Things To Do in 2 Hours in the Cowichan Valley January Edition

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World’s Largest Hockey Stick: At 62.48m long, it is a part of the Guinness World Records! On the side of the Island Savings Center, 2687 James Street, Duncan.

Farmer’s Markets: Duncan Farmers Market- Every Saturday, all year ‘round, 10am-2pm (close Jan 6). Downtown Duncan, Market Square, 200 Craig St. (intersection of Craig & Ingram St.)  Producers and artisans of the unusual & unique. 250.732.1723.

Spa Treatments: Monet Spa- #10 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill. 250.743.6114.

See Fine Hand-Blown Glass: GBS Glass Blowing- Visit the studio to see their fine art hand-blown glass. Showcasing wine & table-top items, oil lamps and other. Open by appointment. 678 Shawnigan Lake Road 250.743.5666.

The Raptor Center: Come see & learn all about these birds of prey. Open Thurs-Sun, 12-3pm. Flying Demo’s at 1:30pm daily. For a more hands-on experience please book-in ahead of time. 1877 Herd Rd, Duncan 250.746.372.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre: Historic wooden boats & maritime history at the pier, children’s activities and gift shop. Open Wed-Sun, 8:30-4:30pm. From Jan 21-28 there is a Traditional Lapstrake Boatbuild.  1761 Cowichan Bay Rd. Cowichan Bay. 250.746.4955.

Bowling: Duncan Lanes Bowling Center- 5 & 10pin bowling. 271 James St, Duncan 250.746.5421.

Remote Control Fun:

Indoor RC Flying- Meet with us every Friday, 7-9pm at Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Mellor Hall and fly your remote control plane, helicopter or drone!  $5 to fly.  Free to watch!  Don’t have a RC to play with?  Check out Duncan RC for all your RC fun!  1.250.597.0104.

Floatplane RC Meet-up- Meet with us every Monday, 9:30am at Art Man Park, Quamichan Lake.  Bring your own floatplane, meet new friends, feed to ducks.  Free to fly, and free to watch!  Great boredom buster over the winter! Don’t have a RC to play with?  Check out Duncan RC for all your RC fun!  1.250.597.0104.

Paintball: 

Vancouver Island Paintball Club-  Open daily 10am-4:30pm. 4 fields, Jungle Forest Village and Speed Ball. Recreation play in the village is a favourite! Reservation only. 250.756.6793. VancouverIslandPaintball.ca

Gun Shooting for Kids:

Cowichan Fish & Game Association- Youngsters can learn & practice how to shoot a gun on the 1st Sunday of each month, after 12:30pm. At CF&GA shooting range. Shooting rimfire calibers only. Fun & affordable way to learn to shoot and practice all year-round. 250.746.0795.

Gun Shooting for Adults:

Cowichan Fish & Game Association- Become a member of the Handgun Club and learn how to use a gun, improve your aim, compete in competitions and practice safe fire-arm use. Shooting nights Wed’s & Fri’s, 2pm and every 3rd Sunday, 10am. Gary, 250.246.7878.

FREE Library: Cowichan Branch Library- 2687 James St., Duncan 250.746.7661.

Hunting: Learn how to hunt with qualified instructors to attain your hunting license. Tanya Vanden Dungen,  250.746.4537, or email cowichancore@shaw.ca  

Horse Riding & Shows: Foxstone Stables- Lessons, dressage, shows, boarding, 8mins from downtown Duncan. huntequestrian@gmail.com

LIVE Theatre Performances:

Chemainus Theater- No Live performances are scheduled for January. However they will be back in the new year in February with the musical, “Once”. When a singing Irishman, with little faith left in love & music, meets a beautiful Czech woman in a Dublin bar, they are drawn together by their shared love of music. 9737 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus 1.800.565.7738.

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre- See live theatre, music, dance, comedy, speakers & more! This Januaruy features; Communities to Meet the Needs of 8-80 Speaker Series,  International Guitar Night, V.I. Symphony Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, NT Live in HD: Young Marx [Encore], Stephen Fearing Trio with special guest ‘Oh Susanna’, and The Met Opera Live in HD: Tosca. 2687 James St, Duncan. 250. 748.7529.

Movie Cinema: Cineplex Caprice Cinemas- 404 Duncan St., Duncan. 778.855.7867.

Aboriginal Art Gallery: Judy Hill Gallery 22 Station Street, Duncan 250.746.6663.

Estuary Nature Center: Interpretive center and children’s programs overlooking the Cowichan Estuary 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd. 250.597.2288.

The FAMOUS Historic Chemainus Wall Murals: A visionary in the small town decided to tell the history of the town through gigantic murals painted on the many buildings. Over 40 murals to see telling the story of the towns history from WWI, the first telephone operators, First Nation faces, settling the Canadian West, the drama & danger of the mills - it’s all there in gorgeous form, shape and colour. Take some time to get off the highway and see this town. “The Little Town That Did”.  Chemainus, B.C.

Hikes:

Kinsol Trestle- Open to public for cycling, hiking, and equestrian riding. One of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestle structures in the world, near Shawnigan Lake http://www.cvrd.bc.ca/1379/Kinsol-Trestle

Heart Lake Loop- Challenging 6.4km takes about 2hrs. Rewards you with Panoramic spectacular views of the town, Gulf Islands and Mt. Baker. Access from Davis Rd Park at the Holland Creek Trail, Ladysmith.

Cowichan Sportsplex: They have a short nature trail, cushioned fitness path, free outdoor exercise equipment, play soccer, field hockey, track & field, box lacrosse, field lacrosse, softball, fitness training, ultimate frisbee, walking, running & more! 5847 Chesterfield Ave, Duncan. 250.746.5666.

Disc Golfing (Frolfing): 18 holes at Hart Memorial, Mouat Park.  Take 1hr to 1.5 hrs to complete the course.Located near the end of McPhillips Ave. on Salt Spring Island.

Art Gallery: Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery- The best place to find something original! Open daily, 11am-4 pm.  610 Oyster Bay Drv, Ladysmith. 250.245.1252.

Antique Furniture Painting Classes: Altered Olives- 1755 Baden Powell Rd and 1300 Fisher Rd, Shawnigan Lake. 250.743.7383.

Indoor Tennis: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club-  This is the ONLY covered year-round tennis facility between Victoria & Nanaimo. Open year-round, 8am-9pm daily. Men’s Night, Ladies Night, Junior’s Night, Lessons, Tournaments and more! 3515 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill. 250.743.5000, or Toll Free 1.800.446.5322.

Waterslides & Wave Pool:

Cowichan Aquatic Center- Indoor Wave pool, lazy river, twin waterslides, swirl pool & more! 2653 James St, Duncan. 250.746.7665.

Swimming Pools:

Cowichan Aquatic Center- Indoor 8 lane 25m lap pools, steam room, sauna, and more! 2653 James St, Duncan. 250.746.7665.

Frank Jameson Community Centre & Swimming Pool- 810 Sixth Ave, Ladysmith. 250.245.6424.

Ice-Skating & Hockey: 

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena- 311 S Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan. 250.7496742.

Fuller Lake Arena- 2876 Fuller Lake Rd.  Chemainus. 250.246.3811.

Wine and Beer Tastings & Tours:

Averill Creek Vineyard- Complimentary wine tasting, open 11am-5pm, every weekend.  Guided Winery Tours also available for groups of 10 or more (weather permitting), must pre-book, 250.709.9986. $15/person. 6552 North Rd. Duncan. 250.709.9986.

Cherry Point Estate Wines- 

Award-winning Double Gold Medal at the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championship in Toronto!  Offers guided tours, wine tastings and dining. Book a 45min wine tour with one of our knowledgeable & friendly staff. Available all year. Book 48hrs in advance. Open for tastings every day, 10am-5pm, sample our award winning reds, whites and our famous dessert wines. 840 Cherry Point Rd, Cobble Hill. 250.743.1272.

Red Arrow Brewery- Tour the brewery in 15mins-30mins, sample all the beers, and find out how they’re made. Large gift shop with really neat items. Please phone ahead. Open daily. 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan 250.597.332.

Curling: 

Duncan Curling Club- Fun mixed, men’s, ladies, senior, & junior leagues. Beginners welcome. 3191 Sherman Rd, Duncan. 250.748.9313.

Cowichan Rocks Curling- Leagues & drop-in programs at Cowichan Lake Regional Curling Club until March 2018. 250.749.6742.

Kerry Park Curling- Leagues & Drop-in programs until March 2018. 250.743.5922. 

Cycling: Cycle Therapy- Bicycle, mountain bike, and electric bike rentals.  #102-360 Duncan St., Duncan 250.597.0097.

Golf Driving Range: Duncan Meadows- 18 hole course, putting green, chipping area and practice range. Winter open hours depend on weather conditions. Closed for 3wks after Christmas.  Re-opens Jan. 16th 2018. 6507 North Rd, Duncan. 250.746.8993.