Summer Open Hours 

Sat/Sun & Statutory Holidays 1-3pm

As a volunteer-run Nature Centre we take the health and well being of our volunteers and guests to heart. We offer a safe place for our volunteers and visitors, including those at greater health risk, by continuing to require the use of masks in our indoor setting and run a HEPA filter. There is also a limit of 15 people in the Nature Centre at one time. Thank you for continuing to be kind and patient while we navigate this pandemic together. 

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, at the Centre or doing hands-on riparian restoration, as well as interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer nature and science camps. Once the pandemic has lifted we will return to hosting films, special events, and offering 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. 

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

Please follow us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter where we’re sharing nature stories and activities. 

We are also hiring. Check our our posting for an Administrative Coordinator here, for an Aquarium Maintinenance Technician here, and Nature and Marine Educators here.





Our popular Summer Camps have a only few spots open in August! And you can give us a call if you’d like to be on the wait list.

Visit our Camps page here to Find out more




The Herons have returned and are feeding young in their nests!  Visit our Live Heron Cam, zoom around the heronry and have a look. Enjoy!