Cowichan's Communities

Cowichan's towns have character and ambiance

Each of the communities in Cowichan has a unique flavour and history, from quaint villages to bustling town centres. 

Ladysmith has Edwardian charm and Chemainus wears its artistry on almost every wall. Duncan’s totem poles celebrate First Nations heritage while  Cowichan Bay is a maritime heritage gem. Lake Cowichan is the place to splash down for family fun, and the rural and seaside villages of South Cowichan add to the diverse community tapestry. All vastly different in nature, and all within a scenic 40 minute drive of centrally located Duncan.

Built on a hillside overlooking a stunning natural harbour and surrounded by magnificent more.

North Cowichan
North Cowichan’s stunning landscapes and fertile farmland are framed by ocean, rivers and mountains. With 50 parks and three mountains that offer an extensive trail more.



An artistic, seaside village, Chemainus is known for its dramatic murals and sculptures depicting the town’s more.


Known as the City of Totems, Duncan is the heart of Cowichan. Duncan’s downtown bustles with activity in shops, galleries, cafés, and a popular brew pub and wine more.

Framed by hills and Osborne Bay, the oceanside community of Crofton is a fine place to launch a fishing more.

Maple Bay and Genoa Bay
The oceanfront communities of Maple Bay and Genoa Bay are situated in idyllic coves and protected more.

Cowichan Bay
In the eclectic seaside fishing village of Cowichan Bay, classic fish boats, cruising yachts and funky more.

Lake Cowichan & Area
Cowichan Lake is a premier vacation destination for those who love the outdoors. Water-ski, go fishing or rent a houseboat and experience leisurely life on the more.

Youbou and  Honeymoon Bay
On the north side of Cowichan Lake, the village of Youbou has the only sanctioned bowling alley (5 and 10-pin) in the country that still has human pinsetters. And on  the south shore, Honeymoon more.

South Cowichan ~ Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake 

Residents embrace the healthy lifestyle that comes with easy access to mountains, lakes and the ocean. Go hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the Cowichan Valley Trail, and cross the Kinsol more.

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Transfer Beach Amphitheatre in Ladysmith
Chemainus Theatre
Station Street in Duncan