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Arts + Culture

Given that Cowichan’s history goes back more than 5,000 years, it’s safe to say there is much history and culture in this neck of the woods. The legacy of the Cowichan or Quw’utsun’ First Nations makes up a significant amount of the cultural tapestry here, as evidenced in local totem poles, carvings, and in the designs of the world famous Cowichan sweaters. More recently, settlers were active in mining, logging and, of course, agriculture – and you’ll find a number of museums that reflect this rich industrial past, as well as the stunning ecology of the area.

A place as eclectic and beautiful as Cowichan can’t help but attract an equally diverse mélange of artisans. The region is home to many highly talented painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, jewellers, glass blowers, knitters and carvers whose works can be seen in home studios and galleries all along the Cowichan Valley corridor. Most notably, internationally acclaimed landscape painter E.J. Hughes lived in many parts of the region for over 50 years, and many of his celebrated works showcase Cowichan vignettes and vistas. For paintings on a very big scale, be sure to spend some time in the town of Chemainus, where you’ll be treated to its famous assortment of large-scale murals. With no pun intended, theatre plays a big part here, as does music, particularly in the summer, with the three-day long Islands Folk Festival and the free “39 Days of July.” And you don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy Sunfest, an electrifying four-day event in late July and the largest country music festival in western Canada.

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Westholme Tea Farm

Westholme Tea Farm

At Westholme Tea Farm, we curate experiences. We take pride in cultivating our farm-grown leaves, blending the finest organic teas, and hand-crafting ceramics to accompany the flavours. Our tearoom, gallery and teashop are yours to enjoy at Canada’s only tea farm.
8350 Richards Trail, Duncan, BC
Heartwood Studio Woodturning

Heartwood Studio Woodturning

5846 Curry Rd, Duncan, BC
Island Time Tours

Island Time Tours

We are the local experts in tours & transportation here on Vancouver Island. Renowned for our high level of customer service and absolutely unique offerings. We design tours for the individual traveler or any sized group. Sightseeing, Wine, Culinary & Custom tours in the Cowichan Valley. A year-round tour operator.
Maple Bay Marina

Maple Bay Marina

Famous for breathtaking views and stunning natural beauty, Maple Bay Marina is the largest marina north of Victoria, featuring 400 slips (visitor and long term), nightly float home accommodations, kayak rentals, hiking, fuel dock, laundromat, showers, full service boatyard, chandlery, Shipyard Restaurant & Pub, and Mariners Market & Espresso Bar.
 6145 Genoa Bay Rd, Maple Bay, BC
Mary Fox Pottery

Mary Fox Pottery

An award-winning potter of international acclaim, Mary Fox's innate sense of creativity and alchemy have created a style of pottery all her own. Visit Mary for a tour of her studio in the lovely town of Ladysmith.
321 Third Ave , Ladysmith, BC
Cowichan Artisans

Cowichan Artisans

The Cowichan Artisans are a group of award winning fine craft artisans who open their studios to the public year-round. Go ‘behind the scenes’, observe and interact with their creative processes. Special Open Studio Weekends are held in April and November of each year. Visit our website for full information.
Vancouver Island Expeditions

Vancouver Island Expeditions

A visit to Vancouver Island isn’t complete without going on a breathtaking hike or a local food, craft beverage & estate winery tour that will excite your senses and leave you longing to return! Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that will inspire stories that last a lifetime!

Cowichan Artisans – Cheryl Painters Studio

6429 Tyler Place, Duncan, BC

Duncan Showroom

133 Station Street, Duncan, BC

Chemainus Festival of Murals

102-9799 Waterwheel Crescent, Chemainus, BC

Margot Page Studio

Shawnigan Lake Museum

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC

E. J. Hughes Gallery

28 Station St, Duncan, BC

HB Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA Studio & Art Instruction

9839 Fir Street PO Box 142, Chemainus, BC

Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Coventry Woodworks

1290 Dale Pl, Cobble Hill, BC

Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society Museum

856 Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay, BC

Arthur Vickers Gallery

1719 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Ladysmith Martitime Museum

610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Visions Art Tour Society

1213 Royalta Rd, Mill Bay, BC

Judy Hill Gallery

22 Station St., Duncan, BC

Sue Coleman Studio

Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden

1100 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, BC

Jane Wolters Pottery

9002 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus, BC

Chemainus Theatre Festival

9737 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC

Nest Collective

4715 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

2687 James St, Duncan, BC

Jennifer Lawson Studio

1516 Khenipsen Rd, Duncan, BC

Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society

Box 263, Mill Bay, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Unsworth Winery

Cowichan Knitters

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