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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!