Sunrise in Cowichan Bay

Quiet mornings along the Salish Sea provide an ideal setting to explore the unique communities that makeup Vancouver Island’s Southeast tip. Take your time, there’s magic in the air – and if you’re lucky, herons and osprey too.

 Birding
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    Kinsol Trestle Trail
    Kinsol Trestle, Glen Eagles Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada

    One of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers as you walk the 1.5km trail to the trestle.

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    Malahat Skywalk
    malahat skywalk

    This experience starts with an accessible 600m TreeWalk through beautiful arbutus forests full of birds, leading you to the gentle spiral ramp that takes you up 32m to a sightseeing lookout offering views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker, and the ultimate bird’s eye view.

    Book Now: https://malahatskywalk.com/plan/tickets-passes/

 Birding
 Cafe
 Food
 Accommodations
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    Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
    1681 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada

    All suites are family-friendly and ocean-facing; guests can rent bicycles to travel around town, or recharge in the indoor heated pool and fitness centre.

    Book Now: https://www.bookonthenet.net/west/premium/eresmain.aspx?id=p%2b%2b5DRN7Kwc%2fKHdB6O1oeGcqiAEnpqLt01NuWOVed2GNhmTn8HPY0INH%2bVpGSgKQ4DkLRQYNYp3AJeR7%2fwFi%2bA%3d%3d#/search

Afternoon Deep in the Valley

As you continue to explore Cowichan, opportunities abound – get inspired on your own, or amongst the locals.

 Birding
 Birding
 Cafe
 Shopping
 Visitor Centre

Quiet Coastal Evenings

As the sun sets on Cowichan, the dynamic food and beverage scene comes alive with a variety of family-friendly hotspots welcoming to locals and visitors.

 Food
 Food
 Accommodations
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    Affinity Guesthouse
    5155 Samuel Rd, Duncan, BC, Canada

    An exceptional guesthouse located right along the Cowichan Estuary, providing unparalleled easy-access to amazing birding.

    Book Now: https://direct-book.com/properties/affinityguesthousedirect?locale=en&items[0][adults]=2&items[0][children]=0&items[0][infants]=0¤cy=CAD&checkInDate=2021-08-25&checkOutDate=2021-08-26

 Accommodations

Explore More

Take a self-guided tour of the Duncan Totems
Enrol in a workshop at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre
Learn about the vibrant history of the Town of Ladysmith with the new Heritage App
Visit the Ladysmith Museum
Take a self-guided tour of the Chemainus Murals
Visit the Shawnigan Lake Museum
Discover Canada's only commercial tea farm at Westholme Tea Farm
Visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre
Visit Hand of Man Natural History Museum
Birding and Bird Photography for Beginners (Online Workshop)
Observe the nesting of the Purple Martins at Ladysmith Harbour

Open House Mid-July

Attend the WildWings Nature & Art Festival

Month-long celebration in October 2021.