Get close to nature
From cycling to water sports, we offer incredible access to the great outdoors. Want to know more? Visit Tourism Cowichan for information on golf, whale watching, cycling tours, and other adventures. Discover why we’re Vancouver Island’s top outdoor destination.
Parks and trails
Cowichan is home to 206 community parks covering over 1,131 hectares of land and 47 kms of managed community trails. The Cowichan Valley Trail (part of Canada’s Great Trail) is connected to the Galloping Goose Trail. This results in an unbroken hiking, cycling and horseback trail from Victoria to Shawnigan, Lake Cowichan, Duncan and Chemainus.
Community involvement is essential to maintaining these trails for hikers and bikers. Groups like the Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers and the CVRD Parks & Trails Volunteers program help to keep them in good condition for locals and visitors alike.
Urban cycle paths are supported by local governments and community groups throughout Cowichan. Mountain biking enthusiasts will find Cowichan’s trails challenging and exhilarating. In fact, some are rated amongst the best in the province. Ride Cowichan, Nature Cowichan and Trail Forks have a variety of mapped out routes available online to accommodate beginner, intermediate and experienced cyclists!