Cowichan Valley

Welcome To The Cowichan Valley

Welcome to the breathtaking and laid back community of The Cowichan Valley. Nestled amidst lush forests and picturesque coastline, this idyllic region offers serene landscapes and small town living, making it the perfect place to call home.

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Location of The Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley sits on the North side of the Malahat from Victoria and across the bay from the Saanich Peninsula. Cowichan Valley includes Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan lake, Lake Cowichan and Duncan.

5 Reasons You'll LOVE it:

5 Reasons You'll HATE it:

1. Natural beauty

Stunning landscapes, including lush forests, pristine lakes, and breathtaking ocean views, offering endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

1. Limited job market

Employment opportunities in specialized fields may be limited, and many residents commute to nearby cities for work.

2. Recreational opportunities

From hiking and biking to boating and fishing, the Valley offers a wide range of recreational activities for nature enthusiasts.

2. Healthcare accessibility

Access to specialized medical care or major hospitals may require traveling to larger cities like Victoria or Nanaimo, which are both about 45 minutes away.

3. More affordable housing

While real estate prices have increased, the Cowichan Valley generally offers more affordable housing options compared to larger urban centers on the island.

3. Limited Shopping choices

While you’ll find local shops and boutiques, larger shopping centers and major retailers are less common, requiring trips to nearby cities for more extensive shopping options.

4. Agricultural abundance

Known as the “Napa of the North,” the region features numerous wineries, farms, and markets, providing fresh, local produce and artisanal products.

4. Commuting traffic

Traffic congestion can be a concern on the island’s main roads to and from the valley as there are lots of commuters.

5. Quiet & peaceful

Made up of smaller towns, the Valley offers a slower pace of life.

5. limited nightlife

These areas have limited nightlife and local restaurants and pubs close earlier than in larger cities.

Home Styles In Cowichan Valley

These house styles reflect the region’s emphasis on blending with the natural environment and creating comfortable, livable spaces that take advantage of the stunning scenery. Properties on Cowichan Valley often have larger lots with more privacy as well.


West-Coast Contemporary

This style is influenced by the natural surroundings, with large windows, open spaces, and a focus on bringing the outdoors in. It often features cedar siding, exposed beams, and modern design elements.



Ranch-style homes are popular in the Cowichan Valley due to their single-story design, which makes them suitable for retirees and families alike. They typically feature open floor plans, low-pitched roofs, and a simple, functional layout.



Craftsman-style homes are known for their attention to detail, including overhanging eaves, decorative woodwork, and cozy, inviting interiors. They often have front porches and are characterized by their warm and welcoming aesthetic.


Cowichan Valley offers a range of schools including public, private,Ā  international boarding, and French Immersion. Take a look at the links below for more information and click here for a comprehensive list of public and private schools.

Kindergarten to Grade 7 with a French Immersion Program.

Private international boarding school for Grade 8-12.

Places of Interest

Here are the top 5 places of interest in Cowichan Valley that make it a truly special place to explore and call home.

This charming waterfront village is known for its picturesque marina, artisan shops, and seafood restaurants. It’s a great place to stroll along the boardwalk, watch the fishing boats, and enjoy fresh seafood.

A historic railway trestle, the Kinsol Trestle is an engineering marvel and popular hiking and biking destination. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding forests and the Koksilah River.

The Valley is known for its wineries and vineyards, with several award-winning wineries offering tastings and tours. Explore the Cowichan Valley Wine Trail and savor the local wines.

A picturesque bay known for its boating and sailing opportunities, Maple Bay is a great place to relax by the water, go for a swim, or enjoy a meal at one of the waterside restaurants.

The largest freshwater lake on Vancouver Island, Lake Cowichan is a haven for water sports and outdoor activities. It’s perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, and floating down the river.

Homes Bought & Sold in Cowichan Valley

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