Destination guide

Escape to the Cowichan Valley

Serving as the unofficial capital of the Cowichan Valley, Duncan is a lively town on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s easy to see how it earned its City of Totems nickname, with dozens of beautifully carved First Nations totem poles dotting the downtown core. If you’d rather stay out of town, Duncan vacation rentals put you in the heart of the valley’s rolling farmlands, lush vineyards, and shimmering lakes. There’s also a big focus on marine activities, with kayaking, fishing, and whale watching all on the cards.

Activities

A wine lover’s wonderland

Thanks to its fertile soil and sunny climate, Duncan is prime winegrowing territory. Whether you’re thirsty for prize-winning Pinot noirs or syrupy raspberry ports, a self-guided tour of the Cowichan Valley Wine Trail is a great way to get acquainted with local blends. The wineries are gorgeous, but nothing beats a sunset wine toast on the deck of your private Duncan vacation rentals property. Foodies shouldn’t miss the Duncan Farmers Market, where you can pick up everything from fresh produce to artisan cheese. Feeling a little overindulged? Why not thrown on your hiking boots and hit the Cowichan Valley Rail Trail?

Weather

Year-round whale watching in Duncan

Thanks to its temperate climate, Duncan is a year-round destination. Summer brings warm weather and plenty of sunshine that continues well into fall. Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing. If the rain holds off this means it’s still possible to bike, hike, and even enjoy a round of golf. Vancouver Island is home to multiple pods of resident orcas which means that whale watching season runs throughout the year.

Natural features

The gateway to the Gulf Islands

For many travelers, Duncan serves as a jumping point to the Gulf Islands. Salt Spring Island is a fantastic day trip, enchanting visitors with its easy-going lifestyle and free-spirited community. If you’d rather take in the islands from a sun-drenched deck, Duncan vacation rentals unlock access to a host of oceanfront properties with stunning views over Cowichan Bay. Nearby Cowichan River Provincial Park is dotted with hiking trails, as well as drive-in rec sites where you can swim, picnic, and fish.

Transport

How to get to and around Duncan

The nearest airport is in Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.), located 15.9 mi (25.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), which is 16.4 mi (26.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Duncan?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 228 vacation rentals near Duncan. From 112 Houses to 22 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Duncan for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Duncan?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Duncan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vancouver Island University-Cowichan Campus: 403 vacation rentals
  • Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard: 414 vacation rentals
  • Godfrey Brownell Vineyard: 340 vacation rentals
  • Duncan Farmers Market: 399 vacation rentals
  • Averill Creek Winery: 323 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Duncan listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Duncan?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 112 Houses in Duncan. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Duncan include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 22 rentals available
  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Cabins: 48 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Duncan?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Duncan. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.