Curious in Cowichan

Guided by your questions, The Discourse is sharing stories about the history of the Cowichan region, and other curiosities.

Twists and turns: Establishing early roads in the Cowichan Valley

Why are the roads so winding? These streets tell a story of history, geography and colonization.

Timber, tourism, and tall tales: How Mill Bay got its settler name

And how the small logging town grew into the destination community it is today.

Future of public access at Kingzett Lake quarry remains in limbo

The formerly popular Shawnigan Lake swimming hole remains shuttered, despite years of talk on turning it into a regional park.

What’s the First Nations history of Shawnigan Lake?

‘This lake has a story that is rooted in our oldest legends, our creation stories.’

What’s the story of Duncan’s Round Building?

Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1971, but it wasn’t for the Round Building’s grand opening.

What happened to the Cowichan wool carding machine?

A reader asked what happened to a piece of Cowichan history. I consulted an expert knitter to find out.

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