On a hot summer day there’s great family fun to be had by tubing down the Cowichan River, near Duncan BC on Vancouver Island. The beautifully clear water and stunning scenery add to the adventure. The trip down the river takes a couple of leisurely hours. Some of the operators offer a shuttle service to take you back to your car.
Tubing is outdoor fun where you get to ride on large inflated inner tubes (think the size of a truck tire) down a river. There are wild rides and tame ones. The Cowichan River tubing is the tame version.
Fun for the Whole Family
Tubing is fun for the whole family including children and seniors as you don’t do any “work” as you just float down the river. Of course, small children would need to be with adults.
There are single and double tubes available. The double tubes are little more difficult to maneuver and works best with the cooperation of your partner.
Once in the water you just freely float down the river for as long as you want.
Cowichan River Info
Cowichan is derived from the Coast Salish word ‘Khowutzun’, which means “land warmed by the sun” and is a very apt description. The river flows from Cowichan Lake ending at Cowichan Bay, a large ocean estuary. The Cowichan Valley enjoys some of the warmest temperatures in Canada.
- Secure your car keys and valuables.
- Use a life jacket if you have any fear of the water.
- The river bed is rocky so bring suitable footwear.
- You will be in the water for a couple of hours so protect yourself and family with sun screen, caps or t-shirts.
- Supervise your children as there are no lifeguards.
- Bring water to drink in plastic bottles not glass.
The Lake Cowichan Adventure Company aka The Tube Shack
The Tube Shack provide tubes and a complimentary shuttle service back to the starting point.
109 Southshore Rd, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R2G0 (under the Dermod & Dudley’s Irish Pub)
Tel: 250-510-7433 www.cowichanriver.com
Getting to Lake Cowichan
From Trans Canada Highway 1 near Duncan take the Lake Cowichan highway 18 west for about 20 minutes to the Town of Lake Cowichan.
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