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.
Parks and trails
Cowichan is home to a whopping 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, resulting in an unbroken hiking, cycling and horseback trail all the way from Victoria to Shawnigan, Lake Cowichan, Duncan and Chemainus.
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.
Economic Development Cowichan is creating a comprehensive cycling guide for popular routes in the Cowichan. The guide will feature easy, intermediate and difficult routes that include trail, road and mountain biking options for every type of cyclist. Watch for its release in the spring of 2018.
Oceans, lakes and rivers
Oceanfront beaches, parks, marine trails and marinas line the coastline of Cowichan. The BC Marine Trails website shows where to access the ocean by boat, including kayak launch points. Check out AhoyBC for all the information to safely navigate Vancouver Island’s ocean waters.
The Pacific Marine Circle Route connects spectacular west coast beaches and parks, world famous ancient forests, and lakefront vistas. The route extends along the coast of Vancouver Island following the Juan de Fuca, Haro and Georgia Straits from Sooke to Port Renfrew, then winds through Cowichan’s western region and on to Lake Cowichan and Duncan. The Pacific Marine Circle Route is one of Canada’s hidden gems for hiking, biking, camping, unique accommodation and dining experiences and incredible beach walks. View Tourism Victoria’s video of the Circle Route here.
Tubing has become a popular sport at Lake Cowichan, and kayak rentals are available in lake and oceanfront locations throughout Cowichan. For a complete guide to the regional and community parks that offer recreational opportunities at Cowichan’s many lakes and rivers, visit the CVRD’s Parks and Trails Division. Cowichan is also home to:
The Cowichan Fish and Game Association touts the region as being home to exceptional fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities. Our freshwater lakes are home to trout, bass and perch, and flyfishing has long been a popular sport along the Cowichan River. Our coastline also offers opportunities for salmon fishing, crabbing, prawning and clam digging.
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