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Cowichan Bay,Vancouver Island Communities, Pacific Northwest
Cowichan Bay, Photo By Bud Logan

The Cowichan Bay Village is located on the east coast of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This has to be one of the prettiest villages on the east coast of the island. The shops and B & B’s that line the shore are just so wonderful. You must make a visit to Cowichan bay a must-do on your bucket list.

Cowichan Bay has been inhabited by the Cowichan people for many thousands of years, the sea and forests supplied them with a plentiful and varied diet that was easily harvested, this allowed them time to create a culture that is rich in oral histories, song, dance, and masterful carvings and art.

Later, Cowichan Bay Village became the gateway for settlers who began moving into the Cowichan and Chemainus valleys. Before the railway was put in, the only way to Cowichan Bay was by steamer from Victoria, a service was put into operation in the 1860s and many folks from all around the world began moving in.

The economy was based on logging, lumber exports and later, for its farm produce,  but word spread quickly on the incredible fishing that was available in the area, both salmon and trout fishing and tourists began coming here just to fish. It was the original salmon fishing capital of the world.

Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island Communities, Pacific Northwest
Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum, Photo By Bud Logan

The history of the waterfront is rich, the boat-building companies, the fish plants, the tour companies that took folks fishing were a big part of the village and they still are today. Just walk down along the waterfront and its history is written all around you. Then take a stroll through the maritime museum, it’s built on the water, on one of the many piers in the bay, its something to see, very unique and full of such wonders that depict the early years of the bay.

The businesses that line the waterfront are such beautiful little shops, restaurants, b&b’s, kayak rental shops, gift stores, and ice-cream parlors, it’s such a great place to visit.

So what are waiting for, grab your gear and your camera and head on over for a visit, you won’t regret it.

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