The city of Totems is proud of it First Nations heritage . Yellow footprints are painted on the sidewalks, allowing you to take a self-guided tour of the more than 40 totem poles erected around town.
The streets of Duncan are worth a stroll as there are lots of shops and restaurants. On the day when we were there all the town's shops and restaurants had an outdoor stand in front of their properties. It was pretty festive that day as there were also lots of fun activities for kids and the whole family.
If you are looking for totem poles in Duncan, there are some nice ones around Duncan's train station which is located near the city center and can be seen as you enter the city from the Trans Canada Highway. There are of course other places where nice totem poles can be seen. You have to search them out.
Duncan B.C is named 'city of Totems' for the reason it has over fifty Hand crafted 'Totem poles'dotted around parts of the city made by the local Indians.They come in many shapes and sizes with different animals and symbols all telling a different story.
There is a trail of yellow footprints painted on the sidewalks that lead you to each Totem Pole in the city,its a pleasent walk and a good way to pass a few hours and take in the downtown sights.
This Mountain towers over the community of Duncan,it is easily identified by the two humps sitting at the peak of the summit.The Mountain is a wilderness destination popular for many outdoor activities including hiking,mountain biking,hand gliding and sightseeing.There are a number of routes that lead up the mountain.Most of the routes are single track trails.The main route leading to the top is an old access gravel road.We drove half way up the mountain until the route got to narrow for a vechile then carried on to the summit by foot which took mabye fifteen to twenty minutes.At the top the views over nearby Duncan and the rest of the Cowichan Valley are stunning on a clear day which we were lucky to have.There is a war memorial at the summit dedicated to the fallen in World War Two.
The name Provost is French and is pronounced 'Provou'.
A pretty seaside community located in a narrow inlet and surrounded by smooth pebble beaches,Maple Bay is one of the finest natural harbours on Vancouver Island,and bustles with marine activity all year round.This sheltered haven is situated halfway up Sansum Narrows and seperates Vancouver Island from Saltzspring Island,the largest and nearest of the Southern Gulf Islands.The bay is popular with Kayakers,Sailing boats,swimmers and divers and has a reputation for being one of the best diving spots in North America.Fishing is very popular here too as there are excellent points to fish for Sea Bass and Salmon.The road behind the bay has quaint little shops and cafes and even the odd pub so theres plenty here to see and do.Duncan is only ten minutes drive west of Maple Bay.
Plan for a self-guided walking tour of more than 40 totems in DUNCAN, the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley.
The Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Centre offers demonstrations of First Nation arts, storytelling, an audio-visual presentation and dance
Duncan is the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley and the hub of First Nations art and culture.
This is a plaque showing four different totem poles and it describes the carvings on the totem, who the carver was and what year it was created.