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Cowichan Bay is a small, scenic town set near the mouth of the mighty Cowichan River, on the southeastern shores of Canada’s Vancouver Island. The town boasts a rustic, old-world vibe, where quiet winding streets lead past quaint bakeries, timbered taverns, and down to the sail boat speckled marina. Nature-lovers are bound to find plenty to like here, whether it’s whale watching, canoeing, or taking a trip to nearby Mt Tzhouhalem and exploring the rugged hiking trails.

Things to see

Start your picture-perfect sun-flecked Cowichan Bay day by seeing some of the town’s central sights. Get to grips with the area’s fascinating maritime heritage at the ever-active Cowichan Bay Maritime Center. This community museum, based right by the blue marina, has a range of exhibits that tell of indigenous local fishing traditions and modern maritime marvels - kids can even build their own mini boats. If you’re keen to explore the wild waves near Cowichan Bay, book a whale watching tour, and keep your eyes peeled for awesome Orcas and hefty Humpbacks as you sail the waters and navigate the green-rich Gulf Islands - if you’re lucky, you’ll also encounter sea lions and soaring bald eagles. Those after an outdoor excursion on land should head to Mt Tzhouhalem, where hiking and biking trails wind through its forest-swept slopes to the cliffy summit. For all-out adventure, head to Cowichan River Provincial Park, and enjoy rock-climbing, canoeing, and horseback riding.

Hotels in Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay provides stellar waterfront accommodation in a quaint village setting without the high price tag. Those traveling on a tight budget should stay in a cheap 2-star Cowichan Bay hotel. Here you’ll benefit from spacious rooms with convenient kitchenettes - perfect for whipping up a quick meal - and free WiFi, to keep connected. There are also a handful of 3-star hotels in Cowichan Bay, offering slightly more upmarket accommodation. Enjoy pristine indoor pools, handy 24-hour front desks, and in-house bar lounges and restaurants that serve-up a spread of local and international cuisine.

Where to stay

Central Cowichan Bay is a small, peaceful area, set right beside the aquamarine marina, where fishing boats gently bob in the water. The town center has a tranquil atmosphere, with a mix of friendly local residents and tourists, altogether creating the perfect setting for couples or families. Those that prefer a more urban setting could stay in the nearby city of Duncan - just 9 kilometers away - and visit Cowichan Bay on day trips. Outdoorsy types who truly want to get face to face with nature can stay in one of the area’s campsites, and experience flickering fires and starlit skies.

How to get to Cowichan Bay

To get to Cowichan Bay by air, you’ll first want to catch a flight to Vancouver International Airport, a huge transportation hub serving year-round direct flights to destinations across the globe. From there, take a connecting flight to Victoria International Airport, which only takes 25 minutes. Victoria Airport, however, does serve a couple of direct international flights, from Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. From Victoria, hire a car onsite and drive the 1 hour to Cowichan Bay - it’s useful to have your own rental car in the town, as public transport is scarce.