At the heart of the Cowichan Region
lies Duncan – City of Totems
Duncan is the commercial centre of the Cowichan region, serving over 80,000 people.
Originally a whistle stop for the E&N Railway, the City began to expand when a train station, now a national heritage site, was built in 1887 attracting new business and settlement to the area. This vibrant community features all modern amenities and services while retaining its historic charm. The City boasts many architecturally interesting buildings, including the unique City Hall Clock Tower.
Duncan is 'The City of Totems' and celebrates the history and culture of the area’s First Nations People, known worldwide for carvings and knit sweaters. There are over 80 totem poles throughout the city, many of which are a pictorial record of the Cowichan peoples’ legends and family ancestry.
Home to the world’s largest hockey stick and world’s widest totem pole, Duncan is big on things to see and do! There are museums, theatres and attractions for everyone. A strong arts community showcases works at many galleries and there are many festivals and events throughout the year. Unique "boutique" shopping abounds in the quaint downtown.
Duncan is surrounded by a wonderful variety of small communities, each with a unique offering of culture, history, recreation and attractions.