“The area takes its name from the term Quw’utsun’, meaning “the warm land” in the language of the Cowichan tribe, the province’s largest single First Nation band.
Situated north of Victoria and south of Nanaimo, the region is in Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climate zone, meaning that although it doesn’t get as hot as the Okanagan, it has the warmest mean year-round temperature in the country. No wonder it’s so popular among farmers, growers, cidermakers, and winemakers.”
“They’re apex predators, but in this place raptors capture more than prey. They capture imaginations.
This refuge and attraction in the Cowichan region of British Columbia is devoted to helping people get face to face with big birds that they usually only see from a distance: “So we work with eagles, owls, hawks, vultures, we have some kookaburras,” one-hundred-and-forty birds in all”
“The owner-perfumer at Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, along Vancouver Island’s Pacific Marine Circle Route, creates “scent memories” of British Columbia locations. “I try to paint a picture with fragrance,” she says. With names like Whistler, Sunshine Coast, and Salt Spring Island, the perfumes evoke a definitive West Coast Canadian experience enhanced by natural native ingredients.
Laurie Arbuthnot bottles up her memories. Maybe yours, too.”
“Long gone are the days of underripe grapes that plagued the area when the industry was first starting out. if anything, their focus on low-alcohol, high-acid wines are now far more on point than some of the big hulking reds the South Okanagan is producing. And for the most part these are still owner-operated wineries, meaning that the person pouring you the wine, made the wine, sells the wine, sweeps up the winery, etc.”
“Have you ever driven between Victoria and Nanaimo without stopping? Us too, but this trip we’re moving a little slower and taking time to explore a variety of the areas adventures and attractions so we can get to know the region better. If you’re looking for family adventures in the Cowichan area look no further, here are our top six recommendations!”
“Over the weekend we got to explore one of the most hidden gems in our country – Cowichan. We were familiar with Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and never knew about there’s such a beautiful wine region in between. Cowichan also known as Warmland – literally means beautiful fertile soil warmed by the sun.
Here I would love to share my Top 8 experiences in Cowichan Valley and you will know why the food, people and of course the view, everything we experience makes such an amazing journey.”
“As we pulled into the driveway of The Raptors, we were surprised at how many vehicles were in the parking lot. After all, it was a Monday afternoon and we thought we were going to a small attraction that would be a one hour visit. Apparently everyone else in the parking lot knew the secret… The Raptors was a well known centre that draws visitors from all over.
The Raptors is a wildlife sanctuary that is comprised of a group of biologists and raptor enthusiasts who are dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey, and educating guests to help them understand the delicate and important role birds of prey play in the Eco system, and what we know about them, and how we can protect them and their environments for years to come.”
“Imagine walking with your children through an apple filled orchard on a warm summer’s afternoon. The children are wide eyed, on the lookout for the next set of fairies as many have been known to hide among these very apple trees. You wind yourself around the back of the property and then your residence for the evening comes into view. A picture perfect yurt, with every comfort you could imagine included. A family stay at Merridale yurts isn’t an adventure, but rather a place to stop, breathe, cuddle, talk, think, reflect, and reconnect.
Merridale is a 20 acre boutique farm set in the beautiful Cobble Hill region of the Cowichen Valley. Located a 17 minute rural drive out of Duncan, this destination cidery and distillery is the perfect place to stop for lunch and to stay for the evening when you’re in the Cowichan region.”