Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived in Ladysmith but it is still business as usual downtown

Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived in Ladysmith but it is still business as usual downtown

Paramount Picture’s major motion picture Sonic the Hedgehog is currently being filmed in downtown Ladysmith! “We searched all over B.C. and have chosen Ladysmith as our hero town for our movie,” said Abraham Fraser, the location manager for the film. Don’t let the Sonic movie prep keep you away! The town encourages you to continue shopping at local businesses amidst the filming and to consider it an added attraction. The streets and storefronts have been transformed for the set and there are...

It’s all in the grapes! World class research taking place at Cowichan wineries.

It’s all in the grapes! World class research taking place at Cowichan wineries.

An exciting new partnership between the Wine Islands Growers Association (WIGA) and Dr. John Volpe from UVIC has been formed to conduct cutting edge research on the production of wine across Vancouver Island. The project has recently been awarded funding from the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia (IAF) and is the first initiative of its kind looking into the molecular properties of grapes. Great wine starts with great grapes. An exceptional wine is achieved if grapes are...

EDC hosts a Mixer to Talk Tech Training!

EDC hosts a Mixer to Talk Tech Training!

On August 23, EDC brought together representatives from Vancouver Island University (VIU), School District 79, Apple Canada and local industry for a fun night of networking and to learn more about a new tech training initiative for Cowichan. EDC, VIU, School District 79, Apple Canada and Community Futures have been developing a proposal for a new local tech training program. The goal of the program is to respond to the industry’s need to access skilled workers, an idea that was detailed in the...

The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival Has Returned!

The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival Has Returned!

Economic Development Cowichan is pleased to announce the return of the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival that has been organized through the dedicated efforts from local wineries. It will be taking place on August 24-26. The weekend commences with the kickoff Party at the Pavilion on Friday, August 24 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shawnigan Lake School Pavilion. It will be a night of great entertainment in a beautiful setting with complimentary tastings. During the rest of the Festival Weekend guests...

EIO Diagnostics Included in Forbes 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups

EIO Diagnostics Included in Forbes 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups

It’s been a whirlwind year for EIO Diagnostics, a Cowichan based start-up company has now garnering international media attention. EIO Diagnostics merges agriculture with cutting edge technology to address one of the most costly challenges within the international dairy industry – detecting early stage udder infections in dairy cows. EIO uses a technique known as multispectral imaging to accurately identify udder abnormalities as they form, and their technology is faster and more affordable...

Cittaslow Launches Seventh Annual Dinner in White and the Three Things Initiative

Cittaslow Launches Seventh Annual Dinner in White and the Three Things Initiative

Get your white outfit ready! On August 12, 2018 Cittaslow will be hosting their 7th annual Dinner in White. The much anticipated event will be taking place in Hecate Park, Cowichan Bay starting at 4:30p.m. The dinner will be potluck style and everyone is asked to bring a shared dish that is made from locally sourced food to share with guests. Beverages will not be provided so guests are encouraged to bring their own drinks, including wine. During the event a special announcement will be made...

Cowichan Tribes hosts the 42nd Annual BC Elders Gathering: ‘I tst ‘o’ hwun’ ‘I (We Are Still Here)

Thousands of people from across British Columbia were in Duncan this July for the 42nd annual BC Elders Gathering. Hosted by the Cowichan Tribes, the three day event took place in the Island Savings Centre arena and garnered an estimated 5,000 attendees, including 2,500 elders from across the province. Accommodation for attendees was provided at numerous locations spanning from Nanaimo to Victoria. Premier John Horgan was amongst the delegates honoring this special celebration in Duncan at the...

Province relaunches Buy BC to connect people to made-in-B.C. products

Province relaunches Buy BC to connect people to made-in-B.C. products

Buy BC programming is being relaunched to boost B.C.’s agriculture industry and fuel public interest in shopping for made-in-B.C. products. The program is aimed at making it easier for British Columbians to explore new and different products from around the province. The Buy BC Partnership Program involves cost-shared funding that is available not only to agriculture and seafood producers, processors and co-operatives, but also to relevant industry associations, as well as agricultural fairs...

Microtel Inn & Suites in Oyster Bay is Now Open for Business!

Microtel Inn & Suites in Oyster Bay is Now Open for Business!

The Coast Salish Development Corporation (CSDC) in partnership with MasterBUILT Hotels has officially opened the Microtel Inn & Suites in Oyster Bay, just north of Ladysmith. A celebratory grand opening reception was held on June 20, 2018 and included a tour of the newly developed property and a ribbon cutting ceremony to symbolize the beginning of an exciting new development. CSDC is the Stz’uminus First Nations economic development arm. It is one of the leading First Nations in Canada in...

Free Music in Downtown Duncan Jun 29 – Aug 6

The arts and cultural community has again come together with the local business sector to prove that downtown Duncan and the Cowichan Valley is “a rather fun place to be”. 39 Days of July presented by the Duncan Cowichan Festival Society offers 200 free scheduled musical events that are designed to bring community together and celebrate our diverse local and international music scenes.  It’s an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to take advantage of the concerts ambience, explore the...

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Canada V9L 1R9
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T 250.746.7880
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