Must See Events

4 Hour Events In The Cowichan Valley


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Jakes on the Lake: Cowichan Lake - get info online still….

Kayaking: surrounded by west coast ecosystems of the estuary and diverse wildlife, no experience necessary Cowichan Bay Kayaking, 1765 Cowichan Bay Rd. 250-748-2333

Marina: Museums, dining, harbour heritage centre, harbour tours, and cafe Ladysmith Community Marina 611 Oyster Bay Dr., Ladysmith 250-245-1146

Marina Market: Mariners Market and Espresso Bar, Restaurant and Pub, Kayak rentals Maple Bay Marina 6145 Genoa Bay Road, Duncan 250-746-8482.

Maple Bay Marina Scoop It Up Sundaes on Sundays with Live Music:  Every Sunday at Maple Bay Marina from 11am-1pm during July & Aug only, build your own sundae ice cream at the Mariners Market & Espresso Bar and enjoy it in the marina courtyard while listening to accomplished musicians led by “Brent Hutchinson & Friends”. Free! 250-746-8482 or email 

Historic Whippletree Junction: just 7km south of Duncan. 14 restored buildings from the early 1900’s. Coffee, shopping, restaurants, and history. 4705-4715 Trans Canada Hwy 250-709-2779

Swimming: Frank Jameson Community Center and Swimming Pool, 810 Sixth Avenue, Ladysmith 250-245-6424

Teafarm: Rare Canadian Teas, art gallery, and tea culture tours shop local and worldwide organic teas 8350 Richards Trail, North Cowichan 250-748-3811

Tube the Cowichan River: The Tube Shack offers tube rentals and shuttle service back to Lake Cowichan, 109 Southshore Rd, Lake Cowichan 250-510-7433

Bright Angel Park: Beautiful place to spend an afternoon with the kids. Swimming, river access, suspension bridge, playground, picnic area and more. 250-746-3434 or email Lori at

Paintball: Midway Paintball 5500 Indian Rd. Duncan 250-748-6588

Old Mill Community Park: swimming, hiking, picnicking, and playground, located on Shawnigan Lake

Aboriginal Cultural Center: Cafe, salmon BBQ, interpretive tours, Quw’utsun’ Dancers, and children’s crafts Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center 200 Cowichan Way 250-746-8110

The Flores del Iris Gardens: small yet beautiful gardens at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Galiano Island. Yoga classes, spa treatments, art shows and sales. 1 877 530 3939

Farm Therapy: self-guided tours in a relaxing atmosphere, general store, dining, walking Providence Farms 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan 250-746-4204

Mountain Biking: Numerous trails throughout Mount Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, and Mount Prevost. Great views and wildlife scenery

Fishing: The Cowichan River is known for its brown trout, rainbow and steelhead trout and salmon runs. Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Lake, and other nearby rivers and lakes are popular destinations.

Jet Boating: Guided tours or jet ski instruction on Shawnigan Lake. Seahorse Enterprises 250 361-6295

Hiking: numerous trails of varying difficulty along the 336m summit, many viewpoints and amenities, Cobble Hill Mountain. Also try our 6.4km Heart Lake Loop, spectacular views & lookouts. (Access from Davis Rd. Park or Holland Creek Trail.)


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Whale Watching and Wildlife: Experience whales, sea lions, bald eagles, seals, and porpoise and on a small personal group tour. Ocean EcoVentures 1721 Cowichan Bay Rd, Duncan 250-748-3800

Cheers Cowichan: daily winery tours to all Cowichan area destinations; wineries, festivals, corporate or mindfulness day trips 250-710-7391

Golf: Ladies, Men, and Seniors Golfing, plus Kids play free! 18 holes Cowichan Golf and Country Club 4955 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan 250.746.5333.

Coastal Bliss Adventures: Guided hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and children’s summer programs 4865 Bench Rd, Cowichan Bay 1-800-896-9525

Wakes Cove Provincial Park: Hiking, scuba diving, fishing, sandstone galleries, and protected anchorage for boaters. Valdes Island

Hang Gliding: Tandem Hang Gliding rides with certified instructor, Spectacular views 9910 Willow Street, Chemainus 250-416-1567

Scuba Diving: courses, dive travel, equipment sales and rentals Pacific Water Sports 260 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan 250-746-6669