It’s Wine Time: The Cowichan Wine Festival!

It’s Wine Time: The Cowichan Wine Festival!

It’s Wine Time: The Cowichan Wine Festival!

It’s that time again! The Cowichan Wine Festival, a premier event on British Columbia’s wine calendar, kicks off on August 1st and continues for the whole month. Our beautiful Valley is dotted with picturesque vineyards and this year 12 wineries are participating.

What’s It All About?

The Cowichan Wine Festival is over 20 years old, showcasing the region’s winemaking expertise and making the Cowichan Valley a must stop center for wine enthusiasts.

The festival is traditionally held during the wine grape harvest season in the month of August every year. All month long, attendees can tour vineyards, participate in wine-related events, and discover a new favourite wine at the tastings provided by Cowichan Valley winemakers.


Grapes have been cultivated in the Cowichan Valley since the late 1800s but the region wasn’t really recognized as a significant wine-producing area until much later in the 20th century. It was then that wine connoisseurs began to recognize the quality of the wine being produced in the Valley. As more wineries became established, the idea of having a wine festival to celebrate regional wines took hold.

The first Cowichan Wine Festival was held in the early 2000s, featuring only a handful of wineries. Since then, the number of wineries has grown and the festival has added a variety of events that attract thousands of visitors every year.

Who’s Who at the Festival: The Wineries

This year 12 local wineries, each with its own signature style and wines on offer are participating in the festival. From the charm of a family run boutique vineyard to the diversity of the larger, more well-established wineries, you are sure to experience something unique and exceptional.

The participants are:

    1. Alderlea Vineyards
    2. Blue Grouse Estate Winery
    3. Cherry Point Estate Wines
    4. Damali Lavender and Winery
    5. Deol Estate Winery
    6. Divino Estate Winery
    7. Emandare Vineyard
    8. Enrico Winery
    9. Rocky Creek Winery
    10. Unsworth Vineyards
    11. Venturi Schulze Vineyards
    12. Zanatta Winery

    Festival goers will be served a wine “flight” tasting (3 wines) at each of the participating wineries showcasing a variety of wines from crisp whites to full-bodied reds and even some exceptional sparkling wines.

    What’s On

    From formal wine tastings and food pairings to grape-stomping festivities and live entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Valley’s wineries have really pulled out all the stops!

    One of the festival’s key features is the “Wine Tasting Passport.” This passport allows visitors to explore multiple wineries at their own pace throughout the month of August. It’s an excellent way to savour a wide range of wines, interact with winemakers, and gain insights into the winemaking process and sustainability practices.

    For those seeking a more immersive experience, many wineries offer vineyard tours, where guests can stroll through lush vineyards and learn about the grape-growing and winemaking techniques specific to Cowichan Valley.

    The festival also celebrates local food and culinary excellence. Some wineries have teamed up with talented chefs to create exceptional food and wine pairing experiences. Guests can savour delectable dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients paired with the region’s finest wines.

    Some wineries require reservations so check out their schedules before you head out. Better yet, get a group together and sign up for a Wine Tasting Tour with us and enjoy the festival from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus with a knowledgeable driver who will get you where you need to be, when you need to be. No hassle, no fuss!

    Why Wait?

    The Cowichan Wine Festival is more than just a celebration of wines; it’s a demonstration of the passion, dedication, and craftsmanship of the winemakers who have transformed the Cowichan Valley into a thriving wine region. Every year, the festival has continued to grow, attracting enthusiasts, sommeliers, and wine connoisseurs from all corners of the globe.

    Come for the day or come every day! Experience the beauty of the Cowichan Valley’s stunning views, its exceptional wines, and its warm hospitality. The Cowichan Wine Festival is a truly unforgettable experience.

    Whether you are a seasoned wine aficionado or a curious and enthusiastic beginner, the Cowichan Wine Festival offers a delightful taste of the world of Canadian wine. Cheers!

39 Days of July

39 Days of July

39 Days of July

In the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley, lies the charming town of Duncan, British Columbia. And right now, Duncan is in the midst of its fabulous summer festival known as the “39 Days of July”.

Commencing June 30th and running through August 7th, for 39 consecutive days, this unique event draws both visitors and residents to the streets of downtown Duncan. Developed by the Duncan-Cowichan Festival Society, the days’ events are inspired by the warm, festive spirit of the Cowichan Valley and are a celebration of local music, arts, and culture.

What to Expect at the Festival

The 39 Days of July festival actively involves the local community, engaging with local businesses, organizations, and artisans who participate in the festival promoting their products and services.

During this highly-anticipated Cowichan Valley festival, a wide range of activities and events are scheduled that are sure to please all ages and interests. Let’s take a look:

  1. Live Music Performances: Get your groove on at the Main Stage in Charles Hoey Park, the focal point for the festival’s musical performances. An incredible daily lineup of musicians and bands cover diverse musical genres such as folk, blues, rock, jazz, and more. There is a little bit of everything from emerging local artists to internationally established acts. Want to enjoy some toe-tapping fun? Check out the lineup here.
  1. Art Exhibitions: Local artists and artisans display their work celebrating the visual arts.  From paintings and sculptures to jewelry and crafts, artistic creativity abounds! Visitors can explore, admire, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces to take home.
  2. Street Performances: The atmosphere of the festival literally spills out onto the streets of Duncan. Explore the festival grounds and you can enjoy the amazing and captivating feats of acrobats, jugglers, magicians, dancers, and other talented artists. You are sure to be surprised and delighted as you wander the fun-filled streets, encountering unique performances on every corner.
  3. Food and Beverage Vendors: Need a little something to keep you going? A variety of food vendors and beverage stations are on hand, scattered throughout the festival area. From local culinary delights to international cuisines, the foodies in the crowd are sure to find something to satisfy. Enjoy delicious treats while you soak up the festival’s vibrant atmosphere.
  4. Family Activities: The family-friendly atmosphere of the festival is evident with activities designed for children and their parents. Kids and adults alike can enjoy face painting, storytelling, puppet shows, and interactive performances catering to the younger crowd. The festival offers a safe and inclusive space where families can share laughs and create lasting memories.
  5. Workshops and Demonstrations: Want to express yourself or just get in on the fun? The festival has interactive workshops and demonstrations that allow people to engage with different art forms. These workshops may include painting, pottery, music, dance, and more. You can learn new skills, express your creativity, and gain insights from talented instructors and artists.

Want a chance to showcase your own talents? Sign up for Duncan Does Have Talent and perform for a live audience!

  1. Parade and Special Events: What’s a festival without the spectacle and excitement of a grand parade? This year’s parade begins at the Cowichan Community Centre and showcases colourful floats, marching bands, and community groups, adding to the festive atmosphere. In addition, special events and theme days may be organized during the festival, so check out the daily schedule.

The Cowichan Valley’s 39 Days of July festival in Duncan has become a beloved highlight of the area’s seasonal calendar. Its celebration of music, arts, and culture showcases the very best of the Cowichan Valley’s creative spirit.

From its diverse musical performances and captivating street acts to its deep-rooted community engagement, the festival is not to be missed. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking an unforgettable day out, the 39 Days of July festival is a remarkable celebration.

Come out and discover why it has firmly established itself as the highlight of the summer season.

Sunfest 2023

Sunfest 2023

Sunfest 2023

It’s the ultimate celebration of country music, and it’s back at Laketown Ranch from Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6, 2023!

The four-day music festival held in the picturesque town of Lake Cowichan is sure to draw country music devotees and those who want to enjoy the mid summer party atmosphere that comes with it. Over the course of the weekend, Sunfest performers expect to showcase their talents to an audience of some 40,000 fans.


Sunfest, first established in Florida in 1983 has become the the annual global music festival to experience. Drawing music lovers from far and wide, that first Sunfest put on an eclectic mix of performers that appealed to people of all musical tastes.

Every year since, the festival has expanded to cities throughout the United States and Canada, each a unique reflection of its location and fans.

In the Cowichan Valley, Sunfest was first showcased at Providence Farm in 2000. It began as a one-night event but soon outgrew the Farm, and in 2004 it was moved to Avalon Acres on Herd Road in North Cowichan.

The festival organizers had to move the event yet again as demand increased beyond the space available at Avalon Acres. In 2010, after taking a year off to develop a plan for a much larger festival event at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Sunfest was once again back on, delighting the Valley’s country music fans.

In 2015 Sunfest organizers announced the purchase of land at Meade Creek creating a permanent venue at Laketown Ranch which has hosted the festival ever since.


Sunfest is a star-studded affair with previous headliners including Darius Rucker and Randy Bachman, Eric Church and Toby Keith, and who can forget Carrie Underwood’s appearance or Keith Urban’s performance?

This year promises to be just as exciting! Here’s a taste of the talent on display over the weekend.

Jade Eagleson, Kenny Hess, and Bobby Wills will kick off the festivities on Thursday. Friday will showcase the talents of Lainey Wilson, Kameron Marlowe, and Willie Jones. Billy Currington and Lonestar will usher in the weekend on Saturday. As if this isn’t enough, Sunday’s performers include the incomparable Blake Shelton, along with High Valley, and Lindsay Ell.

For the full lineup, check the website.

Hot Tips

The Sunfest organizers want everyone to have a blast while keeping safe and healthy. So, bear in mind these hot tips:

  1. There’s a lot of people out there and the sun will likely be beating down on you. Take care of yourself! Watch for signs of sunstroke and wear a hat and sunscreen. Ask for help if you need it.
  2. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! There are water stations throughout the site. The water is fresh and clear, a product of the natural aquifer located directly under Laketown Ranch.
  3. Yes, there are Beverage Gardens but don’t over indulge. You want this weekend to be memorable for all the right reasons!
  4. Sunfest is committed to principles of sustainability and responsibility. Laketown Ranch is a beautiful, pristine, natural environment. It is home to a variety of wildlife including herds of elk. Please remember to properly dispose of your waste. Garbage, recycling, and compost bins are provided. Leave no trace!


Probably the biggest headache associated with attending a festival with this many other people is driving there and finding parking! Want to avoid the whole hassle? Me too!

Shuttle service is available to and from Youbou, Lake Cowichan and Honeymoon Bay through MyGo Tours and Transportation. The fee is $15 each way, and reservations are recommended. Sit back and relax. You’ll have a great time!

Sunfest is a testament to the power of music in bringing people together. It’s a celebration of music, creativity, and energy generated by the collective experience of music lovers from the Valley, the Island, and farther afield. This year’s festival is going to be epic! Don’t miss it!


Laketown Shakedown

Laketown Shakedown

Laketown Shakedown

This year’s Laketown Shakedown is from June 30 – July 2, 2023 in beautiful Youbou! Come see the fantastic lineup of artists at Laketown Ranch. Camp out or just come for the day.

At The Ranch

We provide two buses that shuttle to and from Laketown Ranch. (locally) We are located by the parking at the highway entrance.

The white bus is an 18 seater and the black one is a 14 seater.
We shuttle to Youbou, Lake Cowichan and Gordon Bay. Youbou has specific drop off points.

We do not shuttle to/ from other locations such as Duncan, Nanaimo, Victoria etc

MyGo Shuttle Bus

MyGo Shuttle Bus

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Cowichan Tours


Youbou as far as the bridge (firehall) is $15.
Past the bridge is $20.
We do not go past Cowan Road.

Lake Cowichan as far as Mesachie Lake is $15.
Past Mesachie is $20.
We do not go past Gordon Bay.



Text/Phone: 250.732.1120  (Phil)
Email: (Phil)


Reservations (guaranteed seating) are by communicating with us in advance. Ask for Phil
Payment required in advance (credit card or etransfer).
Those people who pay in advance will have guaranteed pick up at an agreed upon time and place.

We stay at Laketown until 1:30am and may stay later based on volume.