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
Category: Outdoor Adventures
Here in Cowichan, the weather outside really isn’t that frightful, which gives you ample opportunity to get your holiday shopping done and maybe even treat yourself to a mini pre-Christmas getaway. From sensational experiences to fabulous shopping, Christmas truly is made in Cowichan. Follow the Light! The Ladysmith Festival of Lights is a magical holiday … Continued
Fall Into Cowichan As summer draws to a close across Vancouver Island, Cowichan, the “land warmed by the sun”, comes alive with the flavours and colours of fall. Warm autumn sun falls on the orchards, filled with ready-to-pick apples. The vineyards burst with grapes ready to harvest and turn into new batches of award-winning wine. … Continued
Cowichan is a sought after destination for travellers of all kinds — the thrill-seekers, the nature lovers, the food and wine connoisseurs. And although there are many options for travelling through the region, the best way to slow down and savour life is by bike. We’ve put together this three-day cycling/e-biking itinerary to link some … Continued
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.
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
Being outside and exploring nature instills a sense of adventure in children (and adults); it encourages bravery, sparks curiosity and builds imagination. The Cowichan region is full of wild spaces and interesting walks that will keep the whole family engaged. So whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner looking to spend more time outside, … Continued
If one were to describe the Cowichan Valley in one sentence for it’s natural offerings I think they would be hard pressed to accomplish it or even succeed. Tall trees, mighty flowing rivers, mountain vistas, craggy cliffs, ocean coastlines and waterfalls are but a few of what would need to be included.
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.
Once again, harvest season is wrapping itself around Cowichan like an old familiar blanket. After a hot, dry summer, the shorter days, dropping temperatures, and increased rainfall are a welcome change for the locals. Although the changing weather bundles more people up indoors, autumn is one of the busiest times for the region’s farmers and … Continued
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