Lake Cowichan

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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

We opted to take a break in Lake Cowichan and as we walked around, several things quyickly became evident.

  1. The economy of this town and the whole area had long been based in logging
  2. 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.
  3. This little town seemed to have more parks per capita than any other town we had visited. 11 parks for 3,000 people.

Logging displays


Duck Pond Bridge

cherry blossoms in Ohtaki Park and environs

other blooms

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

cherry blossoms

resplendent cherry tree

cloud ripples

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.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

20 thoughts on “Lake Cowichan

    1. Thanks Luisa. We were quite surprised at the pride of place in this small town. You could tell they were not as prosperous as some towns, but the town was certainly very pretty. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Hi Blanca. How are things in your part of the world? We are in a spell of hot (for us) dry weather right now with no rain in sight. Lake Cowichan was such a pretty community and a great place to stop and stretch our legs. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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      1. Hi Allan! Everything is well, just about to finish my holidays and start working tomorrow. Weather was so unvearbly hot few days ago and suddenly temeperatures dropped to unusual low for this time of the year. This summer, weather is being a total rollercoaster. I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the hot, dry weather.

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      2. Work. Ughhh. Coming up on 8 years retired, I vaguely remember what is was like to be near the end of holidays. My work is around the yard and house and I am OK with that. We have had a lot of hot dry weather here this summer. Cooler today, but still very little rain. Have a good day back at work tomorrow. 😊

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  1. I remember passing Lake Cowichan, but I didn’t stop, anxious for the dirt road ahead to Port Renfrew. I understand that you do the route in the opposite direction which is more comfortable.

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