Welcome to Duncan, the heart of the Cowichan Region. Our lovely city can be found just off the Trans Canada Highway, about half-way between Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Duncan is a very walkable, people-friendly community that invites you to come, stay a while and enjoy the ambience. The mild sunny climate of the Cowichan Valley offers endless opportunities for relaxation and fun. Take a Totem Tour, visit our many delightful shops and restaurants, enjoy the vineyards, kayak our rivers and ocean, hike the Trans Canada Trail, watch a show at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre or check out the island’s largest year-round farmers’ market. The list of possibilities that abound in our warm land is truly endless!

Visit the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre located at Drinkwater Road & the Trans-Canada Highway, which is operated by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, or visit the Tourism Cowichan website for information on what the region has to offer.

Getting Here

Duncan is easily accessible by ferry, plane, car or bicycle.

To get to Vancouver Island from the mainland by car or on foot, take BC Ferries:

  • Vancouver-Nanaimo (Tsawwassen-Duke Point),
  • West Vancouver-Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay),
  • Vancouver-Victoria (Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay)

Once you’ve arrived on Vancouver Island, driving from the ferry terminal to Duncan take approximately an hour from Departure Bay, forty-five minutes from Duke Point or an hour and fifteen minutes from Swartz Bay. See DriveBC for information on road conditions.

Bus service is also available from Victoria and Nanaimo through Greyhound, Island Link and BC Transit.

There are also daily flights to the Nanaimo Airport (37 km from Duncan) and, during the summer months, Harbour Air offers daily seaplane flights to nearby Maple Bay maple (11 km from Duncan).