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John Dewey 


The lakeside community of Youbou is located on the shores of Cowichan Lake, 38 kilometres west of Duncan. Youbou is home to 1,450 permanent residents. 

Originally called Cottonwood, Youbou was established in 1907. The railway arrived in Youbou as promised and a large sawmill was constructed. The town was renamed after the general manager and president of the original company that owned the mill. The mill was replaced by an even larger one in 1927. The Youbou mill was one of the oldest mills in British Columbia before it closed in 2001. 

Cowichan Lake is 30 kilometres long inviting all manner of water sports in Youbou. There are several challenging hiking trails in the nearby mountains. 

Youbou has basic services. There is an elementary school, church, small grocery store, gas station, liquor store, and a community hall. Youbou has a pub and a diner to choose from. Most services can be obtained in Lake Cowichan or nearby Duncan.

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

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 Youbou. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Youbou, 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 Youbou has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Youbou using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

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

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