HOUSE #8 - 1060 Shore Pine Close, Duncan, BC
cell: 250-710-4662 or 250-510-9078
BIG NEWS!!! Funky Frog has re-opened at our NEW location above Maple Bay Marina with views of marina and walking distance to pub/restaurant & seaplane.
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
Glenterra Vineyards and Café
Rocky Creek Winery
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
Waterfront dining featuring west coast and seasonal food
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
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
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
Canada`s only tea farm, blended teas, hand-built ceramics in a funky setting
Cooking classes and local dinners (select Saturdays only)
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.
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.
Cowichan Bay Marina
Mill Bay Marina
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
Scuba Diving - Maple Bay was one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite diving spots!
Pacific Water Sports
Hiking & Biking
Kinsol Trestle - a restored wooden railway trestle over the Koksilah River
Mount Sicker, Grace Road, Mount Richards, Mount Prevost
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).
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.
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.
Cowichan River (a heritage river) - purchase a fishing license.
Cowichan Lake is also a great place to fish.
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.
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
Bring your ATV atop Mount Prevost to conquer one of the region's rugged peaks.
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.
Contact the Visitor Centre for a list of riding companies, or explore on your own.
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.
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 Funky Frog B&B- your B&B when travelling from Vancouver to Vancouver Island
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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