Making the Best of B&Bs

In the Cowichan Valley, there are generally two types of accommodation: chain motels (especially in Duncan, the biggest town in the area), and bed and breakfasts. If you’d rather stay in a place with personality, where you can mingle with locals and nosh on farm-fresh home-cooked meals, the B&Bs are likely what you’re looking for. There are dozens in the area, offering rooms in everything from farmhouses to heritage homes to brand-new villas. Many have ocean-, garden-, or vineyard-views. One of the best places to start your search for the B&B that’s best for you is through the Cowichan Bed & Breakfast Association, which lists some 17 properties on its website at You can find even more B&Bs (as well as those anonymous motels) through Tourism Cowichan (tel. 888/303-3337 or 250/746-4636;

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.