The Society was originally conceived in the 1980s as a wooden boat building workshop but has expanded its role to become a museum. In addition to the exhibits and museum, the Maritime Centre holds wooden boat building courses for adults and children in its workshop. The Society also operates an historic marine ways for the hauling and cleaning of boats and maintains a small fleet of traditional small craft.
The first three pier exhibits are open at each end which allows the public to walk through and view the displays. The end gallery is a two level enclosed unit which contains many of the more environmentally sensitive artifacts such as model boats, pictures and a marine library.
In addition to the exhibits and museum the Centre holds wooden boat building classes in it’s superbly equipped workshop.
The Society also operates an historic marine ways for the hauling and cleaning of boats and maintains a small fleet of traditional small craft.
We are home to the Cowichan Valley Dragon Divas, a group of cancer survivors who train and race their Dragon Boats right in Cowichan Bay.
1761 Cowichan Bay Rd.
Cowichan Bay, BC
Hours of Operation
10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday through Sunday
Hours are subject to
change without notice.