Discover the Flavour of Cowichan Bay
You don't want to miss these:
- Picturesque seaside drive along the coast
- Adventure and tourism opportunities galore!
- Unique waterfront shops, restaurants and galleries
- Hide a-way B & B's - unique places to stay!
- Whale-watching, ocean kayaking and fishing tours
- Real boat-building projects to watch in progress
- On-going Bay festivals and events in-season
- Local Art everywhere you look!
Unique Shops & Restaurants... the smell of sea-salt...
Cowichan Bay is an experience like none other on Vancouver Island. This tiny seaside village located around the waterfront marina still retains much of the flavour of old time and is packed with a wide range of ocean adventures as well as culinary and cultural delights. Cowichan Bay is home to many Vancouver Island Wineries and well-known Artists.
Make sure to make a stop and TASTE the 'Bay': have an adventure with ocean kayaking or whale-watching, savour the seasonal catch of the day (crabs, halibut, prawns!) at any one of the many local dockside restaurants, enjoy locally-made ice cream and don't forget to pick up a bottle of local wine accompanied with a loaf of organic True Grain Bread and some locally-made cheeses.
Cowichan Bay comes alive with a number of festivals and events from spring to fall - make sure you catch the local Spot Prawn Festival in May, the Fast & Furious Boat Building Competition that takes place in June, the Sailing Ragatta in July and the Cowichan Bay ARTWALK in July that features the work of many local artists.
The Beginning of Cowichan...
While Downtown Duncan is considered the "Heart of Cowichan", the actual settlement of the Cowichan Region by European settlers began in Cowichan Bay. When the early settlers arrived by steamship the Cowichan Bay waterfront became the center of commercial life. The Masthead Restaurant - the oldest building still standing today - was once The Columbia Hotel, the local meeting place and pick-up location for goods coming up from Victoria. Make sure you stop in to visit the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre museum to take in the full history and true feeling of this unique marine-side town.