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.

Find out about a very special car in the latest installment of Tales from the Valley.


Together We Did It!

The National Trust for Canada has announced that the Duncan Train Station is the winner of The Next Great Save competition, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, and the $50,000 prize is theirs.

The Cowichan Historical Society is humbled by and grateful for the support the Cowichan Valley community has shown to this worthwhile preservation project. Thank you!

Over 200,000 votes were placed between January 20 and February 22 from coast to coast to coast for ten groups who are saving heritage places that matter.

Thank you to the competitors, and to the public who voted for these incredible heritage conservation projects! Learn more about all of the competing projects here.

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