Beaver Lake Resort - Lake Cowichan, BC

Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan is one of several communities that make up the pristine Cowichan Lake District. A scenic 75 km (46 mi) drive around Lake Cowichan (a map is available) takes you to these communities – Honeymoon Bay with its Wildlife Reserve, Youbou and Mesachie Lake. A mountainous area it is rich with wildlife and an ideal destination for outdoor adventure.  Some of the top activities include hiking, cycling, fishing, waterskiing, kayaking and more. Nearby Cowichan River Provincial Park is popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts where, amongst other activities, you can do white-water kayaking, tubing, and fishing. This park protects significant stretches of the Cowichan River, a designated Provincial Heritage River internationally renowned for its wild salmon and steelhead fishery. Another park, Gordon Bay Provincial Park, is located on the shores of Lake Cowichan. The warm lake and sandy beach make for great family swimming. History buffs find plenty to interest them in the park, which is home to a second-growth Douglas-fir forest. There are a number of walking and hiking trails with unparalleled views. Visit in April when the wildflowers are at their peak.

Location

Lake Cowichan is located on Hwy 18, 28 km (17.5 mi) west of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

Cowichan Lake’s settlement history began in about 1883 with the arrival of William Forest to Cowichan Bay. In 1884, he and James Tolmie toured the lake with the help of the native Ikilass brothers. Forest, impressed by “the most beautiful spot he had ever seen”, was able to convince BC’s Premier of the day to build a road to the head of the Cowichan River. This was completed in 1886 and settlement began which today is the Town of Lake Cowichan.

Although forestry which was the major industry in this area has declined, tourism has become of economic importance to the community. Now, a significant number of people travel here and beyond to enjoy Cowichan Lake and experience the stunning Caramanah Walbarn.

Wideshot of the lake seen from the dock at the Beaver Lake Resort in Lake Cowichan.

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Cowichan Lake District

Lake Cowichan & Nearby Accommodations

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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 ... Read more
Lakeview Park Campground

Lakeview Park Campground

Lake Cowichan

This campground offers 75 sites, 28 of which have lake views. The marina is just a short walk away. Power and water are available on some sites. ... Read more
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. ... Read more
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. ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Rondalyn | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Ladysmith

A beautiful forested Parkbridge Resort with a big rig friendly park on Halsam Creek is the ideal destination for families to have a fun filled vacation. Offering year round accommodation, we welcome guests to stay with us during any season. Your RV and camping experience will be the best one yet at ... Read more
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. ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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