Cowichan Lake, in the Cowichan region of Vancouver Island, is located in Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climatic zone, resulting in the warmest mean year round temperature anywhere in Canada.

Originally named The Warm Land by the First Nations peoples, the Cowichan area offers one of Canada’s finest climates. A truly unique combination of warmth and moisture throughout the year has resulted in lush plant growth and spectacular vistas. This environment became a desirable location for early farmers. Today the Cowichan, due mainly to its climate, continues to attract tourists, residents and business.

Lake Cowichan, one of the island’s largest lakes (34 kilometers long) is ideal for water recreation including kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and swimming.

The Cowichan River, now a designated Heritage river, is second to none for fishing, boasting 5 different species of fish. In the summer, “tubing” the river is very popular. Lie on a floating device and float a section of the river! This river starts in the Town of Cowichan Lake and flows 30 kilometers down to Duncan and empties into the estuary in Cowichan Bay.

There are many hiking trails varying in length and difficulty along this river and around the lake. There is something to satisfy everyone. If golfing is your hobby, let us book you a tee time at one of the many top-rated golf courses just minutes away. Catch up on your history and visit our Kaatza Station Museum. Here you will find information illustrating the area’s extensive logging industry, the railway and the families who forged a community out of the wilderness.

Check out this YouTube link for an informative view of things to do while at our lodge.

Visit our Points of interest in Cowichan Lake  map.



The town of Duncan, just a 30 minute drive from Cowichan Lake, is the heart of the Cowichan Valley and has many unique shops, markets, wineries, attractions and activities including whale watching, and horseback riding. We’re sure you’ll find something to suite everyone’s interests. A perfect day trip if you are staying here in Cowichan Lake.