Our Location & Attractions
Located halfway between Vancouver Island’s largest cities (Victoria to the south and Nanaimo to the north), the lovely city of Duncan, BC is smack-dab in the middle of the picturesque Cowichan Valley along the island’s eastern coast. Named the “City of Totems,” there are a total of 80 totem poles within town limits which recognise the area as the traditional home of the Cowichan Coast Salish First Nations.
With easy access to the main highway running north-south along the entire island, the Ramada Duncan hotel is the perfect place to stay in the Cowichan Valley.
A comfortable 20-minute walk from the Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Valley Campus and steps from the charming shops and restaurants in downtown Duncan, our hotel is ideally located on the southern edge of the urban centre. For our guests staying with pets, the McAdam Park along the Cowichan River is an off-leash dog park and just a short walk from our hotel.
One of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestles in the world, the Kinsol Trestle was built in 1920 and remains open to this day. At 187 metres long and towering 44 metres over the salmon-bearing Koksilah River, this historical landmark along the Cowichan Valley Trail is open to cyclists, hikers and equestrians - just don’t look down!
BC Forest Discovery Centre
A great excursion for the kids and adults alike, the BC Forest Discovery Centre is a 100-acre open-air museum featuring pathways for hiking as well as an operational railway for cool tours of the forest and marshland areas.
The Cowichan Valley Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour by Cheers Cowichan offers direct pick up at the Ramada Duncan and makes 11 stops at local wineries, breweries, cideries, and farms throughout the day. Check out our incredible Stay & Sip Wine Package if you’re interested in a fun afternoon learning all about Duncan’s local wine and craft beer scene.
Whale Watching Tours
The waters around Vancouver Island are home to several resident and transient Orca whale pods, and Ocean Ecoventures operating a short drive outside of Duncan boasts the highest number of sightings. Accompanied by an expert captain and naturalist, this four-hour tour is a great way to see these majestic marine mammals in their natural habitat.
Pacific Northwest Raptors
Get up close and personal with some the Pacific Northwest’s most captivating residents: Raptors! The Raptors Visiting Centre is home to eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures who love to show off their high-flying skills through flight demonstrations, personal interaction activities and educational sessions.
Mountain Biking & Hiking
The Cowichan Valley Trail is a 22-kilometre multi-use trail running from the south end of Shawnigan Lake to the Naniamo Regional District. The easy trail leads you over several trestles, including the historic Kinsol Trestle. There are also fantastic mountain biking trails surrounding the city including the well-known Maple Syrup Trail on Maple Mountain: Find full information and difficulty ratings here.