The main town in the Cowichan Valley, the centre of the city of Duncan is located just off the highway and features a number of heritage buildings and a unique Totem Pole Tour.
The traditional home of the Cowichan Tribes, the city of Duncan has a population of just 5,000 although greater Duncan has nearly 45,000 residents. Named after William Chalmers Duncan, one of the first colonial settlers, the city is now known for its 80 totem poles and has been designated as the City of Totems. Visit the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives in the original train station for information about the city’s rich history, and free guided tours of the totem poles during the summer. There are also many restaurants, interesting art galleries and other stores along with a vibrant year round Saturday Farmer’s Market.