Lake Cowichan and the surrounding region is a growing, vibrant
Lake is one of the largest bodies of fresh water on Vancouver
Island, BC. The lake is located 20 minutes (31 kilometers) west
of Duncan along Highway 18. The Cowichan Lake region includes
the villages of Youbou, Caycuse, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake,
and The Town of Lake Cowichan.
Town of Lake Cowichan is situated on Cowichan Lake with the beautiful
Cowichan River flowing through the center of town. Nearby communities
are within easy reach by road, and have access to scenic Cowichan
roadways provide access to Port Renfrew, Nitinat and Bamfield,
which are the trailheads for the West Coast Trail unit of the
Pacific rim National Park Reserve and the old growth forests of
Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.
the Town of Lake Cowichan
Cowichan Lake's eastern shoreline is some of the most spectacular
outdoor adventures available on Vancouver Island. From the town,
the forests of the Carmanah-Walbarn are only 2 1/2 hours away,
and Gordon Bay Provincial Park is less than a half-hour away with
great camping available. The area's temperate climate makes the
Cowichan Lake region ideal for outdoor activities all year round.
26 mile long lake has excellent trout fishing, water sports, boating,
camping, houseboating and swimming - a marina, and boat launch
are also available.
Lake Cowichan's shore is a network of nature walks. The Trans
Canada Trail's two routes on former railway lines out of Lake
Cowichan follow the Cowichan River into the Duncan Area. One goes
north of the Cowichan River to the Duncan Area and then north
to Nanaimo. The other goes south of the Cowichan River to the
Duncan Area, then goes west of the Malahat Range to Sooke and
then onto Victoria, BC. The later intersects with some of the
provincial parks on the Cowichan River and the historical Cowichan
River Footpath. The Cowichan Valley Demonstration Forest, located
along the lake, also provides an outdoor classroom of forest management.
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Cowichan Lake area usually experiences warm, dry summers and mild
wet winters. Over 85 per cent of rainfall occurs between October
and April with December being the wettest month. July is the sunniest
month with 235 hours, while August is generally the warmest with
an average daily temperature of 25 C.
is nestled on the sunny side of the lake and provides both mountain
and lake activities. Honeymoon Bay is situated on the south arm
of Cowichan Lake and boasts an average summer maximum temperature
of over 24 degrees C, the highest in Canada. Mesachie Lake is
home to a BC Forest Research Station. Visitors can easily access
trails planted with trees in various stages of growth. An identifying
guide to trees in the area can be found on the wooden map at the
park on Bear Lake Road. Caycuse is a former logging camp and copper
mine on the south shore of Cowichan Lake. This was once an active,
the Town of Lake Cowichan
Annual events to take in include the fabulous Lake Days
Festival in June with a parade, soap box derby, river
sports, log carvings, live music, a town picnics and much more.
September enjoy the Salmon and Mushroom Festival. Celebrate
the “Wild Edible” treats of the Cowichan Valley – Mushrooms and
Salmon, a perfect combination!
sure to take in the Lake Cowichan Farmers Market on Saturdays
in the town square; Ts'uubaa-asatx.
come join us for ourChristmas parade and many other events throughout
Cowichan Lake Tourist Info-Centre is housed in Saywell Park in
the heart of the Town of Lake Cowichan. The visitor info-centre
is open from the May Long Week End until Labour Day. Monday to
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Be sure to check with visitor information
about logging activity and logging road etiquette.
the Info-Centre are the Kaatza Station Museum and Historic Bell
Tower School. Ample parking and a covered picnic area are available
for the use of both residents and visitors alike. Saywell Park
is adjacent to the Cowichan River.
Fax: (250) 749-0187