Preserving our History
in the Cowichan Valley

As rich in history as it is in beauty, the picturesque Cowichan Valley is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.   Its commercial centre, Duncan, has its roots in the 1886 rural settlement of Duncan’s Crossing, also known as Alderlea.  Come and enjoy the fascinating history of the Cowichan Valley at the Museum.

Train Station

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

The Cowichan Historical Society owns and operates the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and is mandated to collect, preserve and interpret the history and heritage of the Cowichan Valley.  We operate a full-service community museum offering school and public programming, permanent and temporary exhibits, special events, and archival services.

Abandoned, Then Embraced:
The Kinsol Trestle 

Designed for the Virtual Museum of Canada

BC Legacy Fund     Heritage Legacy Fund

Heritage Canada

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the
Province of British Columbia through BC150, a Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts initiative and the
Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia.