Take Your Time

Natural beauty, extraordinary food and drink, artistic and creative brilliance – so much of what is best in life is close by in Cowichan.

What trail would you love to hike? What wines have you yet to taste? Whose stories would you love to learn? It all comes down to the same question: what will your next discovery in Cowichan be?

Just 45 minutes north of Victoria, you’ll discover a world where “off the beaten path” takes on a whole new meaning.

get close to nature

The endless rolling hills of Cowichan serve as a pastoral backdrop to breathtaking scenery you can’t find anywhere else.

From fall hikes on the 100km Cowichan Valley Trail, to fly fishing in the Cowichan River. The never-ending hiking and biking trails, old-growth forests, countless lakes, rivers, and oceanfront, make it easy to get off the beaten path and discover Cowichan. Pictured: Cowichan River Lodge.

 

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eat when you get here

The famous farmlands of the Cowichan Valley have resulted in a bountiful and ever-growing crop of award-winning food and beverage producers, restaurants, bakeries, and wineries. Spend the day exploring the many farm stands and markets and taste what Canada’s longest growing season has to offer.

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Feed your spirit

Cowichan takes its name from Quw’utsun’, an Indigenous word that means The Warm Land. People have been making art and telling their stories for thousands of years here. The galleries, museums and theatres share everything from the work of Indigenous carvers and knitters to cutting-edge crafts and world-class performers. Pictured: Luke Marston, Coast Salish Artist.

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EMBRACE THE JOURNEY

As one of the most breathtakingly beautiful stretches of the Trans-Canada Highway, people have made Malahat Drive a destination in its own right for over 100 years.

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