Honeymoon Bay, BC is a picturesque community located in the southeastern part of Vancouver Island, roughly 75 kilometres (47 miles) northwest of Victoria. The community is nestled in the Cowichan Valley just along Lake Cowichan’s shoreline, surrounded by stunning mountains and beautiful forests which makes it a perfect spot for a secluded getaway. Nanaimo and Victoria are just over an hour away and the nearby communities of Mesachie Lake, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, and Caycuse are just a stone’s throw away, giving visitors plenty of options for day trips.
A charming village, Honeymoon Bay is just over 4,000 square km long. Originally, it was established for employee housing for those who worked in the logging and forestry industries. A company by the name of McDonald Murphy started logging outside of Honeymoon Bay in 1929. By 1947, when Western Forest Industries Limited took over, the quaint community featured a cookhouse, bunkhouses, individual living quarters, and duplexes for families.
Day Trip Ideas for a Honeymoon Bay Visit
The climate on Honeymoon Bay is nearly unbeatable, as the summers are hot and perfect for being near the water and the winters are short. This makes it a popular summertime destination for locals and worldwide travelers alike. In fact, the community triples in size during the summer months, as its year-round population is approximately 600.
There is plenty to do in Honeymoon Bay, especially for the outdoor enthusiast and nature lover. Here is a look at some of the best attractions in the secluded community:
- Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve – Formerly the Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve, the Ecological Reserve provides a circuit of easy walking trails that give visitors the chance to experience the many stunning wildflowers in the area. Keep an eye out for pink fawn lilies, bleeding hearts, and violets from April through the end of June.
- Cowichan River Footpath – This 20 km hiking trail follows the scenic Cowichan River from Glenora to Skutz Falls.
- Stoltz Pool – The perfect spot for a day picnic, Stoltz Pool offers a view of Cowichan River from a grassy spot located in a grove of old big leaf maples.
- March Meadows Golf and Country Club – Located on South Shore Road in Honeymoon Bay, the challenging semi-private nine-hole golf course is a beautiful course perfect for golfers of all skill levels.
- Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park – Home to some of the world’s largest spruce trees, this old-growth forest is located just southwest of Honeymoon Bay and gives visitors a firsthand view of BC’s pristine wilderness.
How to Get to Honeymoon Bay
To reach Honeymoon Bay by car, you will need to turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Highway 18 (also known as the Cowichan Valley Highway), just north of the city of Duncan. Continue about 20 minutes to the village of Lake Cowichan (31 km west of Duncan), and then onto South Shore Road for 9 km, at which point you will arrive. You can find out more about possible accommodation options, if you wish to spend more than just a single day trip there, and more travel options at www.honeymoonbay.com.
Honeymoon Bay, BC is a great place to spend a day or two when visiting Victoria, Nanaimo, or any other nearby city on Vancouver Island. One of the best secluded spots to experience the Island’s enchanting forests and wildlife, Honeymoon Bay is a must-see destination.
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