Welcome to the Cowichan
The Cowichan Region takes its name from “Quw’utsun’,” an aboriginal word that means “the warm land.” The First People knew what they were talking about: Cowichan is located in Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone and is home to the warmest year-round temperature anywhere in the country.
It’s no wonder this place is so well suited to growing things, including an incredible array of food and an unmatched quality of life. For decades, the Cowichan has been producing amazing artisanal food and drink from the region’s burgeoning farms, wineries, cideries, distilleries, fishers and artists.
Today Cowichan is so replete with its own artisanal culinary offerings that it features its own annual festival (Savour Cowichan Festival), and the world is definitely taking note. With regard to Cowichan’s growing number of wineries, comparisons are regularly made to the Napa and Barossa Valleys. Referring to the entire culinary package, legendary foodie James Barber once referred to Cowichan as “Canada’s Provence.”
So rest assured, the table is definitely set here in Cowichan. And yet, when it comes to things to experience here, food and drink are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg! From our concerts and festivals to our many outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and more, Cowichan features a myriad of other attractions that can be enjoyed year-round.
And when you consider that everything that happens here – from the eclectic to the extreme – is packaged with some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere, Cowichan becomes a destination that competes with the best that the world has to offer.
Finally, what really makes this “warm land” live up to its name are the truly friendly locals who want to break bread with visitors and show off this incomparable destination. To the world, we say “welcome, one and all.”
Tell us what you think! Vote for your favourite Cowichan experience.
Have you paddled Cowichan Bay in the moonlight? Perhaps you’ve mountain biked Maple Syrup, tubed the Cowichan River or been on a wine tour. If you’ve visited our region, we’d love to know what you feel were the best experiences. There’s no deadline and you can be a visitor from far away or a local resident--we just want to know your most unique and enjoyable experience. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed the boat somewhere or there’s an experience you’d like to nominate, we’d like to hear about that too.
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