Marina at Cowichan Bay
(Andrea Johnson photo)


Aboriginal Experiences


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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