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For complete list of Duncan Activities visit Cowichan Valley website.

Alderlea Vineyards
Call for Tours and Tastings (250)746-7122 - Duncan area.

Bright Angel Park
On the Banks of the Koksilah River in the Cowichan Valley is a tiny refuge called Bright Angel Provincial Park. Trails wind through the forest and cross a suspension bridge high above the river. Huge, old Red Cedar and Douglas-fir lean over the river and, at Easter time, fawn lilies nod among the trees. Bright Angel lies within the Coastal Douglas-fir ecological zone where, in the lee of the Vancouver Island Mountains, summers are warm and dry and winters mild and wet. The park has a typical mixed forest of Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, Grand fir and Bigleaf Maple. Black-tail Deer, raccoon, Bald Eagles, kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Steelhead Trout and Mergansers are commonly found in the park, and the occasional Black Bear and cougar wander through. Read More

Cowichan River Footpath
The Cowichan River Footpath in the Cowichan Valley is an historic 20-km trail that winds its way along the north and south sides of the scenic Cowichan River, from Glenora to Skutz Falls. Although primarily used by anglers, it also provides a pleasant 12-mile (19-km) ramble through newly created Cowichan River Provincial Park. Hikers, naturalists and spectators of canoeing and kayaking also enjoy the use of the path. Highlights include salmon runs in fall and the large, open recreation site at Skutz Falls. Read More

Cowichan River Provincial Park
Cowichan River Provincial Park on southern Vancouver Island is the place to go. Whether you want to go swimming, canoeing, white-water kayaking, tubing, camping, fishing or hiking, or just want to take it easy in the sun, you’re bound to find something to do in this “recreation corridor” south of Duncan. Read More

Kingburne Park
The Kingburne area is best known for the Bonanza Ranch that occupied approximately 73 acres of the area along the Koksilah River in the early 1900s. The acreage was subdivided in the early 1990s allowing for the creation in 1992 of a fourteen and a half acre CVRD Community Park. Enjoy the history of this park through our interpretive signage in addition to the rugged landscape features that showcase this park. The park offers Walking Trails, Scenic Views, Koksilah River Access, Picnic Sites, and Park History. Read More

Lomas Lake
Location: Youbou (Lake Cowichan ) Elevation Gain: Approximately 700 meters Dayhike: Best from Late June thru Late September Backpack: Best from Late June thru Late September Trailhead: Drive north from Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) to the the Lake Cowichan Highway (#18) just north of Duncan. Turn west (left) and drive to Youbou (take the right fork near Lake Cowichan). Continue through Youbou past the mill down the logging road. After about 2 km you will come to a bridge spanning Cottonwood Creek, immediately across this bridge there is a gated logging road, turn right here and continue along, keeping to the lower road at the first major junction. After several km you will come to a junction where the Cottonwood Creek East logging road branches from the mainline. Take this turn and continue as long as the road is passable (it has been ditched in several places and is only passable in a 4WD).

Maple Mountain
Location: Maple Bay (Vancouver Island), BC Canada Length: 5 km one way Elevation Gain: 310 meters Dayhike: Suitable all year Trailhead: Drive north from Victoria on Highway 1 through Duncan to Herd Road, turn right and follow road towards Maple Bay. Turn left on Osborne Bay Road (to Crofton) and follow this to marked park entrance. Trail begins in the trees to the north of the parking area/turn around. Read More

Markets - Cowichan Valley Farmers' Marketplace
Fresh local produce, eggs, specialty meats, cheese, baked goods, other food products and crafts. Every Saturday 9:00 to 1:00 at the Cowichan Fairgrounds in Duncan. 250-743-3861

Mt Tzouhalem
A favourite daytrip from Nanaimo or Victoria, Mt Tzouhalem ("zoo-hay'-lum") stands guard at the end of the Cowichan Valley, between Duncan and Saltspring Island. The mountain's southern, bay-side slope rises steeply to craggy lookouts, where hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the Cowichan River Valley and its estuary. Read More

Starlight Stables
Trail rides, lessons and camps. - (250) 746-4484 Duncan area

Echo Valley Vineyard
Vineyard tours and wine tastings. Glenora area of Duncan. Call 250-748-1470 Read More

BC Forest Discovery Centre
Explore our 100-acre living museum! Along with the train, playground and interpretive trails, there is a wealth of exhibits indoors and out.
Kids are fascinated by the dioramas in the Glynne Jones building. We have an 1880s logging camp complete with two blacksmith shops and school, and that's just the beginning. In the Welcome Museum you will find state of the art interactive exhibits and displays of yarders, speeders, putt-putts, treen and more! Have your picture taken beside “Little Jakey”! Visit our heritage sawmill or check out the antique vehicles building. The logging truck display on the Lower Grounds displays vehicles from as far back as 1890. Ride the train past the Restoration Shops and on your way back, be sure to check out the Lookout Tower and the Koksilah Ranger Station. Ride the Discovery Train and ask the conductor what the train whistle means. Visit the indoor & outdoor exhibits and climb the Lookout Tower for a great view. Kids! Help draw the forest scene in the schoolhouse or find Rusty-the-Squirrel's hiding spots. Wander the Forester’s Walks & the Somenos Marsh Walk and find the eagles' nest way up high. Enjoy a snack from the concession or picnic by the playground. And don't forget to check out the gift shop for a great choice of souvenirs! Read More

Blue Grouse Vineyards
Quality attained through intimate small steps taken with precision, pride and dedication - Tours and Tastings - Duncan area.
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Cowichan Valley Museum
The Museum is situated Duncans "Heritage Designated" 1912 Railway Station along the E&N Railway. It is located in the center of Duncan, a community of 5000 people in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, also known by its First Nations population as "The Warm Land". Staff and Volunteers offer a warm welcome to visitors from around the world. Read More

E. J. Hughes Gallery
A gallery devoted exclusively to the work of a legendary Canadian artist who has lived in Duncan for the past 27 years. D1
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Fishing - River Quest Charters
River Quest Charters is the premier Muskegon River guide service; fly fishing for steelhead, salmon, trout and smallmouth bass. River Quest Charters also seasonally guides the Manistee River, St. Mary's River and the St. Joseph River. Read More

Genoa Bay Marina
"Genoa Bay is like a breath of fresh air in this sterile, denaturalized culture. It's a bit ramshackle and improvised, honest and eccentric - the way life ought to be. A rustic hideaway full of old wood sailboats, some of the last true individuals, genuinely good food and deafening silence. The kind of place...sailors. wooden boaters, romantics and intelligent sentimentalists hold close to their hearts" Read More

Godfrey Brownell Vineyards
Vineyard and winery tours and tastings - Duncan area. Read More

Kayaking - River- Kindred Spirit Kayaking Co.
If you are up for some excitment on the water you are in the right place. Running rapids or floating down the beautiful river, there is something in it for everyone. Come check out!! -Duncan area
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Maple Bay Marina
Full Service Marina & Dining in sheltered Maple Bay. Duncan area. Read More

Ocean Charters - Excalibur Charters
Cruising adventures through the beautiful Gulf Islands archipelago. Feel the history of the Southern Vancouver Island coast where the paddles of the proud Cowichan Tribes took these earliest peoples from village to village; where the oars of the European settlers propelled them to remote homesteads; where commercial fishermen wet their lines and rumrunners plied their trade - Duncan area. Visit Website

Old Koksilah School Museum Tours by appointment year round. An historic one-room school house has been fully restored and offers a peek into the unique classroom history of the Duncan area. Read More

Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre
The Centre offers all guests an authentic First Nations Experience - Interpretive Tours, Traditional Art Work in our gallery and Native cuisine in the Riverwalk Cafe. The Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre is located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes from both Nanaimo and Victoria in the southeast corner of Vancouver Island. Read More

Somenos Marsh Wildlife Refuge
Somenos Marsh is a fascinating, rich and diverse wetland complex lying at the geographic, demographic, and economic centre of the Cowichan Valley. That it is still an area of exceptional bird, fish and other wildlife values is a testimony to the passion and determination of so many to preserve it - the people who over eighteen years have been active in the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. The Somenos Marsh Conservation Area is located in North Cowichan, BC, on the north edge of Duncan. It is about a one-hour drive north from Victoria and one hour south of Nanaimo, via Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. Read More

Totem Tours
Current statistics show that Downtown Duncan’s biggest draw to visiting tourists is its totem poles. It is for this reason that there are free guided walking tours of the totems in the downtown area.
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5325 Trans Canada Highway. Duncan, B.C. V9L 5J2
Toll Free Number: (877) 312-8899
Phone: (250) 748-0661 ext. 0, Fax: (250) 737-1615
email: motel@super8duncan.com
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