Retiring in the Cowichan Valley,
Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay
There are an abundance of reasons why people choose to retire in Duncan, B.C., on Vancouver Island.
The Cowichan Valley is nestled between two major cities on Southern Vancouver Island. Victoria, with a population of 320,000 people is one hour to the south of Duncan and Nanaimo, population 80,000 is one hour north. There are mountains and the rugged, Pacific Ocean coastline and famed West Coast Trail of the Pacific Rim National Park on our west side; valleys with virgin forests in the middle; and on our eastern shore, some of the richest agricultural land in the province that rolls down to meet the sea.
With the highest mean temperatures in Canada, soil rich enough to grow virtually any crop, a full range of recreational and business services, the Cowichan Valley region is a favourite place to live on Vancouver Island. Towering forests, numerous beaches and unique marine hamlets, plus some of the largest and most popular fresh water lakes on Vancouver Island have made the Cowichan Valley a favourite destination for decades. (Source: Cowichan Valley Regional Districtwww.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx)
Duncan is part of the Cowichan region which is located in Canada's only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone, resulting in the warmest mean year round temperature anywhere in Canada.
Originally named The Warm Land by the First Nations peoples, the Cowichan offers one of Canada's finest climates. A truly unique combination of warmth and moisture throughout the year has resulted in lush plant growth and spectacular vistas.
Arts & Culture:
The Cowichan Valley Region has more artists & performers per capita than anywhere in Canada. With twenty three and counting artist galleries and several performing Theatre groups in the Cowichan Region.
If Golf is your game, you will enjoy playing year round at our picturesque courses for golfers of all abilities.
Hiking & Biking Trails:
Hiking trails abound. You will discover the Cowichan Valley and all it bestows hiking the area trails. Spectacular ocean, river, lake, & mountain views. Well mapped out trails with a variety of skill levels offer novice to master hiking & biking adventures.
Sandy Beaches, mountain views, oceanside, winding rivers, suspension bridges, wildlife, white water rapids, fishing, swimming, Kinsol Trestel, picnicing, wild flowers, birdwatching, boat launches, walking trails, water skiing, nature identification, shorebird and sealife viewing, beachcombing.......All of this & so much more.
Enjoy our oceanside, lakeside and riverside beaches.
The Cowichan Valley is a theatre buffs dream. We have many amateur theatre groups who welcome newcomers to join in a number of capacities; acting, stage crew, production, marketing. In addition we have a professional teaching theatre. If you prefer to admire from a distance, you will not be disappointed with the ongoing entertaining productions.
World renowned winerys and vineyards dot the cowichan valley landscape. Open for tours and winetasting at your leisure.....