of Cowichan Bay with a glass of wine on the patio!
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Averill Creek Vineyard
6552 N Rd
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Averill Creek is a family run 40 acre estate winery on Vancouver Island. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region, we are dedicated to producing premium wines that showcase the terroir of Vancouver Island. Drop in for a wine tasting, and to enjoy the views of Cowichan Bay with a glass of wine on the patio!
One of the oldest Estate Wineries in all of British Columbia, Blue Grouse is truly a magical place! Nestled on a 32arce piece of unspoiled Cowichan Valley countryside, this family owned winery and vineyard produces some of the most awarded wines on the entire island! From Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Ortega, Bacchus and the very rare Black Muscat, Blue Grouse produces new classic wines from old island vines.
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Blue Grouse Estate Winery
4365 Blue Grouse Rd
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One of the oldest Estate Wineries in all of British Columbia, Blue Grouse is truly a magical place! Nestled on a 32arce piece of unspoiled Cowichan Valley countryside, this family owned winery and vineyard produces some of the most awarded wines on the entire island! From Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Ortega, Bacchus and the very rare Black Muscat, Blue Grouse produces new classic wines from old island vines.
“Friends first discovered this tiny chocolate factory on a trip to Duncan several years ago. Since then, they have ordered chocolates from them on a regular basis — Christmas, Easter — or just because. The couple who own the operation are charming and when we visited them the first time, they gave us a tour — believe me it didn’t take long!!! It just goes to show that great things come in small packages. If you are ever passing through Duncan, Rembrandt’s is a must stop. All the chocolates are handmade — both regular and no sugar added for folks who have sugar issues. It’s the best chocolate you will ever taste. Try it, you’ll love it!!!!”
Rembrandt's Chocolates
25 Kenneth St
“Friends first discovered this tiny chocolate factory on a trip to Duncan several years ago. Since then, they have ordered chocolates from them on a regular basis — Christmas, Easter — or just because. The couple who own the operation are charming and when we visited them the first time, they gave us a tour — believe me it didn’t take long!!! It just goes to show that great things come in small packages. If you are ever passing through Duncan, Rembrandt’s is a must stop. All the chocolates are handmade — both regular and no sugar added for folks who have sugar issues. It’s the best chocolate you will ever taste. Try it, you’ll love it!!!!”
At Emandare Vineyard you will often hear this phrase; “Wine is grown, not made.” Proprietors, Mike and Robin Nierychlo are firm believers that being responsible stewards of their land is what creates and captures the quality of their terroir driven wines. The wines are produced on a premium piece of land perfectly suited for grape growing. They are 100% estate grown, organically farmed, dry farmed and the vinification is allowed to take place naturally without commercial yeasts and other additives that dictate a recipe. Emandare Vineyard is privileged to work alongside nature to capture a glimpse of this place in every bottle.
Emandare Vineyard
6798 Norcross Rd
At Emandare Vineyard you will often hear this phrase; “Wine is grown, not made.” Proprietors, Mike and Robin Nierychlo are firm believers that being responsible stewards of their land is what creates and captures the quality of their terroir driven wines. The wines are produced on a premium piece of land perfectly suited for grape growing. They are 100% estate grown, organically farmed, dry farmed and the vinification is allowed to take place naturally without commercial yeasts and other additives that dictate a recipe. Emandare Vineyard is privileged to work alongside nature to capture a glimpse of this place in every bottle.
Linger awhile in North Americas first “Cittaslow” (slow-city) community and take in the sights, sounds and smells of fresh, local, handcrafted bread created using only the finest organic ingredients. Wander along the seaside community taking in the shops, restaurants, artists and the laid back vibe.
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True Grain - Cowichan Bay
1725 Cowichan Bay Road
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Linger awhile in North Americas first “Cittaslow” (slow-city) community and take in the sights, sounds and smells of fresh, local, handcrafted bread created using only the finest organic ingredients. Wander along the seaside community taking in the shops, restaurants, artists and the laid back vibe.
We have a true passion for making this a heritage winery and hopefully passing this on for generations. We went from "corporate suits" to "gumboots". Our vision is more in the lines of having our French Chateau or our Tuscan Villa here. Watch us on the journey.
Rocky Creek Winery
1854 Myhrest Rd
We have a true passion for making this a heritage winery and hopefully passing this on for generations. We went from "corporate suits" to "gumboots". Our vision is more in the lines of having our French Chateau or our Tuscan Villa here. Watch us on the journey.
Parks & Nature
Cowichan Valley Trail
The waterfront of Maple Bay is a pebbled beach. At low tides the beach reveals shells and marine life. During the summer months people visit the beach at low tide so to enjoy activities like suntanning, sightseeing, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking and reading. Nearby at the marina people are enjoying ocean kayaking, scuba diving, boating and sailing.
Maple Bay
The waterfront of Maple Bay is a pebbled beach. At low tides the beach reveals shells and marine life. During the summer months people visit the beach at low tide so to enjoy activities like suntanning, sightseeing, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking and reading. Nearby at the marina people are enjoying ocean kayaking, scuba diving, boating and sailing.
Walking along tranquil, forested trails with the stunning Koksilah River flowing under the Cowichan Valley’s most popular suspension bridge, it’s not surprising that Bright Angel Park, located in beautiful Cowichan Station, is one of the most popular well-visited parks attracting 80,000 visits annually. Families with young children enjoy the playground and open grassy areas while park visitors wanting to cool off on a hot summer day can find a shady spot along the river. Planning a birthday party or gathering? A large picnic shelter equipped with 12 picnic tables and a wood fired grill/griddle is available for reservation.
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Bright Angel Regional Park
4528 Tigwell Rd
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Walking along tranquil, forested trails with the stunning Koksilah River flowing under the Cowichan Valley’s most popular suspension bridge, it’s not surprising that Bright Angel Park, located in beautiful Cowichan Station, is one of the most popular well-visited parks attracting 80,000 visits annually. Families with young children enjoy the playground and open grassy areas while park visitors wanting to cool off on a hot summer day can find a shady spot along the river. Planning a birthday party or gathering? A large picnic shelter equipped with 12 picnic tables and a wood fired grill/griddle is available for reservation.
Experience spectacular Hiking, Canoeing and Kayaking destinations close to Victoria, with Coastal Bliss Adventures! Paddle the Gulf Islands on a day, or multi day adventure. Hike sections along the Juan de Fuca trail, or join us on a multi day backpacking tour. Let us show you Port Renfrew, Botanical Beach, Avatar Grove, via the Pacific Marine route. Visit us in Cowichan Bay for a relaxing paddle, or walk. Watch bird and marine life in the estuary and marshes. -Walking and Kayaking Tours -Bird watching -Kayak Lessons -Rentals -Multi Day Tours -Kids Programs
Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd.
4865 Bench Rd
Experience spectacular Hiking, Canoeing and Kayaking destinations close to Victoria, with Coastal Bliss Adventures! Paddle the Gulf Islands on a day, or multi day adventure. Hike sections along the Juan de Fuca trail, or join us on a multi day backpacking tour. Let us show you Port Renfrew, Botanical Beach, Avatar Grove, via the Pacific Marine route. Visit us in Cowichan Bay for a relaxing paddle, or walk. Watch bird and marine life in the estuary and marshes. -Walking and Kayaking Tours -Bird watching -Kayak Lessons -Rentals -Multi Day Tours -Kids Programs
Somenos Marsh is a wetland ecosystem. The wetland conservation area is a birdwatching destination with boardwalk trails and lookout viewpoints. The boardwalk and dirt trails follow along the shores of Somenos Lake and the marsh. The highlights located in the wetland marsh include Drinkwater Dock, the Ducks Unlimited Nesting Area, the Garry Oak Protected Area and Watt's Walk. There are over 200 different types of birds sighted at Somenos Marsh. Some of the birds spotted include Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Marsh Hawks, Mallard Ducks and Blue Herons. Other wildlife in the area include muskrat, beaver, river otters and raccoons.
Somenos Marsh Conservation Area
Somenos Marsh is a wetland ecosystem. The wetland conservation area is a birdwatching destination with boardwalk trails and lookout viewpoints. The boardwalk and dirt trails follow along the shores of Somenos Lake and the marsh. The highlights located in the wetland marsh include Drinkwater Dock, the Ducks Unlimited Nesting Area, the Garry Oak Protected Area and Watt's Walk. There are over 200 different types of birds sighted at Somenos Marsh. Some of the birds spotted include Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Marsh Hawks, Mallard Ducks and Blue Herons. Other wildlife in the area include muskrat, beaver, river otters and raccoons.
The Maple Mountain trail network has been enjoyed for years by hikers, but not until recently did the mountain receive the attention it deserved for mountain biking. Over the last few years the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society in conjunction with the approval of the local municipality began crafting the finest mountain biking trails on Vancouver Island. Today riders from all over the PNW visit to ride the renowned "Maple Syrup". Overall this mountain presents the mountain bike enthusiast with a ride that encompasses every single skillset required to be a true rider is. Rock, drops, berms, rollers, jumps and pure conditioning combine to be a premier "all-mountain" or "enduro" trail network.
Maple Mountain
The Maple Mountain trail network has been enjoyed for years by hikers, but not until recently did the mountain receive the attention it deserved for mountain biking. Over the last few years the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society in conjunction with the approval of the local municipality began crafting the finest mountain biking trails on Vancouver Island. Today riders from all over the PNW visit to ride the renowned "Maple Syrup". Overall this mountain presents the mountain bike enthusiast with a ride that encompasses every single skillset required to be a true rider is. Rock, drops, berms, rollers, jumps and pure conditioning combine to be a premier "all-mountain" or "enduro" trail network.
The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.
Kinsol Trestle Access
The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.
The Nature Centre offers interactive opportunities for all ages to learn about the estuary, its watershed, marine life, and natural and cultural history. Visitors can see and touch marine and intertidal creatures in our aquarium and touch tank; use our microscopes, telescopes and interactive displays, and enjoy wildlife and bird watching along our ocean front interpretive trail and from our viewing tower. 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay 250-597-2288
Cowichan Estuary trail
The Nature Centre offers interactive opportunities for all ages to learn about the estuary, its watershed, marine life, and natural and cultural history. Visitors can see and touch marine and intertidal creatures in our aquarium and touch tank; use our microscopes, telescopes and interactive displays, and enjoy wildlife and bird watching along our ocean front interpretive trail and from our viewing tower. 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay 250-597-2288
Arts & Culture
The Chemainus mural project is the world’s leading community-driven art tourism experience. Spurred to save a community from certain economic collapse, the Chemainus mural project has delighted and inspired millions of visitors and ultimately became the blueprint for community mural projects globally. The project continues to innovate through trompe-l’oeil, advanced technologies, such as Evolon, 3D/audio and sculpture/painting mixed-media concepts. muraltown.com
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Chemainus
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The Chemainus mural project is the world’s leading community-driven art tourism experience. Spurred to save a community from certain economic collapse, the Chemainus mural project has delighted and inspired millions of visitors and ultimately became the blueprint for community mural projects globally. The project continues to innovate through trompe-l’oeil, advanced technologies, such as Evolon, 3D/audio and sculpture/painting mixed-media concepts. muraltown.com
Ride one of their historic trains over the Somenos Lake trestle! Relax and enjoy views of the 100-acre museum from the train. Check out the website for special events like The Maple Syrup Festival and the Antique Truck Show!
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BC Forest Discovery Centre
2892 Drinkwater Rd
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Ride one of their historic trains over the Somenos Lake trestle! Relax and enjoy views of the 100-acre museum from the train. Check out the website for special events like The Maple Syrup Festival and the Antique Truck Show!
The Cowichan Valley Museum is housed in one of Duncan’s most charming heritage buildings, the 1912 Duncan Train Station. The Station is situated in beautiful Charles Hoey V.C. Memorial Park in downtown Duncan and surrounded by impressive totem poles and gardens. The Cowichan Valley Museum Archives is located on the Third floor of the Duncan City Hall, a 1913 heritage building that was formerly the Post Office in Duncan, just a short two-minute walk from the Museum.
Cowichan Valley Museum
130 Canada Ave
The Cowichan Valley Museum is housed in one of Duncan’s most charming heritage buildings, the 1912 Duncan Train Station. The Station is situated in beautiful Charles Hoey V.C. Memorial Park in downtown Duncan and surrounded by impressive totem poles and gardens. The Cowichan Valley Museum Archives is located on the Third floor of the Duncan City Hall, a 1913 heritage building that was formerly the Post Office in Duncan, just a short two-minute walk from the Museum.
Welcome to the Chemainus Theatre Festival! We are a vibrant, established and fully professional theatre nestled in the seaside community of Chemainus, BC. We feature some of the finest performers and performances in Canada. The Chemainus Theatre Festival is your place to get together and liven up. As a non-profit society, we exist to serve Vancouver Island and its visitors by creating exceptional theatre that explores and nourishes truth, hope, redemption, love and the human spirit.
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Chemainus Theatre Festival
9737 Chemainus
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Welcome to the Chemainus Theatre Festival! We are a vibrant, established and fully professional theatre nestled in the seaside community of Chemainus, BC. We feature some of the finest performers and performances in Canada. The Chemainus Theatre Festival is your place to get together and liven up. As a non-profit society, we exist to serve Vancouver Island and its visitors by creating exceptional theatre that explores and nourishes truth, hope, redemption, love and the human spirit.
The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre is a 731-seat proscenium arch theatre located in the Island Savings Centre, Duncan, BC. Opened in 1978, the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre serves the Cowichan region as a community theatre for local groups, as a roadhouse for touring professional artists, and as a conference and convention facility.
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
2687 James St
The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre is a 731-seat proscenium arch theatre located in the Island Savings Centre, Duncan, BC. Opened in 1978, the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre serves the Cowichan region as a community theatre for local groups, as a roadhouse for touring professional artists, and as a conference and convention facility.
The Cowichan Maritime Centre is an active community-based maritime museum and the home of the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society which preserves, exhibits and demonstrates the Maritime heritage and culture of wooden boats, especially as experienced on Canada’s West Coast. The Society was originally conceived in the 1970s as a wooden boat-building centre but has expanded its role to become a maritime centre, a museum and a wooden boat workshop. We are home to the Cowichan Valley Dragon Divas, a group of cancer survivors who train and race their Dragon Boats right in Cowichan Bay.
Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre
1761 Cowichan Bay Rd
The Cowichan Maritime Centre is an active community-based maritime museum and the home of the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society which preserves, exhibits and demonstrates the Maritime heritage and culture of wooden boats, especially as experienced on Canada’s West Coast. The Society was originally conceived in the 1970s as a wooden boat-building centre but has expanded its role to become a maritime centre, a museum and a wooden boat workshop. We are home to the Cowichan Valley Dragon Divas, a group of cancer survivors who train and race their Dragon Boats right in Cowichan Bay.
We're located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, on unceded Coast Salish land, halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo. Make the trip to have a conversation about art, listen to live music, or find something special to take home with you. We hope to share our journey with you by making an inclusive community space where together we can create and experience the wonderful world of art.
The Ou Gallery
3091 Agira Rd
We're located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, on unceded Coast Salish land, halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo. Make the trip to have a conversation about art, listen to live music, or find something special to take home with you. We hope to share our journey with you by making an inclusive community space where together we can create and experience the wonderful world of art.
Established in 1999, the Mercury Players were formed to provide quality plays to strengthen the rich arts culture of the Cowichan Valley. We are an amateur theatre company which has been graced to exist in an area filled with boundlessly talented people. For 18 years, the Players have been responsible for entertaining their audiences- young and old- with comedies, dramas, local plays, and even the occasional musical.
Mercury Theatre
331 Brae Rd
Established in 1999, the Mercury Players were formed to provide quality plays to strengthen the rich arts culture of the Cowichan Valley. We are an amateur theatre company which has been graced to exist in an area filled with boundlessly talented people. For 18 years, the Players have been responsible for entertaining their audiences- young and old- with comedies, dramas, local plays, and even the occasional musical.
When stepping into Mary Fox’s gallery, it’s difficult not to be struck by both the fine quality and sheer variety of work held within the space. The array of colours, textures, and sculptural elements of Mary’s pieces evoke the landscape in which she creates; clay, glass, and local sandstone, to name a few. Distinctive glazes remind the viewer of stormy seas and whitewash, textures of the ocean floor, swirling colours, elements of nature and imperfections. Mary’s studio is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm. She is available on Sundays and Mondays by chance or by appointment.
Mary Fox Pottery
321 3 Ave
When stepping into Mary Fox’s gallery, it’s difficult not to be struck by both the fine quality and sheer variety of work held within the space. The array of colours, textures, and sculptural elements of Mary’s pieces evoke the landscape in which she creates; clay, glass, and local sandstone, to name a few. Distinctive glazes remind the viewer of stormy seas and whitewash, textures of the ocean floor, swirling colours, elements of nature and imperfections. Mary’s studio is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm. She is available on Sundays and Mondays by chance or by appointment.
The Arthur Vickers Gallery in Cowichan Bay features many hand-pulled, screen printed scenes of varying size and subject matter, and all are best experienced in person. The gallery also includes several works made using layer upon layer of 24 karat gold dust; a natural material that results in beautiful imagery and art pieces that have potential to last for many decades to come. There is a deep symbolism in this work, which becomes clearer the longer you speak with the artist.
Arthur Vickers Gallery
1719 Cowichan Bay Rd
The Arthur Vickers Gallery in Cowichan Bay features many hand-pulled, screen printed scenes of varying size and subject matter, and all are best experienced in person. The gallery also includes several works made using layer upon layer of 24 karat gold dust; a natural material that results in beautiful imagery and art pieces that have potential to last for many decades to come. There is a deep symbolism in this work, which becomes clearer the longer you speak with the artist.
Our heart lies in the attentive audience experience and we are revered for creating and maintaining one of the finest intimate showcase venues in the local / provincial / national and international Canadian music scene for over 14 years. We do believe we have had and will continue to have a positive effect on live entertainment production standards for Canadian venues and we do trust that our endeavours are appreciated by our audiences and performers alike.
Duncan Showroom
133 Station St
Our heart lies in the attentive audience experience and we are revered for creating and maintaining one of the finest intimate showcase venues in the local / provincial / national and international Canadian music scene for over 14 years. We do believe we have had and will continue to have a positive effect on live entertainment production standards for Canadian venues and we do trust that our endeavours are appreciated by our audiences and performers alike.
Entertainment & Activities
More than just a place to drive fast, we are resolute in bringing professional training, track-side support, proactive driving and drivers’ education to increase everyone’s confidence and personal safety at the wheel. Whether you’re an avid motorsport enthusiast looking to drive at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit or you’re just curious to learn more about who we are and what we’re all about, we welcome you to join us to discover Canada’s newest motorsports playground.
Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit
4063 Cowichan Valley Hwy
More than just a place to drive fast, we are resolute in bringing professional training, track-side support, proactive driving and drivers’ education to increase everyone’s confidence and personal safety at the wheel. Whether you’re an avid motorsport enthusiast looking to drive at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit or you’re just curious to learn more about who we are and what we’re all about, we welcome you to join us to discover Canada’s newest motorsports playground.
Voted Canada's #1 Spa
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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Dr
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Voted Canada's #1 Spa
http://www.naturecowichan.net/wp/outdoors/bicycling/ Get their printable guides and maps The Cowichan Valley offers fabulous opportunities for bicycling. The following detailed route descriptions have been contributed by local commuters and recreational cyclists to aid both visiting and local cyclists. If you’re just riding from Point A to Point B, all you need is a road map. These route guides are for riders who want to enjoy the treasures in the region’s byways.
North Cowichan
http://www.naturecowichan.net/wp/outdoors/bicycling/ Get their printable guides and maps The Cowichan Valley offers fabulous opportunities for bicycling. The following detailed route descriptions have been contributed by local commuters and recreational cyclists to aid both visiting and local cyclists. If you’re just riding from Point A to Point B, all you need is a road map. These route guides are for riders who want to enjoy the treasures in the region’s byways.
Mt Brenton Golf Course
2816 Henry Rd
Cowichan Golf & Country Club
4955 Trans-Canada Hwy
The Cowichan River is a world class fishing river, and even if you've never fished it, you've likely heard tales of its fabulous fishery. There are many access points to the Cowichan River. Cowichan Provincial Park offers camping and cartop boat launch.
Cowichan River Provincial Park
The Cowichan River is a world class fishing river, and even if you've never fished it, you've likely heard tales of its fabulous fishery. There are many access points to the Cowichan River. Cowichan Provincial Park offers camping and cartop boat launch.
Fuller Lake, located in Chemainus, is popular for swimming, boating and picnic sites. The park includes some picnic tables, tennis courts, a floating swimming pier, a boat launch, change rooms and washrooms. Prior to the park is a side road on your right leading down to a boat launch. Here you can launch a canoe or a small boat. However, the lake permits electric motors only. The lake is good fishing for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.
Fuller Lake Park
Fuller Lake, located in Chemainus, is popular for swimming, boating and picnic sites. The park includes some picnic tables, tennis courts, a floating swimming pier, a boat launch, change rooms and washrooms. Prior to the park is a side road on your right leading down to a boat launch. Here you can launch a canoe or a small boat. However, the lake permits electric motors only. The lake is good fishing for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.
Located in Duncan in the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley, and nestled on the bank of the Cowichan River. Chances Cowichan has a West Coast themed interior with natural wood and a stone exterior. There is a large parking lot that can accommodate nearly 200 cars, including tour buses and large motor homes. They have 165 slot games to suit every player, featuring a bingo hall that seats 250 comfortably, a lottery counter, and a self-serve lottery terminal! Visit Players Bar and Grill.
Chances Cowichan
436 Cowichan Way
Located in Duncan in the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley, and nestled on the bank of the Cowichan River. Chances Cowichan has a West Coast themed interior with natural wood and a stone exterior. There is a large parking lot that can accommodate nearly 200 cars, including tour buses and large motor homes. They have 165 slot games to suit every player, featuring a bingo hall that seats 250 comfortably, a lottery counter, and a self-serve lottery terminal! Visit Players Bar and Grill.
Birds of prey have always inspired awe. Sadly, they are threatened in many parts of the world. When you experience them up close, you learn that they are more than predators from the sky; they are essential to maintaining the delicate eco-balance of our planet. The Raptors offer compelling and interactive experiences with a variety of birds of prey species including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Get closer than you ever imagined to these majestic and intelligent creatures. Flying demonstrations, hands-on encounters and educational talks offered daily (March - October).
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Pacific Northwest Raptors
1877 Herd Road
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Birds of prey have always inspired awe. Sadly, they are threatened in many parts of the world. When you experience them up close, you learn that they are more than predators from the sky; they are essential to maintaining the delicate eco-balance of our planet. The Raptors offer compelling and interactive experiences with a variety of birds of prey species including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Get closer than you ever imagined to these majestic and intelligent creatures. Flying demonstrations, hands-on encounters and educational talks offered daily (March - October).
Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise. A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.
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Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching
1721 Cowichan Bay Rd
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Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise. A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.
Providence Farm operates as an independent, working, therapeutic, secular organization serving adults and seniors with a variety of mental health challenges, developmental and intellectual disabilities and age-related illnesses. The General Store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00-5:00, and visitors can pick up a free map at the Store and enjoy a self-guided tour. For a $7 donation you can stay for lunch Monday through Friday at 12:30 (only one sitting) in our dining room. Large groups please call ahead. Come and walk the labyrinth, wander the gardens and trails.
Providence Farm
1843 Tzouhalem Rd
Providence Farm operates as an independent, working, therapeutic, secular organization serving adults and seniors with a variety of mental health challenges, developmental and intellectual disabilities and age-related illnesses. The General Store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00-5:00, and visitors can pick up a free map at the Store and enjoy a self-guided tour. For a $7 donation you can stay for lunch Monday through Friday at 12:30 (only one sitting) in our dining room. Large groups please call ahead. Come and walk the labyrinth, wander the gardens and trails.
We offer 3 one hour tours daily. 12:00 PM – Tour of Cowichan Bay On this relaxed one hour tour we will visit the Cowichan Bay Estuary, where Osprey Eagles nest, Harbour Seals bask on the log booms, Pelagic Cormorants spread their wings to dry and Mute and Trumpeter Swans glide gracefully in the shallows. 4:00 PM – Crab Tour This one hour tour is all about the excellent crabbing in Cowichan Bay. 8:00 PM – Wine and Cheese Tour In partnership with Hilary’s Cheese of Cowichan Bay, this one hour sunset tour gently circles Cowichan Bay while you sample and learn about the featured wine and cheese selections served by an on board expert.
Greylag Boat Tours
1765 Cowichan Bay Rd
We offer 3 one hour tours daily. 12:00 PM – Tour of Cowichan Bay On this relaxed one hour tour we will visit the Cowichan Bay Estuary, where Osprey Eagles nest, Harbour Seals bask on the log booms, Pelagic Cormorants spread their wings to dry and Mute and Trumpeter Swans glide gracefully in the shallows. 4:00 PM – Crab Tour This one hour tour is all about the excellent crabbing in Cowichan Bay. 8:00 PM – Wine and Cheese Tour In partnership with Hilary’s Cheese of Cowichan Bay, this one hour sunset tour gently circles Cowichan Bay while you sample and learn about the featured wine and cheese selections served by an on board expert.
Escape the crowds and indulge in a memorable experiences. Enjoy sweeping ocean and valley views. A great opportunity to experience the unspoiled West Coast wilderness. Our trails are expertly guided and the horses are suitable for all levels of riders. Inspiration Ride (1 1/2 hrs.) Scenic Wilderness Trails, winding through the base of Cobble Hill Mountain Fabulous Rain Forest Ride (2 hrs.) A lush tropical ride through old growth forest: A true West coast experience Spectacular Summit Ride (3 hrs.) A breathtaking ride through the Rainforest up to a glorious mountain Summit.
Alpine Stables
3700 Holland Ave
Escape the crowds and indulge in a memorable experiences. Enjoy sweeping ocean and valley views. A great opportunity to experience the unspoiled West Coast wilderness. Our trails are expertly guided and the horses are suitable for all levels of riders. Inspiration Ride (1 1/2 hrs.) Scenic Wilderness Trails, winding through the base of Cobble Hill Mountain Fabulous Rain Forest Ride (2 hrs.) A lush tropical ride through old growth forest: A true West coast experience Spectacular Summit Ride (3 hrs.) A breathtaking ride through the Rainforest up to a glorious mountain Summit.
Essentials
Cowichan Valley Meat Market
5191 Koksilah Frontage Rd
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The Community Farm Store
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Thrifty Foods
2755 Beverly St
Crofton Foods
8132 York Ave
Walmart Duncan Supercentre
3020 Drinkwater Rd
Closest gas station
Petro-Canada
400 Lakes Rd
Closest gas station
Getting Around
National Car Rental
3030 Allenby Rd
Shopping
We invite you to get off the highway to explore over 300 unique, vibrant, eclectic shops and services, including works from our many local artisans. Beautiful flower baskets, Canada’s largest collection of outdoor totems, and tree lined streets are just part of the experience in Duncan. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or you just love a great meal, you will find a variety of cuisine to suit every taste and budget. Downtown Duncan is easy to get to and easy to navigate; it is charming and eclectic; it is a destination shopping experience. There is more to do and see per square foot than any other city. Duncan truly is: ‘Small. In a big way’.
Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area
111 Station St
We invite you to get off the highway to explore over 300 unique, vibrant, eclectic shops and services, including works from our many local artisans. Beautiful flower baskets, Canada’s largest collection of outdoor totems, and tree lined streets are just part of the experience in Duncan. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or you just love a great meal, you will find a variety of cuisine to suit every taste and budget. Downtown Duncan is easy to get to and easy to navigate; it is charming and eclectic; it is a destination shopping experience. There is more to do and see per square foot than any other city. Duncan truly is: ‘Small. In a big way’.
If you are looking for Pacific Northwest Coast Native art, whether it's totem poles, bentwood cedar boxes, custom designed native jewelry, Cowichan Sweaters, carved masks or other unique gift items, visiting this gallery is a must. The gallery houses work from over one hundred native artists representing all regions of the Pacific Northwest. All of the art within the gallery has been selected for its superlative design and detailing. Discuss your purchase decision with a native art expert who will ensure that your selection is matched with your tastes and wallet.
Judy Hill Gallery
22 Station St
If you are looking for Pacific Northwest Coast Native art, whether it's totem poles, bentwood cedar boxes, custom designed native jewelry, Cowichan Sweaters, carved masks or other unique gift items, visiting this gallery is a must. The gallery houses work from over one hundred native artists representing all regions of the Pacific Northwest. All of the art within the gallery has been selected for its superlative design and detailing. Discuss your purchase decision with a native art expert who will ensure that your selection is matched with your tastes and wallet.
Just 7km south of Duncan, Whippletree Junction specialty shops and restaurants are set within 14 restored buildings from the early 1900s.
Whippletree Junction
8a Whippletree Frontage Rd
Just 7km south of Duncan, Whippletree Junction specialty shops and restaurants are set within 14 restored buildings from the early 1900s.