Exploring Cowichan is Fun Fun Fun

Exploring Cowichan!

Have you ever noticed just how quickly time flies? Especially when we are having so much fun out exploring Cowichan. Wow! It’s like it was 2015 only yesterday, but that is soooo 2 years ago.

Exploring Cowichan Mobile This I Love Cowichan blog post is going to be a tad all over the place. It’s been so long since I’ve written. Boy oh boy do I have pictures to share and stories to tell, but this post is about getting the words flowing again.

Been busy out and about taking pictures, visiting new businesses, celebrating community events, standing in support of community causes and exploring Cowichan.

If you’re new to www.ILoveCowichan.ca, you will notice that our Cowichan explorations are a tad different from others…hiking isn’t quite one of our family things. Sometimes, walking is not an option but we find a way to explore regardless.

We Love Exploring Cowichan Businesses

Visiting with and getting to know people is my thing. Supporting Cowichan businesses is a cause near and dear to my heart and has been since 2009. Sure, it’s a little bit selfish, I want the Cowichan Valley to thrive so that my children will make their lives in or around it, then my grandchildren after that.  I want my neighbours and friends to live comfortably while doing what they love locally.

Playing tourist in our valley is fun and there is always someplace beautiful to experience for the first time. So, I have fun visiting touristy spots and getting to know Cowichan entrepreneurs. As a family we attend as many community events as we possibly can.

2017 has been such a whirlwind, it’s hard to keep up. I can’t believe we’re more than half way done the year. Wow! So many things have happened this year. Some good, some not so good but through it all I have seen the citizens of the Cowichan Valley stand together in support of one another. That is exactly the kind of thing that makes me LOVE COWICHAN so much.

Please like & follow www.iLoveCowichan.ca and do share your comments, suggestions, pictures, videos and stories. If you have a Cowichan Valley business, please give us a shout so we can shout it out 😉

The plan is to get back to blogging weekly; but you know it’s SUMMER, right? Ahhh the sweet sweltering summertime season when there is so much happening and so much exploring to do in the Cowichan Valley it’ll make your head spin.

Hoping to get blog posts up to date with stories from 2015 & 2016 throughout the summer so that it’s all caught up by Fall.

In the meantime, we’re very active posting everything Cowichan Valley on social media.

Exploring Cowichan on Social Media

Follow us on social media….did I mention that I love socializing? Don’t care if this sounds corny but when people take the time to comment and share with our social media accounts it really does make my day.

Have a Cowichan Valley business, or know someone who does?  Shout it out to us so that we can help spread the word. If you use #iLoveCowichan in your posts we will find them, and repost them. Know about an upcoming Cowichan Valley event? Let us know about it and we’ll help get the word out. If you’re not sure how to do any of that social media tagging stuff, feel free to get in touch.

We support Cowichan Valley owned businesses and have a fun time shouting them on Social Media.

 

 

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July News

Quick recap of July News

VI StayCay

We supported Cowichan & Vancouver Island with our first StayCay. It was a ton of fun…lots of pictures and info coming soon! I’m not kidding when I say we took hundreds of pictures. Our Island is incredible, stunning and there is always something going on somewhere.

New page added Cowichan Web

Our mission is to support Cowichan Valley business growth. We do that by buying as much as we can from locally owned independent stores, farms, markets and restaurants.

Also by encouraging the next generation and everyone else to…read more 

We’ve been enjoying the 39 Days of July. Have you?

Duncan 39 Days of JulyThis is an amazing opportunity to experience free music everyday from noon till 8 pm. Head on out to Downtown Duncan today after all it is a rather fun place to be. 

Upcoming themed Sundays will make for some fantastic family time.

July 12th – Inter-Cultural Day –Cowichan Intercultural Society have put together a diverse schedule of events to showcase our valley’s diversity

 July 19th – Children’s Day- designed for the under 8 crowd, we have entertainment / activities / horse rides / mini-train ride / bouncy castle / swing ride / balloon bending and more

 July 26th – Gospel Music Day –starting with a full musical church service and showcasing the history of gospel music by various artists

 August 2nd – Country Music Appreciation Day- a full day doing just that…appreciating the many aspects of country music from bluegrass to west coast country rock

Links to Cowichan Festival website schedule of events

 

A Busy Busy Christmas Month

Ah December aka Christmas month…

Not like it’s a surprise or anything. Same time, some month, same amount of busy busy busy every year. I’m not complaining, it’s a happy busy. I love the Christmas season. Everything about it.

So many things going on this month I just haven’t been able to write about them. Tons of pictures, just haven’t gotten around to sharing them. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…hmm wonder what a video is worth? Well, I’m going to give it a shot.

As Christmas approaches, there have been so many fun events. We took a bunch of pictures and I planned on sharing A LOT of them. Times running out. If I don’t share them soon Christmas will have come and gone.

The Downtown Duncan Christmas Kick Off…

I remember our first December in the Cowichan Valley watching Christmas fireworks. Being from Montreal, I had never experienced anything quite like it. I mean we had sleigh rides, but fireworks, in the winter? The first year we stood right up close to the town hall. When I saw how close the fireworks were, I’ll admit I was a tad nervous. I had never been that close to them before. 10 years later and it still amazes me, though I do stand further back now.

A few years ago we discovered the Lighted Truck Parade in Victoria.  Again, it was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Now we look forward to it every year. Here’s a video of this year’s full parade. The children in the background are, well I guess you’d say very excited!

Plan was to name each of the shop windows, but I’m running out of time.  Sorry I didn’t get around to it. I’ll try again next year. If you see your store window please give it a big shout out in the comments. The Downtown Duncan windows in all their Christmas splendour needed to be shared so here’s a video….


Please remember (Christmas shopping too)…Support Your Neighbours Your Friends Your Community…Buy Local! Pretty please :)

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Cowichan is My Home

First I Love Cowichan blog entry; short n’ sweet.

This is what you will find here:

Pictures, news, events, thoughts, fun stuff, people, art, places, stories….everything and anything Cowichan.

 


The Big Move to the Cowichan ValleyIt all starts with 5 adults, 6 kids, 1 dog and 1 hamster arriving on Vancouver Island with a final destination of Duncan BC in August 2004.

Duncan is the heart of the Cowichan Valley. It’s pretty much the mid point between Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island BC. We’re known as the city of totems. There is always something to do, and almost always an event or two happening around town.

One of my favorite places to visit it is the Cowichan Valley Museum You can literally feel the history when you walk in. The museum itself is like Duncan, not too big, not too small just right.