Things To Do In North Cowichan

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Rooted in the firm belief that cooking should not only be an experience and an art, the Foxglove Cooking School was founded by passionate Chef Jennifer Oliver. Her classes are designed for both beginners and seasoned gourmands, because Chef Jenn understands that everyone can enjoy cooking well, regardless of their skill in the kitchen. The school’s curriculum is diverse, ranging from medieval-themed cooking classes to stone-cold beginners’ lessons. All group classes feature super-fresh ingredients from nearby sources to help instill participants with an appreciation for beautiful, local cuisine. During sessions, Chef Jenn demonstrates how to craft three dishes, while students taste test each and place bets on how quickly she can mince an incriminating document.

8033 Vye Rd
Crofton,
BC
CA

On scenic Salt Spring Island, the Raw on the Rawk Festival invites visitors to partake in fresh morsels from a variety of raw-food vendors, attend intriguing lectures, and learn from experts during interactive workshops. Influential speakers include Preet Marwaha, owner of Organic Lives and instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition¬¬; co-creator of Raw Vegan Frederic Patenaude; raw-food chefs; and the Jolly Green Giant’s first cousin. Between lectures, festival-goers can participate in yoga sessions, taste-test plant-based foods from a plethora of raw vendors, and gather tips and techniques on sustaining raw-food diets. The festival concludes on Sunday morning with a vegan brunch, during which guests enjoy plant-based foods while mingling with newfound friends.

121 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island,
BC
CA

At Duncan Lanes, 20 well-oiled lanes hasten balls toward clusters of 5 or 10 pins. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Rock & Glow sessions cast incandescent hues upon the lanes, balls, and pins, simulating the rainbow eclipse that scientists have been anticipating for eons. The centre also hosts open-bowling hours throughout the week, along with leagues for adults, children, and seniors. Its on-site Lane 21 Lounge provides visitors with refreshments and a relaxing environment to help them forget about the stresses of losing balls in the alley's challenging water hazards. To keep orbs in top shape, the pro shop staff is adept at ball fitting, drilling, plugging, and resurfacing.

2701 James Street
Duncan,
BC
CA

At the beginning of the 1960s, logging businessman Gerry Wellburn started collecting trains and forestry-related artifacts. He pulled locomotives from scrap yards and rescued tools that had been buried in the bush. Eventually, Gerry's collection grew large enough to spark discussions of him moving it to a site open to the viewing public. In 1965, he secured a six-acre property in Drinkwater, which just so happened to be the same location of Cowichan Valley's first public building?a combined schoolhouse and chapel.

Over the past six-plus decades, the museum has continued to grow, both in number of pieces and sheer size. Today, it stretches across a total of 100 acres on the Somenos marsh. Current exhibits continue to follow Gerry's original mission of honoring the past: You can check out logging machines, antique trains, and even intact bunkhouses, where loggers spent time ringing the guthammer and caring for their pet branches. Collections are located both indoors and outdoors. You can even hop on a historic train for a ride over the Somenos Lake trestle.

2892 Drinkwater Road
Duncan,
BC
CA

Situated just south of Cowichan Lake, March Meadows Golf Club’s nine-hole course invites golfers to play a scenic layout replete with mountain views. The course features cedar-lined doglegs and creek-split fairways, such as those on the second hole—the course’s most difficult—which forces players to unhitch the oxen from their golf carts and ford a waterway to reach the green. The charming course summons budding players to its fairways each year for a Junior Golf Tournament sponsored by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dawn Coe-Jones, who began playing golf at March Meadows when she was 12.

After rounds, players can head to the clubhouse’s restaurant to feast on casual grill fare. The on-site pro shop showcases the latest golf gear, apparel, and rocket-propelled three-woods.

Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Course rating of 71.4 * Slope rating of 124 * Three tee boxes * See the course layout

10298 S Shore Rd
Honeymoon Bay,
BC
CA