Attractions

Coming up with a top ten list of attractions in the Cowichan Valley Region isn’t easy. In reality there are hundreds of attractions worth visiting and one could spend a lifetime exploring them. Maybe that’s the reason why so many people are coming to “The Warm Land”, both as visitors and future residents. A few more to add…

Top Ten Paid Attractions in the Cowichan Valley
 

Steam train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, British Columbia
Steam train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, British Columbia
BC Forest Discovery Centre – Forestry was one of the main industries in the Cowichan Valley until fairly recently and the BC Forest Discovery Centre is a fantastic museum dedicated to the people and machinery. The Forest Centre is 100 acres of exhibits, logging artifacts and real trains. Kids love it and even grown up kids will love it. Special events are held throughout the year. Located just north of Duncan, the BC Forest Discovery Centre borders Somenos Lake and Somenos Marsh so this can easily be a full day experience.
 
Chemainus Theatre, Chemainus, British Columbia
Chemainus Theatre, Chemainus, British Columbia
Chemainus Theatre – The Chemainus Theatre puts on an amazing variety of theatre throughout the year. This they they are featuring; Ah, Wilderness! (April 23 – May 23), Oklahoma! (June 4 – August 29), The Women in Black (September 10 – October 31) and  Anne (November 12 – January 2). Make it an evening and have dinner at the playhouse before the show!
 
Pacific Northwest Raptors, Duncan, British Columbia
Pacific Northwest Raptors, Duncan, British Columbia
Pacific Northwest Raptors – Do you want to check out birds of prey up close and personal? If you do the Raptor Centre is for you and your kids. The Pacific Northwest Raptors is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Many of the birds are rescues, very lucky to be alive. The centre offers handler training and has educational flight demonstrations by very knowledgeable handlers.
 
Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, British Columbia
Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, British Columbia
Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre – The Native Heritage Center just south of Duncan is well worth visiting. Excellent food, totem pole carving and basket weaving, a glimse into a fascinating culture. Special events are held throughout the year. The Quw’utsun Cultural Centre museum and gallery dedicated to preserving the culture of the Northwest Coast Indians.
 
Crow & Gate Pub, Cedar, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Crow & Gate Pub, Cedar, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Crow and Gate Pub – Now this is the place to spend a few hours on a summer afternoon. The Crow & Gate Pub is located in the middle of nowhere, somewhere near Yellowpoint. Once you find the place the first thing you will notice is that there is no parking. This place is busy! Find a spot and pull in. This pub is worth the drive from anywhere in the Cowichan region. Get a designated driver order some excellent food and have a few pints on the lawn with the ducks. Check out the big Gunnera during the summer. If I’m there you owe me one for the recommendation! Cheers