Visit the heart of Cowichan this holiday season and find something special for everyone on your list.
Duncan is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by holiday travelers. This picturesque town, also known as the “City of Totems,” boasts a rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and a thriving shopping scene that make it a perfect destination for a memorable holiday trip. In this blog, we will take you on a journey through Duncan’s holiday attractions and the unique shopping experiences it has to offer.
Duncan’s charming downtown area is a shopper’s paradise. You’ll find a variety of boutique stores, art galleries, and antique shops, each offering unique treasures waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts or locally-made souvenirs, you’ll find it here.
Downtown Duncan’s diverse shopping scene ensures that every visitor, regardless of their interests, can have an enjoyable and rewarding shopping experience. It’s a place where you can truly connect with the local community, uncover hidden gems, and bring home mementos that will remind you of the town’s enchanting charm.
Here, you’ll find a delightful assortment of stores that cater to a wide range of interests and preferences. Let’s take a closer look at the variety of shops that make Duncan’s downtown a shopping paradise:
Art Galleries and Studios
Duncan’s artistic spirit shines through its numerous art galleries and studios. These spaces feature the works of local artists, including paintings, sculptures, and handcrafted jewellry. Exploring these galleries is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local art scene.
Antique enthusiasts will be in their element in downtown Duncan. The area is dotted with antique shops where you can discover vintage furniture, collectibles, and unique treasures from the past. It’s the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind piece that adds character to your home.
Fashionistas will adore the boutique clothing stores that line the streets of Duncan. From trendy and contemporary to bohemian and vintage-inspired, you’ll find clothing and accessories to suit any style. Many of these boutiques feature locally-made and sustainable fashion choices.
Looking for the ideal souvenir or a thoughtful gift for a loved one? Downtown Duncan has a plethora of gift shops offering a diverse selection of items. You can discover handcrafted goods, Indigenous artwork, and unique trinkets that capture the essence of Duncan’s culture and heritage.
Home Decor and Lifestyle Stores
Whether you’re redecorating your home or simply seeking to spruce up your living space, Duncan’s home decor shops have you covered. You’ll find everything from rustic, farmhouse-style furnishings to modern decor items to enhance your living environment.
Specialty Food Stores
Foodies can indulge in the culinary offerings of downtown Duncan. Specialty food stores, such as bakeries, gourmet shops, and spice merchants, offer delectable treats, unique ingredients, and handcrafted goods. Don’t forget to sample the local cheeses and artisanal chocolates.
Wellness and Health Shops
If you’re interested in holistic health and wellness or sustainable living, you’ll find shops offering a variety of products, from herbal remedies and essential oils to yoga accessories and wellness books.
Don’t miss these upcoming events:
Downtown Duncan Christmas Kickoff – November 24th, 5pm-8pm
Downtown Duncan Holiday Sip & Shop – December 1st, 6pm-9pm
Saturday Farmers’ Market
If you’re in town on a Saturday, don’t miss the year-round farmers’ market, a community gathering that captures the essence of Cowichan’s agricultural abundance. At the Duncan Farmers’ Market, you can immerse yourself in a sensory delight of colors, flavors, and scents.
Here, local farmers, artisans, and food producers come together to offer an enticing array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and handcrafted products. From plump, sun-ripened fruits and vegetables to homemade baked goods, preserves, and specialty items, you’ll find a diverse range of offerings that showcase the region’s finest.
As you wander through the market, you’ll have the chance to connect with the people who grow and create the products, making it a unique and personal shopping experience. Whether you’re in search of organic, farm-fresh ingredients, unique artisan crafts, or a delicious bite to eat, the Duncan Farmers’ Market is a delightful destination that celebrates the best of local culture and flavors. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of this beloved community market!
Need a Ride?
Hop on the commuter bus from downtown Victoria to downtown Duncan. (Route 66 Duncan/Victoria) with BC Transit.
Check out our curated Cowichan Gift Guides
Shop & Stay
Coming to Cowichan to do your shopping? Make a weekend out of it!
There are so many amazing things to see and do locally this holiday season making it easy to shop, stay, and play over the course of a few days.
Visit the Where To Stay page for ideas and information.