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The Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley is a great place to call home, no matter what youre looking for in your next house or neighborhood! Tucked between Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley offers the comfort of small-town living with all the amenities and features of big city life.

Nature is one of the biggest draws of the Cowichan Valley area. From the areas variety of wildlife species to its beaches, trails, and bodies of water, youll always have something new to explore when you live here.

This is partially due to the regions fantastic climate. Our Maritime Mediterranean climate gives us the warmest year-round climate in all of Canada.

The communities

Why do I say theres something for everyone in this area? Because the Cowichan Valley region has plenty of communities and neighborhoods that offer a range of home prices, environments, and local amenities. You can look into the south end, which includes Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, and Cowichan Bay. Duncan includes Maple Bay.

To the west, youll find Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, and Youbou. Crofton, Chemainus, and Ladysmith lie to the northwest. If you dont know which community is for you, thats why Im here! I can talk to you about your needs, find out what you want in your next community, and help you find the perfect place to call home.

The area is divided into four main areas: the South-end which is comprised of Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill and Cowichan Bay; Duncan which encompasses Maple Bay; Crofton, Chemainus and Ladysmith to the North and to the West, Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay and Youbou.

Things To Do

Given the wide variety of communities and natural settings in Cowichan Valley, it should come as no surprise that there are countless things to do when you live in this area. If you want to take part in community events, look into the Sunfest Country Music Festival, the Festival of Lights in Ladysmith, or one of the many events hosted by local Native American tribes and nations.

Many of the activities in Cowichan Valley focus on the regions natural beauty. Hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, and boating are all extremely popular. Because of our great climate, you can spend more time on the water and basking in the sun.

Things to do and see are plentiful on Vancouver Island from theDuncan Day Festivals in the Regional District of Cowichan, to hiking through the big redwood forest of Cathedral Grove or the Sitka Spruce’s of Carmanah Valley.

Ladysmith holds an annual Festival of Lights, a beautiful display of holiday spirit which draws people from all over the island and mainland! During summer months, in nearby Nanaimo is the annual BathTub race and festival. For the more culturally oriented there is a profusion of Native American Cultural events or you can attend locally held Short Film festivals.

There’s never a lack of entertainment available to the discerning eye and when combined with the laid back style of Island life and the breath taking oceans views, nearby Ski Mountains and other natural beauty, Vancouver Island is a natural jewel in the setting of our already beautiful British Columbia.

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With the variety of transportation routes in Cowichan Valley, you can get just about anywhere whenever it fits your schedule. You can take the #1 highway running north and south, or you can take the old island highway that gives you a great view of local scenery. You can also check out BC Ferries, use the Greyhound to get around, and use local airports that are just 35 to 55 minutes away.

I cant wait to tell you more about the Cowichan Bay region! I love living in Duncan, and I want you to love it, too. To find out how you can get into your very own Duncan home, give me a call anytime. Id love to talk to you about your home ownership goals.

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The Cowichan Valley

The famous Cowichan Valley is an awesome place to call home. Whether its yournext home or adventure. Situated almost half way between Victoria andNanaimo. An easy commute to either, or just 25 mins into the forest tosee Lake Cowichan.

We have all the services of the big city and only 40 mins to go if there issomething you cant find here. Nanaimo’s Cassidy Airport is just 25minutes away and AC or WJ will take you direct to Calgary or Vancouver.

When you meet other transplant Canadians here, you share a knowing smile about thesnow and cold you both seem to lack. When you see cherry blossoms inFebruary you know its worth the investment in lifestyle.

The Surrounding Communities

The Cowichan has a population of about 80 000, and you are always only 30 mins maxfrom any other community. You can Kayak on the ocean in the morning inMaple Bay, have lunch in Duncan and Kayak Lake Cowichan in the afternoon. And if adventurous enough you can Kayak the Cowichan river too. The pointis you are able to enjoy multiple communities and activities in any given day.

Things To Do

With so many type of communities, there is no surprise aboutthe many places and events to experience. From Sunfest in Duncan in thesummer to Ladysmith’s festival of lights in December.

With all the parks, beaches, lakes and trails you’ll have your picks of boating, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and mountain biking.