Geographic Location

The Cowichan offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. From the Malahat you oversee the Gulf Islands in the Straight of Georgia. The Trans Canada Highway over the Malahat is a pleasant 40 minute drive from Victoria.
Shawnigan Lake, Lake Cowichan, Nitnat Lake are some of the largest most distinctive lakes on Vancouver Island. There are also a number of smaller lakes located in the Cowichan that offer many different looks for filming purposes. Here you will also find the Kinsol Trestle, spanning the Koksilah River, the largest reconstructed wooden trestle in BC.
Over 15 different communities lie within the Cowichan Region, each offering its unique qualities and draw.
Cowichan Bay is a picturesque little fishing village where “time stands still”.
The picturesque village of Shawnigan Lake is nestled in the wilderness surrounded by camps and exciting back country trails, upscale cottages and estates.
Crofton is located next to the mill and offers a working town look.
Chemainus has stately older houses, and the old town small community look.
Ladysmith has a historic downtown core, with elevated vistas.
Lake Cowichan is a bustling working community, providing access to the lake and to unique locations such as Teleglobe.
Wherever you look our history is visible, Whippletree Junction, Cowichan Station, historic Ladysmith and downtown Duncan, old churches and cemeteries, Kinsol Trestle and Marie Canyon all offer special hard to find locations.
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At the heart of the Cowichan lies the City of Duncan. Duncan is the service centre for the Cowichan region. Here you will find access to supplies, services and amenities.
Duncan city core is one that exudes all the charm of a small Midwestern town. The downtown core area is contained within six square blocks, with the City Hall square at the heart of it.
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There are many rich, culturally active First Nations communities in the region. Access to unique locations such as the Butter Church and St Anne’s Church, parking and other services are often available through the First nations communities.

Cobble Hill’s softly rolling hills and valleys are home to some of Vancouver Island’s finest wineries and British Columbia’s only cidery. Each one offers a different look and atmosphere .

The Cowichan River, The Chemainus and Koksilah Rivers as well as the many different looks along the coastline provide fabulous opportunities for water scenes, with access to old cabins and to larger estates.

The Cowichan Lake district, with its communities of Youbou, Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay and Lake Cowichan is home to some of Vancouver Island’s most spectacular rainforest and one of Vancouver Island’s largest freshwater lakes. This is the gateway to almost every outdoor adventure imaginable as well as ancient rainforests.
Avatar Grove is accessible old growth located close to Port Renfrew on the west coast.

Cowichan Bay, Bird's Eye Cove in Maple Bay, Genoa Bay provide the lifestyle and look of living on the water.

The old E&N rail line has been taken over as a passenger service. As a private/public enterprise it offers the ability to film along an active rail corridor.

Mill Bay / Brentwood Bay
Saltspring Island / Crofton
Chemainus / Thetis Island / Penelakut Island

Maple Bay Marina and Cowichan Bay offer regular float plane services through Saltspring Air and Harbour Air. Charter services are also available.

The Trans Canada Highway travels through the Cowichan Region. Options for filming on the highway exist at certain locations. Winding country lanes, small rural roads, seaside routes and rugged logging roads can all be found in this area.