THE SALT SPRING ISLAND STUDIO TOUR

THE SALT SPRING STUDIO TOUR IS AN ALL YEAR ’ROUND SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF 30 DIVERSE STUDIO/WORKSHOPS. MEMBERS COVER THE SPECTRUM FROM POTTERY, GLASS, WOOD AND WEAVING TO HERBS, BREAD, CHEESE AND WINE.

If you want to taste all Salt Spring has to offer, nothing compares to the mix of art and creativity you can enjoy on the Island’s famous Studio Tour.

On our tour you can watch an artist paint, attend a wine tasting, try on some jewellery and still have time to pick up a one of a kind sculpture on your way home. With 30 studios to discover on the year-round self-guided tour, all that you require is a current studio tour map and a bit of spare time to enjoy the studios of your choice. Some of the studios offer a unique experience such as a workshop tour or a demonstration on creating a work of art. Our Studio Tour’s diverse selection also includes baked goods, wine and cheese shops that will keep the foodies nibbling the day away.

Artists may be present to answer questions about their work and help you understand the creative process and the Salt Spring way of life.

Please pick up our free Map at the Visitor Info Centre in Ganges and set off on your personal adventure to discover what Salt Spring has to offer.  The Visitor Centre in Ganges is now open 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-2pm. If you have any questions or are looking for recommendations on activities, drop by while you are on Salt Spring or call 250-537-5252.

The Salt Spring Island Visitor Information Centre in now operating on a reduced schedule. If you have any specific inquiries, please email saltspring@saltspringchamber.com, call 250-537-5252 to leave a message, or message us on social media @salt_springtourism.

 

 

Arts + Culture

Breweries and Distilleries Cowichan Valley

 

British Columbia is the birthplace Canadian craft beer. From our early history BC’s craft beer community has expanded to almost to 200 breweries provincewide. We globally recognized for our craft beer excellence! We welcome our visitors and our loyal locals alike to visit our breweries and distilleries and sample our unique and premium ales and lagers.

Craig Street Brewing Duncan

Venture off the Island Highway to check out Duncan’s cozy and quaint downtown for some shopping or sight-seeing, and then pop into the Craig Street Brewpub for a meal and a beer. This attractive, multi-level building dating back to the 1940s has lots of different options for dining, whether it’s the downstairs pub with its beautiful, antique bar, the streetside patio, or the rooftop deck upstairs. There is a wood-burning fireplace to keep you warm on a dreary day and plenty of great food options on the extensive menu. Look for live, local musicians and other special events throughout the week. The beer list is solid with a range of staple core styles and a special seasonal usually on as well.CONTACT

(250) 737-2337
manager@craigstreet.ca
25 Craig St, Duncan, BC V9L 1V7
csbrewery.ca

 

Riot Brewing Co.

We are located in the seaside town of Chemainus, BC, famous for it’s murals and inexplicably badass skate park.

Stop in for a tour, a sample, a flight, or even a whole glass of beer, because the local government trusts you to handle more than a tiny sip, unlike some other cities where they don’t allow lounges. Stay for the afternoon, enjoy our gigantic patio, bring the kids, bring the dog. Spark up the fire pit for a weenie roast or destroying old photos of your ex.

Our Labels: Jimbo is the son of Jim Phillips, the creator of all of the artwork for iconic brand Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70s and 80s, including the famous Screaming Hand logo. Now he carries on his dad’s legacy, creating bold, impactful graphics for a variety of media. Including, of course, skateboards.

101A – 3055 Oak Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1
CANADA

Phone: (250)-324-RIOT (7468)
Fax: (250)-483-6416
Contact: beer@riotbrewing.com

www.riotbrewing.com

 

Small Block Brewery

Precision Crafted Beer,  brewed for and from Vancouver Island.  Located in Duncan, BC we endeavour to source local ingredients to flavour our beers with the best of BC ingredients. Welcome to the Small Block Brewery; our garage lounge is a cozy atmosphere where you can have a taster, a pint or take home a growler. Hit the beer menu up at the top of the page to see what we have on offer. Snacks available. 203-5301 Chaster Road
Cowichan Valley, V9L 6T7
250-597-0045
https://smallblockbrewery.com/

 

Salt Spring Island Ales

From deep in our mountain spring comes the cleanest, freshest water for our Salt Spring Island Ales. Piped straight from the spring into the brew house, this gorgeous water is combined with organic Canadian two row pale malt and other natural ingredients to create a lineup of distinctly Island-made ales.

Whenever possible, we source local ingredients such as island grown hops, honey and heather. Our highly flavourful beers pair wonderfully with good food and are the perfect accompaniment to locally-sourced gastronomic fare. Brewed entirely by hand, our beer is made in small batches using traditional, unhurried methods.

270 Furness Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Z7
778.400.8752

www.saltspringislandales.com

 

Stillhead Distillery Inc. 

We are a family owned and operated craft distillery, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley; Duncan, BC.

We use only BC grown fruits and grains to make high-quality spirits bursting with flavour.

Learn how we make our award-winning spirits from grain to glass!

Our distillery tour takes you behind the scenes to see the entire process of making vodka, gin, brandy, and whiskies.

See how fruits and grains are fermented, methods of distillation used on our stills.
Learn the difference between the spirits, what give each its unique flavour, and the history behind each product.
Taste of our flagship spirits.
Book via email or phone 250-748-6874.

5301 Chaster Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 0G4
250-748-6874
orders@stillhead.ca

Website: www.stillhead.ca

 

 

Skate Parks Cowichan Valley

Skateboarding is fun, it is awesome, it is movement, it is fast and the feeling of movement is addictive. We love it, there is no other feeling you get than landing a trick, only other skaters know that feeling. Skating is a lifelong passion, you can start as a kid and enjoy the sport and culture your whole life. Excellent exercise and killer balance are skills you will always use. Come check out the Skate Parks of Cowichan Valley and visit our shops and culture.

 

Duncan Skate Park 

Great skate park, well lit and in a central location.  Suitable for all ages.

2652 James St, Duncan, BC V9L 2X2

 

Chemainus Skate Park

A  new centrally located skate park with an ocean view.

The park features a washroom , picnic table, benches and trees grassy area. The park is suitable for all ages and skateboards, scooters and bmx riders.

Features: snake run, large bowl and Street inspired features.

Elliott St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1

+12502463811

 

Lake Cowichan Skatepark

311 South Shore Rd, Mesachie Lake, BC V0R 2N0, Canada

Bank/wedge, Ramp,Extension, Flat Rail, Handrail, Pyramid, Quarter Pipe

 

Crofton Gerry Hurst Memorial Skatepark

Close to central amenities of town with an ocean view,

1532 Chaplin St, Crofton, BC V0R 1R0

Sailing Cowichan Valley

It may be less than 50 miles from the north to south reaches of the Cowichan Region by land, but our undulating shore line, with countless bays and inlets, serviced by world class marinas and sailing organizations, offer almost unlimited exploration. Skills training for all ages is offered, and annual regattas attract hundreds of international competitors to test their abilities in dozens of races.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District www.cvrd.bc.ca

 

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Since its inception in 1925, Maple Bay Yacht Club has served its members by providing an affordable means to enjoy the many benefits of yachting and related water sports on our beautiful coast. The Maple Bay Yacht Club is an integral part of this community, with approximately 700 members who enjoy benefits such as a comfortable clubhouse and first-rate moorage. By supportive volunteer participation for administrative and maintenance positions, the members have achieved a first-class facility at very attractive membership rates.

Our clubhouse and marina are located by the protected waters of Maple Bay, and we enjoy reciprocal privileges with most yacht clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

www.mbyc.bc.ca

 

 

 

Flying Clubs Cowichan Valley

The Duncan Flying Club is a “not for profit” group of flying enthusiasts that maintain and operate a variety of private aircraft including Warbirds, Cessnas, Pipers, Homebuilts and Ultra lights. Our members come from a variety of private and professional aviation backgrounds including recreational, military, airline and commercial flying.  Duncan Flying Club is the operator of a private 1500 ft. paved airstrip located to the southwest of the town of Duncan on Vancouver Island B.C. We are pleased to be able to provide and maintain an airport in the Cowichan Valley that is open to the public and available for use by fly-in tourists, businesses, training schools, Search and Rescue, air ambulances and recreational pilots.

Visitors are always welcome and if you would like a tour of the airport please contact us.

https://duncanflyingclub.com/

5100 Langtry Road
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 6R8

Rowing and Paddling Clubs Cowichan Valley

MIll Bay Rowing and Paddling Club

www.mbrpc.ca

Located in Mill Bay BC. We have a handful of members and so far have purchased a new Little River Marine sculling skiff. As our membership grows we will add Outrigger Canoes and more row boats to our fleet.
We launch from the dock at the Mill Bay Marina. Located in the Saanich Inlet, we have the ideal location for all types of paddling and rowing. If you are interested in learning more about our recreational club please contact us at millbayrpc@gmail.com

 

Maple Bay Rowing Club

www.maplebayrowingclub.ca

We are a community rowing club in Maple Bay, BC on Vancouver Island near Duncan. We have a vibrant Junior Program and a strong Masters Rowing program as well.

6735 Beaumont Ave
Duncan, British Columbia
(250) 748-2042

 

 

Swimming Cowichan Valley

Rainbow Road Aquatic Centre Salt Spring Island

The aquatic centre includes a 6-lane 25 meter lap pool and hot tub.
Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:30am – 8:30pm
Tue/Thu: 9am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 3pm
Sun: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Check Schedule  here: https://www.crd.bc.ca/ssiparc/drop-in-schedules

Kinsmen Duck Pond Lake Cowichan

Sponsored by the local Kinsmen Club, ‘The Duck Pond’ is Lake Cowichan’s answer to the local swimming pool. Situated just after the control weir for the Cowichan River, ‘The Duck Pond’ is a great swimming hole especially if you have small kids. There is a small raft here plus it is a good starting point if you’re tubing down the Cowichan River.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/5310

 

Lakeview Beach Park Lake Cowichan

The is located at the east end of Lake Cowichan, one of the largest freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island. It is also next to the town of Lake Cowichan, a small town with approximately 3,000 local residents. While it is just steps away from the restaurants and shops, the beach serves as a very popular site for boating, hiking and camping. The beach is big, soft and sandy, with the peaceful waterfront, which attracts people from the surrounding areas.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/872

 

Central Park Honeymoon Bay 

Central Park is located in the community of Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island. The park extends to the waterfront of Cowichan Lake, here there is beach access and a roped off swimming area. Other amenities in the park include a picnic area, playground, trail, tennis courts, basketball court, toilet facilities (in the Hall), and a off leash-dog park. Parking is available just adjacent to the beach access area.

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/8366

Lily Beach Park Honeymoon Bay Lily

Beach Park is located on Cowichan lake in Honeymoon Bay, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The beach is a rocky/sandy beach, with a roped in swimming area and floating dock. The park is well known for the Pink fawn Lilies that can only be found at two other sites in BC. The blooming period is mid-April to early May. Amenities include a picnic area, trails, and toilet facilities. There is parking located at the end of Beach Drive .

https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/8370

 

Bear Lake Park Mesachie Lake

Beautiful Bear Lake Park is located near Cowichan lake in the town of Mesachie Lake. It is home to a large sandy beach, and is a great place place to go and spend a day swimming and relaxing. Amenities include an enclosed swimming area, a diving board, a wharf, a boat launch, and toilet facilities. Parking is located at the end of Fish Road, and the Beach is also accessible by public transit.

www.cvrd.bc.ca

 

Shawnigan Village Parks

Glenora Riverside Park

Shawnigan Wharf Park
Enjoy a lovely day at the beach at Shawnigan Wharf Park located minutes from downtown Shawnigan Village. This park has one of two boat launches located on Shawnigan Lake along with a public wharf. This 1.23 hectare park offers a sandy beach with an enclosed swimming area, a volleyball court, picnic area, and seasonal portable toilet facilities. There is a parking lot with trailer parking available. This park is close to a public transit stop.

2720 Heald Road. To get here turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road. Go straight through the intersection then left onto Heald Road and right onto Thrush Road.

Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park 

Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park is in beautiful Shawnigan Lake and is located adjacent to the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre and close to the village centre.  For more information please go to the Elsie Miles Park/Dougan Park page.

Masons Beach Park
Masons Beach Park is located just a short walk from the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre and downtown Shawnigan village. This 0.7 hectare park offers a sandy beach with a swimming area along with picnic tables and a picnic shelter. There are change rooms and seasonal toilet facilities available as well. This park is also located near a public transit stop.

1840 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake. To get here go west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Hutchinson Road, left onto Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill Road, right onto Renfrew Road and the park is immediately on the left. To access parking turn left on to Renfrew Road then an immediate left again into the parking lot.

Williams River Park
This is a small creekside park with a grassy area for relaxing and an area for picnicking. There is a public parking lot as well as a public transit stop nearby.

2850 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake. To get here turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill Road. On the right hand side just after the Black Swan Pub you will find the 0.26 hectare park situated along the edge of Shawnigan Creek within walking distance of Masons Beach Park.

Cowichan Bay Public Waterfront

Hecate Park
Hecate park, located at 1865 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, is the jewel of the bay. The park is located beside the Cowichan Bay Boat Launch, the Cowichan Bay Estuary Nature Centre and the Cowichan Bay Marine Gateway. This 2.51 hectare park offers a public beach with picnic area as well as a wildlife viewing tower and toilet facilities. Public parking and public transit are also available.

 

Mill Bay Community Wharf in Mill Bay

The Mill Bay Community Wharf is located in Mill Bay at the end of Keir Road, there is a gazebo and a lovely beach for your pleasure.

 

Cobble Hill

Cherry Point Nature Park is an ocean waterfront park with stunning views across the channel to Separation Point and Saltspring Island. This beach is teeming with life and offers many nature viewing opportunities.

Manley Creek Park is located near Cherry Point Beach in Cobble Hill. Trails through this park lead to the beach with numerous bridge crossings over Manley Creek. Within the park are several picnic areas and stunning ocean views. Granfield Way, in Cobble Hill, is a trail connecting Aros Road to Manley Creek Park. Please be respectful of the private property on both sides of the trail.

 

 Glenora Riverside Park This park is accessed from both Glenora and  Sahtlam, and is situated on the north and south side of the Cowichan River. The park consists of walking trails and access to the river.

 

Pickleball in Cowichan Valley

Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton-sized court (indoors or outdoors) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the centre.  It is played with a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles.
It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  Regardless of skill level, it develops quickness of mind, faster reflexes, and uniquely activates portions of the brain that few other sports do.
It is a highly social game, bringing players into an environment where contact with others is a requisite part of the sport.
Its benefits for exercise and as a social experience are unparalleled.

Cowichan Lake Pickleball Outdoor Courts:

The Cowichan Lake Pickleball Club (CLPB) was established in the 1st quarter of 2017 to address the needs of the pickleball community for additional facilities and coordination. In March 2017, the club presented a proposal to the Town of Lake Cowichan to convert the complete Tennis Facility to pickleball. Town Council approved our requests and the project was immediately undertaken and a state-of-the-art Outdoor Pickleball Facility with 6 courts was opened in July 2017. Today’s membership is over 75 players and continuing to grow.

www.cowichanlakepickleball.ca

 

 

The Vancouver Island Pickleball Association lists the following, check out their website for up to date information here: www.vipa.ca

Cowichan Valley

Kerry Park Recreation, 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P0
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, April 6 to August 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursdays, April 9 to August 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Info: Drop-in fee​

Coverdale Watson Park, 1880 Wilmot Road, Cowichan Bay
One lined tennis court with tennis net. Available throughout the year until sunset weather permitting. Free play.

Farnsworth Park, 3649 Farnsworth Road, Cobble Hill
One lined sport court with portable net stored on-site. Available throughout the year until sunset weather permitting. Free play.​

Red Arrow Brewing, 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5J2
Three lined courts with portable nets. Available by arrangement with ownership. Hourly fee to be determined.

Cowichan Community Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2X5
Mondays: Jan 6 – June 15, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (no session Feb 17, Apr 13, May 18)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday: Jan 2 – May 8: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (no session Mar 5, Apr 10, 23, 24)
Info: Drop-in fee, 6 courts available

Centennial Park, Duncan
Pickleball lines painted on 2 tennis courts.

Herd Road Tennis Courts, 960 Herd Road, Maple Bay Map
Pickleball lines painted on tennis courts

Crofton (behind the Crofton Community Centre, 8104 Musgrave)
Info: 2 dedicated outdoor courts + adjacent tennis court with 1 court lined.
Drop-in basis – not monitored. No fees, players to provide their own balls & paddles.

Fuller Lake Pickleball Courts, Poplar Road, Chemainus BC Map
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am to noon – all welcome.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9:00 am to noon – advanced play (women 3.5+ & men 4.0+)
Info: Six dedicated outdoor pickleball courts, nets permanently in place. Drop-in basis – not monitored. No fees, players to provide their own balls & paddles.

Fuller Lake Pickleball Club

Cowichan Exhibition Park (Mellor Hall), 7380 Island Hwy, Duncan, BC Map
Starting mid September through mid-April:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drills: Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am ($1.00 extra)
Tuesdays are closed days, for ladder members only.
Important: check this calendar for blackout dates.
Drop-in fee $5.00, 6 indoor courts.
Salt Spring Island
For up-to-date information about where and when to play on Salt Spring Island check the Salt Spring Island Pickleball Association website.
Cowichan Lake
For up-to-date information about where and when to play in the Cowichan Lake area check the Cowichan Lake Pickleball website:

Ladysmith

Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 Sixth Avenue, Ladysmith BC
Beginner: Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Intermediate: Rating 2.0 – 3.9
Wednesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm &
Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – noon

Advanced: Rating 4.0+
Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Thursday 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Everyone Welcome
Sunday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Info: 3 indoor courts, drop-in fee.

 

Multi-Use Courts and Tennis Cowichan Valley

Indoor Tennis at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club: Art Hobbs, Tennis Professional – Art brings 20 years of experience to Arbutus Ridge having taught tennis in Texas, North Carolina, Singapore, as well as in British Columbia at the Oak Bay Recreation Center, Panorama Recreation Center, and Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Art has a Bachelor’s Degree from Midwestern State University where he was named an Academic All American. Art competed internationally as a Davis Cup player for Singapore and as a Davis Cup coach for Malaysia. Currently Art is the number one ranked 45+ singles player in Singapore where he has owned and operated “The Claycourts” for the last eleven years.
To book a court call us at: (250) 743-5000 | Open 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, 7 days a week
Phone: 250.634.2007
For information on the various Multi-Use Courts and Tennis in the Cowichan Valley please click the link below for the Cowichan Valley Regional District and each individual facility will come up.

Golf Courses Cowichan Valley

Lush greens and ocean views make golf on Vancouver island an exhilarating experience.  Whether you are a beginner or a Pro we have the course for you, come today and see for yourself. Shaded fairways surrounded by the smell of the towering firs will greet you, we have challenging courses for every level of golfer, there are plenty of creeks to hurdle and ponds to circumvent. With excellent grounds, the greens are true and the sand is deep range. We have stocked Golf shops, Bar/Grill, Restaurants, and Banquet and Wedding facilities, Golf lessons, and Tournaments. Our Golf Academies include driving ranges and short game areas.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course

The front nine meanders through the picturesque seaside community of Cobble Hill;  overlook the Satellite Channel as you climb the back 9.  Rated “One of the Top 10 Golf Courses in Canada for Value” by Westjet Up! Magazine Arbutus Ridge golf course is a real treat.

Bill Robinson design, built in 1987
18 Holes | Par 70/72 | 6,152 Yards
Rating: 70.9 | Slope: 123

Other Features
Satellite Bar and Grille, open year-round (hours may vary depending on season)
Year-round Events: weddings, tournaments, meetings, banquets
Golf Academy including driving range and short game area

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
3515 Telegraph Road
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4
Tee Times: (250) 743-5000 or book a tee time online
E-mail: info@arbutusridge.co

 

Cowichan Golf and Country Club

Cowichan Golf Club is a par 70, 6189 yard, 18-hole course in Duncan, we will provide you with a terrific day of golf, beautiful scenery, challenging holes, and excellent service. Cowichan opened as a 9-hole course in 1947 and officially opened as an 18-hole course on June 25, 1985. The course also features views of Cowichan Bay and the surrounding mountains with many tight fairways lined with trees.

Other Features

Full service club-house and restaurant.

Public Welcome. Memberships Available

4955 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC V9L 3X1

Phone: (250) 746-5333

www.cowichangolfclub.ca

Book a Tee Time: www.cowichangolfclub.ca

 

Duncan Meadows Golf Course

Duncan Meadows is a 18 hole Championship course, Hosts to numerous Provincial and National Championships it is a crowd pleaser.

Duncan Meadows sets seamlessly into the landscape. The course’s many lakes and ponds create an eco-culture that is home to many types of waterfowl. And from every tee, golfers are rewarded with unforgettable mountain and valley views. Rolling waves of wild grasses border many holes while yet others are carved from wooded maple and fir. Rising high above the nearby majestic Mt. Prevost, eagles ride the thermals, watching over your every shot. Glimpses of deer and mist enshrouded greens await early morning foursomes.The course itself is an exceptionally strong mix of parkland and links style holes exquisitely sculpted from the gently rolling and verdant landscape. Meandering creeks crossed with small rock bridges recall the roots of the game in Scotland while the manicure of the greens is consistent with today’s best conditioned facilities.

Other Features

Driving range, stocked Golf shop, Bar/Grill, Banquet facility.

6507 North Rd, Duncan, BC
1-250-746-8993

Book at tee time: www.duncanmeadows.com

 

Mount Brenton Golf Course

Created in 1948, the par 71/73 Mount Brenton Golf Course is located in the scenic, historic town of Chemainus. With shaded fairways flanked by towering firs, the course also features willow, hemlock, maple, scotch and ponderosa pine, sequoia, cedar, dogwood and giant cottonwood. A challenge for every level of golfer, there are plenty of creeks to hurdle and ponds to circumvent. Maintained by an excellent grounds crew the fairways are lush, the greens are true and the sand is deep. An extensive drainage system also makes Mount Brenton one of the most playable golf courses year round on Vancouver Island.

Other Features

Stocked Golf shop, Restaurant.

www.mountbretongolf.com

Book a tee time: www.mountbretongolf.com

Sport Fishing Fresh Water Fishing and Tours

Cowichan River, is the home to a great variety of fish including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout and steelhead.  Please check links to be updated on the newest regulations, and in-season closures.  Grill up your catch in one of our campsites on the water, and enjoy a local beverage at our picnic sites.  How many times have you slept under the stars after a great day of fishing?  Cowichan’s lakes are well stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, and bass, rivers host spring or king salmon and the ocean is at your feet.  Whether you love a BBQ of: shrimp, coho salmon, rock or black cod, lingcod, halibut, snapper, or prawns and crabs the Cowichan Valley has it all.  We will also tour you to your favorite wineries to pick out a wonderful accompaniment.  Cruise our local markets for all your farm to table needs, and finish it off with sweets from our many bakeries.  Cowichan is a foodie and sportspersons paradise. Come and enjoy!

The links below to Cowichan Valley Recreation District and BC Parks will provide you with general information about regulations, parks, boat launches, lakes, rivers.

www.cvrd.ca

http://bcparks.ca/recreation/fishing

Tour Operators in Cowichan Valley:

Spring Roll Sport Fishing: Owner operator Nick Hui has been a Professional Certified Tidal Angling Guide for the past seventeen years with over 25,000+ hours on the water. He has amassed a wealth of knowledge second to none in the sportfishing industry.

Continued affiliation with Gibbs Delta Tackle as a pro staff member, means that you have access to the best gear at your disposal. This definitely puts the odds in our favour for a successful day!  Duncan, BC

www.springrollsportfishing.com  

River Quest Charters: As an experienced professional Fishing Guide, I am always willing to teach my guests how to improve their angling skills. While educating beginners and children, my approach is always patient and courteous and I’ll guarantee a memorable experience – Dave Owner  Duncan, BC

www.riverquest.ca

iGuide BC Fishing Company: Steelhead Fishing Vancouver Island is some of the most incredible sportfishing on the planet. With year round guided fishing trips for salmon, steelhead and trout, no matter what time of year you choose to visit we have an adventure of a lifetime waiting for you. Whether you’re looking to go with one of our fly fishing guides or use gear to catch a migrating salmon heading up the river to spawn, late August is the beginning of our mighty salmon run for Coho, Chinook and Chum and this continues through September, October and even the beginning of November.Duncan, BC

www.steelheadfishingvancouverisland.com

Hudson Bay Charters: Centrally located in the Cowichan Valley district of southeast Vancouver Island, we have the unique ability to provide customer service throughout the region. From Sooke to Gold River or the Southern Gulf Islands, access to world class salmon and halibut fishing is easily achieved with our heavy vessel transporter. Duncan, BC

www.hudsonbaycharters.com

Kenzies Fishing Adventures: We specialize in customized fishing trips, so whether you are an expert or just learning, regardless of your age, we have a qualified guide to make your fishing trip successful.
Spend your day fishing with top quality fishing equipment from our various equipment sponsors including Islander Reels and Sage fishing rods just to name a few.  Let our guides take care of your equipment for the day so you don’t lose a moment of precious fishing time. Lake Cowichan, BC

www.kenzies.com

 

 

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit  More than just a place to drive fast, the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is a motorsports playground where driving enthusiasts, friends and businesses come together to enjoy a place where they can socialize, meet and dine among like-minded aficionados. Situated in beautiful Cowichan Valley, BC, we are resolute in bringing professional training, track-side support, defensive driving and drivers’ education to increase everyone’s confidence and personal safety on and off the track. With 19 corners and 11.5% in elevation changes, this Circuit is one you must drive to fully comprehend just how technical a track can be. Whether you’re a novice looking for an adventure at a motorsport circuit or an experienced driver hoping to hone in on your performance driving skills, the Taste of the Circuit is designed to offer an electrifying journey for all participants.

Experience the excitement of Canada’s only year-round motorsport facility!

 

Book Now www.islandmotorsportcircuit.com

CONTACT INFORMATION

4063 Cowichan Valley Hwy, Cowichan, BC V9L 6K4

Phone: 1-844-856-0122 info@islandmotorsportcircuit.com

 

 

 

Wineries and Cideries Tastings and Tours

The Cowichan Valley cider renaissance is in full swing. Long, slow growing seasons allow us to cultivate bitter-sharp and bittersweet cider apples.  Heirloom and proper cider apples are returning to orchards; what was once lost is being rediscovered.

The Wineries of Cowichan Valley are magnificent; the micro climate here is known for producing very special grapes.  Cowichan Valley is Canada’s only “cool” maritime Mediterranean climate.   We welcome you to our Valley to experience all it has to offer.

When you visit our wineries and Cideries you can sit on the patios, have a picnic, purchase to go, take photos on the grounds, and enjoy superb food paired with our award winning wines and ciders.  Each venue has its own process so please check out the links provided to book your tour or shop online.  You will find a number of the venues below offer links to tour operators, and are happy to answer all your questions.  Many are family owned and as small businesses they are quite interactive.  The tours you will enjoy will be some of your best memories.

 

Blue Grouse Is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery established as one of the founding Estate wineries of Vancouver Island. Our Estate wines come entirely from our own vineyards where we have the most control over the quality of our grapes. Some of these are the original vines that the Kiltz family discovered after buying the Blue Grouse property in the late 1980’s, some are plantings from the 1990’s, when Hans Kiltz transplanted French vines, and as our newest vineyards mature, those grapes will find their way into our Estate wines too.   www.bluegrouse.ca

Enrico Winery Nestled in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, you’ll find this picturesque 50 acre Estate Winery. The amazing micro climate allows us to grow 7 different varietals, ranging from fruity whites, to full bodied reds that are unique to Vancouver Island. Enrico wines are winning medals across Canada and the United States including the first prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in B.C. Wines awarded on Vancouver Island. www.enricowinery.com

Averill Creek Vineyard Our collection of hand-crafted fine wines, including perennial sell-out Pinot Grigio, Prosecco style wine Charme De L’ile, and limited edition reserve wines, have helped raise the profile of Vancouver Island terroir and winemaking in Canada and internationally. www.averillcreekvineyard.ca

Rocky Creek Winery Taste our hand-crafted artisan island grown wines from sustainably-managed grapes made from Cowichan’s most awarded winemaker. We do not oak our white wines and embrace the acidity.  Our whites are on the drier profile with the white blend having slight sweetness.The Pinot Noir is in French oak and the Tempranillo red blend is in American oak. www.rockycreekwinery.ca

Alderlea Vineyards Is one of Vancouver Island’s oldest and most respected vineyards. The estate-grown grapes produce a mix of dry white wines including Bacchus, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines comprise Pinot Noir, Clarinet made from old vine Marechal Foch, Merlot, and a Cabernet Foch blend known as Matrix. www.alderlea.ca

Emandare Vineyard  Sits on a unique south sloping hillside in the rain shadow of Mount Prevost overlooking Somenos Lake. These elements combined with our passion for stewarding this piece of land alongside nature gives us the ability to naturally craft terroir-driven wines with old world, low intervention techniques. www.emandarevinyards.com

Vigneti Zanatta  We create wines that embody the true flavours of the Cowichan Valley. Artisanal and accessible, we fuse traditional practices with innovative methods to produce wine that is made to be enjoyed often. With an emphasis on Champagne-style wine, we make wines to please any palate. www.zanatta.ca 

Venturi Schultz Vineyards  We established our vineyard in 1988 with an initial five acres on a gentle south slope planted to meticulously tended vinifera grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Auxerrois, Madeleine Sylvaner, Siegerrebe, Schönburger, Ortega and Kerner.  All our vines are on their own roots. Our philosophy has always been based on natural viticulture (no chemical pesticides or herbicides and no irrigation).  www.venturischultz.com

Unsworth Vineyards Traditional meets artisanal winemaking at Unsworth Vineyards. A family owned and operated winery committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. www.unsworthvineyards.com

Glenterra Vineyards Since the 2010 vintage our winemaking has emphasized a minimalist & natural approach, no enzymes used at crush, indigenous yeast fermentation, no animal based fining products. (vegan friendly) and minimal use of sulphites. These protocols produce wines with vibrant character that are expressive of their terroir. www.glenterravinyards.com

Cherry Point Estate Wines Award-winning wines are made following traditional European wine making processes, where the earth makes the wine, honoring the spiritual connection between the earth, rain and sun that nourish the vineyard. The whites are crisp and clean, brimming with varietal fruit; reds, fruit forward and full bodied. Both whites and reds have character and weight, reflecting the elegance of the Estate. Today the vineyard is one of the largest on Vancouver Island. White varieties include Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Ortega, Siegerrebe, and Epicure. Red varieties are Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Cabernet Libre, Agria, and Castel. www.cherrypointestatewines.com

Divino Estate Winery Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Castel, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio form the core of the mix of varietals on the Busnardo Vineyard.  Other niche varieties fill the wide range of plantings and offer wonderful blending accents or at times may be bottled as single varietal wines when the conditions result in exceptional harvests. www.divinowine.ca

Deol Estate Winery We have been growing vines since 1984, first in the Okanagan Valley and now in North Cowichan.  We brought our experience and passion for grapes to the Cowichan Valley in 1999, when our family purchased an old 32 acre dairy farm.  With much hard work and dedication, we were able to establish our 18 acre vineyard.  We have 8 varieties of grapes; the main varieties ranging from Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch and Gamay Noir.  www.deolestatewinery.com

Damali Winery Lose yourself in the heart of Cowichan wine country at this haven of relaxation and inspiration.  Whether it’s a stroll through the lavender fields, the gardens, the labyrinth or the vineyard, or a browse in the gift shop, a wine tasting or glass of wine in the picnic area there is something for everyone to enjoy. For an afternoon, experience the ‘beautiful vision’ that is Damali.  Our vineyard contains varietals such as Cabernet Libre, Castel, Siegerrebe, and Pinot Noir. In the orchard we are growing blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and black currants for the purpose of wine making. www.damali.ca

Garry Oaks Estate Winery  Located on a terraced ten-acre vineyard carved out of the south-facing gravel slopes overlooking the Burgoyne Valley on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia our wines are Estate grown and bottled, meaning we grow our grapes sustainably and only bottle what we grow. We offer only locally sourced food and beverage choices for our guests including Certified Organic. We responsibly monitor our progress to leave as little carbon footprint as possible and continually strive to reduce more in every aspect of our winery and vineyard as we grow. www.garryoakswinery.com

Salt Spring Vineyards & Tasting Room  Our goal is to create great wines that can be enjoyed with friends and family and provide a welcoming environment that is a destination unto itself.  Whether you come in for a quick tasting or decide to relax on the grounds and enjoy a picnic – we strive to create an experience you will want to repeat and share with your friends.  Our island wines tend to be dry and crisp. We produce a selection of tastes ranging from traditional champenoise-style sparkling, whites, reds, pinks and dessert wines.  www.saltspringvineyards.com

Merridale Cidery & Distillery Our 20-acre orchard in Cobble Hill, Cowichan, on Vancouver Island has the perfect terroir for growing cider apples. The unique microclimate in Cowichan means that we can take full advantage of a long, slow growing season that allows us to cultivate bitter-sharp and bittersweet cider apples. Most people think of cider when they think of Merridale, but we have been quietly distilling for over a decade. Check out our Spirits page to watch a video detailing our passion and expertise for this craft.

Merridale Ciderworks obtained one of the first estate winery licenses on Vancouver Island in 1990.  Merridale at the farm is now home to an al fresco eatery, tasting bar, store, brick oven bakery, cidery, distillery, and vinegar shack. Further landscaping of the property also allowed for the addition of a pond, gazebo and two well-appointed yurts, creating a new reason to visit Merridale: weddings!

Call us at 250-743-4293 or toll free 1-800-998-9908

1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L0, Canada

www.merridale.com

Valley Cider Company

Our 27 acre farm includes fertile pastures, lush forests of maple, fir and cedar, converging hills filled with wonderful botanicals and berries, and wetlands of spring water flowing into creeks that run north and south simultaneously. Magical. Our region has historically been a prodigious agricultural community, including a long tradition of growing apples. You can see where I’m going with this…. It would be criminal not to make cider here. The opportunity wasn’t only to realize the terroir of this land through an orchard of heritage fruit but also the privilege to marry everything on it that speaks to cider. A fruit that’s never been restricted to a single use, pairing or enjoyment. Indeed, consider the apple: pure, versatile and replete with character… then crank it up a notch. Ah, yes, now *that’s* a nice cider.

7661 Mays Road
DUNCAN, BC V9L 6A8, CA
+1 250-510-1018
bruce@valleycider.com

http://www.valleycider.com

 

 

Hand of Man – Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts & Conservation

The Hand of Man Museum is a 15,000 square feet Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts and Conservation. Each room leads to a world of discovery, education, and conservation.  Many items that are one of a kind and all were carried back to Canada by Jim the Museum Owner, he shares his own personal collection of stories, artifacts, photos, and taxidermied animals.  The collection is vast and every square inch of the space is utilized.  An incredible, often whimsical collection with something for everyone.  Family friendly and interactive, prepare yourself for a fascinating ipad guided journey.

Book your tour now on the link below:

http://www.handofmanmuseum.com

+1 888-826-1011

info@handofman.org

6759 Considine Ave, Duncan, BC V9L 5X2

Mary Fox Pottery

Come see the magnificent pottery of world famous artist Mary Fox in her Ladysmith Gallery.  Full of color and imagination you will leave a true fan.

“I still produce a full line of functional wares that I sell through my Gallery/Studio here in Ladysmith. People often ask why I continue to make tableware when I could devote my time to one-off pieces. The answer is simple: I enjoy and need both types of creativity.”  –  Mary Fox

Gallery and studio are open to the public year round.

Summer Hours: I am trying to be open by 10 am, 10:30 at the latest during the summer months and am often open on the Sunday/Monday as well.

Regular Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 to 5 pm. Mornings, Sundays and Mondays are by chance or appointment.

321 – 3rd Avenue, PO Box 35
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1
(250) 245-3778

www.maryfoxpottery.ca

 

 

Whaleboat Island Marine Provincial Park

Known as Eagle Island before becoming a provincial park in 1981, the small, rocky Whaleboat Island is part of the beautiful De Courcy Group of islands. These islands provide stunning paddling, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities around the interesting geological formations and sheltered intertidal shore. Inhospitable steep rocky banks have prevented any kind of development on Whaleboat Island, which is blanketed with second-growth forest.

Small marine islets like Whaleboat Island are important wildlife habitat as they are isolated from larger land predators. Birds like American black oystercatchers, pigeon guillemots, gulls and cormorants are potential nesters on these islands and marine mammals such as harbour seals, California and Steller’s sea lions and killer whales have been spotted foraging in the reefs offshore.

  • Cultural Heritage – Traditionally these islets were important to First Nations for bird egg gathering and food plant collection. In the 1940s there was a booming logging industry in the area and Whaleboat Island was logged. Remnants of this industry lie hidden in the now reforested understory.
    Wildlife – Small marine islets like Whaleboat Island are important wildlife habitat as they are isolated from larger land predators. Birds like American black oystercatchers, pigeon guillemots, gulls and cormorants are potential nesters on these islands. Marine mammals such as harbour seals, California and Steller’s sea lions, orcas and dolphins have been spotted foraging in the reefs off the islands.
    General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information

Park Size: 10 hectares (7 ha of foreshore, 3 ha upland)

Special Notes: Due to the rocky terrain, the upland portions of this park are extremely difficult to access.

 

www.bcparks.ca

Yellow Point Farms FARM TOURS – GOAT WALKS

FARM TOURS –  GOAT WALKS – FARM STAY. Yellow Point Farms is a beautiful diverse farm nestled in between Ladysmith and Nanaimo. Here you can discover the magic of our Nigerian Dwarf goats, Babydoll Sheep, Kune Kune Pigs, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and Peacocks. We also sell delicious blueberries and other in-season produce and eggs at our farm stand and local farmers markets.

Book an interactive farm tour for your group and meet all the animals on the farm, see how we grow our amazing produce, taste something we have grown or made, explore our big old heritage barn, and at certain times of the year even feed a baby goat a bottle!

We invite you to come check out our farming practices. We are not a petting zoo. However, we do offer educational Farm Tours,  and Goat Walks (seasonally). We sell our all natural, no spray blueberries, garlic and other in-season fruits during the summer at Duncan, Cedar, Island Roots and Qualicum Farmer’s Markets.
We are excited to be opening a farm stand on the property for summer 2020!

Stay in our quaint Tiny Home right in the heart of the farm during the summer. We are located 5 minutes from Nanaimo Airport and 10 minutes from the Duke Point Ferry.

www.yellowpointfarms.com

 

Stocking Creek Hiking Trail

Beautiful trails and a picnic area make Stocking Creek Park the perfect place for a nature walk. There are many trails meandering through the rainforest that lead to the creek and to the falls.

The Cowichan Valley Trail also runs through the park offering a connection south to Chemainus and north to the Town of Ladysmith. Finch Place offers access to the Cowichan Valley Trail.

Park Hours
DAWN to DUSK daily

Park Address
11014 Finch Place, Saltair

10786 Chemainus Road, Saltair

Roberts Memorial Provincial Park

Roberts Memorial Provincial Park is a 14 ha provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located 15 km south of Nanaimo.A peaceful walk through second-growth forest leads to a sandstone beach. Picnicking, swimming and fishing are pastimes enjoyed in this serene little haven. This park does not have a boat launch. The nearest launch is at Boat Harbour in Nanaimo, approximately 5 km north of the park.

Salmon fishing from the rocks is a popular activity at this park. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Facilities are limited to picnic tables, a washroom and a hiking trail. Camping in the park is not permitted.

Roberts Memorial Provincial Park is located 11 miles (17 km) southeast of Nanaimo on Yellow Point Road, 2 miles (3 km) beyond the coastal settlement Yellow Point.

 3122 Yellow Point Rd, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1C5

Holland Creek Hiking Trails

Holland Creek Trail is situated in the rugged forested cliffs above the town of Ladysmith in the Cowichan Valley. A great hike for families!

Nestled on the eastern shores of spectacular Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast, in the Province of British Columbia. The Town of Ladysmith features all of the warmth and charm of small town living with a full range of services and amenities.Located literally on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is 26 km (16 miles) south of Nanaimo and 85 km (53 miles) north of Victoria on Highway #1.

This picturesque town sits on the hillside with a beautiful forests backdrop, overlooking Ladysmith Harbour. Founded at the turn of the century, the Town is one of the oldest communities on Vancouver Island. With a population of over 8,500, Ladysmith still retains a genuine small-town atmosphere. Ladysmith is easily accessible by land and air making it convenient for tourist, and also an excellent home for city commuters from Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. Big city conveniences close-by, desirable weather, amenities, recreational venues and the overall beauty of the Town have made Ladysmith a sought-after place to live, work and play.

https://www.ladysmithcofc.com/tourism

Vancouver Island Wine Tours

Vineyards Victoria BCVancouver Island Wine Tours offers afternoon and full day wine tours from Victoria, British Columbia to the Southern Vancouver Island wine regions. Vancouver Island Wine Tours operates tours beginning early in the spring up until the end of harvest time in the fall. Tours can be organized year round with advance notice

Picturesque Vancouver Island region is one of the up and coming areas in British Columbia to produce handcrafted small lot wines where quality prevails over quantity. The mild climate gives a long growing season creating a distinct island Terrior. After years of experimenting local vintners have discovered the best grape varietals suited to our local climate and soil. Some of the more popular grape varietals grown are Pinot Gris, Ortega, Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir, together with the island’s own blackberry dessert wines. The wineries are excited to share their commitment and love of fine wines with visitors to the region where the hospitality is sure to leave a notable impression.

Cowichan Valley Wine Tour

Blue Grouse VineyardsSpectacular views abound as we follow the Malahat drive overlooking the Salish Sea heading north along the Trans Canada Highway to the Cowichan Valley region. Identified as the Warm land by local first nations peoples the Cowichan valley is sheltered by a ridge of high mountains on the west side and warmed by the ocean to the east.

Sharing similar growing conditions as the northern regions of Germany & France our warm summers, temperate mild winters and gravelly soils suit some recognizable grape varietals like Pinot Gris, Pint Noir, Ortega, Marechal Foch as well as some fabulous blackberry dessert wines. Experience the traditional grape varieties of Europe handcrafted from a new world terrior.

Each winery has its own unique style; the welcoming staff is always happy to share tastings of their favourite wines. Blue Grouse Winery, Rocky Creek Winery, Zanatta Winery, Cherry Point Estate Vineyards, Glenterra Vineyards, Silverside Fruit Winery, Venturi-Schulze Vineyard & Merridale Cidery are some of the wineries we visit.

The full day tour visits four wineries including pick up and drop off at central downtown locations, tasting charges at all locations and a vineyard tour. On our full day tour discover some of the secrets of food & wine pairing during lunch overlooking the vineyard. We have not included lunch in the tour price leaving your lunch selection up to each individual.

Afternoon tours visit three wineries including pick up and drop off at central downtown locations, tasting charges at all locations and a vineyard tour.

Full day departing mid morning and afternoon tours departing 12:30 pm are available

Come discover the Island’s best – we are always happy to answer any questions to assist in choosing the tour that is right for you.

www.vancouverislandwinetours.com

Leslie Goodall
Owner/Operator
Email Directly
Phone: 250-661-8844

Whale Watching Ocean Ecoventures

Ocean EcoVentures started running whale watching tours in 2003 and has been creating “Life Experiences” ever since! We have taken thousands of passengers out to experience our diverse marine ecosystem that we call home. There is always a highlight on each trip that you will take away and never forget.

We are a small owner-operated family business that strives to make your adventure the best possible. You don’t get this kind of personal attention from the larger whale watching companies. Having fewer passengers in our boat creates magical moments and many passengers leave like old friends after their tour.

Travel the calm waters of the Salish Sea in search of Southern Resident Killer Whales, Biggs Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Gray Whales and Minke Whales. You also have the chance to encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco tour.

We are the most centrally located Whale Watching Company on Vancouver Island with the highest sighting of Killer Whales in British Columbia. We offer Small personal tour groups, with never more than 12 passengers on our boats.

We are Marine Wildlife Photography Specialists. Our longer tours ensure maximum viewing time with the whales and wildlife. We focus on the whole Salish Sea ecosystem. We are proud of our passionate, certified captains and our exemplary safety record.

We also offer private charters for groups and teams every size and inclination. Please contact us for more information on these charters.

 

Book your tour now

Address
1721 Cowichan Bay Road
Vancouver Island

Phone
Local: 1 (250) 748-3800
Toll-Free: 1 (866) 748-5333

Email
tours@oceanecoventures.com

https://oceanecoventures.com

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

The Nature Centre offers interactive opportunities for all ages to learn about the estuary, its watershed, marine life, and natural and cultural history.  Visitors can see and touch marine and intertidal creatures in our aquarium and touch tank; use our microscopes, telescopes and interactive displays, and enjoy wildlife and bird watching along our ocean front interpretive trail and from our viewing tower. Our dynamite team of part-time staff, nature educators and volunteers deliver school programs, summer camps, youth leadership training, citizen science projects and offer people of all ages opportunities to engage in hands-on restoration projects in the estuary and watershed.

Do you have children between the ages of 5 and 9?  We are excited to offer our popular five-day Nature and Science day camps again this summer starting July 6th. Children will learn about the birds, animals and plants of the Cowichan Estuary, explore the clam beds, eelgrass meadows, mudflats, and the beaches at Hecate Park, and have the same fun we have every summer with all the required Covid-19 physical distancing and health and safety protocols in place – a safe, learning-filled camp experience for children in small groups of no more than 12 campers.

Each camper will have their own learning package, including their own bucket and shovel to find out who lives here on the beach and in the estuary’s waters. They’ll also get to know the region’s inter-tidal and sea creatures in our salt water aquarium and observation tank and have an opportunity to get acquainted with young Coho salmon in our fresh water aquarium. There’ll be lots of other fun age-appropriate hands-on science activities, games, hikes, and crafts, where campers can play, learn and explore nature together and at a safe distance.

 

www.cowichanestuary.ca/about/about-the-nature-centre

 

Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay, BC is a picturesque community located in the southeastern part of Vancouver Island, roughly 75 kilometres (47 miles) northwest of Victoria. The community is nestled in the Cowichan Valley just along Lake Cowichan’s shoreline, surrounded by stunning mountains and beautiful forests which makes it a perfect spot for a secluded getaway. Nanaimo and Victoria are just over an hour away and the nearby communities of Mesachie Lake, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, and Caycuse are just a stone’s throw away, giving visitors plenty of options for day trips.

The village is cut in half by a park that runs from the lake shore through to the elementary school. This park has a basketball court, jungle gym, a large grassy area, the community hall, picnic tables and parking right at the lake. The park has a beautiful view of Bald Mountain as well as west and east down the lake. One of Honeymoon Bay’s RV campsites is located across the road at the beach. Much like Mesachie Lake’s heritage trees the town has a collection of labeled trees in this park.

The community hall, which was built in February of 1948 by WFI, deserves a special note as it has six large murals inside. These were painted a well-known Victoria artist George Jenkins in 1952. Each is a window back into the past of the region with scenes of logging and wildlife.

The western side of Honeymoon Bay features a nice restaurant and pub called the Honeypot. Modern housing developments are located on this side as well. Farther along South Shore Road is the Sutton Creek Wild Flower Reserve and March Meadows Golf Course.

With an average summer maximum temperature of over 24C, the highest in Canada, Honeymoon Bay is very hot place to visit.

Places to go from here

If you leave west along South Shore road the road divides with the lakeside fork going to Gordon Bay and the other out to Caycuse and eventually to the western end of the lake. There you can go to Heather Campsite and go hiking up Heather Mountain. At the western end of Cowichan Lake, you can also take North Shore Road back to Youbou or proceed to Nitinat Lake or to Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park.

Honeymoon Bay Info

The Town of Lake Cowichan

This idyllic community is situated on Cowichan Lake with the beautiful heritage Cowichan River flowing through the center of town. Come visit and enjoy quaint restaurants, cafes, and shops.  Cruise through town with an ice cream in your hand, take a walk and jump into the lake for an amazing day of tubing!

The Town of Lake Cowichan may be reached via Duncan from either Vancouver, Victoria or Nanaimo B.C., and is 20 minutes by road from Duncan. Other communities comprising the Cowichan Lake area are Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake and Youbou, all within easy reach by road. Each community has access to scenic Cowichan Lake, one of the largest fresh-water lakes on Vancouver Island.

Secondary roadways provide access to Port Renfrew, Nitinat and Bamfield, which are the trailheads for the West Coast Trail unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the old growth forests of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.

http://www.town.lakecowichan.bc.ca

Bamberton Provincial Park

Bamberton Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The park area consists of a beach that borders on Saanich Inlet, and is connected to a camping area by several trails. The traditional name of the beach is qʷələs in the Saanich dialect. It shares its name with the now abandoned company town of Bamberton.

For years, the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The inviting water and the 225-metre long sandy beach have also made nearby Bamberton Provincial Park an ideal spot for parents to bring their families.

While the kids frolic in the warm waves, parents can lounge in the sand and enjoy the views across the inlet – to the east are the shores of the Saanich Peninsula, with the southern Gulf Islands and Mt. Baker beyond. Rising sharply to the west are the mountains of south Vancouver Island.

Fronting on the west side of Saanich Inlet, of particular interest in this park is the abundance of arbutus trees, identified by its thick, leathery green leaves, reddish trunk and peeling bark. The arbutus is Canada’s only broadleaf evergreen and is found only on Vancouver Island and the lower coast of mainland British Columbia.

A vehicle accessible campground is nestled in this forest environment, where eagles and osprey can be seen circling high above. Waterfowl and seals are frequent visitors to the surrounding waters.

The park is very popular in the summer months, and can be busy as well in June, when a number of nearby schools make field trips to study the intertidal life on the beach. With Victoria just a 30-minute drive south over the scenic Malahat Drive, Bamberton is within easy reach of many tourist attractions. You can also hop on the Mill Bay ferry for the 25-minute trip to Brentwood Bay and visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens.

 

www.bcparks.ca

Mount Tzouhalem

Mount Tzouhalem is a mountain on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 4 kilometres east-northeast of Duncan in the municipality of North Cowichan. It is situated between Quamichan Lake, Maple Bay and Cowichan Bay. The mountain is part of the municipal forest lands. Part of the mountain is an 18-hectare ecological reserve. It is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. It gives views towards Saltspring Island, the Coastal Mountains of the Lower Mainland and, on a clear day, Mount Baker in Washington State. From the summit of Mount Tzouhalem you will enjoy stunning valley and ocean views. Popular with Bird watchers you can see huge Birds of Prey flying above your head! Check the BC Parks site below for hazard warnings.

This is your chance to pack a picnic and relax after an invigorating hike.  The best of nature is at your feet.

The Last Spike Stone Cairn

Historic Place
The Last Spike Stone Cairn is a six foot tall stone cairn embossed with two plaques. It is located on the old Cliffside
Station site of the E&N Railway, at the top of Cliffside Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC. The historic site includes the stone
cairn, the railroad section where the last spike was driven, and the land the site is located on. The site
is also associated with important historical figures that helped develop the community of Shawnigan Lake. The stone
cairn is also a representation of important ideas to the Shawnigan Lake people, such as the idea of providing a lasting
transportation link between the central and south island communities.

The Last Spike Stone Cairn has significant heritage value from its association with the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir
John A. MacDonald. The plaque adorning the stone cairn states “August 13th 1886, Last Spike On E. & N. Railway, Driven
Here By Sir John A. MacDonald”. It is reported that this was the only visit Sir John A. MacDonald paid to British Columbia,
marking the Last Spike Stone Cairn as a hugely important historic site. This historic site was also visited by Robert
Dunsmuir, who played a significant role in the development of British Columbia, especially the Cowichan Valley. These
two individuals greatly contributed to the development of Shawnigan Lake with their influence on the E&N Railway.

https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/DocumentCenter/View/66921/Last-Spike-Stone-Cairn?bidId=

Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market

“The Bee Friendly Neighbourhood Market”
Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market provides a friendly, neighbourhood gathering place to share local farm produce, food, arts and entertainment while fostering environmental and economic sustainability.

Everyone Is Welcome
Our farmers market starts June 4 th every Thursday evening from 5am to 8:30pm from June until the end of September. We offer a kid-friendly atmosphere, great access for seniors and plenty of parking.

Local farms and producers offers fruit vegetables and and artisanal food products.

Produce Is A Community Effort
You’re not just buying fresh, delicious food directly from the local producers, you’re also helping to contribute to the wider community.
Small-Scale Farming Is A Growing Global Movement
Cobble Hill Farmers Market is participating in a movement that spans the globe.

We’re reconnecting the people who buy food with the and farmers that grow it.

Introduce Yourself To The People Who Grow Your Food
Meet the people who work the earth on your behalf. They would love to meet you!

Currently 14 vendors: wineries, breweries, food trucks, bakers, artisans, entertainment, & farmers.
25% Baked, 25% Grown, 25% Artisan, 25% Preserved
Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Mill Bay, Cowichan Valley, Victoria (tours)

Date: Every Thursday between June and September
Time: 5pm – 8:30pm
Location: Cobble Hill Hall Grounds
Address: 3550 Watson Ave. Cobble Hill, BC
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