The community of North Cowichan takes pride in its rich First Nations heritage. Over 75 totem poles and other cultural artifacts embellish the townscape. 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 BC’s newest vineyards that grow amidst rolling hillsides and country lanes. North Cowichan can be characterized by its history and strong community spirit.
The area around North Cowichan 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.
North Cowichan 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.
Fishing, farming, forestry and tourism
District Municipality Population: 29,676 (Includes Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, and North Cowichan – 2016 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
Practitioner + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 8 in Chemainus (www.cpsbc.ca)
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
LifeLabs - Beverly Corners 208 - 2763 Beverly Street Duncan, BC, V9L 6X2 P: 1 800 431-7206 | F: 250 746-1703 Hrs: Mon-Fri 7 am - 4 pm LifeLabs - Ingram 149 Ingram Street Duncan, BC, V9L 1N8 P: 1 800 431-7206 | F: 250 748-3235 Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
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 Service provides coverage to this community.
Duncan and the Cowichan Lake area currently have more than 15 pharmacies available.
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
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
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.