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Duncan is an easy-going lakeside city set on the southeastern shore of Vancouver Island, in Canada’s British Columbia Province. The city is surrounded by vast areas of rich natural beauty, from rugged parks flush with tree-shaded hiking trails, to wildlife reserves full of rare, graceful animals. But there’s plenty to do in the city, too - you can take the family to fun discovery centers and splurge in the bijou boutiques.

Things to see

Begin your tranquil Duncan day by seeing the town’s most iconic attraction - a series of towering, brightly-colored totem poles. If you want to learn more about these magical statues, check out the events held at the Quw’utsun Cultural Center at the southern end of the city. If you’re traveling with the family, visit the BC Forest Discovery Center, an engaging outdoor museum set in lush woodland. Parents can learn about Duncan’s enthralling lumber heritage, while kids enjoy the nature trails and old-fashioned steam train ride. Duncan also acts as a brilliant base for those wanting to explore Vancouver Island’s great outdoors. Near to Duncan you’ll find Cowichan River Provincial Park, a 1,400 hectare paradise full of rocky cliffs and roaring rivers. Here, you can fish, hike, kayak, and even scuba dive. For an unforgettable wildlife experience, visit The Raptors, a family attraction where you can see and hold graceful birds of prey, from eagles to white owls.

Hotels in Duncan

Duncan’s hotels, motels, and inns provide nice and simple no-fuss accommodation, with cozy comfort at utterly affordable prices. If you’re staying in Duncan as a base for exploring the nearby parks, and want a cheap, hassle-free place to bed down, stay in a 2-star motel, and enjoy free filling breakfasts and free parking. If you’re after an affordable place to stay with the family, check out one of the 2-star inn-style hotels in Duncan. Here, you’ll benefit from spacious guest rooms and relaxed in-house restaurants. There are also in-room kitchenettes, handy for making a quick family lunch.

Where to stay

While Duncan is officially a city, it has more of a town vibe, due to its small size. Stay centrally, and soak up the charming atmosphere of quiet streets, welcoming locals, and peaceful parks. You’ll find that most of Duncan’s main sights - and its family-run restaurants, artisan stores, and traditional taverns - are within walking distance of each other. Nine kilometers south of the city, you’ll find Cowichan Bay, a blissful marina town, ideal for a romantic getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts, meanwhile, should stay in one of the campgrounds near Duncan, in Cowichan River Provincial Park.

How to get to Duncan

Catch a direct flight to Vancouver International Airport - one of Canada’s busiest - from top destinations across the US, Europe, and Asia. From there, take a connecting flight to Victoria International Airport - a mere 25 minute journey - based in the south of Vancouver Island, 80 kilometers from Duncan. Victoria International Airport also serves direct flights from San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle. At the airport, you can hire a car onsite and drive to Duncan, which should take just over an hour. In Duncan, it’s easy enough to get around the central city on foot, but it’s handy to have a rental car for getting to and from the parks.