Warm & Welcoming 

Experience the friendly and authentic communities in the Cowichan region – a warm and welcoming land.

Situated less than an hour north of Victoria, British Columbia, Cowichan is a region that is as renowned for its natural beauty and breadth of activities as it is for its culture and friendly locals.

Cowichan consists of a vast belt that extends all the way across southern Vancouver Island and features a kaleidoscope of vistas, villages and opportunities for adventure.

Cowichan Communities

The Cowichan region stretches from north to south, and east to west of Vancouver Island with diverse offerings throughout. 

Ladysmith, Yellow Point & Oyster Bay

On Canada’s 49th parallel is the enchanting town of Ladysmith.

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A rural town with panoramic ocean and mountain views.

Learn more about Saltair


A quirky town rich with arts and theatre. 

Learn more about Chemainus

Penelakut Island 

South of Thetis Island is home of the Penelakut Island First Nations. 

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Thetis Island

A short ferry ride to crystal clear waters and a stunning shoreline.

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Valdes Island

Accessible by private boat or seaplane, home of the Lyackson First Nations. 

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A quaint town along the shore with sweeping views. 

Learn more about Crofton


Known for their hand-carved Totem Poles and year-round market. 

Learn more about Duncan

Lake Cowichan & Beyond

 Endless freshwater activities and scenic views.

Learn more about Lake Cowichan & Beyond

Nitinaht Region

Gateway to Nitinaht Lake, the West Coast Trail and Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.

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Maple Bay & Genoa Bay 

A beautiful sheltered spot on the eastern fringes of the Cowichan Region.

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Cowichan Bay

A historic village full of artisans, marine activities, and seaside dining.

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Cobble Hill

A small town rich in agriculture with vineyards and orchards. 

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Mill Bay

A quiet seaside community overlooking the beautiful Saanich inlet.

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Shawnigan Lake

Rugged lakeside beauty with gift shops, galleries and more.

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Malahat & Bamberton

Viewpoints scattered about on the gateway to Victoria. 

Learn more about Mahalat & Bamberton

Visitor Centres

Looking for assistance while you’re in the area? Visit our friendly and welcoming staff at one of our Visitor Centres.

Visitor Centres