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Tag: Sports

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Sky Diving

SkyDive Vancouver Island!

We specialize in creating the ultimate Tandem Skydiving adventure, so if it’s your first jump or 100th, Skydive Vancouver Island can create an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. We can accommodate all group sizes!

There is nothing like jumping over the ocean.  The views are spectacular and it will be an experience that you will never forget.  We are centrally located, so no matter if you are coming from Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino or Courtenay we are a short drive away. We even offer a shuttle service from the Nanaimo BC Ferry terminal!

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Tel. 1-877-360-JUMP(5867)

Mobile: 1-250-580-JUMP(5867)

Open 6 Days a Week

(Closed on Tuesdays so we mow the lawn or nap!)

9AM to Sunset*

1515 Island Hwy E

Nanoose Bay, BC

(Arbutus Meadows Event Centre)

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.

 

Fast Time Amusements

OPEN June 3rd, 2020 Protocols Established Expect Delays.  Click Here

Just minutes from downtown Parksville on beautiful Vancouver Island! Go Kart racing, Axe throwing and Archery

Each Race Heat is a Timed 7min. duration, about 7-8 laps (driver’s ability), 4 km of road course for most adults.  Included with your package is a print out of your Lap Time and Best Time as well as your average time.

Please note: Helmet supplied, a $2 charge for sanitary balaclava will apply.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

Sealegs Eco-adventure Centre KAYAKING AND MARINE ADVENTURES

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

www.sealegskayaking.com

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!

 

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

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

 

www.bcparks.ca

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

http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/carmanah

 

 

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!

Website: www.biganimalencounters.com

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.

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

 

www.cvrd.bc.ca/1379/Kinsol-Trestle

Town of Duncan and Historic Downtown

The City of Duncan’s historic downtown core can easily be seen on foot. Glorious Totem Poles adorn the streets, local and specialty shops, galleries, and museums await you.  Breweries, pubs, and fantastic dining featuring farm to table menus and fresh seafood are plentiful.   Some of the best shops on Vancouver Island are located in Duncan, from handmade jewelry and art to bespoke couture.  Relax at the Farmer’s Market, or shop and lunch, either way you will be amazed by so much culture packed into one town!

 

 

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
Canada

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.

​Contact: cowichanclub3y1@gmail.com

www.cowichanlawnbowling.com

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.

www.duncanlanes.com

Hours

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

 

Laser Tag- North Island Battlefield

Stage 2 and what it means for laser tag.

The government is allowing the reumption of some recreational and sporting activities under Stage 2 of the Covid restrictions.

As per the government’s briefing on Stage 2 restrictions I have looked at my operation with regard to the 5 main areas highlighted:

Personal hygiene; I will be wearing gloves at all times, and a face shield while in close proximity to players while handing out or collecting equipment. No special measures are required of the players except to maintain proper social distancing at all times.

Environmental hygiene; as an outdoor activity this isn’t a concern, but we normally play in public spaces. At this stage I’m not sure other members of the public would appreciate that, so I will only be taking bookings if you can provide a private playing area. The equipment will be thoroughly cleaned after each use.

Physical modifications; I’m removing the target sensors and vests to facilitate easier cleaning of the equipment. This means there will only be the target on the tagger to shoot at.

Safe social interactions; I’ve always enforced a 2m gap between teams for safety to avoid collisions, this will now be extended to 2m from any other player, including during the instruction briefing. Group size will be capped at 12 individuals or 4 “family” groups that have been isolated together.

Staying home if sick; nobody who shows up ill will be allowed to play, you won’t be penalised for rescheduling at short notice due illness.

I understand many people will be reluctant to organise birthday parties etc, so I will still be offering the Lockdown Laser Tag option which you can play with as few as 2 players in your own back yard.

You can search availability and provisionally book your date by clicking the buttons to the right, and I’ll contact you to confirm everything. If a date or time doesn’t show up it’s because I’m already booked or the time available is too short for the event you’re trying to book. Again, just give me a call, I’m far more flexible than the booking system.

Please note, actual start times may change pending confirmation of your booking to allow for travel between bookings.

Lockdown laser tag

People have been asking me about doing laser tag. Obviously in the current situation there are no big groups getting together, but I have come up with something for groups isolating together.

Pictured are my mini taggers. They’re 18in long and weigh just over a pound, so they can be used by kids as young as 4.
I’ll deliver pairs of disinfected taggers with a key so you can play in your own garden or local space. $20 per pair for an hour plus standard mileage if you’re outside Campbell River.
It won’t replace the full North Island Battlefield experience, but it’s a fun way to blow off some steam. When you’re done just bag them up again and I’ll take them away for cleaning again.
Call Andy on 250-202-3484, send a message or email info@northislandbattlefield.net

50 North Adventures

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50North Adventures is a Eco-Tourism company specializing in small groups and family.

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Day Tours- Private and Custom Tours – Fishing Charters – Whale Watching from Campbell River on Vancouver Island B.C Canada. Explore Desolation Sound & Discovery Islands! See Orca & Humpback whales! Catch big Salmon!

FULL FISHING EXPERIENCE

Experience beautiful Desolation Sound, Home of the Humpacks

Specialising in small groups & families

50North Adventures offers daily adventure and experiences on board our beautifully maintained and covered Grady White 265 Express.

  • Maximum of 6 guests provides personal attention and plenty of room
  • Covered boat with private toilet and washroom facilities
  • Ability to roam around the waters and get to the action quickly
  • Combined Whale watching, Fishing and touring experiences available
  • Family friendly and cater for the needs of children and parents
  • Exclusive private charters available
  • Over 25 years experience in tourism and the marine enviroment around the world
  • Transport canada approved and fully insured

How to contact:

CLICK TO WEBSITE: www.50northadventures.com

  • 1622 Passage View Dr, Campbell River
    B.C, Canada V9W 6L3
  • Phone: +1 (250) 702 4515
  • 50northadventures@gmail.com

 

Campbell River Golf and Country Club

A COURSE RE-BORN!

We remodeled every hole during a course wide renovation in 2017. Our goal was to make the course enjoyable for everyone, from never-evers to scratch golfers. Noted golf architect Graham Cooke from ‘Northern Course Design’ helped lay out the plan and our veteran superintendent Greg Austin shaped it on the ground. We kept the mature trees, but otherwise the 18-hole, 6,141 yard course is completely new. A resort course in character, the fairways are wide and long, which are perfect for less experienced players. Though there are sand and water hazards on 16 of  the 18 holes, the greens are deceptively tricky and watch the rough – the par 70 can be challenging or achievable.

GOLF COURSE – NOW OPEN 2020 / Covid-19 Protocols

We are pleased to announce that our golf course in now open for 2020, with a focus on public safety and are abiding by the recommendations provided by the Allied Golf Association of BC.  See detailed practices outlined by AGA-BC>>

Key Points to note for all guests:

Advanced Bookings ONLY: Please book your tee time (up to 1 week in advance), academy lesson or driving range session online, by phone at 250 287 4970, or via email at golfshop@crgolf.ca. Walk-in’s will not be accepted during this time.

Tee Times: Will begin at 9am, with 20 minutes between tee times, to allow for safe distancing between groups.

Arrival time: Please show up no earlier than 20 minutes before your tee time, to prevent crowding/line-ups.

Check-in: Will be done through the window kiosk at the Golf Shop – We recommend to call the Golf Shop and pre-pay for your round over the phone.

Power Carts: Single-use riders only, unless you are both from the same household *They will be sanitized before and after each use.

Bathrooms: The washrooms at Velocity and the comfort station on #14 will be open and sanitized regularly.  

Driving Range: We will have the ball dispensers activated for contactless retrieval with every other stall open for use 20 minutes prior to your round.

Short Game Area: Only the group that is next on the tee will have access to the putting and chipping greens – Please use your own golf balls.

Food & Beverage: Will be provided through the Velocity take out window. Our take out menu will be limited and rotating daily, available to view at check-in.

Social Distancing & Extra Precautions:
– Please keep at least 6’ from any other person (guest or staff) while at the course.

– If you’re showing any cold or flu like symptoms please stay at home.

– Rental clubs will not be available during this time.

– Staff will be taking necessary precautions to keep themselves and all equipment clean and sanitized regularly.

“Golf is good for our health, our environment, and the economy of British Columbia.” – AGA-BC

We look forward to seeing you out there!

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy
CRgolf Staff.

Velocity Lounge & Driving Range

We are very excited to announce the re-opening of our Velocity Range & Lounge

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Open: Sunday-Thursday – 2pm – 10pm | Friday + Saturday – 2pm -11pm with Happy Hour on weekdays from 2pm to 6pm.

Your health and safety are top of mind, and with that we are following the strict protocols outlined by BCFRA 
These include, but are not limited to:
*6 person limit per bay booking. *If there are over 6 people, your group will be split to another bay if available or will have to be turned away.
*Dividers between bays.
*New laminated menu’s to be cleaned after each use.
*Frequency in sanitization of all surfaces.
*Physical distancing measures between staff and guests.
*Reduced and spaced out, lounge seating.

Come join us for a drink on the patio, a long overdue date night or book a bay for the family and enjoy a fun day out!

Storey Creek

Situated just 14 kms south of Campbell River, British Columbia, Storey Creek Golf Club is internationally renowned for its stunningly picturesque and challenging, yet playable Les Furber designed golf course, located on the east-central coastline of Vancouver Island.

Widely publicized as ‘a Course in Nature’, golfers can expect to experience an abundance of natural beauty and tranquility amidst the old growth and second growth forest that surrounds Storey Creek Golf Club, resulting in a very unique golfing experience in nature’s back-yard. Wildlife compliments this extraordinary environment with regular sightings of deer, hawks and eagles alongside magnificent beaver ponds and streams filled with salmon, trout and water fowl. Black bears and cougars occasionally can be seen on the course as well.

Come for the golf and stay for the food or drop by to enjoy the tranquille setting while having a meal with friends.  The Creekside Grill is a fully licensed restaurant with a full menu, offering a variety of traditional and healthy culinary delights and is open to the public.

Come and enjoy everything Storey Creek Golf Club and the Campbell River area has to offer.

Voted the #1 Public Course in the Province by the 2014 PGA of BC

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300 McGimpsey Rd, Campbell River, BC V9H 1K8

Storey Creek Re-Opening Protocols:

We value the continued Health and Safety of our Members, Guests, Staff and Community above all else. We are addressing the challenging circumstances that the Covid-19 Pandemic has presented by adhering to the protocols set in place by the office of the Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia. It is with an abundance of caution and information communicated by the Provincial Health Office that these procedures will be implemented for the initial resumption of play.

The following are changes we have implemented to provide our Members, Guests, Staff and Community maximum safety while they play golf.

• The pro shop and clubhouse remains closed with the exception of the clubhouse washrooms.

• Clubhouse washrooms restricted to one person at a time.

• Restricting the arrival of golfers to a maximum of 15 minutes before their tee time. If arriving earlier, golfers are asked to wait in or by their vehicle.

• Restricting access to the pro shop and putting green areas to the single foursome that is within 15 minutes of their reserved tee time.

• Guest Green Fees and Power Cart rentals must be paid by credit card to the pro shop at the time of reservation, or the reservation cannot be completed. Playing partners can then settle their debts by etransfer.

• No cash transactions.

• No walk-ons permitted.

• All four names required for each reservation.

• Four days advance booking for Members. Two days advance booking for non-Members.

• The temporary closure of the driving range.

• The limitation of only one rider per power cart, unless golfers living together.

• Increasing tee time intervals to twelve minutes.

• Having an Outside Services Attendant patrolling the course and property ensuring Physical Distance is being maintained at all times.

• Turning the cups upside down so the ball only drops one inch and the flagstick doesn’t need to be touched.

• Removal of sand bottles, air hose, ball washers, bunker rakes, rental push carts, club rentals

• Limiting the number of staff working on site

• Educating staff on hand washing techniques and safety precautions We expect that YOU follow the restrictions outlined below at all times. Failure to do so will result in your being asked to leave the property and may mean that Storey Creek has to re-close the facility.

• Stay Home if you or anyone in your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have travelled within the last 14 days.

• Everyone must practice Physical Distancing by remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart at all times on Storey Creek property.

• All players must have made a Reservation in Advance. No walk-ons! • Arrive within 15 minutes of your tee time. If you arrive earlier, you must remain in/by your vehicle until the group ahead has departed the Putting Green/Pro Shop area. Once that group has departed the 1st tee, your group may then proceed to it. Please refrain from teeing off until your actual starting time to ensure correct spacing on the golf course.

• If you need assistance from Pro Shop Staff please line up 2 metres apart outside Pro Shop window.

• Washrooms are open in the clubhouse, (one person at a time), but closed on the course.

• Power Cart use is limited to one rider per cart unless living in the same household.

• Once Cart Riders have completed their round, please park carts on the gravel path below the large putting green. Remove ALL your garbage, including scorecard and pencil and leave the key in the ignition.

• Once golfers have completed their round, we ask that they exit the course by means of the right hand side of the large putting green. This negates golfers passing one another close to the clubhouse building.

• Leave the flagstick in while putting. Do not touch the flagstick.

• Do not loiter in the parking lot before or after play

• Members must clear their lockers until such a time that we can return safely.

• Golfers may not bring their own alcohol. This violates Storey Creek’s Liquor License the same as at any other time. The staff at Storey Creek will eject players from the property who ignore this.

• Do bring everything you need to play. Water, snacks etc. There is NO access to potable water at the golf course and alcohol is not available at this time.

• Use alternating parking spaces if available. Golf Course

• Since last Autumn, our Superintendent has been working with a skeleton greens crew. While not hosting golfers over the past four weeks has enabled the crew to complete several large projects, it has also meant that regular maintenance is a little behind where it usually would be. Please bear this in mind when you play the course, and if you see Rob or his team, it would mean a lot for them to hear how much you appreciate their efforts for the amount they have achieved.

• Tee box. A good practice to better enable physical distancing of two metres is for the person hitting their tee shot to be the only one on the tee box. Playing partners remain well away.

• Bunkers. Bunkers have no rakes and will be smoothed by our greens crew every second morning. Please level the sand as best you can with your foot, before placing your ball in your preferred spot. Again level the sand when exiting the bunker.

• Greens. A good practice to better enable physical distancing of two metres is for the person with the longest putt to ‘hole out’ before the next person putts. This negates everyone marking their ball in close proximity to one another.

• Ball Washers. With the ball washers being removed from the golf course, wet your towel before arriving at the golf course.

• 12th Hole. Play to a temporary green (Par 4) while the last part of the fairway germinates.

• Moist Speaking. Respectfully, we ask that before engaging in some moist speaking, you count to five, dry your palette and begin again.

Together we will get through this – Storey Creek Management

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