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Ciderworks

Merridale Cidery

Enjoy a self-guided tour or sample ciders in the tasting room
Cowichan Valley Wineries:  

Sip and savour some of Cowichan's award winning wines and ciders while meandering through the picturesque farmland and vineyards in this lush and fertile valley

Averill Creek Vineyard

Blue Grouse Vineyards

Cherry Point Estate Wines

Enrico Winery

Glenterra Vineyards and Café

Rocky Creek Winery

Silverside Berry  Winery

Unsworth Vineyards & Bistro

Venturi-Schulze Vineyards

Zanatta Vineyard & Restaurant


Eats & Drinks

Foodies love the variety of scrumptious culinary offerings this valley has to drool over. There is something for every taste and budget, from pub fare to award winning cuisine prepared by a celebrity chef and all things in between: bistros, wine bars, cheese shops, and farm-to-table meals.

Craig Street Brew Pub

Fresh hand-crafted brews, local house-made food

Genoa Bay Café

Waterfront dining featuring west coast and seasonal food

Hilary's Cheese and Wine Bar

Rustic cheese shop, cafe and wine bar in Cowichan Bay village

Hudson's on First Restaurant

A fine dining experience in a heritage house setting prepared by celebrity chef

Lion Rampant Pub

Pub food with a scottish influence, a selection of beers and scotches and a sunny deck with the most amazing views over Maple Bay

Merridale Cidery Bistro

Cider pairings and seasonal local menu items, patio with orchard views

Nha Trang Maki Sushi

Delicious sushi, Asian-inspired meals and martini bar

Shipyard Restaurant at Maple Bay Marina

Standard pub fare in marina setting

Farm Table Inn

Gourmet farm restaurant nestled in the forest near Cowichan River

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar

Wine and cocktail bar with casual dining and live music nights

Thistles Café at Glenterra Vineyard (seasonal)

Casual dining in a vineyard setting prepared using locally sourced food 

Vinoteca on the Vineyard- Zanatta

Seasonal locally sourced food and wine pairings in winery setting


Farms & Markets

Agritourism and the locovore culture are alive and well in the Cowichan Valley, from farmers markets to farm-gate sales, you will be delighted with your choice of all things fresh and local

Birds Eye Cove Farm 

Seasonal farm-to-table pizzas cooked in outdoor wood oven

Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth 

Lavender labyrinth, lavender products

Damali Lavender Farm 

Lavender wine and products

Duncan Farmers Market in the Square

Saturday market with 100 mile diet philosophy. Visit the boutique shops in quaint downtown Duncan while you're there!

Old Farm Market

Local produce, farm market and garden centre

Russell Farms Market

Local farm and old-fashioned farm market

Saison Market Vineyard

Baked goods and savory snacks made from the bounty of Vancouver Island

Westholme teafarm

Canada`s only tea farm, blended teas, hand-built ceramics in a funky setting

Deerholme Farm

Cooking classes and local dinners (select Saturdays only)

Providence Farm

The historical main building was constructed in 1921 as the "Saint Ann's School for Boys", now hosts special events throughout the year. Also visit the garden centre and fashioned general store. 

Contact the Visitor Centre for a map to the many farms that make our valley unique, including lavender, cranberry, emu and alpaca ranches. 


Marinas 

​Explore the many bays, coves and marinas in the Cowichan Valley and drink in the vistas of sailboats and yachts and float home villages along its shoreline. Allow the beauty and serenity of the ocean to soothe you.

Maple Bay Marina and Maple Bay Yacht Club

Genoa Bay Marina

Cowichan Bay Marina

Mill Bay Marina


Galleries

Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Outdoor Activities

Nature abounds! Explore the ocean, forest and mountains and experience the rugged beauty and the flora and fauna in the wild outdoor spaces in the Cowichan Valley 

Kayaking - Paddle in the midst of striking mountains, scenic bays and secluded beaches with a possible glimpse at the sea lions sunning themselves or eagles soaring overhead.

Cowichan Bay Kayaks in Cowichan Bay

Wilderness Kayaking in Maple Bay

Scuba Diving - Maple Bay was one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite diving spots!

Pacific Water Sports 

Whale-watching 

Ocean Ecoventures - one of the best operators in the business!

Hiking & Biking

Experience Cycling Bike Shop & Repairs 

Kinsol Trestle - a restored wooden railway trestle over the Koksilah River

Cowichan Valley & Trans-Canada Trail System   

Nature Cowichan Biking

Forest Reserve HikesMount Tzouhalem,  Maple Mountain,  
Mount Sicker, Grace Road, Mount Richards, Mount Prevost

Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society

​Cowichan Bay Estuary - for nature-viewing. Bring boots and binoculars and view birds and marine animals in their natural setting.

Cowichan River Footpath - this rugged and magnificent 19 km hike is accessible to all. Start at Skutz Falls (to see the fish ladder) or the Fish & Game Club in Glenora. Contact the Visitor Centre for details.

Shawnigan Lake Loop - a rural ride through small villages with lake and forest views. Paved and off road routes ranging in difficulty from mild to challenging.

Bright Angel Park - walk the cable suspension bridge, play on the rope swing over the Koksilah River or BBQ in the picnic grounds. 

Juan de Fuca Trail - This marine trail is south at China Beach near Jordan River (100 km away), and north on the West Coast Trail near Port Renfrew (100 km away).

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park - this rain forest is home to some of the largest spruce and oldest cedar trees, as well as other wildlife and birds (130 km away).

Bird-watching

Somenos Marsh Conservation Area - this wildlife sanctuary offers a quiet refuge for a variety of birds and animals.

Pacific Northwest Raptor Centre ​- see eagles, hawks, owls and turkey vultures up close or in flight as they soar overhead and show off their aerial agility.

Cowichan Bay Estuary - view birds and marine animals in their natural setting.

Sailing

Contact one of the local marinas for information on chartering a boat then enjoy the scenic views of this verdant valley from the vantage point of the glistening ocean.

Fly Fishing

Cowichan River (a heritage river) - purchase a fishing license.

Fishing

Cowichan Lake is also a great place to fish.

Trout Hatchery

Freshwater Eco Centre and Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery - located on the Cowichan River near Trunk Rd. Learn about fish and habitat conservation. Educational for all ages.

Golfing

There are four 18 hole courses and three 9 hole par three courses, and a mini golf course (with go carts!). Contact the Visitor Centre for a list of Golf Courses

Four Wheeling

Bring your ATV atop Mount Prevost to conquer one of the region's rugged peaks. 

Hang-Gliding

Jump from one of the peaks of Mt Prevost and see the surrounding area from the sky! Contact the Visitor Centre for information about tandem jumping.

Horseback riding

Contact the Visitor Centre for a list of riding companies, or explore on your own.

Water Skiing

Discover Cowichan Lake or Shawnigan Lake by water ski!- supply your own boat, water skis, tubes and life jackets 


Totem Tour in quaint downtown Duncan

Stroll through Duncan's quaint downtown while visiting the 40+ famous totems. Visit the boutique shops in quaint downtown Duncan while you're there! 
- Start your self-guided tour on Canada Ave at Station St. and follow the yellow footprints painted on the sidewalk. Most totems are along Canada Ave, Station St and Government St.
- Free guided tours run Tuesday to Saturday from 10 - 4 during summer months. 


​Train Ride at BC Forest Discovery Centre

Ride a real steam train around the park while you learn about the logging industry in the area. Visit the centre with interactive stations and a display of old logging equipment. Fun for the whole family!


Visit a local Museum or Historical Site

Train Station Museum

This unique, interactive museum is a must for history buffs. Located in downtown Duncan.

Koksilah School

The valley`s oldest schoolhouse, located just south of Duncan. Phone the Heritage Society or Visitor Centre for open times and tours.

Whipple Tree Junction

Visit the heritage buildings of Duncan's Old China Town, just south of Duncan. Shop for antiques, furniture, gifts, and collectables. Enjoy a lunch or ice cream.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum

See the artifacts of maritime activity in Cowichan Bay. 
View Old Churches - tour the countryside to see Cowichan Station, St Ann's on Tzouhalem Rd, and St Peter's just off Tzouhalem.


Self-guided Artisan Studio Tour

Contact the Visitor Centre for an Artisan tour map to the Artisan Tour - potters, printmakers, painters, weavers, and carvers. See artisans work in their own studios as they conjure up their muses.


Tour the area by Motorcycle or Car

Slow down and take the scenic winding back roads from Mill Bay to Ladysmith or Maple Bay to Genoa Bay as you pass rolling farmland, see glimpses of the ocean and discover small villages and roadside stops.


Daytrip to Saltspring Island

Ride on the 20 minute ride on the Crofton-Vesuvius Ferry on foot, bike, or car. The terminal is located at the end of Chaplin St. in Crofton.


THINGS TO DO in the Cowichan Valley
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The Cowichan Valley is bursting with activity year-round due to its temperate climate. Nestled in a verdant valley just north of Victoria, this area is known for agri-tourism and thriving local food economy - a "foodie" and "locavore" haven. 

Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a Coast Salish word meaning "land warmed by the sun" - a fitting name, considering it has Canada's only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. Lush valleys laden with agriculture, verdant rolling hills dotted with vineyards, meandering rivers teeming with fish, mountains laced with mixed-use hiking and mountain biking trails, several shimmering lakes ideal for water-sports, all strung along a protected coastline punctuated with bays and marinas. 

Appeal to your sense of adventure: enjoy a farm-to-table experience, sample some local wines, explore the diverse outdoor activities, or treat yourself to local gourmet cuisine in one of our fabulous restaurants. 

Create beautiful memories in the Cowichan Valley!

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