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New Tourism Hub for Nitinaht Lake

New Tourism Hub for Nitinaht Lake

Nitinaht Lake, a world-renowned destination for windsurfers and kiteboarders, will soon be home to new visitor recreation amenities. Developed by the Ditidaht First Nation, the Caycuse Recreation Site project is receiving $237,000 in funding support from the Island Coastal Economic Trust. The Caycuse Recreation Site project will feature the development of new facilities including 52 new campsites and related cultural tourism amenities. The project will also include the development of 5.1 km...

Chemainus Art Group is Celebrating the Big Five Oh!

Chemainus Art Group is Celebrating the Big Five Oh!

This May, the Chemainus Art Group is proudly celebrating 50 years creating art within their community. The “Big Five Oh” art show is a showcase of the people and communities that have helped the Chemainus Art Group flourish from 1969 to 2019. The group began with 12 artists who started the Chemainus Sketch Group and met at the home of founding member, Edith Harris. Now with 65 members, the group has updated their name to the Chemainus Art Group. True to their original vision, participating...

See the Garry Oak Preserve in Bloom April 27

See the Garry Oak Preserve in Bloom April 27

Nature lovers, native plant gardeners and curious ecologists of all ages are invited to attend the annual In Bloom Wildflower Festival at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (1241 Maple Bay Road) on April 27 . Hosted by local volunteers from the Oak Park Preservation Society, the event offers local residents at chance to tour the nationally renowned site, which is now owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  The preserve is ecologically sensitive, so visitors are asked to leave pets at home for...

Cowichan Valley Entries Take Honours at Island Commercial Building Awards

Cowichan based industrial, hospitality, civic and academic facilities were in the winners circle at the 12th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) Commercial Building Awards held in Courtenay on April 4, 2019. The Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn in Duncan was named best in the renovation category. The hotel underwent a $4 million makeover to refurbish 42 rooms and add an additional floor to boost the building to 64 rooms in total. Another Cowichan Valley development, Parhar...

ARTFINDS.ME is for Art Lovers, Local Artists and Local Business

ARTFINDS.ME is for Art Lovers, Local Artists and Local Business

artfinds.me is an art show that goes where visitors to the Cowichan region go.  It weaves visual art into the fabric of everyday experiences and connects people and places. Visual artists are incredible storytellers, and artfinds.me is a mobile art gallery that is the brainchild of local writer and arts entrepreneur Jenny Farkas. artfinds.me uses location-tagged original art to helps tourists discover the unique beauty and character of the Cowichan region, while they are planning their trip or...

Strategy Highlights Importance of Industrial Lands in Cowichan

Strategy Highlights Importance of Industrial Lands in Cowichan

A newly completed Cowichan Industrial Land Use Strategy has identified the connection between creating and preserving industrial lands in the Cowichan region and creating the jobs of the future. Commissioned by Economic Development Cowichan (EDC), the strategy examines the vital role industrial lands play in shaping the economic future and social health of our region. Working with the consulting firm Urban Systems, EDC launched the strategy in 2018 to engage with current industrial land users,...

LIFT Committee Rises Up in Cowichan Lake Region

LIFT Committee Rises Up in Cowichan Lake Region

A new group is beginning to take shape to explore economic development issues in the Cowichan Lake region.  Known as the LIFT Committee (for Lake Cowichan, Electoral Areas I and F, and the Ts’uubaa-asatx First Nation) the group has held three informal meetings to share ideas. Initiated by Aaron Hamilton and Chief Georgina Livingstone of the Ts’uubaa-asatx First Nation, the committee meetings have included representation from local government, regional business interests, Economic Development...

For the Love of Nonprofits

For the Love of Nonprofits

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to present For the Love of Nonprofits.  This one-day professional development and networking symposium will be held at the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Similar to the Small Business BIG DAY symposium held last October, the day will be jam-packed with fantastic speakers and presenters.  Only this time, it's all about the Non-Profits, Registered Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Service...

Community Revitalization Expert Storm Cunningham is Coming to Cowichan

Community Revitalization Expert Storm Cunningham is Coming to Cowichan

On Thursday April 11, Storm Cunningham - author, publisher, workshop leader, coach and cheerleader for a new model of economic development through regeneration and ecological restoration is coming to Cowichan Valley as part of the CVRD’s Placemaking Vancouver Island Speaker Series. Everywhere one turns these days, “re” words appear: urban regeneration, regenerative agriculture, economic revitalization, and so on. Storm Cunningham is a major catalyst in the global “re” trend. He is the author...

Celebrated Presenter Doug Griffiths Comes To Shawnigan Lake This April 

Celebrated Presenter Doug Griffiths Comes To Shawnigan Lake This April 

On Thursday April 4, renowned author and former Canadian politician, Doug Griffiths will be coming to Cowichan as part of the CVRD’s Placemaking Vancouver Island Speaker Series.  The event is being co-hosted by Economic Development Cowichan and various community supporters in Shawnigan Lake, including the newly formed group ThinkShawnigan. Doug Griffiths is renowned throughout Canada for his dynamic keynote presentations. His book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community delivers witty and revealing...

 

 

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
edc@cvrd.bc.ca
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508