The Cowichan Valley – Canada’s Best-Kept Secret!

The Cowichan Valley Photo from the cover of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine, April 2004

With over 1,800 hours of annual sunshine, it’s no wonder Cowichan means “Warm Land” – in fact, the area is located in Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone.

Nestled in the heart of these rolling hills, fertile valleys, and meandering rivers, River Quest Charters is surrounded by a number of spectacular natural attractions, including the TransCanada Trail, an Old Growth Forest, and Lake Cowichan, a 26-mile long fresh-water playground.

Often referred to as the “Provence” of Canada, the Cowichan Valley boasts top-quality rural produce. Farm fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses are on display at various farmers’ markets. And if you’re a fan of the grape, a total of 12 excellent wineries offer on-site tastings daily. And the whole region is an antique-hunter’s paradise!


There’s something for everyone in the Cowichan Valley!

Cowichan Bay Village is a delightful strip on the ocean with floating houses, specialty shops, artisan studios and restaurants. Nearby Chemainus boasts world-famous murals and world-class dinner theater. And Duncan, the Cowichan’s major community, has excellent restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Known as the “City of Totems”, Duncan is home to the Quw’utsun First Nations Cultural & Conference Centre. Try authentic Native cuisine at the Riverwalk Cafe just next door!

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