Moving to Duncan, British Columbia

Moving to Duncan, British Columbia

Known as the “City of Totems” for its 80 totem poles peppered around town, Duncan, British Columbia is a small town with a population of under 5,000. If you’re moving to Duncan, you are sure to find plenty of delicious restaurants, spectacular scenery, shopping spots and history. With rich soil suitable for growing nearly any kind of crop, a full range of recreational and business services, towering forests, numerous beaches and popular freshwater lakes, Duncan is a favorite place to reside in Canada.

Things to Do

Duncan’s location in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island means there’s always something to do on the water or along the shoreline. Maple Bay and Genoa Bay are particularly great areas for water activities, and Maple Bay offers Wilderness Kayaking for day tours and charming moonlight paddles.

There’s a rich history in Duncan of native peoples, and the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre puts it on display.

For the outdoorsy types, Duncan provides a wide variety of things to do, including whale watching, biking, hiking, fishing and golfing in the area. Beautiful scenery surrounds Duncan, so pack up a trailer with the grill, propane and picnic supplies and take some friends along for a relaxing meal in one of the city’s gorgeous parks. Visit the Avery Creek vineyard for a relaxing day of breathtaking views and delectable wines.


The city of Duncan has an oceanic climate from its perch on the water, and summers are typically in the mid-50s to the low 70s, allowing its residents and visitors to don short sleeves. Winters hover in the 30s and 40s, so if you’re moving to Duncan, bring warm clothes and a space heater for outdoor relaxation!


A regional campus of Vancouver Island University is located in Duncan, and there are several elementary and middle schools in the area, both public and private, as well as a Catholic school and Christian school.

Eat & Drink

A few hot spots in Duncan are definitely foodie magnets, including Genoa Bay Cafe, Hudson’s on First (French cuisine), and Just Jake’s (pizza). The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre has a tasty Riverwalk Cafe that serves authentic Native dishes.

Are you a resident of Duncan, or are you moving there? Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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