Things to do in and around Duncan, BC
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- Wine Tours: Duncan is in the centre of Napa Valley North. Neighbouring the community is the South Cowichan Valley which is the centre of Wine Country in the region. Throughout the valley are many wineries and vineyards producing wines and ciders. Many are enjoyed on a self guided driving tour following the Cowichan Valley Wine Route.
- Sea Kayaking: Launching from Duncan is an ideal departure point for exploring the Southern Gulf Islands. There are kayak guides and tours available throughout the valley. There are sunset paddles, day tours and long haul overnight adventures exploring the coves, bays and beaches of the islands.
- Mountain Biking: The Cowichan Valley is a very popular mountain biking destination. It is particularly good for bikers who want to experience some downhill runs. Mountain biking is enjoyed on Mount Prevost and on Mount Tzouhalem.
- Sightseeing: There are many attractions to see in Duncan. Some are enjoyed on foot while others are best explored by vehicle or bike. Some of the highlights in the Cowichan Valley include the Forest Museum, World’s Largest Hockey Stick, Wineries, Vineyards, Cowichan Bay Fishing Village and the Chemainus Murals.
- Hiking: Hikers will love the Cowichan Valley. There are some great long and short hikes in the region including the Cowichan River Footpath and the hike up to the cross on top of Mount Tzouhalem.
- Golfing: In the Cowichan Valley there are many golf courses. From Ladysmith to Duncan there are 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses. Some are professional courses others are practice courses. Most provide club rentals and golf carts.
- Road Cycling: The backcountry roads, away from the highway, are popular cycling routes. One can bike from Chemainus to Cowichan Bay via the backroads.
- Day Trips: Duncan is central in the Cowichan Valley. Day trips include island hopping to Thetis Island or Saltspring Island. Or stay in the valley and visit the communities of Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Bay, Shawnigan Lake or the other villages in South Cowichan.
- Boating & Sailing. The Cowichan Valley is an ideal launch point for exploring the Gulf Islands by boat. There are marinas located along the coastline in Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, Crofton, Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay. Some have more services than others.
- Hang Gliding. Hang Gliders will enjoy the community of Duncan as two mountains are well known for jumping off from. Mount Prevost and Mount Tzouhalem are both hang gliding destinations.
- First Nations. Quw’utsun Cultural and Conference Centre is a First Nation attraction located in Duncan. It is a museum, gift shop and event centre for First Nation festivals and activities.
- Totem Tour. Follow the painted footsteps in Downtown Duncan leading to Totem Poles. It is also an opportunity to explore the downtown core of Duncan.
- Scuba Diving. The coastline and the nearby islands provide some great underwater scuba diving destinations.
- Shopping: Historic buildings, the towering clock of City Hall, the trendy shops, the Railroad Museum and the abundance of Totem Poles decorate the downtown core. Park your car, pack a camera, grab some cash and set out on foot to fully experience the alleys and side streets of the downtown core.