Fall/Winter Open Hours 

 Sat & Sun 1-3pm

Closed Christmas Day Dec 25th

Open Dec 26th (Boxing Day)  1-3pm

Come learn about the Cowichan Estuary and its inhabitants, visit our observation tank to see some local sea creatures and pick up some fantastic local and West Coast inspired gifts in our Gift Shop!

As a volunteer-run Nature Centre we take the health and well being of our wonderful volunteers and guests to heart. We ask ask adults to continue to wear  masks for now, especially to keep the many children who visit and aren’t vaccinated extra safe, and visitors not in a family bubble to maintain physical distancing indoors at the Nature Centre. We look forward to welcoming you!

If you are interested in volunteering with us do get in touch! We are always looking for friendly guides to welcome visitors in the Centre! Call 250-597-2288 or email info@cowichanestuary.ca

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. Find out more about the Cowichan Estuary, its  watershed and the creatures who call it home here.

School programs and interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer science camps, and once the pandemic has lifted we will return to hosting films, special events, and offer 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 , Instagram and Twitter where we’re sharing nature stories and activities. 

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


In the News:


Today we joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice. Help us amplify this call to action by sharing this letter!











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