Today Is Low Tide Day! Curious about what that means?  Two of our fantastic team have put this short video together for you to learn more….. enjoy!

How are you going to enjoy Low Tide Day?

Open Hours

We are currently CLOSED to drop-in visitors

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in the region we’ve decided to remain closed to the public until later this spring. As a volunteer run Nature Centre we take the health and well being of our wonderful volunteers to heart. Meanwhile we have some lovely outdoor walks on trails in Hecate Park and throughout the estuary and a wildlife viewing tower you can enjoy, and you can visit our heron cam live stream from the comfort of home. We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this time!

We’re also now booking spring school programs with Covid protocols in place. Please contact us at 250-597-2288 for more information!

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. Remember to wash your hands, stay safe and continue to be kind to each other!

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


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