Cowichan takes its name from “Quw’utsun,” the name given to the valley by its original inhabitants, the Quw’utsun people. It is rooted in the Hul’q’umi’num word “shquw’utsun” which directly translated means “to warm one’s back in the sun,” and is why our valley is, and always has been known as The Warm Land!

Cowichan is located in Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone and is home to the warmest year–round temperatures in the country. For decades now, Cowichan has been producing amazing artisanal food and drink from the region’s burgeoning farms, wineries, cideries and distilleries. Yet, the food and drink are just the tip of the iceberg! From concerts and festivals to outdoor fun, like biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and more, Cowichan features a long list of things to do all year round.

But what really makes this warm land live up to its name is the chill, unhurried pace and the many quiet, unspoiled spots to enjoy it in.

Good music, creative arts, an inclusive and diverse community that thrives on fresh food and delights in the stunning scenery which is a daily four seasons backdrop to life in The Cowichan -- that is what inspired this short film.


Live Life in Paradise

The Cowichan Valley is a hidden gem tucked away on Vancouver Island. Cowichan literally means "warmland" and we experience, on average, some of the warmest year-round weather in all of Canada. The temperate climate lends itself to a rich agricultural area. We enjoy many world-class vineyards, farm to table restaurants and farmer's markets overflowing with locally grown produce.

Choose Your Own Adventure

The Cowichan Valley has it all. Mountain vistas, pristine lakes, miles of oceanfront beaches... perfect for everyday adventures. Locals enjoy fishing in the lakes and rivers, hiking and cycling the mountains, sailing, golfing and more.
Kinsol Trestle

Rich in Culture

The Cowichan Valley has a rich cultural history. Explore the famous totems in Duncan, the murals of Chemanius or the historic Kinsol Trestle.

Your Home, Your Community

Your ideal day in the Cowichan Valley might look like strolling the farmer's market in the morning. Follow that with a hike up to the top of Mount Prevost to view the stunning beauty of the valley and then wind down with a gourmet picnic at the Averill Creek Winery.

Need help planning your perfect day? Need more information about the Cowichan Valley amenities? Let's talk. I'd be happy to share my favourite spots, and my recommendations about the best areas to look for a home based on your lifestyle.