The Cowichan Valley is a recreation playground. Our dry and hot summers make everything from swimming to paragliding possible. We also live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world so whatever you are into you won’t be dissapointed.
Want to try something new like diving or trout fishing? The valley has numerous guides that will be pleased to take you out.
Here’s my top ten list. I try to be involved in most of these activities but not enough time!
|Top Ten Recreational Activities in the Cowichan Valley|
|Tubing the Cowichan River – What could be better than floating down a peaceful river in an inner tube? Apparently not much during the summer. A common site is pick up trucks heading upstream with numerous tubes tied to the back and hanging out in all directions. Why folks don’t inflate them when they get to the destination I’ll never know. Get your friends together, maybe an extra tube to carry food and beer and enjoy the day.|
|Cycling the Trans Canada Trail – The Trans Canada Trail stretches across much of Canada as the name implies. In the southern Cowichan Valley one can pick up the trail at numerous points and follow it either upstream or downstream along the Cowichan River. Old railway trestles add something special to the trip. Good fun for the whole family.|
|Paragliding off Mt. Prevost – Looking for something a little more exciting? When the updrafts are good perfectly sane people step off the summit of Mt Prevost and float lazily over the Cowichan Valley for extended periods of time. This is as close to real flight as your ever likely to achieve. If you don’t have the time or inclination to learn for yourself a few folks offer tandem jumps.|
|Diving a Boeing 737 – Say what? A few years ago the Artificial Reef Society sank an old Boeing 737 off the town of Chemainus. Local diving centres can take you down if you’re certified.|
|Boating in the Gulf Islands – When you head out by boat from most of the Cowichan Region bays you immediately end up in the Gulf Islands, perhaps one of the most beautiful boating areas on the west coast. Don’t believe me? Take a look at my Gulf Islands web site for a taste.|
|Hiking – The Cowichan Valley is blessed with hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails. From short ocean walks to hiking the length of the Cowichan River we have it all.|
|Golfing – The Cowichan Valley boasts 7 golf courses in a variety of settings. While I’m not a golfer I have heard good things about most of them. No recommendations from me however. Here’s a list|
|Fishing the Cowichan River – The Cowichan River is know for it’s fishing. From Trout and Salmon to Steelhead people have been coming here for years for the peaceful and serene atmosphere and the good catch. Local guides are available.|
|Kayaking at Cowichan Bay – There are numerous places to sea kayak in the Cowichan Region but my favourite is Cowichan Bay. Cowichan Bay is a funky town with old houses built to the waters edge and interesting shops and restaurants. The docks have a variety of boats and float homes to view up close and fresh fish is often available at the Public Dock. Stop in at the Rock Cod Cafe before or after your trip for a fantastic meal. Maybe stay for a few days, there’s too much to do!|
|Ultralights – You either like them or you don’t. Ultralights are an interesting way to view the Cowichan Valley area and Gary at Action Ultralights would be happy to take you up. The views are spectacular as you move along at a relatively peaceful 100km an hour or so. One hour is all you need but 2 or 3 hours can give you a grand tour up to Nanaimo or Cowichan Lake.|