There’s something so magical about Cowichan during the holidays. Hearty winter produce fills the local restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, and a dream-like mist settles over the valley. The mild climate means that outdoor activities – from hiking trails, to fly fishing, to Christmas displays – are enjoyable any time of day. Add a cup of … Continued
There’s something so magical about Cowichan in the fall! With the warmer temperatures, the deep crimsons and golden yellows seem to hang on a little longer here. Deeper in the valley, the endless hiking and biking trails come alive with lush year-round greenery. Now is the perfect time to discover the locally-grown gems in your … Continued
The Cowichan Valley has always been known for its laid-back culture, Coast Salish roots, and proximity to the great outdoors. What visitors might not expect is that Cowichan is also home to many well-known and emerging artists, from potters, painters, sculptors and performers to Indigenous artists who often focus on storytelling through traditional mediums. As … Continued
Tea Farm and Ceramic Arts 8350 Richards Trail, Duncan, BC V9L 6B2 Vancouver Island is known for growing and producing many fine culinary products; wine, lavender, hazelnuts, apples, and hops, to name a few. Tea is not always at the top of the list, though it could be. The unique microclimate in the Cowichan Valley … Continued
Contemporary Visual Arts Gallery 3091 Agira Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 3Y3 Just a few minutes outside the downtown core of Duncan lies The Ou Gallery. A relatively new contemporary gallery with monthly exhibitions, events and an artist residency program, The Ou aims to showcase emerging arts while fostering a sense of community around the arts … Continued
Ceramic Artist 321 3 Ave, Ladysmith, BC, V9G 1A1 When stepping into Mary Fox’s gallery, it’s difficult not to be struck by both the fine quality and sheer variety of work held within the space. The array of colours, textures, and sculptural elements of Mary’s pieces evoke the landscape in which she creates; clay, glass, … Continued
Visual Arts 1719 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0 “Have you found your purpose, grandson? Don’t worry about it, it’ll come. And when you find it, follow it. And keep at it.” Arthur Vickers was four or five years old when he first picked up a pencil and began sketching. Born in Vancouver … Continued
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we’d like to share a few of Cowichan’s best-kept historical secrets. Cowichan’s history was born by some fantastic events and with it, some truly incredible places that remind us of our past.