Where to Eat, Sleep, and Glamp in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Joe Schwartz.

Vancouver Island has a unique style compared to the rest of British Columbia. Maybe the separation from the busy mainland has something to do with it, or perhaps its the proximity to the ocean and the laid-back vibes that go along with that. "The Island," as it's known in British Columbia, has always been a place to escape from normalcy—a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle and bustle. A lot of folks who live here take this same approach with life, which is reflected in the funky, character-filled communities on the Island.

The Cowichan Valley

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Hopping over to the island's eastern shores, one will notice some distinct changes in geography and climate. While the West Coast takes the full brunt of the Pacific Ocean's storms, the east side is sheltered by the mountains. The temperatures are generally warmer and the water calmer, but the adventurous island vibe pervades on this side, too.

The Cowichan Valley is a great example of this. A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, the area is more British Columbia's interior farmland than a coastal destination.A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, this area is more BC Interior farmland than Coastal destination. A quick detour onto the backroads will pass by vineyards, cows grazing, and lush farmland. It's pretty easy to forget that the ocean is just a stone's throw away.

The Cowichan Valley is a place to escape from normalcy, a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle.

Your Dream Cabin

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Detour up to the Cowichan River—along a maze of country roads and up a steep gravel driveway—and you'll have arrived at this incredible, eco-friendly cabin on Stoltz Bluff. Fully off-the-grid and sustainably built, this property and accommodation are an inspiration, not to mention make for a luxurious place to stay.

As the name (and the steepness of the driveway) might suggest, the retreat is built on the top of Stoltz Bluff, overlooking the Cowichan River Provincial Park, and offers incredible views up and down the main valley, which allows for memorable sunrises and sunsets right from the porch. Seriously, the view alone makes it worth the trip.


No need to bring camping gear when this eco-friendly cabin has everything you could ever dream of.

Leon and Tonya, the visionaries behind this project, had no prior experience in building in this style, but were determined to create something that would serve to inspire others. The accommodation and property hit on all the requirements of their original vision: an eco-friendly design that utilizes off-the-grid systems and is located in a private, stunning area that shows off the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Every detail of the house is hand-crafted, and it's clear it was built with the intent to create a haven of relaxation and contemplation for generations to come.


What to do in the area

One can sample the results of such lush farmland at the weekly farmers' market in the local town of Duncan. Fresh baked goods, Cowichan wines, towering tables of local produce, and plenty of perfectly eccentric folk that live in the area. Wine and food are at the forefront at another Cowichan Valley favorite, Saison Market, where everything tastes freshly picked and lovingly crafted.

Glamping Hub personally thanks Joe and the hosts of this stunning cabin for allowing us to feel like we got to tag along on this incredible getaway through Cowichan Valley!


You can see more of Joe's adventure in British Columbia and learn more about the properties on Gibbon Whistler. Don't forget to book your very own getaway at this eco-friendly cabin, here.

Host Spotlight: Philippe

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Philippe, who manages this luxury Airstream in Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

About 10 years ago, a couple encountered us at our lakeside tent site, sunning our duvet and sitting down to a full brunch of omelette, bacon, sautéd tomato/garlic/herbs, brioches, juice, espresso...you get the idea. Inviting them to join us, they used "glamping" to describe the experience. We had a good laugh, as it's simply our way of enjoying the best of life.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

With the purchase of our Airstream, our place enables us to share a piece of of paradise.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Rejuvenation, reconnection, and escape.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I've always glamped, understanding that its basic requisites are great food, comfy living, and paradise settings. The beauty is in stripping back to essentials in order to find remote places of natural beauty, but never leaving behind selected luxuries of life.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Good glamping offers a window of opportunity to leave daily routines and possessions behind and to sample a simple, yet superb, lifestyle in the great outdoors—with the option to retreat into a devine and secure interior!

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Simply stated, our property is modern living in a pastoral setting: pristine inside and out, guest services, regional attractions, privacy, and discrete, yet responsive, hosts.

7. What makes your property unique?

Starting with the opportunity to enjoy staying in a brand new Airstream, the property is situated to take advantage of infinite views, distant hills, grazing cows...the experience is designed for two and, as such, is gloriously private. Sunny and shady decks, a new barbecue, new bikes, and park passes are just a few of the guests' many privileges.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

The fantastic responses of our guests! Absolutely every guest has left happy and satisfied. We didn't realize how popular the stay would be for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays, and we take special care to make all memorable.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The Airstream is equipped with solar panels, so off-the-grid services are a guest's choice. Our water is spring-fed, and we recycle all grey water (thus providing bio-soaps for guest use). The compact nature of the Airstream lends itself to a leaving a very small carbon footprinte.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our property exists to give guests a fantastic and unique experience.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Canada? See more of what Philippe's accommodation can offer here!