Cowichan Valley attractions
Duncan and area
- Tea Farm
The Tea Farm is the only place in Canada where tea is being grown. The first of their own tea is now being harvested. Owners Victor and Margit have created blends with other organic teas and flowers, herbs and plants grown on their Cowichan Valley farm as well, and have planted additional tea shrubs the last two years.
Afternoon Tea and desserts are served on pottery created by owner Margit Nelleman.
- Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre showcases the culture of the original First Nations inhabitants
- Downtown Duncan Totem Tours – guided tours from May through September
- BC Forest Discovery Centre Discover BC’s forestry history
- The Raptors
This Bird of Prey and Raptor centre is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Captive bred birds like eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and more, fly free. Come out for the daily flying demonstrations at 1:30 pm or book an Owl Prowl or a Hawk Walk or any number of other courses up to a week long to learn about raptors and birds of prey.
Known for its outdoor heritage murals, Chemainus, the “Little Town That Did”, is considered the world’s largest outdoor gallery. There are more than 39 murals and sculptures that depict the town’s history. A horse-drawn carriage or a simulated steam train will take you on a tour. Lots of giftshops and small galleries can be found in the town, as well as antique and collectible shops. Another reason to visit Chemainus are the very popular productions at the Chemainus Theatre.
The beauty of the Cowichan region inspires many artists and artisans, including painters, potters, carvers, sculptors and glassblowers. Spend a day visiting studios and pick up a unique gift for that special person. Visions Art Studio Tour runs from July 4 through July 6, 2014 but the site also links to many of the artists and artisans in the Cowichan Region
- Imagine That! Artisans Designs – an artisan run co-operative in Downtown Duncan
- Dragonfly Dreaming – Dragonfly’s custom made soap is featured at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast
- GBS Glass Blowing you will find their oil lamps gracing the breakfast table at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast.
Suggested Daytrips from the Cowichan Valley
Lake Cowichan-Port Renfrew-Sooke
On this daytrip you travel across the Island from. Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew on the west coast of the Island. Visit the Botanical Beach and continue south along the coast to Sooke and then back up to Cobble Hill. There’s a possibility you’ll be seeing some wildlife, and there are several beaches to explore.
Take the ferry from Crofton and spend the day exploring the largest of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Go on a Saturday and visit the very popular market in the town of Ganges, or stop in at some of the artist studios on the self-guided Studio tour.
Head north from the Cowichan Valley and slightly west to Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, one of the most accessible examples of an old growth forest of giant Douglas Fir trees, some over 800 years old. On the way, stop at the village of Coombs to visit the Old Country Market to see the goats on the roof. You’ll also pass by the village of Errington, home to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, a world class wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bears where you can get an up close view of some of these magnificent wild animals. Additionally, in nearby Parksville you’ll find the World Parrot Refuge, as well as some great beaches and golf courses.