The Cowichan River was one of Canada’s first Heritage status rivers and it is one of the most highly rated trout rivers in North America. It is on the banks of this remarkable river that you will find Cowichan River Lodge – a boutique style Lodge nestled in a stunning area of natural wilderness.
You will be warmly welcomed by your hosts, John and Danielle, who offer a home away from home for guests and visitors to the unspoiled Cowichan River Valley.
Cowichan River Lodge is not only a destination for those wanting to fish in the wilds of Vancouver Island and catch that trophy trout or salmon, but also a place for those seeking an outdoor adventure, a destination to rest and relax with friends and loved ones or a unique corporate retreat venue.
Stay in one of our four beautiful guest rooms and enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast before you embark on your day’s adventure. We offer a variety of fishing experiences and we can help you plan activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking, river tubing, whale watching, local winery tours, motorsport and performance driving experiences and so much more. Whatever you choose to do, you will be assured a warm welcome in our cozy and private Lodge.
Come and join us in our idyllic surroundings and enjoy the splendour of the Canadian outdoors. When it comes to the Cowichan River Lodge, a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Ken and Joy Calvert met in 2007 in southern Alberta. Eager to begin their lives together they married shortly thereafter and began a series of adventures and big life decisions that eventually moved them from their hometown to the heart of the canadian oilfield in the Lloydminster area where they would work and thrive for several years.
Although Ken kept getting promoted, and Joy was able to semi-retire and work online from home, they both began to think that there should be something more to life. Perhaps it was the -50 celsius winters, or the 2 month long summers, or the longest economic downturn in the oilfield in economic history that got Ken and Joy thinking about what they truly wanted in life. A way to love what they do, love where they do it and experience something completely new everyday!
Ken had always loved Vancouver Island and the pair saw a lovely opportunity with a homegrown vacation rental business that seemed to be doing well. A too brief exploratory trip confirmed for them that a move to the south island was what they wanted. The first evening on the island they saw a seal swim up to them off the dock. There was green vegetation everywhere and it wasn’t even spring or summer!
Ken and Joy wasted no time and bought Handsome Dan’s in December of 2020. They are excited to write the next chapter of their adventures together and hope you will join them in experiencing the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.
Port Renfrew is a favourite destination for a day or overnight trip on Vancouver Island. Each visit, no matter what time of year you are consumed by the natural magnificence of this little community and the earthly beauty that surrounds it.
We invite you to stay in our cottages and enjoy a few days, or weeks any time of the year. There is much to do and see. Or simply do nothing for extended periods of time, but sit quietly and listen to the ocean. All of the cottages are privately owned and decorated to the taste of the owners. We invite you to look at them and are excited to share this special place with you.
Greendale Riverside Cabins has been a family run business for well over a 100 years on the banks of the Cowichan River.
The cabins have old world charm of years gone by that suggest pre 1930 summer cottages. Guests from around the world have been staying in these historical cabins to experience the paradise of the Cowichan valley. Greendale Riverside Cabins are located within walking distance of the beautiful town of Lake Cowichan.
Enjoy bird and wild life viewing, fly fishing, salmon spawning, swimming / tubing the river, camp fires, walking trails and the history of Cowichan. Or simply just relax in our spectacular setting on Greendale.