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

www.maplebaymarina.com
6145 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple 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
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

Owl's Nest Bakery Bistro

www.owlsnestbakerybistro.ca
9752 Willow St, Chemainus, BC

Dayliner Club Car Cafe

www.daylinercafe.com
10445 Chemainus Road, Saltair, BC

Duncan Garage Café & Bakery

330 Duncan St, Duncan, BC
True Grain

True Grain

www.truegrain.ca
1725 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Village Chippery

www.villagechippery.com
2740 Dundas Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC

Westholme Tea Farm

www.westholmetea.com
8350 Richards Trail, Duncan, BC

Whippletree Junction

4705 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

BC Games

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