Water sports

One of the things you can’t help but notice while standing atop Mount Tzouhalem or driving the Malahat Drive is the fact that the Cowichan Valley is bordered by the ocean. Never been in a kayak, a canoe or on a paddleboard? No problem – there are places that can get you out paddling in minutes. Swimming, beachcombing, scuba diving, sailing and whale watching are also very popular here.

The Cowichan Valley is also where three major rivers empty into the Salish Sea. All three provide the opportunity for fishing, whitewater kayaking and, in the summer months, swimming and tubing in refreshing, crystal clear water. The Cowichan River flows from 30 kilometre-long Cowichan Lake, home to the town of Lake Cowichan, the community of Youbou (pronounced “yoo-bow”), Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay. Once a focus of lumber operations, Cowichan Lake is now a freshwater playground famous for its house boating, kayaking, fishing and camping.

Shawnigan Lake, just west of Mill Bay, is also well worth a visit. It is home to a village of the same name and is a popular place for canoeing, rowing, swimming and fishing. Much farther west lies Nitinat Lake, an internationally acclaimed windsurfing and kiteboarding destination that’s home to Windfest, the Canadian National Kite Racing Championships.

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Ocean Ecoventures

Ocean Ecoventures

Our daily 3 – 4 hour Whale Watching and Wildlife tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco tour. Whales are our passion! We love sharing Vancouver Island’s marine ecosystem and all that inhabits it. We are dedicated to responsible and ethical whale watching and wildlife viewing.
1721 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC
Blue Dog Kayaking

Blue Dog Kayaking

Here at Blue Dog we are committed to bringing you the very best that Paddling has to offer, whether Kayaking or Paddleboarding our expert guides and friendly staff will ensure you’ll have an adventure to remember.
• Lessons
• Tours
• Rentals
There is something for everyone at ‘The Cowichan Valley’s #1 Paddling Destination’ !
740 Handy Rd, Mill Bay, 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
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!

Sealegs Kayaking Adventures

200 Captain Tristan de Koninck Way, Ladysmith, BC

Coastal Bliss Adventures

4865 Bench Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Wilderness Kayaking

6683 Beaumont Ave, Duncan, BC

Cowichan Bay Kayaks

1765 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Unsworth Winery

Cowichan Knitters

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