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Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan, heralded by King Edward the VIII as Canda’s Fly-Fishing Capital, Lake Cowichan, having over 30km, is simply knows as ‘The Big Lake’ by areas aboriginal ancestors. Modern outdoor enthusiasts, such as anglers and recreational boaters visit this large body of fresh water regularly. Visit the paths of the nearby ancient forest of Camanah Walbran to satiate your desire for adventure, or refresh along the streams of Cowicah River.
The small town of Lake Cowichan, alongside with the nearby communities of Mesachie Lake, Skutz Falls, Honeymoon Bay and Youbou are within easy reach by road or adjoining waterways. Vancouver Island communities have been established alongside the salty seas Lake Cowichan and its adjourning villages. A perfect summer vacation spot, having the warmest annual temperatures of 24C in Canada is the southern arm of Cowichan Lake.

Fast Facts


Lake Cowichan can be found on Highway 18, southern region of Vancouver Island, 17.5 miles west of Duncan.


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Population:
3,200

Provincial Parks & Trails

Cowichan River Provincial Park have almost 20 kms, 750 hectares of wilderness that stretched from the village of Lake Cowichan to Glenora near Duncan. Protection of the vital river habitat is provided by the park. Runs of wild salmon and steelhead attract anglers, while Douglas-fir and towering western Hemlock forests attract the most passionate ecologists. 20 kms of dynamic hiking trails attract all manner of hikers and fishermen, since it follows the scenic river from Gelnora and Skutz Falls.

Outdoor Activities

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enthusiasts will enjoy the waters of Gordon Bay Prinvicial, offering dozens of parking spaces and easy access to boat ramps along the shore. Anglers will find cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as Dolly Varden Char tugging at their lines.

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 A good place for windsurfers can be found at Nitinuat Lake, which has a very good supply of wind. You can follow the road along northern shore of Cowichan Lake to one of Vancouver Island’s top windsurfing lakes.