Honeymoon Bay is a quaint little town on Cowichan Lake. Most of the town’s buildings were built by the Western Forest Industries (WFI) to house and entertain the workers at its mill. This mill burned on July 3, 1948 but was quickly rebuilt. The mill permanently closed its doors in 1981 leaving most of the towns residents unemployed. Some people stayed but most left to seek employment elsewhere which forced the community to make a large transition. Today, the rows of company houses, which have been well maintained, create a picturesque ambience.
To get here from Highway 1 turn onto Highway 18 north of Duncan and travel 26 km west to the Town of Lake Cowichan. Honeymoon Bay is located on South Shore Road 20 minutes west of the Town of Lake Cowichan.
Features of the Village
The village is cut in half by a park that runs from the lake shore through to the elementary school. This park has a basketball court, jungle gym, a large grassy area, the community hall, picnic tables and parking right at the lake. The park has a beautiful view of Bald Mountain as well as west and east down the lake. One of Honeymoon Bay’s RV campsites is located across the road at the beach. Much like Mesachie Lake’s heritage trees the town has a collection of labeled trees in this park.
The community hall, which was built in February of 1948 by WFI, deserves a special note as it has six large murals inside. These were painted a well-known Victoria artist George Jenkins in 1952. Each is a window back into the past of the region with scenes of logging and wildlife.
The western side of Honeymoon Bay features a nice restaurant and pub called the Honeypot. Modern housing developments are located on this side as well. Farther along South Shore Road is the Sutton Creek Wild Flower Reserve and March Meadows Golf Course.
With an average summer maximum temperature of over 24C, the highest in Canada, Honeymoon Bay is very hot place to visit.
Places to go from here
If you leave west along South Shore road the road divides with the lakeside fork going to Gordon Bay and the other out to Caycuse and eventually to the western end of the lake. There you can go to Heather Campsite and go hiking up Heather Mountain. At the western end of Cowichan Lake, you can also take North Shore Road back to Youbou or proceed to Nitinat Lake or to Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park.
Check out the map section for more information about the roads and activities west of Honeymoon Bay.
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