1. Shawnigan Lake is the perfect venue to enjoy the fall colours with magnificent views of trees and mountains across the lake. We suggest parking at the new Masons Beach parking lot and meandering down the new trail along the railroad bed. This is a very easy walking trail that is pleasant for everyone. Once you get to the end of the new trail, if you wish you can continue along the old railroad bed to Old Mill Park, where you will find more trails. Please note that the walk is more difficult along the tracks.
2. Cowichan Bay offers Maple Grove Park on Cowichan Bay Road across the from the Lawn Tennis Club. The well travelled path will take you to the Cowichan Estuary Trail. This is an amazing walk along the dike that surrounds the Dinsdale Farm, and the estuary flats of Cowichan Bay. This trail features beautiful views of Mt. Tzhouhalem and of the bird life that live in the area. During the fall, you will find this trail adorned by bright beautiful red rose hips.
3. Somenos Marsh Garry Oak protected area. This site is an important wildlife habitat that is home to many shallow and deep soil Garry Oak trees. This unique wetland is home to many species of birds, and during the fall and winter many trumpeter swans call it home. This location lends itself to the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains as they change colours in the fall. There are two spots that you can enjoy this area, Lakes Road to Trillium Terrace to the very end and then turn left. Parking is limited to the street. There is also another access point just off of the Trans Canada just north of Beverley Street.
4. Eves Provincial Park is a well-kept secret off Westholme Road on Little Mountain Road. This 45-acre park was gifted to BC and offers a very peaceful hike through forested trails and open bluffs with amazing views. The portion of the old tracks that carried copper from the surrounding mines is still visible. This is the perfect place to walk before Thanksgiving dinner!
5. Crofton Board walk along Osborne Bay is a pleasant stroll along the waters edge. The access point is very easy to find near the BC Ferry dock. Enjoy the ocean and mountain views as well as views of Saltspring Island across the water.
6. Take a drive on many of our backroads and enjoy all the rural settings. Enjoy a trip to Lake Cowichan or to Ladysmith meandering on all the backs roads to get you to your destination.
Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre