A tiny farming village in the Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill is surrounded by a picturesque landscape and enveloped by a warm climate. The Cowichan Valley is characterized by diverse landscapes of forests, freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches and marinas, farmland and vineyards.
Vineyards and wineries have sprung up all around and, as Cobble Hill’s galleries attest, it’s also a creative community for painters, sculptors, potters and totem pole carvers.
Population: 14,040 (Area)
Location: Cobble Hill is located in the Cowichan Valley, 4.5 miles (7 km) north of the Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road on Highway 1, and 30 miles (48 km) north of Victoria.
Cobble Hill Fair: Don’t miss the old-fashioned Cobble Hill Fair, real country fair held annually at the Cobble Hill Fair Grounds on the fourth Saturday in August. The Cobble Hill Fair and Exhibition has delighted visitors with agricultural displays, livestock, and great family entertainment since 1909.
For a breathtaking view, climb Cobble Hill Mountain in Quarry Regional Wilderness Park – a featured site in the movie Little Women. Parts of the old Quarry and its history can still be found – watch for the picnic site that displays a 1914 steam compressor.
Heritage Sites: Visit historic sites throughout Cobble Hill, including the Bakery, Post Office and the Market.
Shopping: Browse through the antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries in Cobble Hill.
Golf: Surrounded by tranquil landscapes and stunning views, the challenging par 71, 18-hole Arbutus Ridge Golf Club championship golf course in Cobble Hill is playable virtually year round due to the temperate climate of southern Vancouver Island. Courses in nearby Duncan include the Cowichan Golf and Country Club and Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club. Vancouver Island Golf Vacations.
Cherry Point Nature Observation Park offers fabulous ocean views of Satellite Channel and Saltspring Island to enjoy. Ideal for family outings, explore the rich sea life found on the long sandy shores. Bring along beach shoes to best enjoy the environment and a pair of binoculars to observe the birdlife.
Horseback Riding: Mount up, partner, and enjoy the beautiful scenic tracks, hills and countryside, sweeping ocean and valley views. Experience the unspoiled West Coast wilderness on horseback. Whether skilled or novice, large group or small, swing yourself up into a weathered saddle on a trusty steed – the island’s friendly stables are waiting to help you play cowpoke for a spell!
Cowichan Valley Wineries: Up the Malahat just north of Victoria, the Vancouver Island wine route begins at Mill Bay, at the Merridale Estate Cidery, and then heads north to Cowichan Bay and Cobble Hill, and the Cherry Point Vineyards. Most wineries invite visitors for wine tastings and tours. Some even serve delicious food to complement the wine. As you tour, you may view the entire process from crushing to bottling, each winery uniquely different. What better place to sample and select your favourite beverage than the winery itself. Be sure to take home a bottle of the region’s finest when you leave.
North of Cobble Hill is the village of Cowichan Bay. The community and the surrounding area is home to a host of artists, craftspeople, and cottage industries – including some fine local wineries.
South of Cobble Hill are the communities of Shawnigan Lake, a fashionable summer recreation area and favourite weekend getaway spot, and Mill Bay at the south end of the Cowichan Valley. Travellers on the Island Highway can stop in at Mill Bay and enjoy the village’s quiet waterfront streets and wonderful Gulf Island views.