Day Trip Six
Murals, Museums, Markets and Merriment!
Arts, culture, food and drink – a day that won’t disappoint. Heading south take a leisure drive toward to Ladysmith. Ladysmith is famous for its Christmas “Festival of Lights”. Ladysmith also has great shops and sheltered water on the Strait of Georgia – great for kayaking. A favourite drive is old Hwy #1 meandering past the Saltair Pub and entering Chemainus.
Chemainus is home of the arts from theatre to murals. A great place to experience the history of the area and take photos. Further south is the city of Duncan. While there you can visit the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives, the BC Forest Discovery Centre and the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre.
Native history and culture are apparent throughout Duncan, the “City of Totems.” A short stroll south from the museum, there are 41 intriguing totem poles to see on the self-guided walking tour – just follow the yellow footprints on Duncan’s sidewalks, which provide a path through the sites – and the fascinating world of totem poles.
The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, in downtown Duncan, recreates the history and traditions of the coastal people in its buildings, displays and excellent presentations. Under the roof of a large carving shed, totem poles take shape; visitors may view work in progress.
Next is Cowichan Bay, a gem nestled by the water. Great shops including a cheese works, bakery and sea faring restaurants. Try clam strips or our famous halibut. Whale watching tours also depart from these docks. Another fabulous treat are the wineries that dot this fine area. Tours and tastings are available.
One of our favourites is Merridale Estate Cidery, a great view, great cider and great food. Now it’s time to make your way back home. Whippletree Junction has an eclectic group of unique shops. Russell Farms Market is just past Duncan – grab some juicy fresh fruit in season and snack on your drive home to Kennedy House Bed and Breakfast where you can relax on the deck and take in the ocean view. North of Duncan, stop at a variety of local wineries, or take the island wine tour.
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