Cowichan Bay

" The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour. "
Hubert Humphrey 


The quaint seaside village of Cowichan Bay is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island 28 kilometres south of Duncan. The wealth of salmon and shellfish attracted several First Nations bands as well as the 2,400 permanent residents that live in Cowichan Bay today. Little known is that Cowichan Bay is also the home of the world famous Cowichan Sweaters. 

Cowichan Bay was first settled in the 1860’s. A steamer service from Victoria was the only link for many years until the railway was built. There was some farming and lumber exports but the primary industry was commercial fishing. While the commercial fishing has faded, the sunshine, fresh ocean air, and the beautiful views continue to attract people. Cowichan Bay is unique in that the majority of buildings are built on stilts over the water.  

Cowichan Bay continues to be a mecca for great sport fishing. There is a revival of interest in boat building at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum. Other activities include scuba diving, boating, kayaking, and wind surfing. There are many hiking and biking trails in the area as well as several golf courses. Stroll along the street and explore the gift shops, art galleries, and art studios. In the neighbouring countryside are farms and wineries to discover. The beaches nearby attract swimmers and picnickers. 

Services are minimal in Cowichan Bay but all the services you require are within easy reach in Cobble Hill or Duncan. Cowichan Bay has an elementary school, a couple of churches, marinas, a general store with liquor outlet, and of course the seafood shop for fresh seafood. 

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

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

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

Community Events:

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