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Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan, Cowichan Lake, Cowichan Bay, South Cowichan Vancouver Island • British Columbia

2014 Cowichan Vacation Guide

Everything looks better from here Malahat, Bamberton, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, Mesachie Lake Honeymoon Bay, Youbou, Crofton, Yellow Point

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to explore in North Cowichan… a community of communities.

Nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley between Victoria and Nanaimo, North Cowichan offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amidst magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and ocean inlets. Enjoy the quaint shops and many murals of Chemainus. Ride the old steam

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train and learn about Vancouver Island’s logging history at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Kayak one of our rivers, lakes or bays, and take in a round of golf at one of our picturesque golf courses. Scuba dive, sail and fish in the crystal clear waters of Maple Bay. Wander along the Crofton Seawalk and hike our trails. Tour one of our picturesque vineyards and taste one of the many award-winning wines! Whatever you’re looking for,

we have it all!

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7030 Trans Canada Highway, P.O. Box 278, Duncan, BC V9L 3X4 Telephone: 250-746-3100 | Fax: 250-746-3133 | www.northcowichan.ca

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Explore Chemainus Enjoy one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, great eateries, live professional theatre, summer festivals and outdoor adventures.

Make it a Getaway Stay in a deluxe hotel or a charming B&B.

VisitChemainus.ca Visitor Info: 250.246.3944 VisitorCentre@Chemainus.bc.ca

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Welcome to the Cowichan Offerings of the Warm Land

The Cowichan region takes its name from the Coast Salish word Quw’utsun’, generally translated as “warm land.” The Cowichan region on southern Vancouver Island is, in shape as much as nature, a cornucopia – a horn of plenty in every sense. Reaching from the rugged west coast of the Island, the Warm Land’s boundaries broaden to the gentler shores of the east coast. The local food and wine scene is the obvious feastable, but that’s not all the Cowichan serves up in generous abundance. Scan the banquet table on the following pages and see for yourself. An added bonus: The Warm Land is so easy to get to. The Cowichan sits midway between the large urban centres of Victoria and Nanaimo. Hail a car, bus, ferry, plane or bike and you could be tucking in now.

Fast Facts • Size of the Cowichan region? About 3,475 square kilometres, nearly twice the size of Maui. • Population? More than 80,000, most living along the region’s east side. • Interesting fact? So richly varied is the Cowichan that prickly pear cactus grows in arid pockets on one side of the region, while rainforests of massive, ancient trees thrive in the other side’s wet and humid climate. 4

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View from Mount Prevost looking southeast towards the Southern Gulf Islands.

Contents

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Fare from Land and Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sweet Sipping Local and Fresh: Immerse Yourself Dining Options: Indulge Yourself Savour Cowichan Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Watch our Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Culture and Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Outdoor Offerings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hiking, Cycling, Golf, Saltwater & Freshwater Activities, Boating and Marinas Map of the Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Explore Our Communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Attractions and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 2014 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Accommodation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Getting Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Visitor Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Experience Fare from Land and Sea The Cowichan feast begins with a bounty of locally grown and gathered foods and specialty products. Visit and you’ll see why so many culinary enthusiasts – from chefs, bakers and cheese makers to passionate growers and specialty producers – have moved here in recent decades. The Cowichan is a place that celebrates good food and healthy eating. Just ask the thousands of connoisseurs who visit every year to sample the Cowichan bounty. Pull up a chair and enjoy the spread!

Local and Fresh: Immerse Yourself The Cowichan has hundreds of farms, many established for more than a century. Organic, sustainable and small scale describe many of the nearly 70 farms, market gardens, vineyards, orchards and other agri-businesses in the region open to the public. You won’t go far from the highway before seeing a stand displaying fresh produce, or signs directing you to a nearby market café, a shop selling hand-made culinary treats, or a fishing boat selling its fresh catch. Heed the signs!

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Another good way to taste the Cowichan is to head to any of the region’s six farmers’ markets.

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Happiness is a bumper crop of fresh Cowichan blueberries.

Sample the freshest cranberries, kiwi, lavender, herbs and hazelnuts right at the source. Discover the region’s balsamic vinegar, culinary sea salts, cheeses, honey, teas, coffees and a mind boggling range of jams, preserves, spice mixes and organic chocolate. Get up close and personal with alpacas, emus, and water buffalo. The Cowichan Local Food and Farm Map is available from any Visitor Centre. It marks where to find wineries, farmers’ markets, fresh seafood docks, farms of all kinds, and more.

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Cowichan Dining: A World of Flavours in a Land of Plenty Filling your picnic basket with a delectable bounty from local markets, fish shops, bakeries and specialty shops is so easy to do in the Cowichan. Just imagine the opportunities for our chefs. Many renowned culinary artists perfect their gastronomic masterpieces in the Cowichan, some recognized both nationally and internationally. Many partner directly with local and organic farmers, wine makers, cidery, fisherman and food producers to create sensational and memorable in-season delicacies. Dining has never been so satisfying. Whatever your preference – bistro, wine bar, pub cafe, family-style or fine dining, gourmet prix fixe, farmhouse chic, waterfront casual or fancy, seafood extravaganza or tapas, takeout, local or world cuisine – Cowichan covers the palate. And when it comes to international tastes, you can travel the world without ever leaving the Cowichan. So many varieties of cultural cuisine are represented, often in their traditional styles. However, if you are in the mood for fusion, a variety of food provides mix the traditional and modern for a truly enjoyable culinary journey.

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Sample Cowichan wines at almost 20 tasting rooms and wineries around the region.

Fast Facts • The Cowichan is home to the first water buffalo dairy in Canada. The milk is used by an Island cheese maker to produce the much-lauded mozzarella di bufala.

• Canada’s only tea farm is just north of Duncan. They offer tours and a unique tasting experience. • BC’s first two ÉCONOMUSÉE®, Merridale Ciderworks and Hazelwood Herb Farm, give visitors an opportunity to experience the production of traditional and authentic culinary crafts.

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• The late James Barber, chef, cookbook author and host of the long-running TV show The Urban Peasant, was a Cowichan resident and dedicated promoter of the local bounty.

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The Cowichan offers the perfect recipe Blend in thousands of acres of rich valley soils. Add a sub-Mediterranean climate and long growing season. Stir with enthusiastic organic farmers, gardeners, fruit growers and livestock producers. Combine local harvesters of nature’s wild yields, including fish, seafood, sea salt, blackberries, mushrooms, honey and maple syrup. Finish with skilled wine, cider and beer makers; producers of cheese, vinegars and other specialty foods; coffee roasters and tea blenders; chefs, bakers and chocolate makers. The result: a regionally flavoured, deliciously varied feast that has put the Cowichan on the world’s culinary map.

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Sip, Savour & Stay Raise a glass to Cowichan wines, ciders, spirits and beers! Sip and savour these Cowichan-made libations. The Cowichan is British Columbia’s second largest wine region. Dozens of vineyards and 16 wineries produce a range of classic reds, whites and sparkling wines–a local specialty. A Cobble Hill winery is also known for its blueberry, raspberry and tayberry wines; another blends red and white varietals with estate-grown lavender. Of course, one of Cowichan’s best-known non-grape specialty remains the delectable blackberry port-style wine. The Cowichan is home to Canada’s first estate cidery, Merridale Ciderworks, which also makes vodka and a Calvados-style brandy in its own distillery. You’ll also find hand-crafted beer, brewed in small, high-quality batches, at Duncan’s brew pub. All of these facilities have tasting and sales rooms and many have bistros or restaurants as well as gift shops and delis. Some offer tours and host special events. Take a scenic, self-guided tour (see, for starters, the map on page 10), and look for the Wine Route brochure at any Visitor Centre or online at www. wines.cowichan.net. For guided tours, check online for the names of companies offering full-day outings by coach or limousine or as part of a cycling group.

A Cowichan vineyard aglow in the fall. Photo: Dave Blackey

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Hand-crafted wines, ciders, spirits and foods Averill Creek Vineyard www.averillcreek.ca Blue Grouse Estate Winery & Vineyard www.bluegrouse.ca Cherry Point Estate Wines cherrypointestatewines.com Damali Lavender & Winery LAVENDER & WINERY

www.damali.ca Enrico Winery & Vineyards www.EnricoWinery.com Glenterra Vineyards and Cafe www.glenterravineyards.com Merridale Ciderworks and Bistro www.merridalecider.com Rocky Creek Winery Ltd. www.rockycreekwinery.ca Silverside Farm & Winery www.silversidefarm.ca Unsworth Vineyards & Amuse www.unsworthvineyards.com Venturi Schulze Vineyards www.venturischulze.com Zanatta Winery & Vineyard www. zanatta.ca

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Culture and Arts History, art, music, theatre and dance infuse the Cowichan.

Thunderbird Above Tsonoqua, by carver Ned Matilpi, is part of the City of Duncan’s totem collection.

The Arts Live music and theatre are on tap here virtually every day of the year. The region has three large, first-class performing arts facilities plus many intimate indoor venues. In the summer, outdoor venues come alive with festivals and events. Providence Farm and Cowichan Exhibition Park play host to thousands of music lovers attending the weekend-long Islands Folk Festival and Sunfest Country Music Festival.

The Cowichan’s multi-layered past, First Nations culture and fullbodied arts scene create a culture-and-arts menu that is as varied as it is rewarding.

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Over ten museums provide a window into Cowichan’s rich past: the remarkable and abiding presence of the region’s 5,000-yearold First Nations culture, the first settlers and multicultural There are hundreds of well-established artists and artisans in smorgasbord of pioneers, the logging, agriculture and mining the region. Painters, sculptors, potters, glass blowers, jewellers, booms, and the succession of residents and visitors from around weavers, fine furniture builders and makers of musical instruments the world who have left their mark on the region. all call the Cowichan home. First Nations artists and crafters are a notable part of this large creative group. They are internationally renowned as carvers and as knitters of the Cowichan sweater. www.tourismcowichan.com

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The Sweater The Cowichan sweater is one of this region’s best-known creations. Despite all the imitators in the fashion world, local First Nations knitters continue to defy mass market, machine-assembled look-alikes by making the genuine article – just as they’ve been doing for well over a century.

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These distinctive garments have long been as popular with the stylishly hip as with art collectors and other discerning buyers. Don’t need a sweater but love the raw wool, colours and patterns that distinguish Cowichan knitting? Several stores in the region carry hand-knit Cowichan vests, ponchos, toques, scarves, mittens, socks and slippers.

Fast Facts • The work of Duncan’s Coast Salish master carver Simon Charlie stands in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria and collections around the world. • Cedar Man Holding Talking Stick, on Duncan’s totem tour, is the world’s largest diameter totem pole. • Artist E.J. Hughes, whose work has fetched over a million dollars at recent auctions, lived and painted for 50 years in the Cowichan – an area he called the “most beautiful place on earth.” • The Islands Folk Festival, held annually at Providence Farm, is BC’s second longest running folk festival, after Vancouver’s. 14

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Cowichan is a year round destination for arts and culture. www.cowichanculture.ca

Imagine That! Artisans’ Designs Featuring a wide selection of finely handcrafted work by over 90 of the best island artists and artisans. The always changing display has delighted many local customers as well as visitors from all over the world since 1994. From pottery, paintings, fabric art, enamels, hand-painted furniture, jewellery and much more. Find it all right here, Imagine That!

Ph: 250 748 6776 Open Mon-Sat 10-5 251 Craig Street, Duncan City Square www.imaginethatartisans.com


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G.B.S Glass Blowing Studio and Gift Store

Museums • Bamberton Museum www.bambertonhistoricalsociety.org • BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan Ph: 250-715-1113 www.bcforestmuseum.com • Chemainus Valley Museum Ph: 250-246-2445 www.chemainusvalleymuseum.ca • Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre Ph: 250-746-4955 www.classicboats.org • Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan Ph: 250-746-6612 www.cowichanvalleymuseum.bc.ca • Kaatza Station Museum, Lake Cowichan Ph: 250-749-6142 www.kaatzamuseum.ca • Ladysmith Maritime Museum Ph: 250-245-0109 www.ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca • Ladysmith Museum Ph: 250-245-0423 www.ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca • Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre Ph: 250-746-8119 www.quwutsun.ca

Demonstrations of Hand Blown Glass Open 10 - 5 pm Thursday to Monday

• Shawnigan Lake Museum Ph: 250-743-8675

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The truth about the Cowichan’s hiking and cycling pleasures: so many trails, so little time.

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• Cowichan wildlife: bald eagles, trumpeter swans, blacktail deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, whales, salmon, seals, sea lions. • Best birding spots: Somenos Marsh Conservation Area and Cowichan estuary. • Cowichan plants: Garry oak and their floral meadows, dogwoods, the rainforest “giants” – Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock. • The Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve has BC’s largest known concentration of the rare pink fawn lily.

View from Mt Tzouhalem toward Cowichan Bay.

From easy strolls and level-grade pedals to rugged climbs and challenging bike terrain, the Cowichan serves up a lavish choice for all types of hikers and cyclists. A small taste of what’s on the menu:

Hike: • The legendary Cowichan River Footpath, a portion only or the whole 20 kilometres from west of Duncan to Skutz Falls • Cobble Hill Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain and Mount Prevost in the region’s east side • Bald Mountain, Heather Mountain and Hill 60 in the Cowichan Lake area • Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park to see some of the oldest and biggest trees in the world • Hike or cycle The Cowichan Valley Trail/Trans Canada Trail, an old

railbed, which stretches along Shawnigan Lake, north west to Cowichan Lake, then along the Cowichan River to North Cowichan and Ladysmith

Cycle: • Numerous mountain biking trail systems including Spectacle Lake, Cobble Hill Mountain, Mt Tzouhalem, Mt Prevost. Mountain bikers will get a thrill from the newly completed Maple Mountain trails • The backroads in and around Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, Glenora and Yellow Point, making winery and farm stand stops along the way • Thetis Island – catch the ferry from Chemainus for a day trip or overnight trip to this pristine island

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Outdoor Offerings As outdoor-experiences go, the Cowichan’s is an embarrassment of riches. With everything from major lakes, rivers and estuaries to gently hilled valleys and snow-capped mountains – all bracketed by the Salish Sea – the Cowichan can fill your plate with as many soulsatisfying outdoor activities as you want to make room for. What’s more, most are accessible within a two hour hour drive from spot to spot. This means that from wherever you’re staying it is never far away from your favourite activity. You can sample widely in the same day or indulge over many days and return visits.

You’ll find parks and hiking areas aplenty here: national, provincial, regional and community – something to suit every interest and ability. For parks and hiking maps as well as information about fishing regulations and specific recreational activities, contact any Visitor Centre or check online at www. tourismcowichan.com and www.northcowichan.bc.ca. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestles in the world: 187 metres long and standing 44 metres above the Koksilah River.

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• Hiking (endless possibilities, short and nearby or multi-day and remote) • Cycling (road, mountain, Cowichan Valley Trail/ Trans Canada Trail) • Beachcombing • Birding • Fishing (ocean and freshwater) • Golfing • Kayaking (ocean, lake and whitewater) • Canoeing and rowing (ocean and lake) • Sailing and power boating (ocean and lake) • Scuba diving • Swimming (lakes, rivers, ocean) 18

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A little different … • Paragliding from Mount Prevost • Playing tennis on the grass courts of the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club (1887), said to be the world’s second-oldest lawn tennis club after Wimbledon’s • Tubing down the Cowichan River • Windsurfing and kiteboarding on tidal Nitinat Lake, voted one of North America’s top boarding destinations • Ultralite flight-seeing • Whale watching • Lawn Bowling in Honeymoon Bay


• MS Grape Escape Bike Tour • Chemainus Twilight Shuffle • Cinnamon Bun Fun Run in Ladysmith

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Annual Cowichan hiking and cycling events include:

• Cowichan Challenge Triathlon • Vancouver Island Fat Tire Festival • Kinsol Half Marathon • Gutbuster Trail Run Series – Ladysmith and Duncan • Cyclocross Series – Ladysmith

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• Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon

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Saltwater play: Take to the sea to fill up on a host of saltwater activities in coastal bays and channels. On the water, in the water, way below the water: whatever your preferred mode of saltwater play, the Cowichan’s east coast gives you perfect conditions for indulging.

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• Explore the seashore by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Rentals and guides available. • Fish for salmon, prawns or crab. Guided charters available. • Cruise through the Gulf Islands. • Take a marine wildlife tour to see whales, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. • Swim along the beaches of many sheltered bays. • Scuba dive in Sansum Narrows or on the world’s only Boeing 737 artificial reef off Chemainus.

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Freshwater play: Water, water everywhere, and many, many ways to enjoy it. Three major river systems: the Cowichan, the Koksilah and the Chemainus. Three big lakes: Cowichan, Shawnigan and Nitinat. And dozens of small rivers and lakes throughout the region. With those ingredients, it’s no surprise that freshwater recreation is a Cowichan specialty.

Recommended “fresh” picks • Canoeing and rowing on Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Lake (the second largest lake on Vancouver Island, more than 30 kilometres long) • Whitewater kayaking on the Cowichan, Chemainus or Koksilah River • Fishing the Cowichan River, known by fly-fishers the world over, for salmon and steelhead; and Shawnigan Lake, Koksilah River, Cowichan Lake, Mesachie Lake and Nitinat Lake and Nitinat River • Swimming at any of the dozens of parks and other access areas at local lakes and rivers • Exploring Cowichan Lake by power, sail or houseboat • Tubing down the Cowichan River. Tube rentals and guides available

Cowichan Lake Marina

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Bringing together family, friends and fun… • Sea Doo rentals • Bowrider, deckboat and open aluminum • boat rentals • Watersports equipment rentals • Boat Ramp • Fuel dock and pumpout • Confectionary & Ice • Ski and board Shop Clothes… from board shorts to bikinis! Ph: 250 749 3530 F: 250 749 4045 415 Point Ideal Drive, Lake Cowichan clmg@shaw.ca www.cowichanlakemarina.com www.tourismcowichan.com

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Boating and Marinas

If you are a sail or power boater, the Cowichan makes the perfect destination. You’ll find more than 20 spots to dock – marinas, government docks and small boat harbours – along the region’s east coast. Once safely tied up, you’ll find ample reason to explore ashore. Most of the marinas offer the services and amenities you’re likely to need during your visit: marine supply stores, gas docks, shower and laundry facilities, shopping, cafés, restaurants and pubs. Live music and special events are also standard fare.

Those marinas that are not close to a town or village centre can be easily reached by foot, taxi, bicycle or bus. Not a boater? No problem. The Cowichan’s marinas heartily welcome non-boaters too. Where better to visit and soak up the maritime ambiance so deeply a part of the region’s history? Strolling the docks, enjoying a meal at a dockside restaurant and even booking seaside accommodation will give you front-row seats to the activity on the water.

A must-see stop on your visit to Cowichan. Moorage • Fuel Dock Fishing Licenses Restaurant & outdoor patio Convenience store Ice cream • Espresso Bar Books • Local Art & Gifts www.maplebaymarina.com 6145 Genoa Bay Road, Duncan (Maple Bay) • 250-746-8482 • Boat entry via Sansum Narrows • Chart 3478 22

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Whether you’re looking for a quick 9 holes or a longer game on an 18hole championship course, the Cowichan can feed your golfing appetite. Here you’ll find three 18-hole courses and four 9-hole courses, all less than an hour from each other. Stunning scenery and pristine settings will improve your mood as well as your game and our fabulous weather lets you play year round! Ask about our golf and wine getaway packages.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club 18 hole championship course Indoor tennis | Satellite Bar & Grille GBC Golf Academy | Online bookings Meeting, Banquet and Wedding Facilities Golf Events | Sublime views 3515 Telegraph Road, Cobble Hill Clubhouse: 250 743 5100 Golf Shop: 250 743 5000 Fax: 250 743 5518 info_arbutus@golfbc.com

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Cowichan Bay The town is home to artists, craftspeople, and cottage industries while offering a variety of accommodations from resorts and inns to bed and breakfasts. Cowichan Bay is also dining central, with first-class choices in great restaurants and cafes, many overlooking the water, the menus often utilizing the area’s abundant fresh seafood and ever-growing list of fine local vintners. After enjoying culinary delights, sail the day away, race across the sea on your whale watching adventure or take a kayak out for a sunset excursion. Settle in for a couple of days and take in a round of golf, or play tennis at one of the oldest lawn tennis courts in the world. At the mouth of the Cowichan River is Cowichan Bay Estuary, a bird-lover’s paradise, which is home to approximately 220 bird species, including eagles and trumpeter swans.

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During the spring and fall there are remarkable opportunities to view migratory flocks as they navigate the Pacific Flyway. But remember: “Settling in” is what it’s all about. In July 2009, Cowichan Bay became North America’s first Cittaslow certified community after achieving one of the highest scores of all the towns who applied to the international network. Cittaslow, meaning Slow City, a movement founded in Italy in 1999, seeks to improve a community’s quality of life by resisting the “fast-lane, homogenized world.” Take a step back in time to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life in a community that embraces the values of local resources and sustainability. Then take a leap ahead to discover the abundance of year-round activities at your doorstep.


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Cowichan Bay Fast Facts • The Old Stone “Butter” Church built in 1890 in Cowichan Bay got its name because the builders were paid in butter. • For thousands of years Cowichan Bay and much of the southern Salish Sea has been the traditional waters of First Nations peoples. Coast Salish canoe races started with designing and building canoes for travelling the coastline and local rivers. It has evolved into today’s sleek crafts for inter-tribal competitions from around the region. • Built in 1887, the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club features one of the oldest lawn tennis courts in the world, second only to Wimbledon. • Vancouver Island’s largest Spot Prawn Festival is held every year in May. • Cowichan Bay is home to migrating sea lions from October through to December.

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• The downtown core boasts well over 100 independent shops, boutiques and galleries, salons and spas, cafes, bakeries, freshlybrewed beer, and an impressive variety of restaurants. • Over 40 hand-carved authentic totems grace the streets and walkways of the city. • The city proudly displays the world’s largest hockey stick! • Duncan is home to Vancouver Island’s largest farmers’ market, every Saturday. • ‘Duncan’s Chinatown’, a series of 20 panels in Artists’ Alley, features archival photos and images from the Cowichan Valley Museum. The exhibit depicts Duncan’s Chinese community in the mid 19th Century. • ‘Duncan’s V.I.’ is another art alley exhibit depicting Duncan life 100 years ago. The transformation from a small townsite to the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley is illustrated through a series of 25 archival photographs. • The City of Totems also boasts the world’s first totem drinking fountain and the world’s widest totem pole. • Just outside the downtown core, Somenos Marsh Conservation Area is home to over 200 species of birds.

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Duncan is a small town packed with superlatives, big on things to see and do. Originally a whistle stop for the E&N Railway, the City of Duncan lies at the heart of the Cowichan region.

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Graced with unique character buildings, the downtown area is an architectural delight. Stroll through the picturesque streets and view delightful heritage buildings such as the City Hall Clock Tower and historic train station that houses the Cowichan Valley Museum.

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Often referred to as the “City of Totems”, Duncan prominently displays over 40 totem poles along city streets and walkways, proudly celebrating the history and culture of the area’s First Nations people. Each carved pole tells of the diverse past and traditions of Cowichan’s First Nations – a pictorial record of the peoples’ legends and family ancestry.

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Experience more of this rich heritage when you explore galleries representing more than 100 First Nations artists, renowned worldwide for their carvings and Cowichan knit sweaters. From July to September experience the Cowichan First Nations’ way of life through their artifacts, cuisine, crafts and ceremonies at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre.

A quest for ocean-side pubs or fine dining, or literally diving into the sea, should undoubtedly include Maple Bay and Genoa Bay. The late Jacques Cousteau once considered the area one of his favourite world diving spots. Maple Bay is not only a pretty seaside community but one of the finest natural harbours on the West Coast. Its offshore waters are a favourite for scuba divers, rowers, kayakers and canoeists but also an excellent place to fish for salmon, sea bass and cod. The beach is great for swimmers and wonderful for exploring sea life and collecting shells and driftwood. Five minutes further along the scenic drive, shadowed by the towering Mt. Tzouhalem, finds you in picturesque Genoa Bay, which offers its own serene cluster of waterside homes, marinas, café and a floating art gallery. Originally named Snugleave, the bay was renamed in the 1860’s by local businessman Giovanni Baptiste Ordana. The majestic sea views and towering mountain backdrop reminded him of his home in Italy. Genoa Bay has hiking and biking trails for all ages and levels of ability, and a wonderful summer display of wildflowers and spectacular views.

Cradled by lush hillsides and surrounding mountains, Crofton’s sloping topography offers dramatic ocean views and panoramic vistas. This peaceful community, situated on the calm waters of Osborne Bay, offers great fishing and boating in Stuart Channel while providing convenient ferry service to nearby Salt Spring Island. Crofton has transformed from a copper smelting town in the early 1900’s to today’s friendly forestry community, offering quiet parks, comfortable accommodations and a wheelchair accessible 3-kilometre long boardwalk, which stretches along the waterfront and provides some of the best ocean-side access in the Cowichan. Here you can witness sea life firsthand, or continue on the Sea Walk to Crofton Beach for a swim or picnic. Hikers can connect with the trail network to Osborne Bay Park and over Maple Mountain to Maple Bay. In the summer, stop by the Crofton Old School Museum built in 1905 and enjoy the Saturday Artisan’s Market.

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Chemainus

This artistic, seaside village is world renowned for its 41 huge wall murals and 13 sculptures depicting the town’s history. Tour the murals on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage. Visit the Chemainus Valley Museum to see the original renderings as well as fascinating displays. Chemainus Theatre, one of the largest professional theatres in Western Canada, offers productions year-round specializing in musicals, dramas, comedies and mysteries. Take in an evening show or a matinee with preshow dining in the Playbill Restaurant. Summer Music Festivals take place on the outdoor stage right downtown, under the towering trees of Waterwheel Park! Attend the annual Bluegrass, Jazz or Accordion Festivals. Take in the weekly Music in the Park concert.

Meander through the colourful town. Discover unique shops and galleries showcasing BC’s artists and artisans and one-of-a-kind treasures. Dine at award-winning eateries that range from formal restaurants to funky bistros and sidewalk cafes. Stop for ice cream or gelato en-route. Mount Brenton Golf Club is a popular, 18 hole scenic gem with creeks, ponds and towering firs. Kin Beach and Fuller Lake offer protected waters and sandy beaches for swimming, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding. Power & sail enthusiasts will find moorage right in town at the Chemainus Municipal Marina. Full service marinas are available on Thetis Island, just a hop, or a ferry ride, across Stuart Channel. Stay for a while and enjoy a charming B&B, motel or award winning hotel.

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• Chemainus prints its own legal currency! You can spend Chemainus Dollars in town or take them home as a souvenir. • Divers can explore the world’s only Boeing 737 aircraft reef and fishers will enjoy two fully stocked trout lakes. • Wildflowers and wildlife abound on trails around Chemainus Lake, Echo Heights Forest, Askew Creek Park and the Trans Canada Trail. And don’t forget beach combing at low tide.


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• Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach is the warmest salt water bay north of San Francisco!

Built on a hillside overlooking sparkling harbour waters and surrounded by magnificent landscapes, Ladysmith has a picture post-card beauty filled with historical charm. You’ll soon understand why Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine named Ladysmith “One of the Ten Prettiest Towns in Canada.” The community is also one of the greenest; its many public and private gardens have been recognized with a National Communities in Bloom Award with special honours for heritage. Originally designed in 1904 by coal baron, James Dunsmuir as a community for his mine workers, the town literally popped up overnight and has evolved to delight with its natural setting, thriving commercial centre and full range of services and amenities. The Heritage Buildings and Artifacts Walking

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• The old seaside culvert at Estuary Trail was constructed in 1908 from Koksilah sandstone. The culvert was unearthed in 1994 during highway construction.

Routes are the best way to learn about Ladysmith’s history and enjoy the town’s award-winning & beautifully restored dawnof-the-20th century buildings.

at wonderfully restored wooden boats and a glimpse into the past. Winter is truly a special time to visit Ladysmith to witness the amazing Festival of Lights.

Since the downtown revitalization of Ladysmith, shopping is a doubly enchanting experience, with one-of-a-kind boutiques, quaint shops and artists’ studios. Stroll historic First Avenue and enjoy the abundance of antique, vintage and secondhand shops along this award-winning main street. There is a fantastic selection of first-class restaurants and coffee shops and a variety of great musical entertainment on the weekends.

Ladysmith also boasts world-class recreation. Approximately 110 hectares of parks and open space, including Holland Creek Trail, offer great hiking for all ability levels, featuring waterfalls, rainforests and mountainside lookouts. Pristine Transfer Beach is a perfect place to swim, take a harbour boat tour or play beach volleyball. The combination of a waterfront spray park and beachcombing entertains children for hours in a spectacular setting.Walk the docks of Ladysmith’s multiple marinas. Buy fresh seafood, chat with the fishermen and visit with sailors from around the world. Rent a kayak - the protected harbour is perfect for kayakers and canoeists and is a gateway to the Gulf Islands. Other popular activities include paddleboarding, sailing, cycling and picnicking.

During the summer, be sure to take in Sunday night free concerts at Transfer Beach, home to the largest open-air amphitheatre on Vancouver Island. Stop by the new Harbour Heritage Centre and the floating Maritime Museum for a close look

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For more than a century Shawnigan Lake has been a popular destination for those seeking a delightful lakeside community and, of course, the splendid water and sunny beaches. This recreation and cottage getaway is best known for its water sports. The village is an inviting collection of heritage buildings, shops, galleries, gift stores, bistros, organic bakeries, restaurants and museum as well as a nearby glass blowing studio. The Cowichan Valley Trail/Trans Canada Trail runs the length of the lake’s west side and provides nearby access to the newly restored Kinsol Trestle.


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Mill Bay Mill Bay, blessed with expansive ocean and mountain views, is a busy hub of shops, restaurants and services.

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The beaches, parks and rural roads in the area are popular with boaters, hikers and cyclists. Brentwood College, situated on the waterfront, hosts a major rowing regatta annually, as well as theatre productions. The ferry running between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Peninsula is sometimes referred to as “the most beautiful short cut in BC,” because it provides an alternative route for travellers headed to the Cowichan from the peninsula.

Cobble Hill Amidst a bucolic area of pastures, orchards and vineyards is the long-established farming village of Cobble Hill. Here you will discover shops, cafes, artist studios as well as the long-running annual Cobble Hill Fair. Enjoy horseback riding, or hiking up Cobble Hill Mountain for a grand view stretching to the southern Gulf Islands and distant mountains of the mainland. Cobble Hill is well recognized for its creative community of painters, sculptors, potters and totem pole carvers.

Bamberton is the site of a former town adjacent to a large limestone quarry and cement plant that operated from 1905 to 1970. The town and plant are long gone, but guided tours and a museum revive this unusual past. Bamberton Provincial Park next door is a popular spot for camping, walking, swimming and beachcombing.

Malahat and Bamberton Visitors arriving in the Cowichan from the south along the highway enter the Malahat community first. The name comes from the Malahat First Nation. Pull off the Malahat Drive portion of the highway at the marked viewpoints to enjoy some magnificent vistas.

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Arbutus Ridge, Seaside Golf Community for Active Adults. World-class views! 3600 Ratcliffe Rd. Cobble Hill, B.C. 250-743-0930 www.arbutusridge.ca

If you are looking for a place to shop that provides friendly atmosphere, lots of room to park, clean and pleasant surroundings with a variety of services, then Mill Bay Centre is the place for you! Located minutes away at the south end of the Cowichan Valley. The quaint, old-English style buildings are an integral part of this growing seaside community. We’d love to have you come and visit — OFTEN! B.C. Labs Mill Bay Paint & Hardware The Third Addition B.C. Liquor Store Mill Bay Physiotherapy Thrifty Foods Bare Essentials Mill Bay Wellness Valley Vines to Wines Bru-Go’s Coffee Patryka Designs /Loft Gallery South Cowichan Pharmasave Vancouver Island Regional Community Policing Post Office @ Pharmasave Library Cowichan Press Re/Max Realty Wear It’s At Clothing Curves Renu Laser & Whiskey Point Grill Skin Care Center Duncan Hill Travel X-Ray Laboratory Jack Hicks, Lawyer Richwood Contracting Island Savings Rim-Tech Credit Union Sears (parcel pick-up) Island Savings Insurance South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Jada Hair Stylist Secrets of Beauty Lucky Paws Pet Supply SHOPPING SHOPPING Mill Bay Family Chiropractic Dr. N. Stewart and Dr. CENTRE Sally James, Dentists CENTRE Mill Bay Medical Centre

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Fast Facts • Cowichan Lake, or “Kaatza ” (The Big Lake) as it’s known by First Nations peoples, is 34 kilometers long and the second largest lake on Vancouver Island. • Cowichan Lake is a major landmark on the Pacific Marine Circle Route, a newly improved road connecting Cowichan to Port Renfrew, Sooke and eventually Victoria. • Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is home to some of the world’s largest spruce trees and cedars that began life when Vikings sailed the seas. These legendary giants reach up to 97 meters tall (300 feet)! • The Cowichan Lake area boasts an average summer temperature of over 24 degrees C, the highest in Canada. • Lake Cowichan is home to Vancouver Island’s largest floating boardwalk. • The Cowichan River Provincial Park protects the popular kayaking spots of Skutz Falls, Horseshoe Bend and Marie Canyon. • Cowichan Lake is supposedly home to the legendary Stin-Qua - a serpent like creature in the lake • Youbou has the only known sanctioned hand-set bowling alley in Canada.

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The pace of life can be as relaxed or exciting as you make it, the atmosphere friendly; the scenery spectacular. Stay right in town in This lakeside town and its dramatic surroundings provide a premier a bed and breakfast, or camp at one of the area’s several provincial, vacation destination for families and freshwater sports enthusiasts municipal and privately-operated campgrounds, ranging from alike. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound on and around the wilderness tenting to fully-serviced RV parks. The surrounding 34-kilometre long Cowichan Lake. mountains have numerous marked and unmarked trails with magnificent viewpoints, or journey the secondary roads to the Whatever outdoor activity world renowned old-growth appeals to your palate, you forest of Carmanah Walbran Youbou N can likely satiate your appetite Cowichan Provincial Park. Enjoy a round Lake here. Hire a fishing guide for of golf at March Meadows’ the day or weekend and take Town of Lake 9 hole golf course, home to Cowichan advantage of what is known LPGA champion Dawn CoeCOWICHAN LAKE M Mesachie Lake as the Fly Fishing Capital of Honeymoon Bay ay AREA Jones, sponsor of the annual Canada, attracting royalty March Meadows Junior Golf and vacationing celebrities in Tournament. search of Dolly Varden, Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown Trout, Kokanee, and Steelhead. Go for an exhilarating water ski, or if a slower pace The town itself offers great dining, shopping, art exhibits, studios, appeals to you rent a houseboat and experience leisurely life on the skating, curling, skateboard park, outdoor volleyball, a marina and is water. Cowichan River, which originates at the lake, offers excellent the western most terminus of the Trans Canada Trail. whitewater kayaking on a year-round basis. Sh aw C r e ek

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“Made in Cowichan”: a very short list of take-home suggestions

• paintings and photographs capturing the Cowichan’s natural beauty

• the real deal: a Cowichan sweater or other Cowichanknit article of clothing

• prints of work by internationally acclaimed artist, E.J. Hughes

• delectable consumables, such as chocolate, cranberry treats, teas blended with Cowichan herbs, vinegars, lavender products, wines, ciders, and gourmet sauces, condiments, hand crafted cheese, breads and sea salts

• books and guides about the Cowichan’s history, First Nations culture, flora and fauna, recreational activities and more

• swoon-worthy wild-crafted soaps, lotions and balms

• superbly hand-crafted works of art, from the functional to the whimsical, by master glass-blowers, fine woodworkers, potters, ceramists, weavers, jewellers and others www.tourismcowichan.com

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Shopping

Shopping

The Cowichan is awash in ‘Special Somethings’ Do you remember the last time you were struck by a truly unique shopping experience? Well, you’re in for a memorable treat in the Cowichan. The Warm Lands nurture a different kind of shopping experience, in a truly inspirational Canadian setting. Here is home to the way shopping used to be: a personal and welcoming adventure at a pace that is trademark Cowichan. Not only will you find an outstanding dedication to personal service but a sheer profusion of variety. Window shop in one of our towns’ splendid centres or go off the beaten

“It’s the very best toyshop in the whole wide world” 158 Craig Street Downtown Duncan 250-748-5545 38

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track to discover the hidden gems, often hidden away in the most unlikely of places. From clothing to knickknacks, artisan servings such as glass blowing, pottery and other works of fine art, to First Nations riches, prizes for pets or unique home and garden treats and open-market handmade treasures, to cool toy and hobby shops, book stores and outdoor outfitters, you’ll need some extra room for the journey home (oh yes, Cowichan has great luggage and handbag shops too). Each new place you visit will surprise you at how many “little somethings” you’ll want to add to your shopping basket, many items found nowhere else in Canada. Clear your plate, and go on a shopping spree; one that you’ll look back on and say, “We’ve just got to do that again”! Fine stoneware and porcelain household and garden pottery with some sculpture as well. Studio visitors welcome by appointment. JANE WOLTERS POTTERY 9002 Chemainus Rd. Chemainus, BC V0R 1K5 (250)246-3853 wolterspots@shaw.ca www.janewolters.com


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Attractions and Events

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“Enrapturing” describes many of the Cowichan’s attractions …

... but the region also has attractions that are intriguing, novel, educational and just plain entertaining. You’ll have no trouble finding things to do in the Cowichan, whatever your age and interests or those of your travelling companions. Here are just a few suggestions: • Want to see the splendour of wildlife up close? At The Raptors bird centre, watch falcons, eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey in dramatic flying demonstrations, and interact with the birds – even sign up for a falconry course. • Visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre for a hands-on, interactive treat for all ages. Ride a steam train, see a collection of historical locomotives and marvel at the cross-section of a 1,300-year-old fir tree from the region. • Walk across the structurally stunning Kinsol Trestle, the largest of the eight trestles on the Cowichan Valley Trail/Trans Canada Trail route.

Welcome to The Raptors: Vancouver Island’s Bird Of Prey Attraction HAWK WALKS

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Attractions and Events How might tasting lead to feasting over a few days in the Cowichan? Here are some other suggestions.

Pacific Marine Circle Route The Pacific Marine Circle Route is a perfect way for visitors to explore much of the Cowichan region while also getting to see other parts of southern Vancouver Island. Best enjoyed as a multi-day excursion, this scenic 255-kilometre paved route stretches from coast to coast and connects the character, cultures and heritage of dozens of communities. The 55-kilometre stretch between Cowichan Lake and Port Renfrew gives travellers an appreciation of the Island’s nearby wilderness – a landscape filled with grand mountain vistas, lush old-growth forests and a multitude of clean, fastflowing rivers.

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Child- (and adult-) friendly activities: • Head to a lake or ocean beach for beachcombing, swimming and other water sports. • Walk or cycle the Cowichan Valley Trail/Trans Canada Trail. • Visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre and The Raptors bird centre. • Build a miniature wooden boat at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre. • Play at the spray parks in Ladysmith and Duncan. • Take pictures of the world’s largest hockey stick.

Nature-loving activities: • Visit the Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve and Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Geocaching on the Cowichan Valley Trail • Go bird watching at the Cowichan and Chemainus estuaries, Somenos Marsh and The Raptors bird centre. Wherever your starting point along this route, you’ll be able to • Go whale watching. explore wine country, the wild west coast, First Nations history, • Sign up for a mushroom-foraging guided tour in the fall. a range Qualicum of hamlets, villages, Beachtowns and cities, and numerous Horseshoe Bayyour choice of the hundreds of kilometres of trails • Hike fabulous parks – all in one fantastic road trip. in the region’s parks. Parksville • Visit the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre and learn about Vancouver local sea life in the touch tank.

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History-loving activities: • Walk, cycle or horseback ride to the Kinsol Trestle. • Visit one or more of the 10+ museums in the region. • Take a self-guided or guided history tour in Bamberton, Chemainus, Duncan, Ladysmith or Cowichan Bay. • Wander around historic churches and cemeteries, such as St. Peter’s, Quamichan. • Visit the gardens and store at Providence Farm, a property originally settled by the Sisters of St. Ann in 1864. Bellingham • Take a self guided or guided history tour in Cowichan Bay.

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Arts-loving activities: • Take a self-guided or narrated tour of Chemainus murals and Duncan’s totem collection. • Visit the dozens Anacortes of galleries and studios throughout the region. • Attend any of the hundreds of live music, theatre and dance events or festivals that take place throughout the year. Oak Harbour • Go on the Visions Art Studio Tour.

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• Interpretive displays, an authentic totem pole, and incredible architecture make the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre in Duncan an attraction worth seeing.

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• The largest Garry Oak in Canada (30 metres high) is found in one of the several Garry Oak preserves in Cowichan that protect the rare and sensitive plants found beneath the trees.

Sunfest Country Festival 2014 August Long Weekend TIM MCGRAW, Jake Owen, Dean Brody and many more! Featuring:

Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Dean Brody and many more! Sunfest offers country loving fans four days of amazing performances, showcasing over 25 acts. Sunfest is more than just a concert – it’s a vacation destination. And it all happens in the Cowichan Valley July 31 to August 3, 2014. With two stages the good times don’t stop all weekend long. The Kick Off Party starts Thursday at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. Friday night onstage features Jake Owen and George Canyon. Saturday Dean Brody and Blackjack Billy. Sunday wrap up welcomes country mega-star TIM MCGRAW Along with Aaron Pritchett and Cassadee Pope. Coming from out of town? Bring along your camping gear and stay where the action is. Campsites are limited – book early to avoid disappointment.

Where the Country Stars Come to Play Tickets and information available at www.sunfestconcerts.com

SEE THE EXHIBITS IN A 100 ACRE LIVING MUSEUM

AN ADVENTURE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

• The Third International EarthCache Event, October 2014 in Duncan, will feature guest speakers, geocaching vendors, fossil displays, thousands of geocaches, and Cowichan’s history, culture and geology.

The World’s Largest Hockey Stick in Duncan

RIDE THE RAILS • WALK THE TRAILS

• Walt Disney visited the BC Forest Discovery Centre in the early years of its existence, and added a steam locomotive to Disneyland at the advice of the museum’s founder.

BC FOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE WWW.BCFORESTDISCOVERYCENTRE.COM 2892 DRINKWATER ROAD, DUNCAN, BC. V9L-6C2 (ON THE TRANS CANADA HWY.)

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2014 Calendar of Events

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Here in the Cowichan, we love to celebrate the abundance and diversity of our arts, culture and heritage. And we’d love you to join us! Here are just a few of the events held around the region.

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February • Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival at BC Forest Discovery Centre – Duncan • 3rd Annual Islands Agriculture Show – Duncan

April • International Aboriginal Film Festival – Duncan • Brentwood Regatta – Mill Bay

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Cittaslow Spot Prawn Festival – Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Celebration – Maple Bay Ladysmith Maritime Society Seafood Festival Ladysmith Maritime Society Kids Pirate Day Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon & Village Festival • Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show

June Ladysmith Heritage Boat Festival Lake Days – Lake Cowichan Chemainus Summer Fest Father’s Day Tractor Show – Duncan Vancouver Island Fat Tire Festival - Ladysmith

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Cowichan Bay Regatta Ladysmith Days Cobble Hill Fall Fair Arts on the Avenue – Ladysmith Sunfest Country Rock Festival – Duncan Trains, Trucks and Tractors: A Celebration of Steam – Duncan Jubilee Jazz Festival – Chemainus Inspire!Fest – Shawnigan Lake Youbou Regatta Lake Cowichan Show and Shine

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Canada Day Celebrations around the region Antique Truck Show – Duncan Brits on the Beach Car Show - Ladysmith Bluegrass Festival – Chemainus Giant Street Market – Chemainus Duncan-Cowichan Summer Festival – Duncan Islands Folk Festival – Duncan Cowichan Valley Grape Escape MS Bike Tour Lavenderfest – Cobble Hill Visions Art Studio Tour Duncan Daze Marine and Small Boat Festival – Cowichan Bay • Honeymoon Bay Days

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Savour Cowichan Festival ~ a Celebration of Taste Salmon and Mushroom Festival – Lake Cowichan Cowichan Exhibition – Duncan Cittaslow White Dinner – Cowichan Bay

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Ladysmith Light Up Christmas Kick-Off – Duncan Christmas Chaos Craft Fair – Duncan Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour Celebration of Sea Lions – Cowichan Bay Cinnamon Bun Fun Run - Ladysmith

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Christmas Express Steam Train – Duncan Visions Art Studio Show and Sale Christmas Lights Sailpast and Carol Ships Little Town Christmas – Chemainus Festival of Lights - Ladysmith

A casual, family friendly restaurant specializing in chicken, homestyle side & biscuits. Famous for 3 styles of fried chicken: Famous Recipe, Spicy Crispy & Oven Roast. Dine-In, Drive thru, Delivery & Catering. 168 Trunk Rd. Duncan BC 250-748-4424 www.tourismcowichan.com

Ongoing Open Air Summer Events • Totem Tours – Downtown Duncan • Harbour Tours – Ladysmith, Cowichan Bay • Historical Tours – Bamberton • Historical Walking Tours – Cowichan Bay • Cittaslow Foodie Walks – Cowichan Bay

Tuesdays • Music in the Park – Chemainus • Ladysmith Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays • Chemainus Farmers’ Market

Thursdays • Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market

Cowichan Chef’s Table – Duncan Kiwi Fest – Ladysmith Halloween Train – Duncan Cross on the Rock Cyclocross Race - Ladysmith International EarthCache Geocaching Event

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Saturdays • Honeymoon Bay Outdoor Market • Duncan Farmers’ Market – Year Round • Summer Nights Music in the Park – Lake Cowichan

Sundays • Concerts in the Park – Ladysmith • South Cowichan Farmers’ Market • Junk in the Trunk – Lake Cowichan (third Sunday of the month)

© 2014 Cowichan Vacation Guide is a publication of Tourism Cowichan To contact Tourism Cowichan: Telephone: Visitor Inquiries: 1-888-303-3337 Marketing/Administration: 250-746-1099 Mailing Address: 135 Third Street, Duncan, BC Canada V9L 1R9 Email: info@tourismcowichan.com

Publisher & Advertising: Tourism Cowichan Design, Production & Sales: Cowichan News Leader Pictorial Main Cover Photo: Dave Blackey Inset Cover Photos: Sharron McKenna (Grapes); Tourism Cowichan (Kinsol Trestle); Sean Fenzl (Chef); Dave Blackey (Lavender); Andrew Leong (Tzinquaw Dancers) Printed in BC by Mitchell Press Tourism Cowichan would like to thank the many people and businesses who assisted with the content and photography of the 2014 Vacation Guide. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent of Tourism Cowichan and Cowichan News Leader Pictorial who are not in any way responsible for errors or omissions printed in this magazine, and retain the right to edit all copy.


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A Better Way to Stay... Your Guide to the Finest B&Bs Between Victoria & Nanaimo Cowichan Bed & Breakfast Association Stonewood Bed & Breakfast 7338 Walton Mountain Road Duncan BC V9L5W8 250-746-3664 stonewoodbandb@shaw.ca www.stonewoodbandb.com Mt. Prevost Bed & Breakfast 7121 Mt. Prevost Road Duncan BC V9L 5Z6 250-715-5069 mars4@shaw.ca www.mtprevostbedandbreakfast.com Alegria Vacation Suite and B&B 3031 Cliffs Road Duncan BC V9L 1C6 250-748-9047 info@alegriasuite.com www.alegriasuite.com Holmesdale House 1058 Holmesdale Street Duncan BC V9L 4Y7 250-597-1502 holmesdalehouse@shaw.ca www.holmesdalehouse.ca

Cherry Point Place Oceanfront Suites 4083 Balsam Drive Cobble Hill BC V0R 1L3 250-929-0636 info@cherrypointplace.ca www.cherrypointplace.ca Hillcrest Farm B&B 3915 Cobble Hill Road Cobble Hill BC V0R 1L5 250-743-3843 hillcrestfarm@shaw.ca www.hillcrestfarm.ca Forest Reflections Bed & Breakfast 3401 Kingburne Drive Cobble Hill BC V0R 1L5 250-743-7689 relax@forestreflections.ca www.forestreflections.ca Cobble House Bed & Breakfast 3105 Cameron-Taggart Road Cobble Hill BC V0R 1L6 250-743-2672 cobblehouse@shaw.ca www.cobble-house.com

Jacquie Gordon’s Bed & Breakfast 2231 Quamichan Park Place Duncan BC V9L 5E9 250-746-7736 jacquiegordon@shaw.ca www.jacquiegordon.com

Shawnigan Lake B&B 1911 Renfrew Road Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W1 250-743-6819 shawniganlakebedandbreakfast@telus.net www.shawniganlakevacations.com

Valley View Bed & Breakfast 2277 Quamichan Park Road Duncan BC V9L 4T7 250-748-5484 valleyviewbb2277@gmail.com www.valleyviewbedandbreakfast.ca

Woodview Bed & Breakfast 2962 Roozendaal Road Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W1 250-733-2000 info@woodviewbedandbreakfast.com www.woodviewbedandbreakfast.com

The Old Farm B&B 2075 Cowichan Bay Road Cowichan Bay BC V0R 1N1 250-748-6410 stay@oldfarminncowichan.com www.oldfarminncowichan.com

Shirley’s Cozy Nest 2502 Fawn Road Mill Bay BC V0R 2P1 250-743-8286 relax@shirleyscozynest.com www.shirleyscozynest.com

Seasons Above the Bay B&B 1818 Pritchard Road Cowichan Bay BC V0R 1N1 778-422-2224 info@seasonsabovethebay.com www.seasonsabovethebay.com

Timberline Chalet & Prancing Horse 573 Ebadora Lane Malahat BC V0R 2L0 250-743-9378 stay@prancinghorse.com www.prancinghorse.com www.tourismcowichan.com

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Accommodation

Why rush off? Stay, stay, and enjoy more of the feast! A Note for Tenting and RV Campers Whether you drive a motor home, pack your tent in your vehicle’s trunk, or prefer a more rugged, hike-in experience with your gear on your back, you’ll find a wide range of public and private camping options. From basic no-frills campsites to easy-access group sites and full-amenity RV resorts, the choices are here. The Cowichan is a camper’s paradise. The region’s many parks and forests are known for their spectacular natural beauty and peaceful, affordable campgrounds. For information about accommodations and private campgrounds in the Cowichan, visit www.tourismcowichan.com, contact a Visitor Centre or call 1-888-303-3337. For information about provincial campgrounds, visit www.bcparks.ca.

Boutique B&B ~ 5 Dreamy Rooms ~ Guest Lounge ~ Hot Tub ~ Soulful Garden

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Two beautiful guest suites, surrounded by gardens, in the heart of scenic Cowichan Bay.


Plan to stay for several days, or even a week or more, so you can sample widely the offerings of this amazingly varied region. The Cowichan’s accommodation options range from traditional to unusual.

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hotels and motels country inns, lodges and retreats bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) to suit every taste and budget cabins and cottages by the ocean, a river or a lake RV resorts and park facilities walk-in and drive-in campgrounds lakeshore houseboats and marine dockside float homes yurts

Need a getaway?

Need a lakefront getaway? Escape to

Chemainus Inn

Shawnigan Lake House

Beautiful lakefront home on Shawnigan Lake (45 minutes from Victoria) with dock. House sleeps 6 off-season and 10 in summer with additional bunkie & suite. Great for family gatherings year-round. Home featured in House Beautiful section of Victoria Times Colonist.

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Stay

Getting Here The Cowichan: easy to get to, hard to leave By ferry – BC Ferries: 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779) www.bcferries.com: • Vancouver to Victoria or Nanaimo • West Vancouver to Nanaimo • Powell River to Comox • Salt Spring Island to Crofton • Brentwood Bay (Saanich Peninsula) to Mill Bay By ferry from Washington State to Vancouver Island: • Port Angeles to Victoria • www.cohoferry.com • Anacortes to Sidney • www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries • Seattle to Victoria • www.clippervacations.com By private boat: • Ladysmith, Thetis Island, Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, • Cowichan Bay, Cherry Point and Mill Bay By car: • Take the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria or Nanaimo, a 30-minute drive

By bus: • Greyhound • 1-800-661-8747 • www.greyhound.ca • Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System 250-746-9899 • www.busonline.ca/regions/cow/ • Island Link Bus. www.islandlinkbus.com By air: • Victoria International Airport (YYJ) • www.victoriaairport.com • Nanaimo Airport (YCD) • www.nanaimoairport.com • Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) • www.comoxairport.com • Harbour Air – seaplane service from downtown Vancouver to Maple Bay • 1-800-665-0212 • www.harbour-air.com • Saltspring Air – seaplane service from downtown Vancouver to Maple Bay • www.saltspringair.com By bike: • Many scenic secondary roads, ideal for cycling, lead to the Cowichan. Contact www.tourismcowichan.com for maps

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Visitor Services Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre 2896 Drinkwater Rd • 250-746-4636 • visitorinfo@duncancc.bc.ca Chemainus Visitor Centre 9796 Willow St • 250-246-3944 • visitorcentre@chemainus.bc.ca Cowichan Lake District Visitor Centre 125 South Shore Rd • 250-749-3244 • lcchamber@shaw.ca Ladysmith Visitor Centre 411 First Ave • 250-245-2112 • info@ladysmithcofc.com South Cowichan Tourist Info Booth Mill Bay Shopping Centre 250-743-3566 • southcowichanchamber@shaw.ca Tourism Cowichan 1-888-303-3337 • www.tourismcowichan.com Tourism Vancouver Island • www.vancouverisland.travel 46

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Unparalleled on the 49th!

Awaken your sense of adventure and fun with our marine playground for paddlers, boaters, and sand-castle builders! enjoy a hike on our trails or a take a walk along the seashore. Our historic downtown offers unique shopping, heritage artifacts, and award-winning cinnamon buns. Stay for a night – or a week – and discover all that ladysmith has to offer. you’ll find unparalleled small town charm in ladysmith on the 49th Parallel.

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Come off the Highway!

A vibrant history and culture in a laid-back way. A west coast style and a welcoming spirit. Coffee Shops to cutting-edge cuisine. One of a kind shops, independently owned and operated. A downtown that is ordinar anything but ordinary.

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