Historical Full Day Tour of the Cowichan Valley (Victoria North)

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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. An awesome, all ages kid friendly tour.

Friendly: No.
The activity level for this tour includes a moderate amount of walking; Kinsol Trestle - 2.7 km, BC Forest Discovery Centre - 1.3 km, and Cowichan Bay 0.6 km. All are level grades, with a total\al distance covered of approximately4.6 km (2.6 mi). There will time to rest in the vehicle between the attractions, and all feature rest stops.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent)

Duncan, Cowichan Bay, and Shawnigan Lake are yours to enjoy

Local history and beautiful Island countryside are yours to enjoy with a private tour of the Cowichan Valley.

With Canada's only Mediterranean climate - the Warm Land is a fitting name for the Cowichan Valley and area. Named by the First Nations Coast Salish, Quw'utsun' or Cowichan means "land warmed by the sun".

Your day of discovery will begin with the historic Kinsol Trestle, Canada's tallest standing wooden trestle.

Historic steam locomotive rides, antique logging equipment and displays located on 100 acres, the BC Forest Discovery Centre is our next stop. And, who knows - we may see a rare and endangered Trumpeter Swan or Blue Heron at the adjacent (globally significant) Somenos Marsh, with over 219 bird species recorded.

From there, we'll travel to Cowichan Bay a seaside village known for its boutique cheese, seafood and ice-cream shops, artists showrooms, and Maritime Centre.
There'll be time for you to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and explore North America's first 'Cittaslow' town.


We'll start by departing from Victoria, travelling north through Goldstream Provincial Park, over the Malahat, and through the community of Shawnigan Lake on our way to the Kinsol Trestle.

Highlights include:

* Kinsol Trestle
* BC Forest Discovery Centre
* Cowichan Bay

The return trip to Victoria will take approximately 1 hr 15 min.

What to Bring & Wear
* camera
* sun protection
* cash / credit cards - lunch and souvenir shopping
* insect repellent
* comfortable hiking / walking shoes
* hats and sunglasses
* layered clothing - don't forget, you can't have a green Island without a bit of rain.

Tour start times are flexible, and can be adjusted to accommodate your schedule.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your accommodation in the greater Victoria area, or the Ogden Point (Victoria) Cruise Terminal. If you're outside of Victoria, please contact me for details.

End location: Your accommodation in the greater Victoria, Duncan, or Ladysmith areas.

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

Weather, traffic, local festivals/events and wildlife sightings could lengthen the duration of the tour.


Passenger van (5 adults + guide).

I try to limit the number of adult passengers to 5, so as to ensure comfort.

Larger groups can be accommodated in a larger vehicle at an additional expense.

What’s Included

Other: * My time and service as your private guide.
* Free pick up and drop off at any Victoria location, including Duncan and Ladysmith.
* Bottled water and juice.
* Experience, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

75 CAD - You should bring around $30 per person for lunch, unless you prefer to pack a lunch.
Also, you wish to bring some extra for souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch is not included with this tour.
We will be stopping at Cowichan Bay for lunch, which hosts a number of great eateries, including the Rock Cod Cafe, Cow Cafe, and Hilary's Cheese Cafe.

If the tour group decides to add an unscheduled attraction, the price of admission will be an extra expense.

Custom tours and/or larger groups can be accommodated at an additional expense. Please contact me for details.


I'm not a licensed bus driver, but can hire or arrange a driver for larger groups.

Private tour guide Neil

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