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Life in The Valley

Lovable Ladysmith

Ladysmith is just a laid-back, easygoing, West Coast kind of town, nestled between the ocean and the hills. Often considered a “bedroom community” for nearby Nanaimo, the Ladysmith downtown is still vibrant and bustling. It features heritage buildings with modern goods and services, and there are some interesting little restaurants to fit any taste. But…

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‘Cittaslow’ Cowichan Bay

The seaside village of Cowichan Bay became internationally famous in 2009 when it was designated as the very first ‘Cittaslow Town’ in North America. The Cittaslow movement (the name means “Slow City”) originated in Italy, but is now a worldwide movement rating eligible towns on everything from friendliness to environmental policies. The main aims of…

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Cultivated Cobble Hill

Nestled right in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill is the quintessential Warm Land community. The slow pace and old-fashioned country life in this tiny agricultural village has attracted an influx in recent years of skilled winemakers, chefs and organic farmers, as well as artists and artisans of all stripes. And if you’re…

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Dynamic Duncan

Known as the “City of Totems”, Duncan is the commercial center of the Cowichan Valley region. Halfway between the cities of Victoria (to the south) and Nanaimo (to the north), Duncan offers quiet, “agricultural-adjacent” living, but with all the amenities and cultural opportunities of a larger metropolis. Off the Island Highway, you’ll find trendy boutiques,…

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Famous Chemainus

If you’re considering a move to the wonderful Warm Land, you might consider the charming community of Chemainus, British Columbia. More than a quarter of a million visitors a year flock to this little picturesque seaside town. They follow painted yellow footprints throughout the streets, on a self-guided tour of more than 40 outdoor murals…

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