Andrea Rondeau

Larry Fiege, right, from Fiege’s Farm shows a rapt audience the old-fashioned way to tap a Bigleaf Maple during the Maple Syrup Festival at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb. 1 and 2, 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Maple Syrup Festival in Duncan cancelled

The annual syrup festival is a popular event at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Larry Fiege, right, from Fiege’s Farm shows a rapt audience the old-fashioned way to tap a Bigleaf Maple during the Maple Syrup Festival at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb. 1 and 2, 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)

Power back on for most of Cowichan following windstorm

Only two outages remained in the Cowichan Valley Thursday morning

Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)
Jorie Benjamin does a modern dance performance to ‘La Vie en rose’ by Édith Piaf, Louis Gugliemi and Marguerite Monnot, choreographed by Elise Sampson during the Cowichan Music Festival’s Highlights Concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Music Festival cancelled for 2021

The festival had already been limited to solo performances only for 2021

Jorie Benjamin does a modern dance performance to ‘La Vie en rose’ by Édith Piaf, Louis Gugliemi and Marguerite Monnot, choreographed by Elise Sampson during the Cowichan Music Festival’s Highlights Concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)

Pantomime cancelled in Cowichan due to COVID restrictions

A partnership of the Cowichan Musical Society, the Shawnigan Players, and the Mercury Players.

The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)
Many braved the chilly waters of Maple Bay during the annual New Year’s Day polar bear swim on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Many braved the chilly waters of Maple Bay during the annual New Year’s Day polar bear swim on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Amber Clayton took this shot of Cowichan Lake’s Clayton family out on the Trans Canada Trail. (Amber Clayton photo)

Photos from our Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Check out these shots from members of the community

Amber Clayton took this shot of Cowichan Lake’s Clayton family out on the Trans Canada Trail. (Amber Clayton photo)
Firefighters work on the balcony of a burned out unit at the Lewis Apartments in the 2500-block of Lewis Street Thursday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Investigation continues into fatal apartment fire in Duncan

There is no indication of any illegal drugs/activity that may have been the cause of the blaze

Firefighters work on the balcony of a burned out unit at the Lewis Apartments in the 2500-block of Lewis Street Thursday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Tribes has issued an evacuation order for two areas within the First Nation on Jan. 2, 2021. (screenshot)

Flooding causes evacuation order for Cowichan Tribes land

Cowichan Tribes issued an evacuation order for the Wil’seem Road and Sahilton Road areas

Cowichan Tribes has issued an evacuation order for two areas within the First Nation on Jan. 2, 2021. (screenshot)
Lake Cowichan RCMP and the Lake Cowichan Fire Department were called out after residents heard a loud bang early Jan. 1, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

New year starts with a bang for Lake Cowichan residents

Reports of a possible explosion and potential fire

Lake Cowichan RCMP and the Lake Cowichan Fire Department were called out after residents heard a loud bang early Jan. 1, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)

Natalie MacMaster coming to you through Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Here’s your chance to enjoy the famed fiddler in an online show with her husband Donnell Leahy.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
The holiday windows are going in at Imagine That! in Duncan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Submitted)
The holiday windows are going in at Imagine That! in Duncan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Submitted)
An organizer of the event makes sure the wreaths are lined up just so at the cenotaph at Lake Cowichan for the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)

COVID-conscious Lake Cowichan Remembrance Day ceremony goes without a hitch

Pre-laid wreaths still brought a splash of colour to the cenotaph

An organizer of the event makes sure the wreaths are lined up just so at the cenotaph at Lake Cowichan for the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)
The sign at Camp Pringle has been stolen. (Facebook photo)

Carved wooden sign stolen from Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake

“This wooden medallion is a treasured piece of our camp’s history”

The sign at Camp Pringle has been stolen. (Facebook photo)
Ladysmith potter Mary Fox has published a new book about her life and work. (Submitted)
Ladysmith potter Mary Fox has published a new book about her life and work. (Submitted)
The Cowichan Lake area could see some heavy wet snow starting this evening. (Citizen file)

UPDATED: Brace for strong winds Tuesday on the coast, and possible snow for Cowichan Lake

The Valley can expect winds up to 70 km/h as a strong Pacific low approaches the south coast.

The Cowichan Lake area could see some heavy wet snow starting this evening. (Citizen file)
Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)

Lights are up at the Duncan Showroom this November

On Saturday Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. 24 in the Valley with Schaps hits the stage.

Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)
The main players in the upcoming pantomime Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)

Cowichan theatre groups combine to present Christmas pantomime

The audience is limited to 50 people for each show

The main players in the upcoming pantomime Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
There are many beautiful items to bid on in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s online auction to raise funds for youth programs. This limited edition print is one of the items you can bid on. (Submitted)

A&E column: Fundraising auction and classical annual meeting

A taste of what’s happening in the arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley

There are many beautiful items to bid on in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s online auction to raise funds for youth programs. This limited edition print is one of the items you can bid on. (Submitted)
Kim Barnard gives the thumbs up to Roy Davies outside of Style Centre Barber Shop in Shawnigan Lake after Davies takes off all of Barnard’s hair in her successful 2020 Tour de Rock fundraiser. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Barnard loses the locks for Cops for Cancer

“My original goal of $2,020 was surpassed”

Kim Barnard gives the thumbs up to Roy Davies outside of Style Centre Barber Shop in Shawnigan Lake after Davies takes off all of Barnard’s hair in her successful 2020 Tour de Rock fundraiser. (Submitted)