Five best places in Cowichan to take guests

The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Get there two ways: through Shawnigan Lake (longer walk) or Riverbottom Road (shorter walk). (Citizen file)The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Get there two ways: through Shawnigan Lake (longer walk) or Riverbottom Road (shorter walk). (Citizen file)
Cowichan Bay village has lots to offer along its seaside street. Check out the Estuary Nature Centre, fun shops and beautiful views. (Citizen file)Cowichan Bay village has lots to offer along its seaside street. Check out the Estuary Nature Centre, fun shops and beautiful views. (Citizen file)
The Duncan Market offers something for everyone with handmade crafts and jewelry, wine, food, produce, soap and more. (Citizen file)The Duncan Market offers something for everyone with handmade crafts and jewelry, wine, food, produce, soap and more. (Citizen file)
The Chemainus murals are world-famous for a reason, and a stroll through Chemainus is always an eye-opener for guests and locals alike. (Citizen file)The Chemainus murals are world-famous for a reason, and a stroll through Chemainus is always an eye-opener for guests and locals alike. (Citizen file)
The Crofton Seawalk offers one of the best chances to view the seaside in Cowichan. Follow the boardwalk from the ferry parking lot at the end of Joan Avenue, skirt the campground, on the waterfront path, then take the boardwalk section all the way to the park at the end. Benches provide viewspots along the way. (Citizen file)The Crofton Seawalk offers one of the best chances to view the seaside in Cowichan. Follow the boardwalk from the ferry parking lot at the end of Joan Avenue, skirt the campground, on the waterfront path, then take the boardwalk section all the way to the park at the end. Benches provide viewspots along the way. (Citizen file)
Five best places in Cowichan to take guests

While thousands of tourists have come to the Cowichan Lake for Sunfest this weekend, here’s five of our other favourite spots in the Cowichan Valley we suggest they check out. They’re also great suggestions for when you have guests come to visit:

1. Chemainus murals, Chemainus

2. Kinsol Trestle, Shawnigan Lake

3. Crofton Seawalk, Crofton

4. Cowichan Bay village (try some Udder Guys ice cream, and something fresh from Tru Grain Bakery; top it off with a sip or two of Rocky Creek wine)

5. Duncan market, Saturday mornings City Square and the surrounding streets are the place to be

What are your favourites? Where do you take your guests?