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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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Heartwood Studio Woodturning

Heartwood Studio Woodturning

5846 Curry Rd, Duncan, BC
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
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
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.
True Grain

True Grain

Enjoy Life! You will never forget a visit to breathtaking Cowichan Bay. Perched over the ocean at the centre of the village sits one of the nations best bakeries. Handcrafted organic bread and pastries can be enjoyed as you relax with a coffee and take in the relaxed vibe of our oceanside community.
1725 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, 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.
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
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!
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

Chemainus Festival of Murals

102-9799 Waterwheel Crescent, Chemainus, BC

Nest Collective

4715 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Visions Art Tour Society

1213 Royalta Rd, Mill Bay, BC

Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden

1100 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, BC

Chemainus Theatre Festival

9737 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC

Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society Museum

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

HB Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA Studio & Art Instruction

9839 Fir Street PO Box 142, Chemainus, BC

E. J. Hughes Gallery

28 Station St, Duncan, BC

Arthur Vickers Gallery

1719 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society

Box 263, Mill Bay, BC

Jennifer Lawson Studio

1516 Khenipsen Rd, Duncan, BC

Margot Page Studio

Imagine That! Artisans Designs

251 Craig St, Duncan, BC

Coventry Woodworks

1290 Dale Pl, Cobble Hill, BC

Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Ladysmith Martitime Museum

610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith, BC

Cowichan Artisans – Cheryl Painters Studio

6429 Tyler Place, Duncan, BC

Jane Wolters Pottery

9002 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus, BC

Shawnigan Lake Museum

1775 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC

Sue Coleman Studio

Judy Hill Gallery

22 Station St., Duncan, BC

Duncan Showroom

133 Station Street, Duncan, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Unsworth Winery

Cowichan Knitters

Tourism Cowichan

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