Shopping (Kevin Arnold photo)
Once something of a ghost town, Duncan's downtown is now alive with the sound of shopping, dining, and coffee-shop sipping.
The heritage Whippletree Junction and various big box stores – including one of North America's biggest Wal-Marts – line the Trans-Canada Highway. Find everything from First Nations art to fair trade fashions to thousands of books at Duncan's many galleries, boutiques, and shops.
Getting to Downtown Duncan
Slightly off the beaten path, the old town is a 60-second drive off the highway. From Victoria and the south, turn left onto Trunk Road (the first stop light past the Cowichan River bridge). Up-island traffic can access downtown via Canada Way (turn right at the exit near the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary). Free three-hour parking is available near the train station and in two lots along Kenneth Street.