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Tag: Health & Fitness

Oyster River Potholes

The Oyster River Potholes are a must see! With some of the clearest water you’ll experience, this North Island secret is one worth sharing!

Location: There are two entries, Lower Potholes -Off the Highway 19a turn onto York road. Continue driving for 7 km until reaching the junction point for the power lines. Head right, straight down to the Oyster River! Upper Potholes, on the Oyster River just off from the Cranberry Rd Exit on Hwy 19. Drive down a couple of logging roads, park, and walk down to the bowls.

Please note: Hazards present due to the terrain, so be cautious.

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



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


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.




Rowing and Paddling Clubs Cowichan Valley

MIll Bay Rowing and Paddling Club

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


Maple Bay Rowing Club

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:

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.


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.


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.

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 .


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.


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.



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

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:


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.

Yoga on the BEACH

Join Charlotte Crowley and Barbara Low for their 9th summer of Yoga on the Beach at the Parksville Community Park beach at the foot of Corfield–enter park, follow Beachside Dr to the end near the kite field. Online registration only: Click Here

At least 2 days before the Yoga on the Beach session you want to join, you will need to contact Charlotte at to pre-register.

Due to Covid-19 risks, we cannot accept drop-ins and cash at the Parksville Community Beach Park site.

If you have previously joined us in the past couple of years–and if we have your current email address in our list–you will soon be receiving information from Charlotte. If you do not receive an email, please use our address to contact us before July 3–our first session! It would be GREAT to enjoy YOTB with you again!

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


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

Book a Tee Time:


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

Book at tee time:


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.

Book a tee time:

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.

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  

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

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

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

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



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.

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.


We welcome you to Sealegs’ Eco-adventure Centre at Transfer Beach. The safety of our clients and staff is a priority for us.

We offer a variety of tours for all levels of kayakers, from 1 hour intro tours to 2 and 4 hour Wildlife Tours. For more information about the tours that we offer, choose from our Day Tours or  Full Moon Tours below:

Day Tours

Paddle the beautiful sheltered waters of Ladysmith Harbour on our intro tour, Wildlife Tour, Elliott’s Beach Tour, or Full Moon Tour.

APPOINTMENTS only for sales, tours, lessons and rentals

June openings: Wed to Sunday 9:30-4

July openings: 7 days a week 9:30 to 5 pm – weather permitting and based on appointments/bookings

We have a ‘no dogs allowed’ policy in accordance with our town’s local by-laws

Kayak Rentals
Exploring Canada’s west coast by kayak is an extremely peaceful and colourful way to see BC’s wildlife, sea life and coastal mountains.
Choose from our single and double sea kayaks or sit upon kayaks.

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Rentals
Stand up paddle boards are the hottest new water sport trend. Our bay is perfect for paddle boarding. No sea planes, we’re in protected waters and there is very little current.

Kayak Gear Rentals
Sealegs rents paddles, PFD’s, dry bags on an hourly or day basis

With every rental at Sealegs Kayaking you receive:

A complimentary introductory lesson
Safety review
PFD, paddle, pump, paddle float and throw bag (safety gear), where applicable
Our guide team will help you carry the boat to the water’s edge, stabilize the boat while you get in and help you get out of your boat upon your return to shore.
Sealegs’ rental fleet boats are more than ‘just rental boats’. Our guests and staff treat the fleet with respect. What this means to our guests is safe, clean boats that are desirable for re-sale.

Most of our used boats are for sale throughout the year. We have a great selection of new and used kayaks, SUP’s, recreational sit-upon kayaks and fish boats. Please give us a call to book your sea trial rental or to come to the beach and look at the possibilities!


Beaches and Swimming

Kye Bay:

Kye Bay offers beautiful sandy beaches and many shallow tidal pools perfect for the kids. If you plan it just right when the tide is coming in the water is in credibly warm as it passes over the hot sand.  Kye Bay is the perfect place to pack a picnic, bring the kids and the dog, and spend the day at the beach.

Follow Ryan Rd till you get to the very end (at the base) and turn right on Pritchard. Follow along till you get to the round-about and turn left (Knight Rd). Keep going for a while – you’ll pass the airport (on your left) and a number of farms. (If they’re open, pop into Sieferts Farm for a little treat). Continue along Knight Rd till you find your next left. (Its the last, and only street, before the hill down to the water at Pt. Holmes. This road will lead you right to the beach.

Goose Spit: 

Goose Spit Park offers excellent views to the south, east and west. On the inside is a sheltered lagoon that provides food and habitat for many migratory and resident waterfowl. Goose spit is a popular spot for kite-boarding in the fall and winter seasons. In the summer many people enjoy paddling and swimming on the beaches. Goose Spit Park is a unique landform, a flexible sand spit fed by the Willemar Bluffs that, together with Gartley Point, creates the Comox Harbour. The park lies within the provincially rare coastal sand ecosystem and is home to a number of provincially blue and red listed plants and animals. A log wall in the high tide area helps prevent the road from being washed out during winter storms.  It also helps to trap sand and encourage vegetation to establish.


Follow Balmoral SE from the Comox Golf course, and keep going when it becomes Hawkins Road

Miracle Beach Provincial Park:

Located on the waterfront midway between Courtenay and Campbell River, this park provides easy access to both communities and a wealth of entertainment. On the beach, sandcastle building, sunning, swimming, exploring tide pools or just frolicking along the shore are all part of the Miracle Beach experience. Nearby you’ll find horseback riding, golf, fishing and almost any other recreational activity you can imagine. A broad safe sandy beach on the ocean is the main attraction at Miracle Beach, which also features spacious private campsites, group camping facilities, a playground for the kids, hot showers, a large picnic area overlooking the water and a series of lovely trails winding through lush forest. At low tide, the beach features rich tide pools, perfect for observing a variety of marine life.


Miracle Beach Provincial Park is located 22 km north of Courtenay and 22 km south of Campbell River off Hwy 19a. From Hwy 19 take exit #144 (Hamm Road) to Hwy 19a (the Oceanside Route). Head north a short distance to Miracle Beach Drive, then drive 2 km straight into the park. Nearby communities include: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Merville.

Kitty Coleman Provincial Park:

Situated on the south side of the Strait of Georgia, Kitty Coleman Provincial Park is a popular destination for swimming, boating, fishing, and oceanfront camping. The park protects the mature forest of Western hemlock, Western red cedar and Douglas fir in the upland portion, the estuary of Kitty Coleman Creek, and 900 metres of shoreline. Park facilities include a picnic shelter, picnic tables, pit toilets, two boat launches, several nature trails and camping for individuals and groups. The eastern portion of the park is home to a single majestic old-growth Douglas fir, estimated to be more than 500 years old. Wild onions can also be found growing throughout the area.


Kitty Coleman Park is located 6 kilometres northwest of Courtenay on central Vancouver Island. This park is accessed via Coleman Road off Hwy 19A, north of Courtenay. Turn on Left Road, then right on Whittaker Road until you reach the park. Nearby communities include Courtenay, Comox Valley, Merville and Campbell River.
Comox Lake:
Comox Lake Campground has a glacier-carved pool, popular for soaking and swimming. A wide array of watersports (wakeboarding, kitesurfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and waterskiing) are also available here and some for rental. The Comox Valley is known for its sandy beaches and pebbled shores, shells, fossils, and nature viewing.
Cumberland Lake Park is on Comox Lake, 4 km west of Cumberland at 1100 Comox Lake Road Cumberland, BC
Kin Beach:
Kin Beach Provincial Park offers a large day-use area with picnic facilities and a playground, as well as a campground. This small park overlooks the Strait of Georgia and offers scenic views of the mainland. Visitors and local residents head to Kin Beach to explore the rocky beach or enjoy a picnic under the shade of mature Douglas fir trees. A large open grassy field is another feature of this park, situated in a quiet residential section of Comox near the air force base. A small store selling snacks and toiletries is located next to the parking lot in the day-use area
This park can be reached from the top of Ryan Road in Comox, right before the entrance to 19 Wing Comox. Turn left on Little River Road then right on Kilmorley Road. Stay to the left until you reach the park. Nearby communities include Courtenay and the Comox Valley.


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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.

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.

Cowichan River Provincial Park

Cowichan River Provincial Park is a provincial park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It includes the Cowichan River in a 750-hectare area stretching almost 20 kilometres, from the village of Lake Cowichan to Glenora, just south of Duncan. Its paths are part of the Trans Canada Trail

If it’s outdoor recreation you’re after, Cowichan River Provincial Park on southern Vancouver Island is the place to go. Whether you want to go swimming, canoeing, white-water kayaking, tubing, camping, fishing or hiking, or just want to take it easy in the sun, you’re bound to find something to do in this “recreation corridor” south of Duncan.

This spectacular park protects significant stretches of the Cowichan River, which is designated as both a BC Heritage River and a Canadian Heritage River, and is internationally renowned for its wild salmon and steelhead fishery.

The park is adjacent to an abandoned rail right-of-way, which provides recreation opportunities for cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. While staying at the park, visitors can enjoy other features of Cowichan River Provincial Park. These include the historic 20 km long Cowichan River Footpath and a variety of day-use and picnic areas, each with their own unique features and highlights. Visitors won’t want to miss the sights from the restored 66-Mile and Holt Creek Trestles on the Trans-Canada Trail, which offer spectacular river views and the opportunity to imagine back to a time when log-laden train cars would thunder along these tracks high above the Cowichan River.

Established Date: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 1,414 hectares

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, originally Carmanah Pacific Provincial Park, is a remote wilderness park located inside traditional Ditidaht First Nation ancestral territory. The park covers a land area of 16,450 ha immediately adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s West Coast Trail on the southwestern, coastal terrain of Vancouver Island. The provincial park comprises the entire drainage of Carmanah Creek, and a good portion of the lower Walbran River drainage, both of which independently empty into the Pacific Ocean. The park is named after Carmanah, meaning “thus far upstream” and John Thomas Walbran, a colonial explorer and ship’s captain. Access to the park is by gravel logging road from Port Alberni, Lake Cowichan, or Port Renfrew. The Carmanah Walbran protects extensive tracts of luxuriant Pacific temperate rainforest, and is famous for its ancient old growth, which includes giant western red cedar, coast Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and towering groves of Sitka spruce that grow along the productive riverside flats.

Several hiking trails in the Carmanah Valley provide access to many of the park’s notable natural features, including some of the area’s largest trees. Many sections of the trail are extremely muddy and difficult. Be equipped with appropriate clothing (including adequate rain gear) and good hiking boots.

Date Established: March 13, 1991
Park Size: 16,365 hectares



Big Animal Encounters

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Tour Campbell River, Desolation Sound, Humpback Whales, Orcas, Sealions, and wildlife.

We are Vancouver Island’s most diverse marine adventure company offering a wide range of adventures including: whale watching, grizzly bear tours, snorkeling adventures and scuba charters.  See the Big Animals of the Westcoast.

About Us:

25 Years of exploring British Columbia’s rugged coastline, the professional and experienced crew at Big Animal Encounters welcome you aboard for an ocean adventure you’ll remember forever.

We operate a multitude of vessels on a year round basis including comfortable heated coastal cruisers, and if you’re up for a bit more of a thrill, jump aboard for a high speed zodiac ride.

Featured tours include: Grizzly bear expeditions, whale watching trips, snorkel adventures and scuba diving charters – with tours departing from Campbell River and Comox.

This region is rich with marine life and we often see grizzly bears, orca whales, humpback whales, pacific white sided dolphins, steller sea lions, golden and bald eagles, and many more surprises!

We aim to minimize our global footprint, and educate those we are fortunate enough to explore our coastline with. Welcome aboard!

The crew at Big Animal Encounters.

Campbell River:

129-1340 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 8C9
Phone: 250.914.3483
Open 7 days a week in the summer!


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.

Kinsol Trestle

The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.

Picnic area
Accessible trails (wheelchairs and strollers)
horseback riding
Hiking trails
Kiosk and pavillion
Toilet facilities (open year round)
Parking lot
Viewing platforms

World’s Largest Hockey Stick & Puck Duncan BC

Duncan, BC showcases Canadian hockey pride with a giant Hockey Stick & Puck which was built in 1985. This monolithic, 205-foot hockey stick is constructed with steel reinforced  Douglas Fir. The Guinness Book of World Records officially bestowed the title of the World’s Largest Hockey Stick on July 14, 2008.  It weighs a whopping 61,000 pounds (28,118 kgs)! The World’s Largest Hockey Stick & Puck was originally commissioned by the Government of Canada as part of the Expo ‘86 World’s Fair Exposition in Vancouver and it has delighted visitors ever since.

Come check out our Town, stay for a day, or 2 and grab a meal, taste our breweries and wineries and enjoy the great local shopping.  Don’t forget your swimsuit we have great local beaches.

2687 James Street
Cowichan Community Centre
Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 2X5

South Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club

South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club, which has been in operation for more than 120 years, is the second oldest in the world, surpassed only by Wimbledon.

The regular lawn bowling season runs from mid-April through to early October. We have many activities including leagues, tournaments and more.

An introduction to this wonderful sport and free lessons are available throughout the season by calling ahead:

Located at the end of First Street at Centennial Park in Duncan, B. C.


Bowling Duncan Lanes Bowling Centre

Duncan Lanes Bowling Centre is a great place to have fun times with family and friends with 5 & 10 pin bowling. At Duncan Lanes Bowling Centre you can have a great time at prices that won’t break your family’s budget. We have plenty of bumper bowling lanes just for kids! Our great concession will keep you happy while you league bowl or have a party.

When looking for family fun in Duncan look no further than Duncan Lanes Bowling Centre.


Monday: 11am – 10pm
Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday: 11am – Midnight
Saturday: 11am – Midnight
Sunday: 11am – 6pm


2701 James Street

DuncanBC V9L 2X8

(250) 746-5421


Island Life Expeditions

Island Life Expeditions previously called Discovery Stand-up calls Campbell River home, and provides guided tours throughout Discovery Passage, Desolation Sound and the Strathcona area.  We offer Heli and Boat supported adventures and much more! We are happy to offer 50% off all tiny home bookings from June 15 to July 1! Ask about our Land, Sea, and Sky tours and our 2020 discounts! Come explore your backyard, staycations have never been so good! ?

 Come stay in our tiny house located on beautiful Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island.

     It has an abundance of natural light and all the amenities you need.  Double slides make this home feel extra spacious.  Enjoy a main floor Queen bed, fold out sofa, 3 burner stove/oven, full size fridge, on-demand hot water, heat pump/air conditioner/ dehumidifier, spacious shower, deck.

     The house is surrounded by Vancouver islands temperate rain forest with views of Sutil Channel.  Follow the private path down to the beach and start exploring. Go to

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     If you want to add some adventure to your stay, contact us for package deals that include accommodation. ph: (250) 895 – 9400

Island Joy Rides

We are experience makers.

Born out of a love for the outdoors and the sense of freedom that cycling and paddling brings, our boutique and exquisitely crafted tours celebrate active lifestyles, locally-sourced food, and connection with people and places.

On Land & Sea

Whether you’re interested in traveling on two wheels, on water, or both – our Joy Rides are designed to give you a unique experience exploring our region.

As COVID-19 has greatly impacted all of us in different ways, we are adapting and staying open-minded moving forward.  The most important factor is your safety.  Because of this, we will be postponing our GUIDED cycling and kayaking tours to 2021 but hope to continue offering our SELF-GUIDED experiences to locals, islanders, and BC residents.  Self-guided tours offer the freedom to explore our area on your own with our guidance.



Saratoga Beach Golf Club

Halfway between the Comox Valley and Campbell River rests Saratoga Beach Golf Club, a 2,316 yard par 33 golf course suitable for golfers of all skill levels. The course is only a short drive – or walk! – from the adjacent Pacific Playgrounds campground and marina.

The course has a full length driving range and a practice putting green to warm up on before going out for your game. Children are welcome to practice or play as well. The goal of the club is to offer reasonably priced, quality golf to players of all ages. Discounts are included on punch passes and memberships.

Along with the new pro-shop, we have a fully-licensed lounge. Enjoy a cider, cooler, or cold beer after (or before, or during) your next game or practice session. Seating is available inside with televised golf games or outside in the sun.

Among the course’s 33 acres of lush forest and beautiful greenery, you will also find ponds and sand traps to challenge your game. You will also come across deer, eagles, and even raccoons throughout your game. Be sure to send your photos here or to our facebook page to see them in our gallery.

See you out on the course soon!



Please bring and use your own alcohol based sanitizer (65% or higher).

Pre-arranged tee times only. No “walk on/drop ins” allowed. For now, tee times can only be made by calling ahead to book and pay over the phone at 250-337-2208. Please be patient as we will be taking tee times, collecting payment and also making sure the first tee is running on time. We will not be taking bookings via messages or emails. All names of the players in your group will be needed at time of booking. We will be open at 8am for calls.

No cash transactions.

Credit cards and e-transfers only.

Bookings will only be taken a maximum of 4 days in advance for members and 2 days for non-members.

In order to assist us when booking, please have one person in the group pay and then have the others in your group pay you or transfer you the money directly. The person who pays the clubhouse will also be the person to check in with the clubhouse if needed. If your tee time is at 2pm, please check in 5 minutes prior and be sure to be on the 1st tee at your designated time. You may check in 15 minutes prior if you plan on using the putting green. PUNCTUALITY IS A MUST!!

If you need a power cart, it must be booked and paid for at the time of the booking. ONLY ONE PERSON PER CART UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE. We are wiping down the carts in-between golfers but recommend you still use all precautions. When done your round, please take out all your garbage, drinks, scorecards and pencils and leave the key in the ignition.

Punch pass holders can pay for a pass over the phone and we will keep the card in the clubhouse. If you are using it, please say so at the time of booking and we will make sure your card is punched. Arrive at the course no more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time. If you do, we ask wait in or near your car. The putting green may only be used by the group waiting to tee off inside 15 minutes prior to the tee time. Only come to the clubhouse if the putting green is free and the clubhouse is empty. No outside alcohol is allowed. This goes against our license just like always. You will be able to order and pre-pay for your beer or cider at the time of your booking. It will be ready for pick up at the time of your round from the clubhouse.

Physical distancing is required at ALL TIMES. Stay 2 metres away from others for the whole duration of your round. Do not loiter. Only one player a time on the tee box please. On the green, we suggest the person with the longest putt finishes completely before the next player putts.

We recommend that you don’t use tees that you may find on the course.

If you land in the bunker, please use your club and your feet to smooth out the sand for the next player that may land there as well.

Pace of play is VERY important! If you need to do so, playing through is allowed. When playing through, make sure you are at least 2 metres apart and that all the golfers either ahead of you or behind you know what you are all doing and you all agree.

Please DON’T shake hands at the end of your round.

Leave the property immediately after your round


Pull carts and club rentals are not available. Make sure you have enough balls, tees and gloves as the clubhouse will not be selling any items right now

Portable Washroom located at the #4/#6 Tee and one in the clubhouse if absolutely needed.

Do not touch the flag sticks or cup when getting your ball

Bunker rakes and ball washers are not in use at this time

Violators will be asked to leave


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