Beautiful Duncan, the City of Totems, is located in the Cowichan Valley about halfway between Victoria approximately 50 kilometers to the south, and Nanaimo 50 kilometers or so to the north. The Duncan City Hall website details the history, heritage and settlement of the Cowichan Valley area, including how the addition of the railway in 1886 caused Duncan to become the commercial centre of the surrounding areas.
Shopping & Food
The charming city centre of Duncan offers over 300 independently owned shops, and services, including some pretty unique clothing boutiques and vintage book stores. If you’re looking for a local craft beer and pub-style food, but sure to visit the Craig Street Brew Pub at 25 Craig Street – on Wednesdays $12 will get you a burger and a beer! After a good morning of shopping if you’re ready for a really great cup of coffee and a snack sourced from local ingredients – particularly if you crave vegetarian or gluten free options – pop by the Garage Cafe and Bakery at 330 Duncan Street.
If you love the outdoors then Vancouver Island is the place to be. Our lush forests and mild weather allows for a huge selection of fresh air activities, including camping, golfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing and more. Mount Prevost is a hot spot in the the spring a early summer months for paragliding enthusiasts, with the flight providing outstanding views of Duncan and the Valley. Got kids? Take a trip to the BC Forest Discovery Centre and learn about the forestry industry through exhibits, heritage building and logging artifacts. Don’t forget to ride the train!
One More Thing
You may not know this, but Duncan, British Columbia is home to the world’s largest hockey stick! Displayed proudly outside the Cowichan Community Centre since 1987 with a total length of 205 feet (62.48 metres) and weighing 61,000 pounds (28,118 kg), make sure you visit this incredible creation because you need to see it at least once.
Visit our Office
Pemberton Holmes opened our real estate office at 23 Queens Road in the heart of Duncan in July of 2007, and we’ve since then have expanded into the commercial space next door. At the time this post was published we have about 35 real estate professionals licensed out of our Duncan office, and all of them knowledgeable and passionate about life in the Cowichan Valley. The next time you are in the Duncan area, we hope you’ll pop by our office to say hello, say hi to the friendly REALTOR® on duty, and maybe get a list of some of the properties for sale in the area. You might be surprised at what you find.