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Cowichan is deservedly famous for producing award-winning wine and other palate pleasing pleasures, but this region of southern Vancouver Island offers visitors a wide variety of choices for a good time. Whatever you get up to, you’re bound to enjoy yourself in this land rich in culture, adventure, and natural beauty.

The Cowichan area is well known for its warm summer temperatures. It’s the only Mediterranean Maritime Climatic Zone in Canada, and enjoys the warmest year-round temperatures in the country. The First Nations people, who have called this area home for millennia, refer to it as “Quw’utsun”, which roughly translates to “The Warm Land”. Fair weather activities like hiking, mountain biking and kayaking are very popular. But for less strenuous pursuits, check out the work of talented local artisans at galleries dotted around the valley, learn about the culture of the Quw’utsun First Nation People, discover the murals depicting the local history in Chemainus, be awed by the mighty birds of prey at The Raptors Centre, shop for unique gifts and keepsakes, and so much more. However your time is spent in this beautiful part of the island, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Visit Cowichan and embrace your warm side!

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