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Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Communities

Cowichan is made up of a number of small communities, each with its distinct character and unique activities. Each one is worth taking the time to explore; Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Cobble Hill. Fertile valleys, rolling mountains, undulating rivers and pristine lakes come together to form the backdrop of the Cowichan; a place of incredible beauty, timeless traditions and tidal rhythms.

Nestled between the bustling cities of Victoria to the South and Nanaimo to the North, Cowichan offers a wide choice of things to see and do throughout the year, from exploring the wine country trails, to unforgettable fishing, kayaking, hiking and golfing adventures.Or, explore and engage in our rich cultural heritage and discover the many historic sites and artists galleries along the way.

This unique area of Southern Vancouver Island is increasingly recognized internationally for its charming communities, the local cuisine scene and its overall ambiance and quality of life.

Whether you come for a day or stay for a lifetime, your senses will be filled by your experiences in the Cowichan - its sights, its sounds and its tastes will be your guide as each day presents a new adventure.

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About Lake Cowichan

The town of Lake Cowichan is located on one of the largest freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island, while the beautiful Cowichan River flows near the centre of town. The Lake Cowichan area boasts endless recreational opportunities including boating, hiking and camping, to name a few.

Population Approximately 3,000 with an additional 3,500 in the surrounding area


Lake Cowichan is located just north of Victoria and can be reached either from Vancouver, Victoria or Nanaimo. Several smaller communities comprise the Cowichan Lake area, including Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, Youbou and Caycuse.


School District 79 serves the Lake Cowichan community and offers opportunities for all students, K-12.


The Cowichan area is popular for its many and diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. Cycling, golfing, boating, swimming and hiking are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Other attractions in the area include museums, wine tours and theatres.


The main economic sectors in Lake Cowichan include tourism, agriculture, forestry and clean technology. The Lake Cowichan and District Credit Union was established in 1950.

Events and Activities

  • Every Saturday from May to October enjoy the Honeymoon Bay Outdoor Market. Explore locally handcrafted sewing and preserves, as well as eggs and vegetables.
  • Cowichan Lake days are held in the second week of June. A great time to visit the area, families can enjoy an array of activities including a Soap Box Derby, the Lady of the Lake Ball, parade, Logger Sports, and many more.
  • Honeymoon Bay Days boast a parade, games, dance and the best "fireworks" display in the Valley.