This isn’t an American spring break movie. We’re not talking about keg parties or flamingo pool floaties. This is much better – because it’s the kind of trip that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and energized when you’re done. This is spring break in the Cowichan region on Vancouver Island, and there’s no better place to unwind and reset!

The Cowichan region encompasses several communities on Vancouver Island, and it has it all. From stunning coastlines and old-growth forests to tight-knit towns brimming with art, culture, and heritage. If you’re looking for a break from the norm, you just found it.

Here are 4 ways to spend spring break in the Cowichan region, and why you’ll be glad you did. 

Try An Adventure

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Tired of the overcrowded city? Cowichan has space to spare. Take a breather, enjoy a bit of solitude, and reconnect with nature with these fun outdoor activities. 

Hiking: Cowichan has no shortage of scenic hiking trails. Try any portion of the 122 km-long Cowichan Valley Trail for old-growth forests, elevated bridges, and ocean views.

Kayaking and Fishing: If you love the water, then get your feet a little wet! Bring your tackle box and spend the day fishing at Cowichan Bay. If the fish aren’t biting, you can try kayaking in the same area instead. Get your rentals at Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre for a fun-filled day on the water.

Take A Spa Day

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What says rest and relaxation better than a spa day? If you really want to dedicate a day to unwinding on your trip, the Cowichan region has no shortage of wellness destinations.

Cowichan Bay Spa: The Cowichan Bay Spa + Salon offers a serene and restful setting by the water with specialized services like organic facials, body treatments, massage, nail care, and more.

Ocean Bliss Day Spa: For a more holistic – and dare we say alternative – spa experience, Ocean Bliss Day Spa in Cowichan Bay offers classic spa treatments as well as energy healing and Reiki services. Why not?

Relax and Unwind

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If spas aren’t your cup of tea, there are lots of different ways to unwind. Spending time in nature doesn’t have to be a sport or high-energy activity! Here is a relaxing alternative for getting outside and enjoying a slower pace. 

Boat Rides and Whale Watching: What could be more serene than taking in the coastal views and maybe even spotting a whale or two? Ocean Ecoventures offers year-round boat rides and whale watching out of Cowichan Bay. Enjoy the ocean spray and the ebb of waves as you observe the local wildlife in its element. 

Explore The Food Scene

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No one does farm-to-table better than Cowichan. From restaurants to wineries, you’ll never be without a good meal when you visit. Here are just a couple of places to check out while you’re there.

Bridgemans Waterfront Bistro: Situated at a beautiful location in Mill Bay, Bridgemans Waterfront Bistro offers a delightful dining experience with stunning ocean views and a thoroughly West Coast-inspired menu.

The Old Firehouse Wine + Cocktail Bar: The Old Firehouse is located in downtown Duncan and brings together artisanal bar culture with exceptional food. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced with freshness and creativity packed into every bite.

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