Duncan is just off the Trans Canada Highway about half-way between Victoria and Nanaimo on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. It has all the charm and character of a real friendly small town. Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan region is the one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.
Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival
One of the fun events held each year, typically in February, is the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival held at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, 2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan, BC. The admission is just $5 including train rides and a taste of local maple syrup provided by the Sapsuckers.
The Festival Events:
- If you have ever wondered where real maple syrup comes from you can take in a tapping demonstration.
- Get the inside skinny by attending a workshop with the professional maple syrup producers.
- Cooking demonstrations.
- Have a sniff of the real thing as the evaporator runs all day and you can watch how maple syrup is made.
- Grab the kids and jump on the museum’s train.
- Enjoy the live musical entertainment.
- Taste the local maple syrup provided by Sapsuckers, a group of local maple syrup producers.
- Watch the maple syrup competition which has participants from all over the Island as well as Vancouver.
Visit the Duncan-Cowichan Visitor Centre for information about Duncan and the surrounding area.
Getting To Duncan
BC Ferry: From Vancouver – take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo then south on Highway 1 to Duncan. Or from Tsawwassen to Victoria (Schwartz Bay), then north on Highway 1 to Duncan.
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