Island Profile: Cowichan Lake

After a sunshine-filled hike through Stanley Park this weekend, a group of friends and I were already thinking about next summer. Someone mentioned the notion of spending a week on glassy lake waters, causing me to quickly turn my mind to one of Vancouver Island’s most beloved bodies of fresh water.

Lake Cowichan sunset

Photo: PrincessAshley on Flickr

A 20-minute drive due west of Duncan, Cowichan Lake is the indisputable anchor of the Cowichan Valley. Stretching more than 30 kilometres, the lake is a top draw for recreation enthusiasts and boasts fishing, boating, waterskiing, camping, swimming and windsurfing.

Map: Google Maps

It’s not difficult to see why Cowichan Lake is a favourite escape for tourists and Island locals alike…

Lake Cowichan Travis Sleepover
Photo: bmann on Flickr

Birthday Sleepover 2006 at Lake Cowichan - 30
Photo: nep on Flickr

South side of the Tree Table no. 6
Photos: thorinside on Flickr

Like most everywhere on Vancouver Island, Cowichan Lake is no stranger to wildlife and limitless flora and fauna. Of particular note are the bountiful brambles of blackberries. Each year on the Labour Day weekend the Honeymoon Bay Outdoor Market celebrates this juicy fruit with a blackberry festival, featuring jellies, jams vinegar and more pies than you can imagine. This year’s Honeymoon Bay Blackberry Festival will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2010 on the south shores of the lake.

Photo: Cowichan Valley Photos

Skutz Falls
Photo: ciboulette on Flickr

Lake Cowichan Travis Sleepover
Photo: bmann on Flickr

Cowichan sunset
Photo: D G Brown on Flickr

Dirt roads spider out from the west side of Cowichan Lake, connecting hikers and bikers with a straight shot to the West Coast Trail by way Bamfield and Port Renfrew. Those less ambitious can take advantage of the gentler trails that encircle various parts of the lake.

Photo: mrjonathanpotter on Flickr

Photo: ozzieguy on Flickr

Sometimes “getting away from it all” only requires a short drive down a country road.

The fog lifts
Photo: D G Brown on Flickr

For more information on Cowichan Lake and the nearby town of Lake Cowichan, please visit the Lake Cowichan online.

1. Win a pair of tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 12, 2010. Click here to enter.

2. I’m once again fundraising for the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause, aiming to raise $2,000 by September 12, 2010. As of today, I’ve already reached 25% of my goal and have only a few weeks left! Please consider donating to my effort and support this worthwhile cause.

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One Comment on “Island Profile: Cowichan Lake

  1. What a beautiful stunning island I live on! So many unexplored places….

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