Transportation & Maps
Duncan is the business and cultural hub of the Cowichan Valley.
The valley is bisected by the multi-lane Trans-Canada Highway (aka Hwy #1). Vancouver Island's two largest population centres – Victoria and Nanaimo – are more or less equidistant (50km/33mi) to the south and north of town respectively. Transportation options to Duncan include car travel, ferry service, public transit, trains, and flights.
To reach Duncan's historic old town centre, northbound traffic from Victoria can take a left at Trunk Road (the first stoplight after crossing the Cowichan River bridge). Southbound traffic from up-island can utilize Canada Avenue after turning right off the highway at Beverly Street (site of Thrifty Foods).
From Victoria and the south, the earliest access point to the eastern half of the Cowichan Valley is at Kilmalu Road north of Mill Bay.