The Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan BC


Recently we made a stop at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan, built on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the banks of the Cowichan River, a designated BC Heritage River, just off the Trans Canada Highway.  At the entry to the Centre, we met John our well-informed guide and joined a group of about 100 (!) visiting Japanese students for a tour.  John started with the Totem Tour, sharing the stories and traditions of the Cowichan people for hundreds of years past.  Each Totem had a unique and interesting story.  Madison particularly liked the Marriage Totem and the little artist in her appreciated the talent involved in carving them.  Following the totem tour, we watched a half-hour movie depicting the history of the Cowichan First Nation.  Then we enjoyed a display of traditional dance by local students.   The tour expands in the summer and includes more on-site displays and an authentic salmon BBQ.  Ever hungry and hoping for food, Madison was disappointed that the salmon BBQ is only held in the summer.  The Centre also showcases First Nations contemporary food in the restaurant and a West Coast themed gift gallery featuring local artists.  This is a well designed centre giving a close up view on native culture on Vancouver Island.  Thanks to John for such an interesting and educational experience that even kept Madison interested and attentive.  Go to our Facebook page to see more photos of this super attraction and our Blog Video of their Dancers.

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