Fall 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. You’re also welcome to explore the beach, our nature interpretive trail along the estuary’s shoreline, and our wildlife viewing platform.

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, as well as interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer nature and science camps in July and August and throughout the year host films, special events, and offer facility rentals.

Interested in volunteering with us?  The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults and youth as nature interpreters during Nature Centre open hours for the public, or as educational program assistants. Volunteers also participate in citizen science at monthly bird counts, or hands-on ecosystem restoration projects, and support maintaining displays and equipment, building maintenance, fundraising and many other volunteers activties. Volunteers are key to the Centre’s ability to make a positive impact locally. More info here.

 Get in touch! We’re looking to expand our team of friendly volunteers welcoming Centre visitors.
You don’t have to be an expert – mentoring and support is provided by experienced volunteer naturalists and educators.
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, and Nature and Marine Educators here.


More about Fall School Programs & Summer Science and Nature Camps

We had a wonderful 2022 Summer Science and Nature Summer Camp Season.  Thank-you to our wonderful Summer Camp Leader Team, Kylie, Jasmine and Madelyn, and to an amazing group of five to nine-year-old participants who came to explore the wonders of the Cowichan estuary with us! We’ll be back again next July and August, with registrations opening in Feb/March.

We are now offering hands-on science and nature-inspired school programs for all grades and ages – kindergarten through high school – at the Nature Centre, on the beach and exploring and learning at natural sites throughout the lower Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds. Contact kylie@cowichanestuary.ca to book a program for your class.


The herons juveniles have fledged and, along with the 200+ Herons from our local Wessex Ravine Pacific Great Blue Heron Colony, have dispersed to their favorite fishing sites throughout our local watersheds and along the coast of the Salish Sea.  We expect to see them back again by mid February for another noisey nesting season, when you can once again visit our Live Heron Cam, and zoom around the heronry and have a look.