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On June 18, 1873, North Cowichan was incorporated and 2023 marks our 150th anniversary, and the start of a year-long community celebration. You are invited to share the excitement as we celebrate our future!
The 150th celebrations kick off with a free community event on Sunday, June 18 from 11 am to 3 pm at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus. The event will feature birthday cake, family activities, entertainment, plus VIP speeches. This event is being organized with the support of the Chemainus BIA and Chemainus Chamber of Commerce.
Share what you love about North Cowichan! There will be opportunities for people to share photos and ideas, both online and in person at community events.
|June 1 to 30 (special event June 18)||Art exhibit celebrating North Cowichan's 150th Anniversary||Cowichan Valley Museum (Duncan Train Station)||Cowichan Historical Society||
Temporary exhibit featuring the work of 24 artists past and present.
June 18 event includes a classic car display and cake.
Check the museum website for hours of operation.
|Sunday, June 18 | 11am to 3pm||150th Anniversary Kick-off||Waterwheel Park, Chemainus||North Cowichan, Chemainus BIA, Chemainus Chamber of Commerce||Free community celebration with birthday cake, entertainment, and family activities.|
June 24 |
7pm to 10pm
|Official Crofton Seawalk Light-up||
|Crofton Community Association||Entertainment, speeches, light-up/march along the Seawalk.|
July 1 |
|Maple Bay Canada Day Parade||
Parade gathers at Andy Hutchins Park, Maple Bay
|Maple Bay Community Association||Prizes, music, and snacks!|
July 15 |
|Duncan Days Parade||
Cowichan Community Centre
|Duncan Cowichan Festival Society||Street party, inflatable games, face painting, and a motorcycle show and shine!|
|Sunday, August 20 | 10am to 4pm||Forest Discovery Centre 150th anniversary event||Forest Discovery Centre, 2892 Drinkwater Road||Forest Discovery Centre||
Birthday cake, hats and horns! plus live entertainment, BBQ, scavenger hunt, kids activities
October 20 to November 10, 2023
Opening reception October 20, 4:30-6:30
|Cedar: A Celebration||CVAC Gallery, 2687 James Street, Duncan||Cowichan Valley Arts Council||
Join a Contemplative Tour with a First Nations Knowledge Keeper and an art historian.
The Municipality of North Cowichan sits on the traditional territories of the Quw’utsun First Nation, which includes the Cowichan Tribes, the Halalt First Nation, the Lyackson First Nation, the Penelakut Tribe, and the Stz'uminus First Nation. The Municipality also sits on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Truth and reconciliation with Indigenous communities is an important and ongoing journey, and this milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the long and rich history that extends for millennia, far before 1873. We encourage everyone to explore the diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.