Revamped, expanded Maritime Centre ready to open in Cowichan Bay

Seaside living meets Cowichan Bay’s sea-faring history during Sunday’s opening of Cowichan Bay’s renovated Maritime Centre.

The centre’s 11 a.m. launch is paired with a toast to the bay’s unique Cittaslow (slow living) global designation.

The celebration — serving cake and coffee — features a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting and unveiling of 150 copies of Sue Coleman’s $140 limited-edition giclee print.

One hundred dollars from each sale help the centre, sporting its new addition built by timber framers Macdonald and Lawrence.

Tours of the revamped centre run until 4 p.m.

The volunteer-run maritime centre — formerly an oil facility — focuses on bay history through artifacts, exhibits, boatbuilding and restoration projects.

The funky bay’s also home to Canada’s Cittaslow label, using Cittaslow SUNday to tie into the huge international movement toasting quality of life, heritage, food and arts tourism.

Centre visitors will be handed a passport to seven stations touting bay history, and Cittaslow details. Completed passports can be entered in a prize draw.

For more, and to order Coleman prints, contact Suzan Lagrove at 250-746-4955, or email

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