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.
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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.
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
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Below are some examples of activities in our club. For more information about current activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts About Town:
This group’s focus is on keeping the CVNC membership informed about upcoming live theatre, musical events and interesting films taking place in the Cowichan Valley. The group will facilitate the CV Newcomers with shared interests in particular performances in attending together and/or meeting before or after the event(s) for dinner or drinks.
Beginners' Bridge Lessons:
This group is for those who want to learn the game but may be intimidated playing with more experienced “cutthroat” and unforgiving partners. This is a way to ease into the game without getting PTSD. Instructional sessions and mini-tournaments are held weekly on Thursday from 7-9 PM with a new session beginning every 6-8 weeks depending on interest and demand.
For those who have just recently learned the game of Bridge or those who have played some time ago or those who do not as yet see themselves as full-on competitive Bridge players, there is a newly formed Novice Bridge club that meets every second and fourth Thursday evening. This is a non-threatening and very fun approach to an exciting game.
Men’s Competitive Bridge:
This is intended for the more experienced bridge players. It is held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-10 PM with members alternating the hosting in their homes.
The bike group is open to all members interested in cycling with either e-bikes or classic. It is currently in the early stages and rides are being planned. Ride information will be sent out by email to interested bikers and to all CVNC membership in the monthly newsletter.
Corks, Caps & Quaffing:
Corks Caps & Quaffing (CCQ) is dedicated to providing further education to its members about wines, beers, ciders and spirits. Events will encompass visits to wineries, breweries and distilleries as well as events in members' homes that will include tastings of specified types of drink and learning about the various styles of these beverages. For those wishing to further expand their minds and taste buds and enjoy some camaraderie, every 4-6 weeks.
Host a TGIF:
This event is one of the most popular of the CV Newcomers Club. TGIF is held the second Friday of each month from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. A different member volunteers each month to host TGIF from their own homes with attendees bringing an appetizer and beverage of their choice to share. The social gathering is well-known for its camaraderie in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
This event, open to any club member, takes place the last Friday of the month, beginning at 11:30 AM. This is your chance to get to know a variety of different restaurants in the Valley. The organizer selects a different locale each month - often based on the recommendations of group members. The venue and directions are included in our monthly newsletter. Gathering there at 11:30 AM, gives the group ample time to order drinks, select their choice of a meal and to socialize and get acquainted with each other.
R.R. is a very active book club for women with 3 chapters meeting at different times on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday each month. Wednesday evenings at 5:00 PM, Thursdays at 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. The three chapters also combine 3 times each year to socialize, discuss that month's book selection and make the book choices for the year based on club members' recommendations. All chapters read the same book each month.
Old Crocks Read Books:
This is a book club for people interested in: history, autobiographies, biographies, science, technology, travel and good fiction. New members are more than welcome, with the observation that the term "Crock" is gender neutral. The group meets on the third Friday of each month at the Duncan library and then retires to a local establishment for further non-literary discussion.
The Quilling Life:
This women's writing group meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoon for an informal and easy-going time practicing, motivating and encouraging its members to keep pursuing (or begin) the wonderful pastime of creative writing. Memoir, short story, essays, articles, poetry, lyrics, playwriting....it's ALL fun!!
Devoted to inspiring, learning, encouraging and teaching its members in all things “handy”, like knitting, embroidery, crocheting, appliqué, even darning and paper crafts, this group offers you a time and place to work on your ongoing or new projects. You will receive friendly advise and conversation twice a month when meeting together with your handiwork in hand.
This is a fun activity wherein Newcomers get to know fellow Newcomers and have the opportunity to enjoy good food and good company in a relaxed and informal setting. 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 a course contribution for the evening and participants supply their own beverage. In turn, these guests are expected to host others once or twice throughout the year. All organization of “who goes where” is done by the Dining-In Coordinators.
The hikes are on the second Wednesday of each month and all members are eligible to join the hike. Each month the planned hike will be in the newsletter. Members are welcome to invite guests; however, these will be required to sign a waiver.
This group meets for a less strenuous hiking or walking activity- relatively flat surface of about 3-5 kms. and social time weekly or every other week depending on the members’ preference and the weather. The location varies each time, to accommodate the distances of the members and to enjoy the wonderful scenic opportunities that Cowichan Valley has to offer those gentle hikers.
This interesting and inspiring group gives you the opportunity to teach, learn and be amazed at the gastronomical experiences to be had when we share our “signature” gourmet dishes or our kitchen tricks and ideas. You do not need to be a MasterChef, but an appreciation for enjoying food and drink is an obvious advantage! The group members take turns hosting the monthly event.
Special (i.e. Non-recurring Events):
From time to time, the Club's Directors-at-Large organize special events, usually in the fall, winter and spring. During the last couple of years, these events have included visits to a local distillery and winery; to the Yellow Point Christmas Extravaganza; a Cowichan Valley Quiz Night; a St. Patrick's Day celebrations at a local winery; a tour of old cemeteries led by a local historian, T.W. Paterson; community outreach activities (assistance with maintaining the local Garry Oak Preserve and the Sahtlam Chinese Cemetery); a visit to the "One Tree Exhibition" in the Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria; a couple of evenings with the Victoria Symphony at the Cowichan Performing Arts Theatre and group attendance at The Butchart Gardens at Christmastime.
The Club welcomes suggestions from the members for future special evenst.
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