If you tackle this trip as an overnighter, or part of a longer tour, you'll be carrying gear, so you'll get a workout. Areas: Cowichan Lake & SW Coast. The trail is mostly converted rail trail, however some sections early on are on side roads - all sections are truly beautiful and well worth the visit. Lake Cowichan to Duncan is a 28 km green dirt/gravel road family friendly trail located near Lake Cowichan British Columbia. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. Find the right bike route for you through Duncan, where we've got 113 cycle routes to explore. Cowichan Valley Trail (CVT) is the local name for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT), and this ride takes you through the finest extended stretch of the Trail on Vancouver Island. Some local art along the Cowichan Valley Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail). The southern leg of the trail back reaches Duncan after ~25kms, skirting the SW part of town. Rome2rio makes travelling from Duncan to Lake Cowichan easy. It's a pretty tough ride in stretches. no photos have been added for Great Canada Trail. This is a uniquely direct route to start - just following the CVT. You see the gradual starting climb up to Cowichan lake, over 200m, but over a 15km stretch. From Duncan Follow Highway 18 towards Lake Cowichan. This short but rewarding trail provides amazing views from high on top of the bluffs of Sansum Narrows nestled between Maple Bay and Cowichan Bay. You could shorten the ride to ~55kms if you simply finished in Duncan (vs Shawnigan Lake). Note that when you do the side trip to Stoltz Pool Provincial Camp (included), there's a descent, then climb back as you return to the Trail. Cowichan Search and Rescue was called out on Saturday evening, Nov. 21, just after 7 p.m. by the RCMP to help search for a 19-year-old man who has several medical conditions, and rescuers searched for him throughout the night. “Holy cow, people want trails. The intended direction a trail should be ridden. Use trail reports to comment on trail conditions. An excellent trail map is offered by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Stoney Hill Trail. Most all of this ride is on the well maintained CVT, often forested, away from vehicle traffic. Glenora loop and Trans Canada Trail connector. Lake Cowichan to Duncan yet, Great Canada Trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. You'll then see the turnoff for the Park access road (~1/2km) into the campsite along the Cowichan River. … The map zooming in to Duncan also shows a track (blue) that can get you back into Duncan if you choose not to go south to Shawnigan Lake. This website does not encourage anyone to undertake activities in the backwoods without considering fully issues of safety, access and readiness. When North Cowichan was developing its 2017 Parks and Trails Master Plan, the municipality discovered a big public appetite for trails, says Chris Istace, who is on the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society board of directors. This extraordinary loop features more than 60 km of rail trail that takes in the Kinsol Trestle, the Marie Trestle and Canyon, Skutz Falls, the Cowichan River, spectacular forests as well as Duncan, and the touristy fishing village of Cowichan Bay. An obvious side trip is to do the almost 80kms loop of the lake, the western 50kms on dirt road. Note that this new trail is more challenging, with steep sections. This website does not encourage anyone to undertake activities in the backwoods without considering fully issues of safety, access and readiness. Great riding. no reports have been added for Great Canada Trail. If you want a fantastic ride through the forests, no vehicles about, this ride's for you. Map Printable guide Distance: an 8 km loop with a 3.8 km (one way) connector to the Cowichan Valley Trail Estimated Time: about 30 minutes or more. This takes cyclists south around the 'Malahat' to reach near Victoria. Turn left on Skutz Falls Road, then left on Riverbottom road. Other notable trails include the 20 km Cowichan River Footpath, which winds west from Duncan to spectacular Skutz Falls, and the Trans Canada Trail, which skirts Shawnigan Lake and crosses over the 144-foot-high, knee-knocking Kinsol Trestle to Cowichan Lake, North Cowichan and Ladysmith. Days for Ride:  Starting & finishing in Duncan, this could be done as a good one day ride, up to Cowichan Lake & back. No reviews yet, be the first to write a review or ask a question. Finally we turned north and connected with the Trail in its area north of the river, without reaching Lake Cowichan, since we did not have time to get there and be in Duncan at 17:30 to return the bicycles, and at that price, we could not risk having to pay another day. We missed seeing the 70.2 Mile bridge, which the photos I’ve seen does not seem too much. There are a number of road access points off the trail into town. Our first night was spent in Lake Cowichan and second night in Shawnigan Lake. No description for Great Canada Trail. Caution - the degree of difficulty get pretty tough on the new Sooke Hills segment. Best Duncan, British Columbia parks, trails and places explored, documented, photographed, and published by participating Canadian Travel Influencers. Focused around the town of Duncan, the Cowichan Valley is huge, stretching from Cobble Hill to Ladysmith, Maple Bay to Lake Cowichan. 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