The Cowichan is a region of spectacular vistas and diverse communities. It is centrally located between the two major urban centres of Vancouver Island. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia lies to the south and the City of Nanaimo to the north.
The Cowichan is made up of a number of small communities, each with its distinct character and unique features. Each one is worth taking the time to explore and are documented in our Regional Community Profiles: places like Ladysmith, Chemainus, Crofton, Duncan, Maple Bay, Cobble Hill, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Bay and Shawnigan Lake.
Cowichan Region's population is approximately 84,000
The name "Cowichan" is derived from the Coast Salish word Khowutzun, literally translates into "The Warm Land" due to its relatively warm year round climactic conditions.
Forestry, fishing, and agriculture have been the traditional economic drivers for the region. Diversification is seen in value added activities, specialty products, and wineries.
This area has a rich artistic community and vibrant First Nations communities.
Considered "affordable" living as well as offering lifestyle, the Cowichan is rapidly becoming a preferred location for many professionals who choose to locate here and commute to Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver.