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Cowichan Bay Marina at dusk with remaing sun shining off boats on Vancouver Island British Columbia

Cowichan Bay, BC


OVERVIEW

The waterfront fishing village of Cowichan Bay sits at the head of a beautiful and natural harbour, which is the main focal point of the town, where shops, cafés, galleries and homes float on the water. Dine out on some of the best seafood in the area, relax in waterfront cafés, or take part in a variety of water activities. 

Cowichan Bay map with BC Ferries routes and nearby cities on Vancouver Island

Top things to do

Explore activities

Full Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure

Sail around the edges of the Southern Gulf Islands and get to know BC's marine wildlife up close on this full-day whale-watching tour. Learn about the local waters with an expert naturalist and encounter orcas, humpback whales, grey whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Tour highlights

  • See orcas feeding on migrating salmon in the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of Cowichan Bay as you depart and keep your eyes peeled for Pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, and harbour seals along the way.
  • Travel with an expert naturalist and learn about the animals that reside in this ecosystem.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings so you can sail with confidence. 
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$298.99
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Half Day Whale and Wildlife Adventure

Escape to the secluded waters of the Salish Sea on a 4-hour whale-watching expedition and experience intimate encounters with BC's coastal wildlife. Sail around the Southern Gulf Islands watching orcas, humpback whales, gray whales and more.

Tour highlights

  • Watch orcas, humpback whales, gray whales, dolphins, and more in their natural habitat hunting for their next meal.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of Cowichan Bay and the surrounding Gulf Islands.
  • Travel in the comfort of an open air vessel with an expert naturalist and learn about the animals that reside in these waters.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings so you can sail with confidence. 
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FROM
$155.00
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Nearby cities

Main Street in Chemainus BC with people walking alongside Cafe and flowers in the foreground

Chemainus

Chemainus has won international acclaim for its successful revitalization project, which began in 1982 with the unveiling of five large murals, all professionally painted onto existing downtown buildings. It is also home to great theatre, restaurants and natural beauty. 

Aerial view of stone path through garden beside marina at Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa near Victoria

Brentwood Bay

Visit the rapidly growing village of Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Inlet, a 30-minute drive north of Victoria, to enjoy waterfront restaurants, relaxing strolls along the bay and a warm, welcoming community.  

Aerial view of Tsehum Harbour in North Saanich near Sidney on a sunny day

Sidney

Visit the seaside town of Sidney, just a few minutes down the road from Swartz Bay terminal, providing the ideal stop-off before or after you take the ferry. Go on an adventure to see local wildlife, or take a stroll in the town to check out the shops, marina and restaurants. 

House boats at Fisherman

Victoria

Visit the lush and beautiful oceanfront city of Victoria. The city is rich in British heritage, has the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and is home to the historic BC Parliament Buildings. You can enjoy lots of water and land activities, and taste a variety of craft beers and fresh seafood.

Known as the Garden City, Victoria is always in bloom and has one of the mildest climates in Canada—perfect for a trip any time of the year. 


 
 
 

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