Lake Cowichan

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
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)

‘Blatant disregard for ethical hunting’: cougar kittens poached on Vancouver Island

The paws and heads of two kittens were removed in area northwest of Duncan

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
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)
Town council is applying to the federal government for permission to erect speed limit signs on the upper Cowichan River. (Citizen file)

Lake Cowichan wants to crack down on speeders — on the Cowichan River

City council trying to curb jet ski speeders showing off through crowds of summer tubers

Town council is applying to the federal government for permission to erect speed limit signs on the upper Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)

Military loses potentially dangerous smoke marker in Cowichan Lake

Markers dropped into the lake on the north side on Friday, Aug. 6

A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)
While the RCMP Air services helicopter quickly spotted the hikers, there wasn’t a good spot to land so the Mounties utilized teams from both Cowichan and North Shore Search and Rescue. (Citizen file)

Dehydrated hikers rescued from Lake Cowichan’s Bald Mountain

With the temperature above 30 degrees Celsius, a pair of thirsty hikers…

While the RCMP Air services helicopter quickly spotted the hikers, there wasn’t a good spot to land so the Mounties utilized teams from both Cowichan and North Shore Search and Rescue. (Citizen file)
This motorcycle was impounded by the RCMP after the driver was stopped for speeding and arrested for driving without a licence. (Submitted)

Speeding motorcyclist has bike impounded at Lake Cowichan

Driver arrested on outstanding warrant and driving without a licence

This motorcycle was impounded by the RCMP after the driver was stopped for speeding and arrested for driving without a licence. (Submitted)
Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)

Island Health opening COVID-19 vaccine clinic to boost lagging Cowichan Lake numbers

Cowichan Valley West the only Island area under 60 per cent in adult first dose totals

Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)
The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)

Sunfest country music bash won’t be shining on B.C. in 2021

Annual Vancouver Island Festival cancelled due to COVID-19, along with Laketown Shakedown

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Equipment demolished what is left of a house on Mountain View Drive near Lake Cowichan after a house fire this morning, Nov. 27, 2020, as firefighters continued to pump water onto the smouldering remains. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan’s Oliver Finlayson, second from left, and his family — including grandma Marnie Mattice, sister Avery, mom Amie Mattice and dad Blair Finlayson — were all smiles on Nov. 16 when their pool arrived, thanks to lots of fundraising and the generosity of the Cowichan Lake community. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Lake community comes together to help family get vital pool

Oliver Finlayson, 9, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and hydrotherapy is a big help

Lake Cowichan’s Oliver Finlayson, second from left, and his family — including grandma Marnie Mattice, sister Avery, mom Amie Mattice and dad Blair Finlayson — were all smiles on Nov. 16 when their pool arrived, thanks to lots of fundraising and the generosity of the Cowichan Lake community. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Almost a year to the day of his disappearance, Lake Cowichan RCMP have announced they've found the body of Colin Court. Court was last seen fishing from his kayak on the lake. (Courtesy of Bill Court)

Body of fisherman who went missing a year ago recovered from Cowichan Lake

Two days shy of exactly a year from the day he went…

Almost a year to the day of his disappearance, Lake Cowichan RCMP have announced they've found the body of Colin Court. Court was last seen fishing from his kayak on the lake. (Courtesy of Bill Court)
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