Cowichan 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, Skutz Falls, Meade Creek and The Town of Lake Cowichan.
The Cowichan Lake area is home to so many unique dining experiences. From Ed’s Coffeehouse and the Farm Table Inn to Jakes at the Lake, the Youbou Bar & Grill, and more, there are so many ways to enjoy local.
The Cowichan Lake area is the perfect place to stay–whether for a day, a week, or a lifetime. Home to beautiful campgrounds in lush forests, both luxurious and rustic accommodations, astute realtors to help you find your forever home, and lots of elk, the Cowichan Lake area is the place to be.
From the lush, green forests and stunning views and pristine lake and river, there’s always something new to quench your thirst for the fresh outdoors.
Cowichan Lake is a tubing, boating, hiking, biking, fishing, camping and music festival destination with a huge variety of trails, campgrounds and water entry points on the lake and Cowichan River for you to enjoy.
If mountains pique your interest, there are the hikes on the Christopher Rock in Youbou, or Bald Mountain in Marble Bay. There are also four other larger mountains not too far away from us in the Cowichan Valley which are all hikeable and bikeable : Mount Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, Mount Prevost and Cobble Hill Mountain.
Other trails include the 20 km Cowichan River Footpath, which winds west from Duncan to Skutz Falls, and the Trans Canada Great Trail, which skirts Shawnigan Lake and traverses the 144–foot high Kinsol Trestle.
For the Wildlife enthusiast – Spot Roosevelt Elk (found only on Vancouver Island) near the Town of Lake Cowichan and Youbou, visit one of many bird watching areas and nature estuaries, or look out for black bears on a guided hike in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.
Each small business owner has poured countless hours of effort into growing their business. Each customer they serve provides a validation for this effort, and they’re going to go the extra mile to ensure you return. The smaller size of local businesses allows them to devote extra time to each customer. They care about you, and they are invested in playing their part in the wellbeing of their local community.
Our local businesses carry unique products and services you won’t find anywhere else. These products are stocked based on the interest and needs of the local community the business serves. Often, these products are created by local artists, makers, or other small businesses.
Whether it’s a farmer’s market or local grocery store, the produce and food on sale locally will be more wholesome and nutritious than a big box store. When possible, it will have been sourced locally. And, in a lot of cases, it will even be organic.
You are far more likely to walk to your local shops than a larger chain store. Not only is it healthier for your body, it’s also healthier for the environment. You will also meet the people behind our local businesses, services and organizations.
Joining your Chamber of Commerce links you with fellow businesses and provides numerous benefits associated with the District and Provincial Chamber of Commerce.