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Sanctioned Event
This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF), a member of the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV) and is eligible for the IVV achievement award program.

Official LogoWELCOME TO THE GREAT LAKE WALK to be held on the third Saturday of September

About Us

Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou and Mesachie Lake

The Cowichan Lake area has many beautiful parks and beaches for you to enjoy during your stay.


Members of the Great Lake Walk organizing committee voted in January 2003 to become a Registered Society. In addition to adopting clear rules and regulations regarding governance of the organization, the members set out the following as purposes of the Society:

  • Promote the Cowichan Lake area to improve tourism, commerce and the economic and civic welfare of the area.
  • Promote all legally registered charities by encouraging Great Lake Walk participants to raise pledges and collect funds for the charities and causes of their choice.

This formal commitment to participants and the general public guarantees a long-term commitment to the success of this excellent sporting event.


Cowichan Lake is the second largest body of fresh water on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of British Columbia. The lake runs from the northwest to the southeast and empties into the world famous Cowichan River in the Town of Lake Cowichan. At 150 meters (500 feet) above sea level, Cowichan Lake, or Kaatza (Big Lake) as it is know by the First Nations people, measures 34 km (21 miles) long and is approximately 2 km (1 1/4 miles) wide at its widest point. Some spots in the Lake run over 150 meters deep.

Along with the Town of Lake Cowichan, the small, friendly communities of Youbou (pronounced UBOW), Honeymoon Bay, and Mesachie Lake make up the Cowichan Lake area that sits at the end of Highway 18. This outdoor enthusiast’s playground is only 20 minutes from Duncan to the east, 1 hour from Nanaimo to the north, and 1 1/2 hours from Victoria to the south on Highway 1. The Town, or the foot as the locals have always called it, has the highest concentration of amenities in the district.

The Cowichan River, a heritage river, starts at Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan where Catalyst Paper (formerly NorskeCanada) Crofton Division’s weir controls the water flow from the Lake to their pulp mill. The Kaatza Station Museum, old Bell Tower School, and Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Visitor Business Info Centre (Log Cabin), are situated at the park across from the Trans Canada Trailhead. The river winds gently through the Town and continues under old rail bridges and trestles, over falls, and through gorges for over 48 km (30 miles) before emptying into Cowichan Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island just south of Duncan.

Over 6,000 people inhabit the area around Cowichan Lake, an area rich in history and striking scenery. Surrounded by mountains towering over 900 meters (3,000 feet), the area residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities all year long.

Residents of the Cowichan Lake area welcome all walkers and runners, and the Great Lake Walk Society hopes you enjoy your participation in our annual 56 km walk/ultra-marathon. Enjoy our hospitality. We expect to see you again next year.