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  • Community Information

    Known as the “City of the Totems,” the community of Duncan takes pride in its rich First Nations heritage. Over 75 totem poles and other cultural artifacts embellish the townscape. Duncan is located in the Cowichan region in the south central part of Vancouver Island and is a supply and service hub for the area. It is home to some of British Columbia’s newest vineyards that grow amidst rolling hillsides and country lanes. Duncan can be characterized by its history and strong community spirit.

    The area around Duncan is the traditional home of the Coast Salish First Nations people. Although the first non-native settlers arrived in 1848, the city itself originated in 1886 with completion of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railroad. Duncan City was in incorporated in 1912 and in 1985, became known as the “City of Totems”.

    Duncan has a temperate climate and boast the highest average mean temperature in all of Canada. Temperatures in the summer average 16.3 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in the winter average 3.6 degrees.

    INDUSTRY:
    Fishing, farming, forestry and tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,932 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Central Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Lake Cowichan

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 6.00


    • Practitioner + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 77 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 52 specialists

      Clinic

      Alderlea Medical Clinic

      101-330 Festubert St

      Duncan, BC, V9L 3S9

      P: 250 748-9000

      Beverly Medical Clinic

      202-2763 Beverly Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 6X2

      P: 250 597-3390

      Canada Avenue Clinic

      103-225 Canada Avenue

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1T6

      P: 250 597-1185

      Coleman Clinic

      2186 Kenneth St

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1N4

      P: 250 746-410

      General Referrals (Medical Genetics Clinic) at Mobile - Duncan

      Duncan, BC, V9L 3Y2

      P: 250 727-4461

      Silverfern Medical Clinic

      160 Jubilee St

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1W7

      P: 250 709-9600

      Specialist's Clinic

      100-190 Ingram St

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1P1

      P: 250 748-2422

      Ts'ewultun Health Centre

      5768 Allenby Road

      Duncan, BC, V9L 5J1

      P: 250 746-6184

      Valley Medical Clinic

      335 Jubilee Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1W9

      P: 250 748-8151


  • Cowichan District Hospital
    3045 Gibbins Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 1E5
    P: 250 709-3000

    • Surgery

      Yes, this community has surgical services

    • Lab services

      LifeLabs - Beverly Corners

      208 - 2763 Beverly Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 6X2

      TFP: 1 800 431-7206 | F: 250 746-1703

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7 am - 4 pm

      LifeLabs - Ingram

      149 Ingram Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1N8

      TFP: 1 800 431-7206 | F: 250 748-3235

      Hrs:Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Imaging Services

      Cowichan District Hospital

      3045 Gibbins Road

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1E5

      P: 250 709-3000

      Hrs: Mon-Fri, 7 am - 3 pm



    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community.

    • Pharmacy

      Duncan and the Cowichan Lake area currently has several pharmacies. View a directory


    • Nurse Practitioner

      Aboriginal Liaison Nurse

      Helen Dunlop, RN

      Ts'ewultun Health Centre

      P: 250 746-6184 | F: 250 715-3318

    • Extended Care

      In-community

      Cairnsmore Place (100 beds)

      250 Cairnsmore Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 4H2

      P: 250 709-3080

      Cerwydden Care (52 beds)

      3243 Cowichan Lake Road

      Duncan, BC, V9L 4B8

      P: 250-746-4432

      Sunridge Place (160 beds)

      361 Bundock Avenue

      Duncan, BC, V9L 3P1

      P: 250 748-8048

    • Dietetics

      Kimberley Black

      Community Nutritionist

      Available to communities in North Island area

      P: 250 850-2146 | F: 250 850-2637

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Duncan Diabetes Education Centre

      Duncan Health Unit

      121 Ingram Street

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1T9

      P: 250 737-2004

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health Inpatient Services

      Cowichan District Hospital

      3045 Gibbins Road

      Duncan, BC, V9L 1E5

      P: 250 709-3000

      Services: Treating mental illness, eating disorders, head injuries, mental handicaps, age-related behaviour changes as well as forensic patients.


  • Adult Community Support Services (Duncan)
    3088 Gibbins Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 1E8
    P: 250 709-3040

    Adult Day Services (Home and Community Care)
    2041 Tzouhalem Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 5L6
    TFP: 1-877-734-4101

    Canadian Mental Health Association - Cowichan Valley Branch
    371 Festubert Street
    Duncan, BC, V9L 3T1
    P: 250 746-5521

    Counselling Services
    5768 Allenby Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 5J1
    P: 250 746-6184

    Seniors' Services
    3088 Gibbins Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 1E8
    P: 250 709-3040

    Wicks Road Group Home
    6276 Wicks Road
    Duncan, BC, V9L 5C3
    P: 250 715-5984