Known by the First Nations as "the warm land", it is a fitting name, as the Cowichan Valley enjoys Canada's warmest mean temperature. A major part of the lower central region of Vancouver Island and several Gulf Islands along the coast of British Columbia is home to the Cowichan Valley. The valley covers 3,473.12 kmē (1,340.98 sq mi) with gorgeous forests, lakes, and rural communities that enjoy plenty of recreation created by the valleys natural landscape.
With a population reaching almost 70,000, it is hard to imagine, since the wilderness and mountains separate so many of the small communities. All stem from the major on Vancouver Island's portion of the Trans Canada Highway.