Cowichan Bay (1) by Jann Ashworth

Cowichan Bay is a quaint seaside village on the south east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The settlement started in the 1850s as a Hudson’s Bay Company fort, at the flats at the top of Cowichan Bay. It was the earliest development north of Victoria, with Europeans settling to farm and trap, and eventually moving into fishing and logging.

In 1862 the HMS Hecate arrived with a boatload of settlers,followed by a store and hotel .By 1900 Cowichan Bay was receiving tourists, with steamboats calling regularly at the government dock.

It’s a wonderful blend of all kinds of boats,piers,wharves,floating homes, and up on the hills, vineyards! You’ll find a great collection of creative,fun, and fascinating characters , along with excellent seafood and all kinds of water-based recreation.
All of it within easy reach of Victoria, Vancouver and the cities of the north-western USA.

Sony DSCF828 camera, spring, 2010

Featured in A Place To Call Home
Featured in Communities
Featured in Canadian Historical and Pioneer Sites


  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful spot, Jann! What a wonderful capture. Great read, too. Makes me want to hop in the car and head right over!

  • It’s a really funky place Mike, you’d love it! Tons of unusual photo-ops and just a great place to wander around and enjoy!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macover 4 years ago

    Great shot Jann, I love that building, it’s so cute!

  • Hi Sarah Mac, thanks so much..glad you liked it. I just posted another from there, more buildings on!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

  • Oh Lori, thank you so much! I really appreciate the honour!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this little Bay town and its amenities!

  • It’s a really delightful place and I’ll be posting some more of it from time to time. Your kind comment is much appreciated:)

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteover 4 years ago

    gorgeous shot – congrats on your feature!

  • Hi Barb..many thanks, and glad you liked it!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Great capture Jann…congratulations :-)))

  • Jann Ashworth
    Jann Ashworthover 4 years ago

    Hi Janusz, thanks so much, really appreciate your kind words!

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Love this one…. really like your perspective.

  • This is one place that really grabs the eye when first visiting the village, quite unique!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Xcarguy
    Xcarguyover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Looks like a great place!

  • Thank you! It’s quite a unique place, lots of history but also a place to enjoy and have fun!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • mompaq
    mompaqover 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much, glad you liked it!

    – Jann Ashworth

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