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Located on Southern Vancouver Island, Duncan is the Cowichan Valley’s largest community. Known as the “City of Totems", Duncan is home to the world’s biggest collection of outdoor totems, with nearly 80 found throughout the city.
Top things to do
Interact with eagles and owls
Visit The Raptors to see birds of prey like eagles, hawks, falcons and owls up close, and to learn about their importance in our ecosystem.
Taste local wines and ciders
Tour local wineries or cideries in the area to discover why Cowichan Valley is dubbed “Napa of the North”.
Experience panoramic views
Hike nearby trails like Mount Tzouhalem, a 10-minute drive from downtown Duncan, for stunning views of the Cowichan Valley area.
Discover local history
Visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre to learn about the history of logging in British Columbia, while walking through the 100-acre open-air museum.
Watch Cowichan knitters
In the summer months, visit The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre to see the creation of the famous Cowichan sweaters, as they are hand-knitted in one piece.
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.
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.
Take the ferry from Vancouver to visit Nanaimo—the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, with plenty of outdoor activities and adventures for everyone, situated along one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada.
Drive 30 minutes north from Nanaimo to visit Parksville, offering long sandy beaches, lots of water sports, and plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes. Known as Canada's Riviera, Parksville is the perfect destination for romantic getaways and family fun.
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