All photos taken on May 20, 2022.
Lake Cowichan (Nitinaht: ʕaʔk̓ʷaq c̓uubaʕsaʔtx̣) (pop. 2,974) is a town located on the east end of Cowichan Lake and, by highway, is 27 kilometres (17 mi) west of Duncan. The town of Lake Cowichan was incorporated in 1944. The Cowichan River flows through the middle of the town. Cowichan River is designated as a Heritage River.
Lake Cowichan is at the western end of the Trans Canada Trail, which, when completed, will be one of the longest trail networks in the world at almost 24,000 kilometres (15,000 mi) length.
Lake Cowichan is surrounded on all sides by the Pacific Northwest Temperate rainforest, containing the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world outside of California.
We opted to take a break in Lake Cowichan and as we walked around, several things quyickly became evident.
- The economy of this town and the whole area had long been based in logging
- We had not missed the cherry blossoms, after all. The climate here was a bit cooler and the cherry blossoms were primo, as were a lot of other blooms.
- This little town seemed to have more parks per capita than any other town we had visited. 11 parks for 3,000 people.
Duck Pond Bridge
cherry blossoms in Ohtaki Park and environs
many homes backed onto the lake or river – each had either a boat dock or diving platform
flowering dogwood trees – we had never been in the right place at the right time to see these in flower before
resplendent cherry tree
waterfront homes taken from Central Park
Forest Worker’s Memorial
Totem pole recognizing Ts’uubaa-asatx people
last blossom views
Refreshed, we drove on to Nanaimo. We just managed to arrive in time for K and Benji to catch the ferry. This accomplished, we drove on to Victoria, where the real work would begin.