Moving To / From Duncan
Duncan is the traditional home of the Coast Salish First Nations. The community was developed when the Esquimalt and Nanaimo railroad was completed in 1886. Farmland owner William Duncans asked for a stop on his land, which is now downtown Duncan. Duncan was incorporated into a city in 1912.
Today, Duncan is the trading centre and hub for the Regional District of Cowichan Valley. Well established farming, commercial fishing and pulp and paper industries populate the city. Tourism is the second largest industry on Vancouver Island and the Duncan area is host to many summer visitors.
The City of Duncan is situated on Vancouver Island, in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Duncan is approximately half way between Victoria and Nanaimo, just off the Trans Canada Highway.
The population of Duncan numbers approximately 5,035.
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Duncan has an average July temperature of 17.8°C and an average January temperature of 3.2°C. The average annual precipitation is 1365 mm.
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Cowichan District Hospital
3045 Gibbins Rd.
Duncan is host to numerous annual festivals including Duncan Summer Festival and the Folkfest in July, Cowichan Exhibition in September and Celebration of Christmas in November.
Market in the Square
This market is held on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Located in the downtown area, vendors include fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and crafts accompanied by entertainers and artisans.
Cowichan Valley Museum
Located in the centre of Duncan, the museum holds artifacts and household items, set in displays, tracing the history of Duncan.
BC Forest Discovery Centre
Indoor and outdoor exhibits that trace the history of the logging industry.
To find a grocery store in the Duncan area, visit:
49th Parallel Grocery
Save on Foods
M&M Meat Shops
Cowichan Valley Meat Market Ltd.
5191 Koksilah Rd.
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Protecting your goods in transit
Handling dangerous goods
Do-it-yourself packing guide