Top things to do in Cowichan Valley

Food in Cowichan Bay

True Grain Bread

Look for the old bicycle hanging over the entrance and follow your nose inside for your favorite fresh-baked loaf. From sourdough to raisin, they're all handcrafted, organic and milled on-site (from BC farmed grain)…
Northwestern US in Cowichan Bay

Masthead Restaurant

Push out the boat (not literally) on the patio deck of this charming, heritage building restaurant where the $35 three-course BC-sourced tasting menu is surprisingly good value. Seasonal ingredients form the approac…
Park in Cowichan Valley

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Home to some of BC's eldest residents, the old-growth spruce and cedar trees in this magnificent but remote park frequently exceed 1000 years of age. With an ancient and mythical ambience, it's a half-hour walk down…
Farm in Duncan

Teafarm

Hidden in bucolic farmland 8km north of Duncan, the oasis-like Teafarm grows its own tea plants. For visitors, there's a contemporary, winery-like tasting room that's the perfect spot for indulging in one of dozens …
Cafe in Duncan

Duncan Garage Cafe & Bakery

This always-busy and ever-chatty hangout is the main attraction in the red-painted Duncan Garage heritage building across from the old train station (there's also a bookstore and food shop here). The entirely vegeta…
Pub Food in Duncan

Craig Street Brew Pub

An inviting, multi-floor locals' hangout (aim for the top-floor patio in summer), this dark-wood boozer offers a huge menu of elevated pub grub, from taco salads to finger-licking pizzas (a favorite among diners). T…
Seafood in Cowichan Bay

Rock Cod Cafe

Fish and chips is not surprisingly the menu mainstay at this family-friendly (yes, there's a kids menu) waterfront joint but there are many additional seafood options to consider, from fish tacos to shrimp sandwiche…
Northwestern US in Duncan

Hudson's on First

In an immaculately restored heritage building, the ever-changing seasonal menu here fuses local ingredients with subtle European influences. For lunch, go for the gourmet fish-and-chips (add the housemade soup) or d…
Museum in Cowichan Bay

Maritime Centre

Lovely pier-length attraction aimed at anyone with more than a passing interest in salty history, this folksy facility is lined with intricate models, seafaring displays and usually at least one or two locals workin…
Nature Reserve in Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

A short stroll along the waterfront from the main Cow Bay businesses, this family-friendly interpretive center overlooks the water and illuminates the area's diverse flora and fauna. Nip inside their shed-like facil…