(pop. 2,948), is a town located on the east end of Cowichan Lake and, by highway, is 27 km west of Duncan
, British Columbia
. The town of Lake Cowichan is the gateway to some of the most spectacular hiking, and fishing on Vancouver Island
. Vacation rentals, condo rentals and lake side accommodations are available year round.
The forests of the Carmanah-Walbarn are only 2.5 hours away, and Gordon Bay Provincial Park is less than a 30 min drive away. The area's temperate climate makes the Cowichan Lake region ideal for outdoor activities
all year round.
Booking a vacation rental, accommodation or town condo rental, use Lake Cowichan as a base to explore the 41 km long lake. It has excellent trout fishing, water sports, boating, camping, house boating and swimming - a marina, and boat launch
are also available.
Around Lake Cowichan's shore is a network of nature walks. The Trans Canada Trail's two routes on former railway lines out of Lake Cowichan follow the Cowichan River into the Duncan area. One route takes you North of the Cowichan River to the Duncan Area and then north to Nanaimo
. The other route goes south of the Cowichan River to the Duncan Area, then goes west of the Malahat Range to Sooke
and then onto Victoria, BC
. The later intersects with some of the provincial parks on the Cowichan River and the historical Cowichan River Footpath.
The Cowichan Valley Demonstration Forest, located along the lake, also provides an outdoor classroom of forest management.
Cowichan Bay Village is a scenic coastal village
and is bustling with activities of all sorts. Cowichan Bay is home to some unique shops. It also boasts beautiful accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals.
At the BC Forest Discovery Centre, only 30 min away, take stroll around the grounds. This could quickly transform into an exciting, educational experience. With many exhibits for the whole family, there is always something new to explore. Take a historic train on a tour around our 100-acre wooded site to end this wonderful forest discovery experience.
Make sure you don’t miss the world's largest hockey stick, it is
located on the west side of the Cowichan Centre. The Cowichan has a very enthusiastic sports community and the local 'Cowichan Capitals' hockey team have had their home arena affectionately dubbed 'The Stick'.
Located in Duncan is the Pacific Northwest Raptors Bird of Prey and Falconry Visitors Center.
Marvel at the power and agility of eagles, hawks, falcons & owls as they fly to the falconer's glove during our daily flying demonstrations.
So whether you have come to relax and take in some sunshine, enjoy the local wines and visit the artists, or go on a once in a lifetime outdoors adventure. Just make sure to give yourself enough time in Cowichan to enjoy it all and make sure to book one of the wonderful lodgings, lake side accommodation, vacation rental or condo rental directly from a local owner on South Vancouver Island