Hotel Blog

posted by: Ramada Duncan on: March 01, 2020

When heading to a new place, the same questions always go through your head. What shall I pack? What is the weather like? Is the local drinking water safe? How do you get around? This blog post will answer all your need to know questions for your next visit the Cowichan Valley!


Is the Local Drinking Water Safe?

Yes! Here in Duncan BC we are very fortunate to have clean fresh drinking water. Duncan’s water comes from 4 wells and 2 reservoirs that are located near the Cowichan River. You will not need to worry about drinking water straight from the tap!
Remember to bring your reusable water bottle to help reduce waste!


Are there lots of dog friendly places?

Yes! Absolutely, we love dogs here at the Duncan Ramada and always encourage you to bring your dog! Duncan has many awesome spots that your dog is sure to love. Check out our Top 5 Places to Take Your Dog in the Cowichan Valley blog for ideas on where you can take your dog for walks and hikes while you visit.  In the summer, our onsite restaurant The Old Fork even has a pet friendly outdoor courtyard where you can bring your dog with you while you enjoy your food!


What the Weathers Like and what not to forget to pack!

Here on the Island we are lucky to experience four completely different seasons throughout the year. You can expect hot sunny days during the summer months, which are June – September and the average temperature is 22 – 28 degrees. In the summer it’s common to go for a swim in lakes, rivers and oceans surrounding the Cowichan Valley, so make sure you pack a swim suit!
Fall in the Valley starts mid-September and ends in November, and is a beautiful time to visit. It’s not too hot and not to cold and quite beautiful as the trees start to change colors. The average temperature during fall season is 10 – 20 degrees.
After fall of course, comes winter! Unlike the rest of Canada, Vancouver Island hardly sees any snow at all, and if we do get a snow fall it’s likely to only last a couple of days until the rain washes it away. Rain on the other hand, comes quite frequently during our winter season. The average temperature during winter, which is December – February is 0 – 7 degrees. Quite chilly, but not as bad as our eastern provinces! When visiting in winter, make sure you don’t forget your toque & scarf!
After winter comes possibly the prettiest of seasons, spring! March – May is our spring season, and it’s also when all the trees and nature come back to life. Spring is quite rainy, hence the catch phrase “Aprils showers bring May flowers” so remember to pack an umbrella and some rain boots if you’re visiting Duncan during the spring season!



How to Get to Duncan

Traveling on Vancouver Island is fairly easy with the Trans-Canada Highway that goes from the northern tip of the island all the way down to the southern end. If you’re flying, you’ll most likely land in Nanaimo, Victoria or Vancouver. From Vancouver, you can take a boat ride across to Vancouver Island with BC Ferries or fly over with Harbor Air or Helijet and end up in Nanaimo. Once you’re in Nanaimo it’s around a 45 minute drive to Duncan. From Nanaimo or Victoria you can catch a bus to Duncan, but I would highly suggest renting a car if you don’t have your own, especially if you are looking to travel across the Island and check out multiple towns. From Victoria Airport to Duncan, it will take you approximately one hour to drive. The Ramada Duncan is located right on the main highway through town so you won’t miss us!


How to get around once you’re in Duncan

If you’re coming to Duncan and staying in Duncan, but you don’t have a vehicle, then that isn’t a problem. We have 2 local cab companies, which we use here almost daily! Duncan is also quite easily accessed on foot. When you are staying at the Ramada Duncan, you will be right down town on the main highway, which means you can walk almost anywhere! Directly across the street is the Village Green Shopping Mall, bus stop and Save on Foods. Just a little further of a walk down the road and you’ll find the Cowichan Community Center, swimming pool, bowling alley and many restaurants.
Duncan Taxi – 250-746-4444
Country Cabs, 250-746-0009


Once you check into the Ramada Duncan, feel free to ask our Front Desk Agents for any travel tips, and for any suggestions on what to see and do while you’re visiting the Cowichan Valley. 
Safe travels !