The Cowichan Valley is a region that includes the Cowichan River, Cowichan Bay and Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island. The Cowichan Region takes its name from “Quw’utsun’,” an aboriginal word that means “the warm land.”


Communities that lie within the Cowichan Valley area include Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station and Maple Bay. Other local communities include Crofton, Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, and Mill Bay.


The Cowichan Valley is the home of a growing number of vineyards and wineries. The warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters make this area part of Canada's only maritime Mediterranean climate, providing good growing conditions for many grape varietals.


The Trans Canada Trail goes through the Valley, and there are numerous options for hiking enthusiasts.

Welcome to Cowichan Valley

We are a Social Group consisting of individuals (singles and couples) who have moved here from far away, or just around the corner – or who have been here all along.

Our aim is to give members the opportunity to expand their social life, meet new people and explore the Cowichan Valley (and beyond) regardless of whether they are working, semi-retired or retired people.

About Us

Who Are We?

What Do We Do?

Monthly events provide opportunities to socialize with other Newcomers. Usually they take place in the Cowichan Valley; sometimes we venture further afield.  


There are a variety of activities such as Book Clubs, a Knitting Group, Monthly TGIF, Hiking, Card Games, Dining In, Lunching Out and much more.  We are always interested in new ideas you might wish to contribute.

We provide a friendly, comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone at all of our functions.  A monthly newsletter that outlines the planned events is emailed to members each month.

Chemainus, Maple Bay, Duncan, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station, Crofton, Genoa Bay, Honeymoon Bay, Mill Bay, Glenora, Lake Cowichan and Shawnigan Lake

What Do We Offer?

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For more information on any of these activities, please email and your query will be directed to the appropriate committee head.


Lunching Out:

This event is open to any club member and takes place the last Friday of the month. The organizer selects a restaurant somewhere in the Valley - often by recommendations of group members. Directions are included in our monthly newsletter.  
We meet at the restaurant at 11:30am and can order drinks and select our choice of a meal.  There is ample time to socialize and get acquainted with each other.  Reservations are required 5 days before the event by contacting the organizer.
We are a friendly bunch and welcome you to join us.


Book Clubs:

"Rhinestone Readers" is a Newcomers’ book group that meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30 in different members’ homes.
We select our books from the Vancouver Island Regional Library book club collections and we all suggest books for the group. 
We like to think of ourselves as original novels each with our own heroes, protagonists and themes. If that appeals to you, please contact our current coordinator. 

“Between the Covers” meets the second Thursday of the month at 1:00.  Our selections are based on recommendations from participants.  We still have space for more book lovers.


Dining In:

Dining In is an activity where Newcomers get to enjoy good food and good company. On the last Sunday of the month, between four and six guests are hosted in another Newcomer's residence for a home-cooked meal and a social evening.  

The guests are responsible for some food contributions for the evening and participants supply their own beverage. In turn, these guests are expected to host others once or twice throughout the year. This is not a competitive, gourmet-cooking club.

All organization of “who goes where” is done by the Dining In Coordinators. This is a great way to get to know fellow Newcomers in a relaxed and informal setting.


Hiking Club:

The Cowichan Valley Newcomers’ Club has a Hiking Committee that organizes hikes in the local area. These hikes are designed to introduce newcomers to the many wonderful hiking trails available and to enjoy the great scenery.

Our club hikes are open to all levels of hikers. The hike write up, which will appear in the monthly newsletter, will include information on the features of the hike being offered and type of terrain that may be encountered.  This will allow individuals to decide whether a particular hike is suitable for them.  Appropriate footwear is essential, and the use of poles is recommended. Following the hike, we usually meet at a local pub near the hike location for a meal.

The hikes are normally scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.  Guests/Potential members are invited to participate; however, they will be required to sign a waiver.


Coffee and iPad Discussion Group:

Interested Newcomers meet in a member’s home to exchange ideas and knowledge about the operation and use of their iPads. iPad Newbies and new members are encouraged to attend.  These get-togethers are generally monthly, as interest dictates.


Women play from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the first and third Thursdays and a fifth if it occurs.

We have access to a men’s group outside our club.  The men meet from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for fellowship and bridge. They are currently looking for regular and spare members.  Meetings rotate in members’ homes.


The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. They have a full slate of members but are always happy to have players waiting in the wings for times when members are away.  The coordinator is more than willing to teach anyone who wants to learn the game.


The Knitting, etc. Group:

The knitting group meets every Monday, with meetings rotating to various members’ homes.  Our handiwork includes crocheting and embroidery, as well.  If anyone would like to join us for chatting, snacking on great food, and of course knitting or other handiwork, please contact us.

“Special”, i.e., Non-recurring Events:
From time to time, the Club’s Directors-at-Large organise special events, usually in the Fall, Winter and Spring.  During the last couple of years, these events have included visits to a local Distillery, to the Yellow Point Christmas Extravaganza, a Cowichan Valley Quiz Night, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local winery, a tour of old cemeteries led by local historian T.W. Paterson, and community outreach activities (assistance with maintaining the local Garry Oak preserve and the Sahtlam Chinese Cemetery).  Activities planned for 2017-18 include a visit to the “OneTree Exhibition” in the Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria, an evening with the Victoria Symphony in Cowichan Performing Arts Theatre and a second historical tour.

The Club welcomes suggestions from the members for future special events; please send ideas to us at



TGIF is held the 2nd Friday of each month from 5:30 to 8 PM at a member’s house or meeting place of their choice. It is a casual gathering that gives members an opportunity to mingle, catch up with friends and to meet new neighbours in the Cowichan Valley. It is a fun, informal introduction to the club.


Each person or couple brings a finger food appetizer to share as well as their choice of beverage. Come and enjoy.

Details of TGIF are in the monthly newsletter. Volunteering your home or a meeting place for this event is always greatly appreciated.



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Mark Unsworth

Phil Mix

Kathy Meredith

Marilyn Day

Sue Kilvington

Jerri Schmidt

Richard Addison

Katie Daan

Terry Carroll
Larry Gray
Nensi Hart

Mike Lynch
Jane McAllister
Carol Heitmann

Doug Freberg
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