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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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

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
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
Genoa Bay Cafe

Genoa Bay Cafe

Where summertime offers up our waters edge patio dining and winter invites you inside our quaint restaurant, come let our family take care of yours. Often described as magical, Genoa Bay is a wonderful place to wander, relax, and enjoy your chef prepared dining experience with views of the marina.
5000 Genoa Bay Road, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, North Cowichan, 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

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

Whippletree Junction

4705 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Duncan Garage Café & Bakery

Homemade ORGANIC Vegetarian Fare
330 Duncan St, Duncan, BC

Owl’s Nest Bakery Bistro

The Owl’s Nest Bakery|Bistro features delicious homemade food often made with fresh local ingredients. Whether you are visiting for breakfast or lunch, you are sure to find something fresh and delicious to satisfy your taste buds!
9752 Willow St, Chemainus, BC
True Grain

True Grain

True Grain Bread is an Old World inspired European bakery where the craft of the Miller and Baker are honed and cherished. Our passion is creating fresh, local, organic handcrafted bread.
1725 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, 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

Maple Bay Marina

Famous for breathtaking views and stunning natural beauty, Maple Bay Marina is the largest marina north of Victoria.
6145 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

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