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Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is Back!

Craft yourself an afternoon of hops and suds at the Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival. The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is back for its 3rd year this August. Drawing over 30 brewers from across British Columbia, this is the largest craft beer festival north of the Malahat. ­­­ The afternoon of tasting focuses … Continued

Exploring Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay is a picturesque part of the Island that brings together the natural environment, modern industry and thousands of years of cultural history. The local ecosystem and economy have been tied together in this area for thousands of years — as the local Cowichan people have been living on the salmon and shellfish found here for over 4,500 years.

Today, the region remains an ocean hub for commercial and sport fishing. The main village thoroughfare offers a variety of restaurants, shops and unique accommodation, many of which are perched above the water on stilts.

Explore Shawnigan Lake

Shawnigan Lake is a hidden gem within the Cowichan Region. Bordered by Cobble Hill and Mill Bay, the Lake is surrounded by mountains and fresh west coast forests. At the northern end of the Lake sit the Shawnigan Village — this quaint community is home to many shops and restaurants that are perfect for foodies and … Continued

Fall Into Cowichan: Retreat to the Wilderness

The holidays are fast approaching, and for many people, that means it’s time to book a quick and quiet getaway before the hustle and bustle of the winter season arrives. Fall is the ideal time to retreat to Cowichan and soak in the crisp air, wild nature, and full flavours.

Cowichan: A Foodie Paradise

A combination of climate and innovation has created an agricultural and craft mecca in Cowichan.  With Canada’s only Mediterranean climate, there seems to be no limit to what can be produced here.  However, it’s not just the land that makes this region a foodie paradise, it’s the passionate people behind the products who work tirelessly … Continued

Easy Ways To Support Local Restaurants & Craft Producers This Summer

Always Be Ready For The Apres When the mood for adventure strikes, it’s important to be prepared with the right gear and equipment. But an important part of every adventure is pairing it with something as unique and special as the experience of recreating in Cowichan.  Whether it’s hiking or mountain biking, paddling or fishing, … Continued

The Anatomy of a Cowichan Picnic Basket

From breathtaking views of vineyards and beautiful beaches along the sea, to laid-back lakeside parks, a picnic in Cowichan is one worth sharing. Grab your basket and your blanket and check out the top Cowichan picnic spots. 1. A craft beverage No picnic is complete without a beverage to complement the moment and flavours, and … Continued

Locals Only. Q&A with Crowfoot Collective

Cowichan Bay a picturesque part of the Island that brings together the natural environment, modern industry and thousands of years of cultural history. Claire and Lawrence Crowfoot have been doing business in  Cowichan Bay for almost a decade. Their store ‘Crowfoot Collective‘ is nestled in the heart of Cowichan Bay among the many brightly coloured shops. … Continued

Trails & Take-Away: This way to great treats to take outdoors in Cowichan

It’s easy to socially distance in nature and pick up some delicious treats in Cowichan at the same time. The region is home to so many fantastic restaurants, bakeries, cafes and coffee shops that it’s easy to pack a delightful treat for your outdoor explorations. Whether it’s a cinnamon bun on the beach, a cookie … Continued

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