About The Cowichan Valley
Centrally located in South Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley is a short drive from Victoria to the south, and Nanaimo to the north. Cowichan, named by our First Nations People, means "land warmed by the sun" – obvious to those who come here as it boasts the highest mean temperatures in Canada. Harrowsmith Magazine rated the Cowichan Valley as the best liveable rural area in Canada – our farms and forests, lakes and rivers, hills, trails, and wonderful ocean beaches – not to mention seven vineyards and a cidery!
Three ferries, two airports, four floatplane and one helicopter services make getting to the Island simple. Some of the most appealing things about being in the CVRD, especially the areas surrounding the Saanich Inlet, are the views and scenery that are abundant, and the relaxed pace that is prevalent on the South Island.