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A plan to slow down in Cowichan

Author of the article:Jane MundyPublishing date:Jun 29, 2020  •   •  4 minute readKayaking the Cowichan Estuary. Jane MundyArticle contentIf you need to unwind, calm down and enjoy local food and wine and a few soft adventures, head over to Cowichan. Or maybe you’re thinking about a short romantic getaway that’s nearby and won’t break the bank.Because we caught the last ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay– too tired to drive another hour to Cowichan–we stayed the night at Moon Water Lodge on the Malahat. With the gas fireplace flickering and the soaker tub for two sprinkled with aromatic bath salts, we watched the sun rise and a stunning view of the Saanich Peninsula from our picture window.Then the highway traffic buzz started– one reason to get an early start. Another reason was a bird watching paddle with Coastal Bliss Adventures at Cowichan Bay.We nestled into the double kayak and Georgia Newsome guided us around Cowichan Estuary, pointing out kingfishers and killdeer on the sandy bank and osprey nests on pylons (Georgia said kayakers sometimes see Orcas in the bay.)This seaside town is also known as North Americas first “Cittaslow” (literally “slow-city”, a slow-food destination that improves quality of life by slowing down the pace) and True Grain Bread is slow food central. Their breads are all made with B.C. grain and milled at True Grain Mill. After trying a perfect cinnamon bun and apple strudel, and inspired by this old-wo
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