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Duncan

Situated in the heart of the scenic Cowichan Valley where wineries and culinary delights tantalize your senses, is the city of Duncan, with an abundance of attractions and outdoor activities to offer the discerning traveller. The BC Forest Discovery Centre, a 100-acre open-air living museum, lets you explore the history of BC’s forest industry. The Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre provides visitors with an authentic First Nations Experience. Just south is picture-perfect Cowichan Bay Village, situated on the water with stunning views and sunsets. Cottages, shops and restaurants are built on stilts over the water’s edge. Bird watchers come to explore the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre where Great Blue Herons nest in trees. Get up close to birds of prey at the Raptor Centre, a premier area attraction. Take a walking tour of the region and view one of the world’s largest collection of totem poles. For outdoor recreation, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golfing and more are all here.

Location

Located just off Trans Canada Highway 1, 60 km (36 mi) north of Victoria, 51 km (31 mi) south of Nanaimo in the Cowichan Valley.

A Step Back in Time

The town of Duncan is named after William Chalmers Duncan, who arrived in Victoria in May of 1862. Three months later, along with a party of one hundred settlers, he moved to the area now known as Duncan. Duncan’s farm was named Alderlea, and this was the first name of the adjacent settlement. In August of 1886, the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway was opened. No stop had been scheduled at Alderlea for the inaugural train bearing the prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Robert Dunsmuir. However, at Duncan’s Crossing, the level crossing nearest Alderlea, a crowd of 2,000 had assembled around a decorated arch and the train came to an unplanned halt, quite literally putting it on the map. In 1887, the train station was built and today is a National Historic Site.

Duncan City was officially incorporated in 1912, and in the following year, a post office was built which is now Duncan’s City Hall. Today, Duncan is the commercial centre of the Cowichan Region and attracts visitors to its trendy boutiques, art and antique galleries. It is also known as the “City of Totems” with some 80 carved totem poles depicting the historic legends of the First Nations.

Contact Information

Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

Duncan & Nearby Accommodations

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Riverside Campground & Cabins

Riverside Campground & Cabins

Duncan

Riverfront camping, large grassed and shaded areas. Full and partial hookups, pull-thrus, cable TV, flush toilets, group and cyclist rates. Tent sites have firepits. Washrooms open May 1 - Oct 1. Open year round for self-contained RVs. ... More Details
Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus River Campgrounds

Chemainus

3 km south of Chemainus on Trans Canada Hwy. Enjoy our 9 wooded ha situated along the Chemainus River; featuring large sunny and wooded sites with water, power, sewer, showers, Laundromat and internet. Close to golf course and regional park. River swimming, badminton, horseshoe pitch; guest patio ar ... More Details
Country Maples RV Resort

Country Maples RV Resort

Chemainus

Quality RV Resort with lots of space, grassy and shaded sites. 160 sites off Hwy, heated pool, mini golf, clubhouse, playground. Cell service available. West side of Hwy 1, 1/2 mile south of Henry Road. Nearby golf, fishing, antique and curio shops, Chemainus murals. ... More Details
Beaver Lake Resort

Beaver Lake Resort

Lake Cowichan

Resting between the mountains and fir trees, Beaver Lake Resort is the ideal destination for tranquility and relaxation. Featuring spacious sunny or treed RV, tent or cabin sites, you will enjoy 1500 feet beautiful lake frontage views and private access of Beaver Lake. Our family oriented, pet frien ... More Details
Lakeview Park Campground

Lakeview Park Campground

Lake Cowichan

The campground is open until September 26, 2021 for walk in camping only. The reservation system is now closed for the 2021 season. COVID-19 protocols as mandated will be followed. This campground offers 75 sites, 28 of which have lake views. The marina is just a short walk away. Power and water a ... More Details
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Resort

Malahat

Situated north of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia near the summit of Malahat Drive, the resort is an experience with nature nestled amongst the giant cedars and seasonal creeks. We offer spacious, fully serviced RV lots and some private and scenic campsites, perfect for every need. Choose from ... More Details
Cedar Springs Ranch

Cedar Springs Ranch

Malahat

Nestled amongst towering cedar and fir trees, Cedar Springs Ranch offers a family-friendly destination. Situated in a forested mountain setting of Malahat Drive, our campground is an escape from urban life while still being only a 20 minute drive to Victoria. Explore the historic city, boat across t ... More Details
Laketown Ranch Campground

Laketown Ranch Campground

Lake Cowichan

**Reservations opening mid-March 2021 for our inaugural season (May 21 - Sept 30, 2021) - Contact us for more information.** Nestled amongst rolling pastures and wooded areas in the beautiful Lake Cowichan region, the new Laketown Ranch Campgrounds are the ideal location for families, groups and th ... More Details
4 All Seasons Resort

4 All Seasons Resort

Ladysmith

A family owned camping facility, situated on inside coast of Vancouver Island on the Cedar peninsula, covered by mature trees and bounded by beautiful rock beaches over 100 sites in a treed setting. 3 night minimum stay for long weekends. ... More Details
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