Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

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

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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a National public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated to a registered charity in June via CanadaHelps.org, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $20,000 donation. The grand prize draw will take place on July 1, Canada Day, and one lucky charity will receive this new grand prize of $20,000.


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.


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives is currently closed. Please check our website and Facebook page for updates. Stay well! We look forward to seeing you again when our doors reopen. Thank you for your understanding.