Lake Cowichan

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Lois Gibbs 


The Village of Lake Cowichan is located 31 kilometres west of Duncan nestled on the shores of its namesake, Cowichan Lake. At 31 kilometres long, Cowichan Lake is one of the largest bodies of water on Vancouver Island. Once known as the hunting and fishing grounds of the Khowutzun First Nations, today Lake Cowichan is home to 2,975 permanent residents. 

A road was built in 1886 connecting Duncan to Cowichan Lake to encourage settlers to the area. Logging was and is the primary industry. Trees were felled around the lake and floated down the Cowichan River to be shipped away. At one time there were several floating logging camps on the lake. Originally known as Riverside, Lake Cowichan now sits upon the site of one of the original camps. The last mill in town shut down in 1968. Lake Cowichan is home to the Cowichan Lake Research Station. Established in 1929 and encompassing 450 hectares, this research station is renowned for its forest research and management. 

Canada’s first sport fish hatchery was built at Lake Cowichan in 1911. Today, Lake Cowichan is known as the Fly Fishing Capital of Canada. All manner of water sports can be enjoyed at the lake – fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, and water skiing. It is the gateway to the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Parks, the Trans Canada Trail passes through Lake Cowichan, and the Cowichan River Provincial Park stretches 20 kilometres from Lake Cowichan to Glenora to protect the shores of the Cowichan River, now designated as a Heritage River. There is also golfing available nearby. 

Lake Cowichan has most services one would require. All levels of school, churches, gas stations, banks, credit union, medical and dental clinics, pharmacy, a full service grocery store, convenience stores, lumber yard, hardware store, and several cafes, restaurants, and pubs. If you can’t find what you are looking for in Lake Cowichan, Duncan is only a short drive. 

If you are considering calling Lake Cowichan home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Lake Cowichan.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Lake Cowichan. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Lake Cowichan, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Lake Cowichan has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Lake Cowichan using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Lake Cowichan community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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