The Coast Salish arrived in this fertile pocket of Vancouver Island circa 2500 BCE according to the latest archeological evidence.
The Quw'utsun' (English translation: Cowichan) peoples named themselves and their territory "the warm lands" in honour of its abnormally temperate climate and long growing season.
Cowichan Nation Bands
The modern Cowichan nation is comprised of seven bands – namely the Comeakin, Clemclemaluts, Kilpaulus, Koksilah, Quamichan, Khenipsen and Somena bands. Approximately 3,900 First Nations people live in the valley today.
Quw'utsun' Cultural & Conference Centre
Set on 2.4ha/6ac beside the Cowichan River at the edge of Duncan, the Quw'utsun' Cultural & Conference Centre is a complex of long houses, totem poles, native plant gardens, and riverside walking trails. It captures the Cowichan people's living traditions. Open June to mid-September.
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1719 Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
The gallery celebrates Arthur's passion for creating original West Coast art. Often described as a modern day renaissance man & known for his love of story telling his works connect us with the stories & memories of his beloved coast & its history. A master at the ancient art of serigraphy & always experimenting with new & challenging mediums & materials Vickers works in 24k gold-leafing in low relief are signature pieces that are unique to this renowned First Nations Artist. The gallery & the seaside village of Cowichan Bay will be a true highlight of your trip to Vancouver Island, an experience you will always treasure.