Cowichan Lake Section

New logoFrom Lake Cowichan town the Great Trail/Trans Canada Trail crosses to the north side of the Cowichan River valley and retreats eastward, en route to Nanaimo.  But the Vancouver Island Trail leaves the Great Trail at Lake Cowichan and is routed to the west along the south side of Cowichan Lake.

In the short term, the VI Trail will follow along South Shore Road to the west end of Cowichan Lake passing through the communities of Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay.  This is a public, blacktopped road as far as Gordon Bay where it becomes a private, gravel logging road to the west end of the Lake.  Over time, VISTA hopes to clear sections of single-track hiking trail closer to the Lake across private forest lands owned by TimberWest Forest Corp.

Campsites are available along the south lakeshore at Lakeview Park just west of Lake Cowichan, at Gordon Bay Provincial Park,  east of Caycuse, at Nixon Creek, at the west end of the Lake (Heather Campsite) and at nearby Kissinger Lake.

To avoid hiking or riding South Shore Road, a hiker could alternatively hire/use some sort of water transport to reach the campsite at the west end of Cowichan Lake.  VISTA is currently working to arrange such a service along the Lake.

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