The Cowichan – Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region

The Cowichan - Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region
The Cowichan - Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region

The Cowichan Valley book is finally finished and off to the printers. This is always an exciting moment; no more running around trying to fill in last minute photos and agonizing over images that have already been selected. The official description of the Cowichan Valley book is below.

The Cowichan Region is the large area that lies between the cities of Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, reaching from the protected eastern shores of the island nearly all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. Its cornucopia-like shape is fitting for a place of such remarkable bounty, and this area is home to a growing number of newcomers seeking its pleasant climate, recreational activities and culinary delights. Sometimes referred to as Canadass Provence, the name Cowichan is derived from a Coast Salish word meaning “warm land” or “basking in the sun.”

Celebrating this land of plenty, The Cowichan dishes up a full sampling of delights from one of BC’s most fascinating and varied regions. Mountainous wilderness, large lakes and rivers, broad fertile valleys, enormous estuaries and numerous coastal harbours and islets are home to more than a dozen communities, ranging from seaside and lakeside villages to shop-and cafe-filled towns. Once famous for its fishing and forest resources, the Cowichan region is better known today for its dairy farms and market gardens, vineyards and wineries, alpaca ranches and a rapidly expanding “eat local and organic” culinary food scene.

Author Georgina Montgomery’s compelling narrative is beautifully illustrated with photographer Kevin Oke’s vibrant images, capturing the beauty of the region.

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The Cowichan: Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region

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  1. Thanks Lisa,

    It’s almost a relief to have the project finished. I’m certainly looking forward to holding a copy in a few weeks. I’m gearing up to spend more time working on this blog and my main photography blog. Love the spontaneity!

  2. Kevin, congrats on another book completion. I’m looking forward to seeing a copy. I always enjoy your photos. Well done. Dave

  3. I was on a rotation of atobiintics for 14 mo.(nystatin the whole time too)(off for every Herx). My biggest gains happened when I was flat on my back for almost 2 weeks with an unrelated to Lyme ruptured disc. I learned quickly? that REST is HUGE to one’s recovery. I also cut the sugar and pushed the greens-alkanized. I got lots of exercise, sunshine, water to flush system, but believe my biggest tool was prayer. My faith/trust in Jesus sustained me throughout. God is the Great Physician !

  4. So precious! You’ll be so happy you’ve kept a record of these things later on. I have a notebook with a boy angel on the cover who looks a little like my son (full of mischief, you can just tell) and I keep a record of his sayings and mispronunciations in there. I wish I’d done the same with the older 2.

  5. it’s like that little shimmy-move from side to side that black people *cough* african american people do. and then "we" – the white man, try to mimic that same move and claim it as our own…even though everyone knows harlem isn’t very caucasian.  now if it were named the "tennessee shake", then maybe whitey could maybe get away with it easier.

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