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“Pushing the boat out”

Cowichan Wooden Boat Society
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

MUSEUMS are nearly always worth a look and this one in the village of Cowichan Bay certainly opened a window on the type of boats the area has seen.
Much more importantly, it is preserving a piece of British Columbia's history and when you step off the road and start exploring this seashore site there is always something new to see.
For a start there is quite a wide variety of craft on offer although not all of them are visible, some being covered with tarpaulins. Information boards warned visitors what to expect because the site was being renovated and upgraded when we visited.
What craft are on show, particularly those at the far end near several displays, gleam with varnish and look a picture while details of their history make fascinating reading.
The Society doesn't hide its aims and makes no bones that donations are vital to help future work so we had no hesitation in dropping a few dollars into a collection point.
But the museum is more than just history on tap. This is an incredibly picturesque part of the coast and it is possible to see it in a new light courtesy of the museum's position and its observations. A good way to pass an hour or so.

Thank singhasam
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Great scenic little town.. Cowichan Bay- waterfront restaurants and patio music!
The Boat Society is interesting and worth a visit while in town, history of fisheries in the area and local artist displays.

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Came across this museum strolling along the front in Cowichan bay. I'm always interested in the history of anywhere I go and this was a good find. Lots of old boats and parts with lots of informative boards and notes. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Upstairs there is an art gallery with paintings for sale if you want to buy from a local artist. Not sure I would go out of my way for it though as there really isn't much else worth seeing in Cowichan Bay.

Thank Skinut79
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

At our hotel in Victoria B.C., the bellman suggested a visit to Cowichan Bay with the family for something different to do. It was about a 45 minute drive, and what a fantastic drive! Lots of overlooks along the highway too. When we arrived in Cowichan Bay, we saw the Maritime Center and decided to stop in and look around. Glad we did! All the employees are really friendly, and great with kids. After a tour of the museum, our 10 year old son got to make a small sailboat model from wood at their work shop. We then were allowed to use the small Zodiac Boat and S\British Seagull motor for a ride one the bay. If you want a great place to take your family for something different to do, look no further, you found it here!

Thank pilotfxe
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

The displays are under renovation so not a ton was on display. A sign alerting us to that fact was posted so we knew heading in not to expect to see much. A labour of love with some amazing boats once it is put back together again.

Thank rustynail78
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