History

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena
The planning of the arena began in 1968 and the first ice opening of the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena was December 6, 1969. A 7.6 million dollar arena renovation project began in the fall of 2009 - almost 40 years later.  This project saw the addition of a new story building on the front of the arena complete with new administrative office, multipurpose space, playschool room, meeting rooms, public washrooms and a warm viewing area overlooking the ice surface.  A new roof was put on the building and accessibility issues were addressed with the addition of accessible washrooms in the curling lounge, ramping to the south side of the stands and an elevator.  The concession was totally redone to allow for better access from both sides of the building.
Since that time, the Arena is proud to have hosted:
  • BC Provincial Ice Hockey Championships
  • Short Track Speed Skating for BC Winter Games
  • Hockey Officiating Schools
  • Regional Figure Skating Championships
  • High Performance Hockey Evaluation Camps
  • Jr. and Sr. Hockey events including the Annual Island Cup Jr. A Tournament
Curling Rink
The Cowichan Lake Regional Curling Club opened its doors in 1970, and most recently this four-sheet curling facility has been known as Cowichan Rocks.

Home to annual winter and summer bonspiels including regional and BC provincial championships. Renovations include, with the replacement of the existing roof and expansion of the concession area, the conversion of one existing arena dressing room into one more suited to curling, upgrading of existing curling washrooms to provide handicap accessibility and the creation of a concrete surface in the curling rink.

  • Three separate viewing places overlook the ice surface.
  • Licensed lounge for up to 125 people
  •  Concession and bar area and complete kitchen
  •  Adjacent patio overlooks the tranquil beauty of Cowichan Lake. 

This facility is home to annual winter and summer bonspiels, and is proud to have hosted:
  • The 2003 International Tankard challenge event against Washington State
  • Curling Competition for the 2005 BC Senior Games
  • Vancouver Island Regional Juvenile and Senior Women’s Provincial Championships
  • 2007 & 2011 Juvenile Provincial Championships
  • Sr. Men's Regional Playdowns in 2009
  • Island Master Playdowns (men's and women's)
  • Mixed Island Playdown Event March 5 - 7, 2012
  • BC Masters Curling Championships - Feb 28 - March 3, 2013
  • Women's Open #1 Playdown Event Nov 15 - 17, 2013
  • International Curling Tankard March 7 - 9, 2014
  • Tim Horton's BC Juvenile Championships 2015 March 5 - March 8, 2015


This facility is home to annual winter and summer bonspiels, and is proud to have hosted:
  • The 2003 International Tankard challenge event against Washington State
  • Curling Competition for the 2005 BC Senior Games
  • Vancouver Island Regional Juvenile and Senior Women’s Provincial Championships
  • 2007 & 2011 Juvenile Provincial Championships
  • Sr. Men's Regional Playdowns in 2009
  • Island Master Playdowns (men's and women's)
  • Mixed Island Playdown Event March 5 - 7, 2012
  • BC Masters Curling Championships - Feb 28 - March 3, 2013
  • Women's Open #1 Playdown Event Nov 15 - 17, 2013
  • International Curling Tankard March 7 - 9, 2014
  • Tim Horton's BC Juvenile Championships 2015 March 5 - March 8, 2015
This facility is home to annual winter and summer bonspiels, and is proud to have hosted:
  • The 2003 International Tankard challenge event against Washington State
  • Curling Competition for the 2005 BC Senior Games
  • Vancouver Island Regional Juvenile and Senior Women’s Provincial Championships
  • 2007 & 2011 Juvenile Provincial Championships
  • Sr. Men's Regional Playdowns in 2009
  • Island Master Playdowns (men's and women's)
  • Mixed Island Playdown Event March 5 - 7, 2012
  • BC Masters Curling Championships - Feb 28 - March 3, 2013
  • Women's Open #1 Playdown Event Nov 15 - 17, 2013
  • International Curling Tankard March 7 - 9, 2014
  • Tim Horton's BC Juvenile Championships 2015 March 5 - March 8, 2015
This facility is home to annual winter and summer bonspiels, and is proud to have hosted:
  • The 2003 International Tankard challenge event against Washington State
  • Curling Competition for the 2005 BC Senior Games
  • Vancouver Island Regional Juvenile and Senior Women’s Provincial Championships
  • 2007 & 2011 Juvenile Provincial Championships
  • Sr. Men's Regional Playdowns in 2009
  • Island Master Playdowns (men's and women's)
  • Mixed Island Playdown Event March 5 - 7, 2012
  • BC Masters Curling Championships - Feb 28 - March 3, 2013
  • Women's Open #1 Playdown Event Nov 15 - 17, 2013
  • International Curling Tankard March 7 - 9, 2014
  • Tim Horton's BC Juvenile Championships 2015 March 5 - March 8, 2015
Youbou Lanes Bowling Alley
"Youbou Lanes" is a four lane non-automated bowling alley which is attached to the Youbou Community Hall. This bowling alley was built as an addition to the hall by British Columbia Forest Products Ltd. (BCFP) and opened with a gala affair on Saturday July 14, 1951.

The first ball to be rolled down the lanes was a gutter ball thrown by BCFP General Manager Mr. B.O. Whiles. A quote taken from the July 19, 1951 edition of the Cowichan Leader states, "you have here one of the finest bowling alley establishments in the country".

The lanes were made of modern quality construction materials of the day and were laid with eastern hard rock maple on both ends and Georgia long leaf pine in the centre. Today, Youbou Lanes is the only known sanctioned, hand set lanes in Canada. Employment of local youths as pinsetters has been occurring in this bowling alley since 1951. This has provided very valuable job experience for many of today's children as well as some of their parents and grandparents.

Youbou Lanes is one of the few remaining centres that still "hand dresses" (dust, strip and oil) their lanes. This is done by staff members and is inspected yearly by league association sanctioning officials. Youbou Lanes is like a museum holding many secrets and artifacts of the past. Thanks to the work of a few dedicated volunteer historian club members, Youbou Lanes has binders full of old 'Ubo' bulletins, pictures, and historical information of the Youbou Mill, Yount School, the community and surrounding area.