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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay
Cowichan Bay is a little seaside village located 28 km (17 miles) south of Duncan and 6.5 km (4 miles) east of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island's south-east coast.

Valleyview Centre
To get here you have to turn off the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 at Cowichan Bay Road traffic signal located at the Valleyview Centre north of Mill Bay or take the Cowichan Bay exit just south of Duncan.

Unique Atmosphere
You will find the atmosphere of Cowichan Bay very unique with many of the buildings built out over the water on stilts. The view of the ocean is everywhere as you walk the main street along the waterfront known locally as "The Village." Wooden-boatbuilders from a bygone era appear out of the buildings and dock area.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre
If you have a fond affection for wooden boats, make sure you visit the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre. The Centre is run by the non-profit Wooden Boat Society with a mandate of preserving and celebrating British Columbia's Maritime past as it relates to Cowichan Bay.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum
Located at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre is the Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum. The museum is open all year long to the public admission by donation. The exhibits include the history of Cowichan Bay, and range from boatbuilding techniques to a display of restored marine engines.

Fresh Seafood
One thing that Cowichan Bay has is a good selection of fresh seafood. If you enjoy fish & chips there are a few good cafés and restaurants located here. During the daytime there is nothing better than a meal combined with the views and sunshine of Cowichan Bay.

Local Vineyards and Wineries
At the restaurants you might notice that some of the wines are from local vineyards and wineries. The entire Cowichan Valley is famous for its fine wines and Cowichan Bay is proud to have the Blue Grouse Vineyards located in its backyard.

Cowichan Bay Events
There are a couple of events in Cowichan Bay that you might consider worth seeing. One is the other is the annual sailing race that takes place in July, the Cowichan Bay Regatta. The other is the Cowichan Bay Boat Festival, an event which makes a good reason for living on the coast.

Cowichan Bay Boat Festival
If you're into wooden boats, then the Cowichan Bay Boat Festival is definitely a must. This fun-filled family event includes lots of activities specifically for children including remote-controlled boats, fishing off the pier and a crafts area. Other highlights are the Fast and Furious Boat Building Competition/Race and the Fast and Furious Mural Painting.

If You're Boating
If you do come into Cowichan Bay by boat there are a few locations where you might consider tying up. In town there is the Cowichan Bay Marina, Pier 66 Marina and Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina. Also across the east side of Cowichan Bay is the sheltered waters of Genoa Bay and the Genoa Bay Marina.

Tide Charts and Satellite Map
Make sure you visit Canadian Government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans for tidal information and Marine Services On-Line for relevant information.

First Nations
As you travel through Cowichan Bay, you'll notice a strong First Nation presence. Cowichan Bay is traditionally home to the Coast Salish people. If you have time, seek out some artists plying their craft on traditional artwork. You will be amazed at the untold stories that are carved into cedar blocks or woven into Cowichan Indian Sweaters.

Mount Tzouhalem
Another adventure near Cowichan Bay worth considering is hiking up or mountain biking along the trails that are on Mount Tzouhalem. Considered sacred by the local Cowichan First Nations Mount Tzouhalem offers you a beautiful view of the Cowichan Valley and Cowichan Bay.

Information on Cowichan Bay




Map of Cowichan Bay
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"The Village"
"The Village"


Dreamweaver Bed & Breakfast
Dream Weaver Bed & Breakfast

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