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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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, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, BC
Alderlea Farm and Café

Alderlea Farm and Café

Alderlea Farm and Café is a true Cowichan treasure, a peaceful pastoral destination, and a “quintessential Cowichan Valley eating experience”. We offer a full menu of farmhouse food from our farm to your table. Local wine, beer, specially coffee, and teas. Taste the freshness and the quality. Feed the farm animals and enjoy the farm setting. Leave feeling renewed and nourished. Wood fired oven pizza night every Sunday. Fresh organic produce and artisan sauerkraut and pickles available. Certificate of Excellence and winner of EcoStar Awards for Experiential Tourism.
3390 Glenora Rd, Duncan, BC
Ramada Duncan Hotel & Conference Centre

Ramada Duncan Hotel & Conference Centre

Our full service hotel features recently renovated guestrooms, complimentary WiFi and a fitness centre. On-site you will find the popular The Old Fork restaurant as well as the welcoming River Rock Bar + Grill, no need to leave the property for a great meal. With over 4,500 square feet of events space and an experienced events team, the Ramada Duncan is first choice for meeting planners in the Cowichan Valley.
140 Trans Canada Hwy, 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
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

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

Owl's Nest Bakery Bistro

9752 Willow St, Chemainus, BC

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
True Grain

True Grain

1725 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

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

Duncan Garage Café & Bakery

330 Duncan St, Duncan, BC

Whippletree Junction

4705 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

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