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Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley

Nestled between Victoria and Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley has all the fast downhills, flow trails, cross-country climbs, and jumps you could wish for. This biking haven is home to more than 170 trails sprawling over 180 kilometres of varying difficulty. The majority of these trails can be found on four different mountains: Mount Prevost, Mount Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

Mount Prevost is famous across Canada as a destination for past world champions, with double-black pro lines and endless trails to test your skills. The forest of Mount Tzouhalem, known locally as Mt. Zoo has 36 km of trails featuring everything from green to double-black lines. While the boardwalks, bridges, and technical rocky terrain of Maple Mountain will challenge even the most skilled riders and 100-foot-high Cobble Hill has 28 trails suitable for beginner to intermediate riders.

Post-ride, there’s plenty to do in Cowichan—grab a beer in a brewhouse, tour a vineyard, hit a farmer’s market, swap your pedals for a paddle, or visit the beautiful waterfront village of Cowichan Bay.

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Getting Here & Trail Access

Find your way to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

The Cowichan Valley is north of Victoria via (Highway 1) and south of Comox via Highway 19. The Cowichan Valley can be easily accessed from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland by BC Ferries.

Driving Distances & Times (to Duncan as a central hub):

  • Victoria - 61 km (38 mi), 50 minutes
  • Vancouver via BC Ferries - 100 km (62 mi), 3 Hours
  • Nanaimo - 50 km (31 mi), 40 minutes

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located 30 minites north of Duncan with regional and interprovincial flights available with Air Canada and West Jet. Harbour Air offers daily seaplane service to the Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver (Coal Harbour), Richmond (YVR South Terminal/Fraser River), and Sechelt (Sunshine Coast).

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located one hour south of Duncan via Highway 1 or via the Mill Bay ferry terminal.

Trails in the Cowichan Valley can be accessed from four main areas:

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