Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake ambassadors were on hand to paint faces and hand out special Canada Day cupcakes to visitors to Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Former Vancouver Island community pageant transitions into gender-free program

Cowichan Lady of the Lake program re-branded to ‘Cowichan Lake Ambassador Program’

 

The 0.17 hectare fire north of Youbou is believed to be human caused. (BC Wildfire Service map)

Small wildfire under control north of Youbou

A small forest fire north of Youbou in under control according to…

 

Lakeview Park beach and campground have been closed because bears have been attracted to the area. (Gazette file)

Bear concerns close Lake Cowichan campground, beach

Council closes Lakeview Park area due to safety concerns

 

The annual cleanup of the upper Cowichan River sees volunteers active on, under, and alongside the water. (Gazette file)

Divers go deep to clean up the Cowichan River

Tube Shack hiring divers to clean the deep parts as annual trash tour returns this weekend

The annual cleanup of the upper Cowichan River sees volunteers active on, under, and alongside the water. (Gazette file)
Tubing the Cowichan River is great summer fun but those who don’t get out at the recommended spots may find themselves in danger and in need of rescue. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Paraglider walks away from Island crash, stranded tubers need rescue help

Paraglider safe after Youbou crash, Cowichan SAR plucks stranded tubers from river

Tubing the Cowichan River is great summer fun but those who don’t get out at the recommended spots may find themselves in danger and in need of rescue. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Volunteers take the plunge to test sunscreen levels in Cowichan Lake, river

Visitors coming to Cowichan Lake area from around the globe

With two vials of lake water already collected, Jim Deck pours a vial of regular water into an empty vial to measure the amount of sunscreen in the air. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)

Mounties dismantle protest camp, arrest 5

Of the five arrested, two were repeat offenders

Police officers forming outside the protest camp on the forestry road. (RCMP handout)
Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)

RCMP to arrest Fairy Creek protesters at reoccupied camp

Indigenous leaders from three nations have asked protesters to leave

Police square off with protesters during enforcement at the Fairy Creek watershed on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Protesters have returned to the Haddon Main and Carrmanah Mainline Forest Service Road camp despite opposition from area First Nations. (ONE DAY to Save the Old Growth Facebook group)
Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. (Gazette file)

River hazards abound this Vancouver Island tubing season

Search and Rescue teams warn of hazards to tubers on Cowichan River

Tubing on the Cowichan River is a popular summer pastime. (Gazette file)
A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)

Help wanted for devastated family after Island dad killed by logs falling off truck

Lake Cowichan’s Andrew Linklater was killed when a load of logs fell from a truck and onto him

A logging truck lost its load on top of a pickup truck Tuesday, May 24 afternoon in the Comox Valley on the on-ramp to Highway 19. The incident killed Lake Cowichan husband and father Andrew Linklater. (Photo by Pamela Tessmann)
Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s siren will be hushed overnight but council is not sure when it will start. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan council votes to silence the town’s fire siren overnight

Mother’s letter about her child struggling with the noise spurs action

Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s siren will be hushed overnight but council is not sure when it will start. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Lake’s floating walkway dead in the water

Town needs grant money to replace aged structure

Lake Cowichan’s floating walkway has been removed due to rot. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Reward in Cowichan cougar poaching reaches $10,000

Donations enable the Fur-Bearers to offer largest reward in its 70-year history

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Cougar kittens poached near Lake Cowichan’s Hill 60

The paws and heads of the kittens were removed

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Cougar kittens poached near Lake Cowichan’s Hill 60

The paws and heads of the kittens were removed

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Mount Holmes won’t be logged for at least 25 years as Mosiac moves to defer via a carbon credit program. (TJ Watt photo)

Slopes above Youbou may be safe from logging for 25 years

Mosiac Forest Management turns to carbon credit program

Mount Holmes won’t be logged for at least 25 years as Mosiac moves to defer via a carbon credit program. (TJ Watt photo)
Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Kraken gig all in a Day’s work for Lake Cowichan mayor

Bob Day the play-by-play voice of jr. B hockey team

Mayor Bob Day moonlights as a jr B hockey announcer for the Lake Cowichan Kraken. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Carl Stenberg, 13, shows off his stick-handling skills to the neighbours as they shovel snow in Lake Cowichan on Dec. 12. (Michelle Banfield photo)

Community spirit? Lake Cowichan kids will give you the shirts off their back

Young Laker helps neighbours shovel in the most bone-chilling way

Carl Stenberg, 13, shows off his stick-handling skills to the neighbours as they shovel snow in Lake Cowichan on Dec. 12. (Michelle Banfield photo)
Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Highway 18 flooding and mudslides result from torrential rains

Lake Cowichan not immune from heavy rains

Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
A bear gets into a garbage bin in the parking lot of the Wellington condos, across from the A&W on Oct. 13. (Al Lowe photo)
A bear gets into a garbage bin in the parking lot of the Wellington condos, across from the A&W on Oct. 13. (Al Lowe photo)