Duncan

Population: 4,986.

Visitor Information: Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre, 2896 Drinkwater Rd., 1-888-303-333; adjacent the BC Forest Discovery Centre and directly off of Highway 19.

Duncan has all visitor services, a post office, medical clinics, RCMP, police and churches. Shopping and services are found along Trans-Canada 1. Unique shops and artisanal shopping are in the downtown area (access west via Trunk Road/Government Street or Coronation Avenue.)

Attractions:

  • Cowichan Valley Museum is located in the Duncan Train Station at 130 Canada Ave. and there are fascinating totems adjacent the museum; phone 250-746-6612. City of Duncan is host to over 40 Totem Poles. Guided totem tours from June to September from the train station on Canada Avenue. Year-round self-guided totem tours.
  • The Duncan Farmers Market in City Square, Saturdays April through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and November through March at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the largest year-round market on the island; wide variety of edibles, art and gifts. There is plenty of parking near the square off of Canada Avenue. Live entertainment each week from April through October.
  • Visit wineries, agricultural and culinary attractions, such as True Grain Bread in Cowichan Bay Village and the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth.
  • Outdoor recreation includes 3 championship golf courses. Bicyclists will enjoy the Cowichan Valley Trail/Trans Canada Trail that starts at the south end of Shawnigan Lake and goes west to Cowichan Lake then east to North Cowichan and Ladysmith.
  • Walk the 1.2 km/0.7 mile portion to the Kinsol Trestle (see Milepost V 26.9).