Situated approximately half way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the city of Duncan is home to a population of just under 5,000 residents. Duncan is nestled in the middle of the Cowichan Valley Region which has a population of around 80,000 people.
Duncan is known for having the world’s largest collection of totem poles – there are 80 of them, all constructed in the late 1980’s. Visitors and residents can tour the totems by following the yellow painted footprints around town. It’s an enjoyable stroll to each totem where you’ll learn about the artist who created each piece, as well as the meaning of each totem. Other highlights in the area include the World’s Largest Hockey Stick and Puck located at Island Savings Centre.
With festivals and events throughout the year, as well as museums, galleries, a recreation centre, shops and restaurants, Duncan has become a thriving community with strong community ties. It has all the modern amenities, but has somehow held on to its historic charm and prides itself on showcasing local, organic and “green” vendors. While in town make sure to check out the Duncan Garage Café and the Community Farm Store at 5380 Trans Canada Highway. You will not be disappointed by the delicious organic, vegan and vegetarian options.
Reasons to live in Duncan:
Outside of the small city centre there is a thriving farming and eco-tourism industry. Many locals enjoy living on property that backs onto vineyards, orchards and blueberry farms. There are also many homes that enjoy ocean views and water front decks as the Cowichan Region not only has beautiful ocean beaches and multiple marinas, but also has many local swimming spots on the Cowichan River.
The real estate market in Duncan maintains steady values, and offers a wide range of home styles and price points. You can find property from around $70,000, all the way to a million dollars or more. There’s a home to suit everyone’s taste and budget. Locals commonly commute to Nanaimo or Victoria from Duncan as well as taking a quick flight to Vancouver on a local float plane operated by Harbour Air.
If Duncan is the place you’d like to call home, call John at (250) 751-1223.