If you need a place to recharge and relax stop off at one of our many incredible local institutions such as our coffee shops, bars, and cozy restaurants.

Third places

If you’ve come a long way to get to Cowichan, you’ve likely left both your home and your workplace far behind (yay!). Assuming your home is your “first place” and your workplace is your “second place,” then, according to current pop culture, there’s a “third place” that you can always turn to. The “third place” may be defined as any public venue, like a local cafe, where you can unwind, recharge and feel as cozy and welcome as you would in your own living room. And needless to say, there are more than a few “third places” in Cowichan.

Here you will find a myriad of independent coffee shops; some even roast their own beans. There are also many bakeries, including one that mills its own grains and one nestled in the middle of a vineyard. There is even one that makes cinnamon buns that are so popular they have become trending topics in their own right. Of course there are the pubs and bistros too, where you can enjoy a locally made pint of beer or a glass of wine from the winery you visited that very afternoon. In every case, the first thing you need to know about Cowichan is that there’s an abundance of “third places” full of friendly locals that are, well, second to none.

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Village Chippery

Village Chippery

With our delicious Fish ‘n’ Chips, over 20 burger choices, wraps and more it is sure to please every appetite. Just save room for dessert! At the Village Chippery you can relax on the unique chairs featuring the work of local artists while enjoying great food and drink. Dine-In or Take-Away. Minutes from the Kinsol Trestle and steps from the Shawnigan Lake Museum. Daily from 11. Licensed.
2740 Dundas Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC
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
Dayliner Club Car Cafe

Dayliner Club Car Cafe

A Delightful Little Bistro featuring local and seasonal plus artisan food products. French doors open to beautiful decks and garden. A must stop for brunch, lunch, baking, local wines and beer. Find us in Sunny Saltair, 3 minutes north of Chemainus.
10445 Chemainus Road, Saltair, BC
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
Genoa Bay Cafe

Genoa Bay Cafe

Nestled amongst the towering forested bluffs of Mt. Tzouhalem and calm ocean waters of Genoa Bay, the Café is situated on a little piece of paradise. We offer a laidback approach to fine dining with warm friendly servers that greet you like you are an old friend.
5000 Genoa Bay Road, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, North Cowichan, BC

Whippletree Junction

4705 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Westholme Tea Farm

8350 Richards Trail, Duncan, BC

Owl's Nest Bakery Bistro

9752 Willow St, Chemainus, BC

Duncan Garage Café & Bakery

330 Duncan St, Duncan, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

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