October Open Hours

Saturday 1-3pm

Sunday 1-3pm

Thanksgiving Monday 12th 1-3pm


Our volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back into the Nature Centre for our open hours in September. We will be limiting the number of visitors in the Nature Centre to 6 people at a time, and there are lots of outdoor spots to explore on the beach, interpretive trail and up the wildlife viewing tower if you need to wait to come inside! Please be mindful of physical distancing from those not in your family bubble.  We want to share this magical place with you while ensuring our volunteers and visitors stay safe.  


The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is proud to honour Eric Marshall in the event of his 90th birthday!

We are hosting a drop-in birthday “party” at the Nature Centre to celebrate a lifetime of dedication to nature and community. Come and drop by to speak with Eric and Dorothy, view a slideshow of images from his adventures and community work and tour the Nature Centre.

Instead of a gift or a card Eric is asking that you consider making a donation to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre towards his Nature Education and Restoration Fund.

We look forward to seeing you here!


About the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Located overlooking the Cowichan Estuary in beautiful Hecate Park at the west end of Cowichan Bay Village, the Nature Centre offers opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about the estuary, the bay, and the watershed through informative interactive exhibits and fun hands-on activities.  School programs and interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer science camps, host films and other special events, and do facility rentals.

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults and youth as nature interpreters during Nature Centre open hours for the public, educational program leaders or assistants, citizen science participants at monthly bird counts, hands-on at ecosystem restoration projects, support for maintaining displays and equipment, building maintenance, fundraising and many other volunteers roles needed by all non-profits. 

Please follow us on Facebook  and Instagram where we’re sharing nature stories and activities, remember to wash your hands with soap and water and continue to be kind to each other!

Contact the Nature Centre to learn how you can get involved.






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