by Meg Cuthbert
The Cowichan Valley has a vast landscape that offers visitors everything from lush forests to scenic farmland to a breathtaking coastline. It is because of this diverse landscape that Cowichan is quickly becoming known for its gorgeous wedding venues. Whether you’re looking to tie the knot in an intimate seaside venue, a rustic orchard, or historic farm, Cowichan has a venue that perfectly suits you and your partner when you say ‘I do.’
Here are eight stunning and unique venues for weddings of all sizes in the Cowichan Valley.
Bird’s Eye Cove – Maple Bay
5881 Genoa Bay Rd
Duncan, BC V9L 5Y5
For couples looking to have the quintessential farm wedding, Bird’s Eye Cove is the perfect venue. The 300-acre heritage farm is spread across a stunning landscape encompassing rolling hills, cliffs and ocean views across Maple Bay.
Bird’s Eye Cove offers a full farm experience that includes farm tours, wedding photography across the site (even with the animals), and on-site catering featuring farm-raised and locally sourced wedding menus. The reception hall is a traditional timber framed barn that sits in the centre of the property.
This family run operation loves sharing their beautiful landscape with visitors and can accommodate a wedding up to 140 guests.
Affinity Guesthouse – Cowichan Bay
5155 Samuel Road
Get married where the rivers meet the sea. The Affinity Guesthouse is a stunning 26-acre venue located on a protected bird sanctuary where the Koksilah and Cowichan Rivers meet and flow into the Cowichan Bay.
This site can be rented by the day or for a full weekend. For weekend rentals there are two residences for up to 24 of your guests to stay onsite during your wedding, and a special option for guests to camp on the property.
The waterfront acreage hosts unlimited potential for couples looking for something extra special on their wedding day. The Guesthouse loves being a part of unique weddings and offers flexibility for couples to personalize their ceremonies. Groups from 20 – 220 can be accommodated at the Guesthouse.
Beachside Garden B&B – Ladysmith
3788 Fearn Way
The Beachside Garden Bed & Breakfast in Ladysmith offers an intimate and informal venue. Tie the knot with your closest friends and family right next to the ocean. With spectacular views of the Ladysmith Harbour and an acre of fully landscaped garden, there are ample photo opportunities to capture your wedding day.
After the wedding, why not take a swim? The Beachside Garden B&B claims that the waters off their beach are the warmest north of San Francisco. Many Beachside Garden couples decide to take a newlywed swim after they’ve said ‘I do!’
Providence Farm – Duncan
1843 Tzouhalem Road
Nestled at the base of Mount Tzouhalem sits Providence Farm, an organic 400-acre therapeutic farm. The site has a long history in Cowichan and the main building is a local landmark that is surrounded by beautiful gardens and farmland.
Providence Farm has a variety of unique ceremony locations that offers something for everyone. Say ‘I do’ among the roses in St. Ann’s Garden, under the heritage apple trees, on the pastoral lawns or in the quaint 1920s chapel. Providence Farm is able to accommodate weddings of a variety of sizes, up to 200 guests, and even offers full weekend rentals that include space for your guests to camp.
Kiwi Cove Lodge – Ladysmith
5130 Brenton Page Rd
Just outside of Ladysmith sits Kiwi Cove Lodge, an 11-acre property that includes a tidal estuary, vegetable garden, meadow, wilderness trails and of course a kiwi vineyard.
This venue is a 12-room lodge (which you book the entirety of) with plenty of space for your friends and family to stay during your wedding weekend. After the ceremony, take your first steps as a married couple through the kiwi vines. This spectacular location is perfect for an intimate wedding weekend away.
Oceanfront Suites – Cowichan Bay
1681 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC
Get married right on the ocean at Oceanfront Suites. With panoramic views of Cowichan Bay, Saltspring Island and Mt Tzouhalem, the Oceanfront Suites offers the classic west coast wedding.
Host your ceremony on the balcony and your reception in the banquet room — with floor to ceiling windows it is impossible to lose sight of the stunning scenery. Your guests will enjoy the suite style rooms and the close vicinity to Cowichan Bay village.
Merridale Cider – Cobble Hill
1230 Merridale Road
Cobble Hill, BC
Merridale offers a full-service venue to make your wedding planning a breeze. Get ready for your big day in Merridale’s yurt, and then walk down the path to your ceremony next to the pond.
This picturesque cidery and distillery offers a rustic venue with ample photo opportunities. Take your first steps as a married couple through Merridale’s orchard to capture photos that will last a lifetime. For dinner, nourish your guests from their farm-to-table menus and enjoy the selection of craft ciders made on-site.
Merridale hosts weddings year-round and can accommodate up to 150 guests in the summer and 80 in the winter.
Maple Grove Guesthouse – Duncan
3800 Gibbons Road
Reconnect with the people that you love with a weekend wedding at Maple Grove Guesthouse. This 21-acre farm is specifically designed as a hassle-free, full-service wedding venue that will take the pressure off your big day and put the focus on connecting with friends and family.
The venue includes a private campground for your guests that is complete with a kitchen and activities for the kids (both young and old). Start your celebrations on Friday night with a barbecue and bonfire. On Saturday, seat your guests under a giant maple tree during the ceremony, then move the party to the timber frame reception hall for your dinner and dance! Maple Grove can accommodate up to 150 guests.