It isn’t surprising that The Cowichan Valley’s calming vibe attracts creatives and artisans from far and wide to relocate here. From pottery to cowichan sweaters- you’ll see it all.

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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Sunfest- Laketown Ranch

Sunfest has become a staple in the Cowichan Valley, with its international artists, premier camping, on-site activities and fabulous food - all on the beautiful 172-acre Laketown Ranch, just 5 minutes from Cowichan Lake! Sunfest 2017 welcomes headliners Toby Keith, Little Big Town and over 20 more supporting artists. Tickets start at only 9 and are on sale now at www.sunfestconcerts.com and at Canadian Tire in Duncan.
8811 Youbou Rd. , Cowichan Lake, BC
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Since 1978, the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has been the premiere entertainment venue in Cowichan welcoming thousands of visitors, patrons, performers and artists to this exceptional 731-seat venue. With outstanding programming offering music, theatre, comedy, dance and film, we bring local, national and internationally renowned performers to the largest stage on Vancouver Island.

2687 James St, Duncan, BC
Downtown Duncan BIA (Business Improvement Area)

Downtown Duncan BIA (Business Improvement Area)

Downtown Duncan is the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley and it’s where you’ll find over 300 independent shops & services, over 25 cafés and restaurants, outdoor art displays, the Island’s largest year-round Farmers’ Market, Canada’s largest collection of outdoor totems, and much more. Located just off the highway, with more to do and see per square foot than any other city, Downtown Duncan truly is…Small. In a big way.
201-111 Station Street, Duncan, BC

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Chemainus Murals, Artisan Shops & Galleries

Take in the 44+ giant murals, various statues and beautiful wood carvings scattered through this picturesque town. See the thread of artistry in everything from food to apparel. Surrounded by parks, ocean and beautiful scenic vistas, this small town is a wonderful mid-island stop to stay for the day or even your base for a mid-island tour. With summer events every weekend and a multitude of festivals and concerts, you are sure to be entertained.
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Explore the Cowichan Estuary’s wildlife, habitats, and history through fun, interactive exhibits – and touch live sea creatures in the region’s only touch tank aquarium!
1845 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC
Heartwood Studio Woodturning

Heartwood Studio Woodturning

Woodturner Ken Broadland’s delightful studio offers functional salad bowls, utensils, small bowls, platters, boards, live-edge vessels and more, all made with salvaged local woods.
5846 Curry Rd, Duncan, BC

Cowichan Folk Guild

Vancouver Island Expeditions

E. J. Hughes Gallery

28 Station St, Duncan, BC

Jennifer Lawson Studio

1516 Khenipsen Rd, Duncan, BC

Chemainus Theatre Festival

The Chemainus Theatre Festival is a vibrant, established and fully professional theatre. We feature some of the finest performers and performances in Canada. The Chemainus Theatre Festival is your place to get together and liven up. As a non-profit society we serve Vancouver Island and its visitors by creating exceptional theatre that explores and nourishes truth, hope, redemption, love and the human spirit.
9737 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC

Chemainus Festival of Murals

102-9799 Waterwheel Crescent, Chemainus, BC

Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

www.ladysmithwaterfrontgallery.com
610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Arthur Vickers Gallery

1719 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC
Mary Fox Pottery

Mary Fox Pottery

Mary Fox Pottery: Original art work to inspire, functional wares to enhance your eating experience...
321 Third Ave , Ladysmith, BC

Imagine That! Artisans Designs

251 Craig St, Duncan, BC

Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society Museum

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

Coventry Woodworks

1290 Dale Pl, Cobble Hill, BC

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

Duncan Showroom

133 Station Street, Duncan, BC

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.

Sue Coleman Studio

www.suecoleman.ca

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. Sightseeing, Wine, Culinary & Custom tours in the Cowichan Valley. A year-round tour operator.

HB Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA Studio & Art Instruction

9839 Fir Street PO Box 142, Chemainus, BC

Kaatza Station Museum & Archives

125 B South Shore Road, Cowichan Lake, BC

Judy Hill Gallery

22 Station St., Duncan, BC

Ladysmith Maritime Museum

610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Shawnigan Lake Museum

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC

Cowichan Artisans – Cheryl Painters Studio

6429 Tyler Place, Duncan, BC

Nest Collective

4715 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

The Ou Gallery

3091 Agira Rd., Duncan, BC

Margot Page Studio

Jane Wolters Pottery

9002 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus, BC
True Grain

True Grain

1725 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Visions Art Tour Society

1213 Royalta Rd, Mill Bay, BC

Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden

1100 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

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