Shawnigan Lake B & B
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The Cowichan region is located in Canada's only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone, resulting in the warmest mean year round temperature anywhere in Canada.
Parks and Similar
A popular sandy beach and wharf for diving into the lake. A 20-minute walk from the B&B.
This restored wooden trestle is apparently the largest of its kind in Canada. Once used for the railway, it is now part of Trans-Canada Trail and is a 20-minute walk from the trestle parking lot. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River. A ten-minute drive from the B&B.
Cobble Hill Mountain Recreation Area
The trails on the east side of the mountain are wide and well-kept. Very good viewpoints are found on the east and west sides of the summit. Good for a day hike. A ten minute drive from the B&B.
Old Mill Park
A quiet local park with one of the best beaches, popular with locals. There is also a small private lookout set on the lake, with benches, which is great for privacy and a place to relax. A fun way to get there is to walk along the old E&N rail line next to the lake, about 3/4 hour walk from the B&B.
West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park
This is a small but beautiful park set on the lake. There are large trees, a large field of grass and a place to swim. The beach is narrow and not sandy. A ten-minute drive from the B&B.
Old Baldy Mountain
Spectacular views of Shawnigan Lake can be seen from the summit. Good for a day hike. A fifteen-minute drive from the B&B. The apparent trail entrance is on the east side of Shawnigan Lake Road across from the entrance to Radway Road, but it does not go to the summit of the mountain; it is a 1km long trail that ends at Baldy Mountain Road. A trail that goes to the summit is found part way up the mountain near the end of Strathcona Heights Road, with a gate at the entrance; this is a gravel access road which is used to maintain the communications tower near the summit.
Bright Angel Park
This is a very peaceful and not-so-frequented park hidden away in Cowichan Valley between Shawnigan Lake and Duncan, off of Koksilah Road. It is a great place to enjoy on a sunny day on the way to Alderlea Farm Café.
Maple Grove Park - Cowichan Bay Esturary Dike Walk
The giant trees at Maple Grove Park are beautiful and unusual. There is a flat and enjoyable walk going clockwise around the dike at the estuary starting at the park. The trail is incomplete; the rest of the walk is along the edge of a farm field.
Stoney Hill Regional Park
This park is located west across a channel from Saltspring Island and has spectacular views looking south. Located in the Maple Bay area. The picture in the heading of this page is a view from Stoney Hill.
Kingzett Lake ("The Quarry")
This is a former rock quarry and is a popular swimming spot near Thain Road, with unusually clear water. For the adventurous! This private property and should not be confused with Quarry Nature Park, also located in the Cobble Hill area. Use at your own risk.
Attractive Seaside Towns and Marinas in the Cowichan Region
Has a modernized marina with bistro and our most frequented shopping centre.
A very popular tourist destination, with many stores and restaurants on the bay. A 15-minute drive to the north of Shawnigan Lake.
A beautiful quiet bay with marina, a 1/2 hour drive to the north of Shawnigan Lake.
A beautiful quiet bay with marina, a 3/4 hour drive to the north of Shawnigan Lake.
Shawnigan Lake Museum
A really wonderful museum, small and quaint but big in content, including a small movie theatre with short films. Located in the village, a 15-minute walk from the B&B.
Trail rides of Cobble Hill Mountain, rock quarry and rain forest. Also offering lessons and riding camps.
Blue Dog Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Adventures leaving from Mill Bay at the Marina.
Coastal Bliss Adventures
Kayak and canoe tours starting from Cowichan Bay.
Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching
Whale watching in Cowichan Bay. See Orca Whales, Biggs Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. Also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds. Tours and private charters departing daily.
B.C. Forest Discovery Centre
"The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a 100-acre, open air museum with an operational railway in Duncan, British Columbia. The Centre features forest and marsh trails with excellent bird watching opportunities. The story of BC's forest industry is shared through exhibits, heritage buildings, and logging artifacts. Special events are offered throughout the year that include family activities and workshops for adults and seniors."