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Fall in Love with Cowichan

Fall in Love with Cowichan

There’s no better place to celebrate love and get romantic than Cowichan, where the endless adventures await in any season! Tourism Cowichan has recently released their “Cuddle Up in Cowichan” date itineraries and “Top 10 Cowichan Date Ideas” just in time for Valentines Day. Whether its outdoor adventure, local shopping, or culinary delights, Cowichan is the perfect place to fall in love. Planning your perfect local date has never been easier! Get inspired to be romantic in our home region by...

EDC Hosts Sip & Share Event at Blue Grouse Winery!

EDC Hosts Sip & Share Event at Blue Grouse Winery!

On January 24, 2019, Economic Development Cowichan hosted a Sip & Share event at Blue Grouse Winery to present the key findings from the Cowichan’s Wine, Craft Brewery, Cider and Distilleries Industries Report. At the event, EDC staffers Amy Melmock and Janae Enns, Dr. John Volpe, Associate Professor at UVIC, and Winemaker, Bailey Williamson, provided status updates on some of the initiatives and first-of-its-kind research that is taking place within Cowichan’s beverage sectors. The event...

The Island Agriculture Show Returns to Saanich!

The Island Agriculture Show Returns to Saanich!

The 2019 Islands Agriculture Show returns February 1-2, at the Saanich Fairgrounds  The two-day show features a trade show, young farmer’s day for kids, and conference sessions that are focused around this year’s theme “Prospering in a Time of Uncertainty.” The Island Agriculture Show is the only agricultural trade show serving the farm and food community on Vancouver Island, the Coast and Gulf Islands. The Islands Agriculture Show provides a venue for farmers, rural landowners, farm...

Nexus Global Introduces New Adaptable Modular Structures

Nexus Global, an emerging modular construction firm in Cowichan is setting its sights on building a sustainable future for the region. The company, formed by Dave Slang and Al Jackson in 2017,  incorporates current building codes and sustainability into its modular designs, creating commercial and residential buildings that are unique and affordable. Nexus Global is realizing the potential for harnessing niche opportunities in small to medium scale cannabis production. Modular structures can...

New Videos to Boost Profile of the Cowichan Region in 2019

New Videos to Boost Profile of the Cowichan Region in 2019

Just in time for the dawn of a new year, Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) is releasing two exciting new videos. “Cowichan: Hipper than You Think” celebrates a new generation of business owners and trendsetters attracted to the lifestyle, recreational and cultural amenities in the Cowichan region. The music video features more than a dozen businesses across the region and offers a quick glimpse of Cowichan’s appeal as a destination for cycling, rowing, festivals and culinary experiences. The...

Land Linking Workshop Well Attended in Cobble Hill

Land Linking Workshop Well Attended in Cobble Hill

The Vancouver Island Land Linking Workshop in Cobble Hill on November 24, 2018 was an inspiring day! Cowichan Land Matcher Azja Jones Martin, was thrilled with the attendance of 65 farmers and landowners from across Vancouver Island.   Participants were keen to learn more about land lease arrangements through the B.C. Land Matching Program. The room was buzzing with great conversations and important connections were made to move the program forward in the region. Economic Development Cowichan...

Rural Design–A New Design Discipline; Dewey Thorbeck in the Island Speaker Series

Rural Design–A New Design Discipline; Dewey Thorbeck in the Island Speaker Series

On November 29, 2018, renowned architect Dewey Thorbeck was the latest guest in the CVRD’s Place-Making Vancouver Island Speaker Series. Professor Dewey Thorbeck is a practicing architect, emeritus adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota, emeritus founder and director of the Centre for Rural Design, and now a senior research fellow in the Minnesota Design Centre.  He believes the spirit of a place exists in the feelings that people generate about it and that a...

Cowichan Lake Region – Hiking & Cycling Tourism Action Plan

Cowichan Lake Region – Hiking & Cycling Tourism Action Plan

In 2018, Community Futures Cowichan took the lead in bringing together the CVRD, the Town of Lake Cowichan and Ts’uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nations to create a Tourism Action Plan focused on hiking and cycling for the Cowichan Lake Region. The now completed plan promotes collaboration in the business and community members and the creation of a more robust tourism identity for the Cowichan Lake region based on pumping up the volume on its acclaimed hiking and cycling assets. These...

Ladysmith’s 31st Festival of Lights Kick Off November 29

Ladysmith’s 31st Festival of Lights Kick Off November 29

Come join the 31st annual Ladysmith Light Up celebration! From the last Thursday in November until the second Sunday in January, Ladysmith is ignited with the life of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. Since 1987, each year, over 1,000 volunteer hours are put into setting up the festive decorations and 200,000 sparkling lights.  The Town of Ladysmith, services clubs like the Rotary Club and Eagles, Kinsmen Club and many other organizations and downtown merchants have been major...

Vancouver Island Receives Foreign Trade Zone Point Designation

Vancouver Island Receives Foreign Trade Zone Point Designation

The Government of Canada has granted Foreign Trade Zone Point designation (FTZ-VI) to Vancouver Island, through the efforts of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). The designation has been a priority project for VIEA, and Economic Development Cowichan has contributed financially to this island-wide initiative to mature and diversify a sustainable island economy. The FTZ will help island businesses produce goods for export through programs designed to defer duties and taxes to improve...

 

 

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edc@cvrd.bc.ca
T 250.746.7880
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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