Ask someone what makes the Cowichan Valley so special and you will likely get a very long list of answers.  But one thing is for certain, there is no place quite like it.  Nestled between the bustling cities of Victoria and Nanaimo, the pristine coastline, towering cedars, sparkling lakes and rivers, and mountains that seemingly touch the sky, will surely beckon you to stay just a little longer.

Maude Joe - Cowichan Knitter and her Cowichan Sweater - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maude Joe – Cowichan Knitter – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Inhabited by the Coast Salish People for thousands of years, the Valley is truly a melting pot of all things unique and beautiful.  Award-winning wineries serving local seafood and farm fresh delicacies dot the hillsides.  Ornate totem poles proudly tell the stories of those who carved communities out of the lush forests.  Artists celebrate the distinct flavour of the area in pictures, paintings, carvings, pottery, jewellery and many other imaginative ways.  Books and museums abound with quirky and riveting tales of the towns and cities and the people who brought them to life.  But of all the things uniquely Cowichan, none is quite as special as the Cowichan sweater.

Maude Joe - Cowichan Knitter and her Cowichan Sweater - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maude Joe – Cowichan Knitter – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Maude Joe - Cowichan Knitter and her Cowichan Sweater - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maude Joe – Cowichan Knitter – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Hand-crafted of non-dyed wool, these soft and naturally waterproof sweaters feature meaningful native symbols and patterns that are often passed down from mother to daughter.  And while it’s easy for most of the year to think that the weather on this scenic island is always warm and breezy, nothing will keep you warmer or drier during the rainy months than authentic Cowichan knitted items.  Maude Joe is a Cowichan knitter who has lived her entire life in the Cowichan Valley.  She offers one-of-a-kind hand-knitted sweaters in several styles, as well as other knitted items from practical headbands and leg warmers to whimsical accessories and key rings.

Click here to see video fullscreen – Maude Joe – Cowichan Knitter – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

If you’re planning a visit to Vancouver Island this summer, why take home a souvenir that will be part of your next garage sale?  Maude can help you chose the symbol and design that will become your own inimitable work of art.  She can be reached by calling (250) 510-2247 or by email at maude_thomas101@hotmail.com.  So don’t just take home a bobble to remind you of your special time in the valley, take home a part of our history.  It’s our gift to you!

Until next time!
Warmly,
Mrs. Toad




  1. avatar Joyfulgozo says:

    Sounds wonderful! I live way far from there, but the thought is quite inviting!

    • avatar Mrs. Toad says:

      Thanks so much for your visit joyfulgozo! If you can’t get to our enchanted island anytime soon, you can most certainly have a piece if the island delivered right to your door!

  2. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Thanks for this great share, Toads! I was so happy to pass it along on our website today, reminding people about one of the most authentic souvenirs they can bring back with them, once their visit to our valley is over.

    • avatar Mrs. Toad says:

      Bev, it is so wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for sharing this and hope all is going well for you this summer!

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Sounds Heavenly and I want one of those sweaters. Wonderful post Mrs. Toad 🙂

    • avatar Mrs. Toad says:

      Hi Edith! Maude was just telling me this morning how her sweaters have travelled to more places than she ever hopes to see, so I’m sure she could get one to your neck of the woods! Thanks so much for popping by!

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I always enjoy your posts about your wonderful island Mrs Toad. You and Mr Toad should be paid by your tourist bureau.

    • avatar Mrs. Toad says:

      Oh thanks Len, that’s just so kind of you to say! We really do love showcasing this special place that means so much to us and provides us with endless fodder for Mr.Toad’s camera. So great to hear from you today, hope you’re enjoying your summer!

  5. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What a talented woman, and such a beautiful sweater!
    Thanks so much for sharing her wonderful talent here.

  6. Great post Mrs. Toad looks like a great talent for sure

  7. avatar Diane says:

    As a knitter myself, I completely appreciate the value of the art of Cowichan sweaters and other Cowichan knitted garments. Thank you for encouraging others to purchase a piece of history.

    • avatar Mrs. Toad says:

      Thank you so much for your visit today Diane! How wonderful to be blessed with the ability to create these beautiful sweaters!