Discover the Flavour of Mill Bay

INCLUDES: Mill Bay, Malahat, Bamberton

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Mill Bay is a rural area that hugs the shoreline of San de Fuca on the southeast shore of Vancouver Island, about 26 miles (41 km) north of Victoria. The surrounding parks in Mill Bay are perfect for hiking and cycling and the Saanich Inlet for boating, ocean kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Sail the straits and channels from Mill Bay to Ladysmith. Visit the Visitor Centre in the Mill Bay Centre for information and maps to the area.

The Malahat is a part of the Cowichan Region, which begins at the welcome sign stationed at the rest stop before the look-out at the summit. Take a drive north from Victoria over the Malahat and take in breathtaking views on the way up-island. Visitors also come to Mill Bay across Saanich Inlet from Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Peninsula on the Brentwood Bay/Mill Bay BC Ferry - the oldest BC ferry route. The crossing is a short 20 minute ride, but a spectacular one. This is also an alternative route taken by commuters who are met with traffic delays on the Malahat.

Follow the scenic route along the coast up to the Mill Bay village and main shopping district and then explore the country roads that eventually end up in either Shawnigan Lake or Cobble Hill. The boundaries between Cobble Hill and Mill Bay are often vague, and sometimes the two areas are seen a one as they have similar flavours.

A little history...

Mill Bay is one of the original settlements on southern Vancouver Island - settlements began in the 1860s, only 20 years after Victoria. Settlers coming in on the boats to Cowichan Bay dispersed to surrounding areas. There are many families still residing from the original roots, and many buildings and farms. For more history, visit the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives.