Discover the Flavours of Rural Cowichan
INCLUDES: Cowichan Station, Glenora, Sahtlam, Westholme
Also known as Cowichan Regional District Area "E". Take a drive through any of these rural areas of North Cowichan and you will enjoy some of the most beautiful scenic routes in the district. These are also some of the oldest communities. Cowichan Station and Glenora are home to many local food producers and several wineries.
Zanatta Winery (Vignetti Zannata) was one of the first to put down wine roots on southern Vancouver Island and in 2011 celebrated 20 years of wine in the Cowichan. Stop for a bite to eat at the Vinoteca Restaurant, located on the vineyard.
Cowichan Station is a rural community to the south of Duncan. There is much history in this area, many cozy Bed & Breakfast accommodations to stay and several wineries to visit.
Bright Angel Provincial Park is a tiny refuge on the banks of the Koksilah River with trails that wind through the forest and cross a suspension bridge high above the river. It is a well-known local swimming spot and a lovely picnic area for families and school groups.
Sahtlam is a rural area to the west of Duncan, on the other side of Cowichan River from Glenora. Take the exits off HIghway 18 on the way to Lake Cowichan or travel the old highway Cowichan Lake Road through rural areas and communities, such as Skutz Falls and the now ghost town village of Paldi. Sahtlam Lodge and Cabins offers seasonal fishing, hiking and swimming.
Westholme is one of the original settlements on Vancouver Island. Once a thriving mining and farming community, a peaceful private community nestled in the shadow of Mount Sicker. Today this area is filled with hobby farms and upscale private estates on large acreages, many of which are owned to this day by the descendants of original settlers to this area. One of its most popular businesses is Russell Farms Market where locally grown produce is available to customers from as far away as Salt Spring Island and to other surrounding communities, as well as being a favourite stop of passing tourists, as it still retains its original country charm of years long past, Russell Farms is filled with historical artifacts from within the community. Divided by the Island Highway and bordered by Duncan to the south, Chemainus to the north and Crofton and the local Native Reserve to the east.