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Marina at Cowichan Bay
(Andrea Johnson photo)

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Aboriginal Experiences

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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.

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