Ready for a fun slice of local history and adventure? The historic town of Duncan, BC awaits in the heart of Cowichan Valley, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

Located on the traditional lands of the Cowichan First Nation, Duncan was first known as the townsite of Alderlea, and later “Duncan’s Crossing.”

Today, the town serves as the urban centre of the Valley, and has even been named one of the ‘most charming’ small towns in Canada!

Prior to its settlement, the Cowichan people lived in Duncan and its surrounding areas for millennia. In fact, the town is home to the world’s largest collection of outdoor totems, according to its website.

Visitors can explore Duncan’s historic downtown, which is home to a number of heritage buildings from the Victorian era.

In total, there are over 300 businesses ranging from art galleries and cafes to clothing boutiques and chocolatiers!

Embark on a self-guided tour of 40 beautifully carved totems, peruse the downtown eateries and artisan shops, hit up BC’s longest-running farmer’s market, and take in the region’s rich history at the Cowichan Valley Museum.

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New this year? The Duncan Farmers Market Night Market, which takes place on the third Thursday of every month from June to November!

The night market will transform downtown Duncan into a lively hub of fresh food and produce, live music, and fun for all ages.

So the next time you’re headed to the area, consider checking it out for yourself!

Happy travels!

Duncan, BC

Where: Cowichan Valley, BC