Final Destination Shawnigan Lake

Exploring Vancouver Island #iLoveCowichan Shawnigan Lake Road Trip

We love supporting local businesses while exploring where we live. And, so that is what we did on a sunny Cowichan Valley Thursday when we headed out to Shawnigan Lake.

Face Carving Recreation Road Shawnigan Lake BC

Shawnigan Lake BC

Once upon a time on a sunshiny day in Duncan, we hopped into the I Love Cowichan mobile and headed to Shawnigan Lake. There were errands to run, some exploring to do, passengers wanting a swim and parents looking forward to some yummy treats.

Look Out Shawnigan Lake Here We Come

First stop a drop off at the lake and then a quick trip to the vet for some of Leo the Blogging Cur’s medicine.

Thank you Shawnigan Lake Veterinary Wellness Practice for caring so much about our pup.

Then the grown ups partook in some taco taste testing at Compass Mexican Bistro. I had the veggie taco which was fresh and super yummy. They didn’t have ice coffee on the menu, but they happily made me some using their house Canadiana blend, which really hit the spot.

Next Stop the Village Chippery in Shawnigan Lake

Village Chippery MenuI love everything about the Village Chippery in Shawnigan! The decor, the ambience, the friendly smiles and conversation. But most importantly, the incredible, mouth watering, perfect in every way fries.

Before heading back to the lake to do some exploring, we stopped to pick some up as a surprise. Well, plus, I wanted some too.

They have a house made vegan burger on the menu that I can’t wait to try. Here’s a snippet of their menu. Keep in mind it may have changed, so it’s best to check for the most up to date www.villagechippery.com

Old Mill Park Shawnigan Lake

When we got to Old Mill Park we started down the path and came to a fork. Right I went, and wrong I was.

I’d only been to the beach once before and followed someone in, so I didn’t know there were multiple walking trails in the park. What a wonderful accidental discovery. An easy walking pathway took me through the woods to a look out at the edge of the lake.

From there I could see the beach to my left, which is where I headed next. While taking a ton of pictures we ran into this little guy along the way.

I took so many great pictures that I’m hoping to share with you soon. Can’t wait to go and explore Old Mill Park in Shawnigan Lake, BC some more this summer.

Shop Cowichan Challenge

First a great big friendly shout out to some wonderful local businesses; then onto the Shop Cowichan Challenge…

These are your neighbours and your friends. They help ensure we have a strong local economy. They do their part, now let’s do ours! Please shop Cowichan.

Soulful Memories

Duncan Showroom

Russell Farms Market

The Tin Cup Coffee & Expresso Bar 277 Canada Avenue, Duncan BC 250-597-3738

The Tin Cup Canada Ave. Duncan BC CowichanshoplocalchallengeTheTinCup2

The list is just getting started, so keep an eye out. It will be updated regularly here on the blog.

Each time we add to our shop Cowichan list, we’ll do a shout out on Twitter and on Facebook.

Be sure to like & follow (one or the other or better even; both)

www.Twitter.com/ILoveCowichanCA                   www.facebook.com/ILoveCowichan

The Shop Cowichan Challenge

Shop Cowichan Challenge Part 1

Please drop into and drop a little cash at a #Cowichan place of business that you’ve never been to before. A locally owned store, food producer, coffee shop or restaurant. Hire a local service provider. Support a local artisan; check out a farm or farmer’s market. In other words shop someplace in the #CowichanValley that you’ve never shopped before. Try someplace new. Give a local business a shot at earning your loyalty.

Shop Cowichan Challenge Part 2

Now that you’ve had a wonderful customer experience someplace locally owned…tell two people about it. They’ve earned it, give them a shout out to people you know. It’s a great way to support business growth in your community AND help your friends start having some wonderful customer experiences of their own.

Shop Cowichan Bonus

Tell us about your great local customer experience(s) and we will shout it from the tallest mountain. Well, not really a mountain but we will shout it out on the World Wide Web which happens to be wayyyyy more effective anyway 😉

Shop Cowichan Challenge #ILoveCowichanThank you! With every nickel you spend when you shop Cowichan, you help make our local economy stronger. With every person you tell about it…you’re kicking it up another notch.

Take care, Shelley

PS- If you have a Cowichan business, project, cause, news whatever it may be please let me know so that I can check it out…then I’ll tell 2000 friends about it. I’m totally serious, I kid you not.

Fun Making Videos About Cowichan

Wanted to share these videos about Cowichan…

Been having fun out and about around the Cowichan Valley enjoying the tremendous sunshine with Robert and the girls.  My intentions are always good, we take a TON of pictures and I plan to write about it all…then life gets in the way or we’re off exploring and taking more pics before I get around to it.

So I thought it might be fun to put together some videos comprised of the pictures.

Robert & I went and checked out the art show at Cowichan Valley Secondary. I am so glad that we did. I was in awe of the tremendous amount of talent (so was he). I don’t think either of us expected to be as blown away as we were.

Each time we go to market we chat, we learn, we sample and we pick up goodies for home. We also pick up business cards, flyers and take a bunch of pictures. Here’s a video from our last outing (May 2015) to the Saturday Duncan Farmer’s Market.

While I was on youtube uploading these videos, I came across two really great videos about Cowichan that I’d like to share…
Introduction to Providence Farm; Providence Farm, a Therapeutic Community

I am proud to call these people my Cowichan Valley neighbours.

Once Upon a Day in Cowichan

This video about Cowichan, the music, the scenery is all absolutely stunning.

A Cross Story Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island BC

I enjoyed and appreciated being taken along on this particular journey up the mountain.

 

Shop Local Buy Locally support local business your neighbours your friends your community about Cowichan Valley Economy BoomingHope you’re all getting to enjoy our wonderful weather. I’m off to pick some of my home grown strawberries. Who would ever have thunk it? Me digging in the dirt voluntarily…If nothing else, I’ve certainly learned in life to never say never because you just never know what the future holds.

Hope you enjoyed these videos about Cowichan. Take care!

Shelley

PS- Remember to shop local…support your community, your neighbours & your friends.