Welcome to Cowichan. Situated 45 minutes north of British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria is Cowichan, a region as renowned for its natural beauty and breadth of activities as it is for its culture and friendly locals. Cowichan consists of a vast belt that extends across Southern Vancouver Island and features a kaleidoscope of vistas, villages, and opportunities for adventure.
Cowichan takes its name from “Quw’utsun,” the name given to the valley by the Quw’utsun people. It is rooted in the Hul’q’umi’num word “shquw’utsun,” which directly translated means “to warm one’s back in the sun,” and is why our valley is and always has been known as The Warm Land.
For thousands of years, the Quw’utsun, Malahat, Ts’uubaa-asatx, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus, Lyackson, Ditidaht & Pacheedaht Peoples have walked gently on the unceded territories where we now visit.
The favourable weather and naturally rich soil have made Cowichan famous for its agricultural bounty. More recently, its sheer number of internationally acclaimed wineries makes the region a year-round destination for outdoor fun like hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, golfing, fishing, and more. So whether you visit us for several weeks or just a short trip, there is something for everyone to get curious about in Cowichan that will make memories that last a lifetime.