As rich in history as it is in beauty, the picturesque Cowichan Valley is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Its commercial centre, Duncan, has its roots in the 1886 rural settlement of Duncan’s Crossing, also known as Alderlea.  Come and enjoy the fascinating history of the Cowichan Valley at the Museum in the former 1912 Train Station. The Station is situated in beautiful Charles Hoey V.C. Memorial Park in downtown Duncan and surrounded by impressive totem poles and gardens.

The Cowichan Valley Archives is located on the third floor of the Duncan City Hall, a 1913 heritage building that was formerly the Post Office in Duncan, just a short two-minute walk from the Museum.


Exciting New Exhibit Coming Soon!

Chief Dan George:  Actor and Activist

Early October to December 15, 2023

Chief Dan George, Abundant Rivers (1971) Museum of Anthropology a038355


The Cowichan Valley Museum is excited to present Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist, a traveling exhibit created by the Museum and Archives of North Vancouver. This fascinating exhibit explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899-1981) – leader, writer, performer, and advocate for First Nations people. Learn about his influence as an advocate for the rights of First Nations peoples.

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Cowichan’s heritage-conscious businesses help restore Cowichan Valley Museum

Sheila Kitson, vice-president of the Cowichan Historical Society reports phase two of extensive renovations is underway to repair various parts of the siding on the heritage train station, housing the popular Cowichan Valley Museum.

Phase one saw the Society recently install two cost-saving, energy-efficient, heat pumps from Exchange Energy. The climatic solution used the $50,000.00 grand prize monies provided by Ecclesiastical Insurance. The Society’s big win followed its widely supported drive in the Next Great Save competition sponsored by The National Trust for Canada.

“We are already seeing a reduced use of power and expenses thanks to this modern equipment,” she notes. “Our thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance as well as to the 100+Women Cowichan for their generous contributions that helped make this change possible.”

Society board members are delighted with the generosity of various Valley businesses supporting upgrades to display the 1912 Duncan Train Station in its former glory.

“To repair the siding on various walls of the building we needed lumber, and it has generously been donated by Murray Logan, manager of Dogwood Lumber Company,” she said.

Such generosity. Not only that but CHS member Bruce Mathew and Keith Price CHS Director, hauled the material to Nova Forest Products where Mitchell Grant owner and operator, and his crew planed the boards.

Primer has been purchased using a gift card from Home Depot

Next? Painting, and window work.

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