Vision 2012: leisure now

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Many of the same activities remain from 100 years ago.

Maple Bay Yacht Club, in its new location in Bird's Eye Cove, still holds an annual regatta, tennis players still volley balls on the grass courts at the South Cowichan Tennis Club, and golf is so popular there are now seven courses in Cowichan.

Now though, recreational activities in Duncan abound; residents and tourists are provided endless opportunities to play. You can watch national and local productions in one of four performance arts theatres, delight in the Folk Fest and other outdoor musical festivals at Providence Farm, or cycle from Shawnigan Lake to Cowichan Lake on the Trans-Canada Trail, crossing historic bridges like the Kinsol Trestle.

Water activities are prolific, with 20 marinas and several fresh-water lakes from Shawnigan to Ladysmith. On a hot summer's day, you can ride a tube down the Cowichan River or swim at Maple Bay beach.

Food lovers have their pick from 5 weekly farm markets, including the well-known and well-stocked Duncan Farmers' Market. Oenophiles can taste wines produced at 14 wineries. Others can sip cider from Merridale's orchard, and let a beer quench their thirst at the Craig Street Brew Pub in downtown Duncan.

Duncan is home to many national athletes who have competed internationally in field hockey, softball, and para-alpine skiing, to name a few. At this year's London Olympics three athletes will represent our region.

Michael Braithwaite, who learned to row at the Maple Bay Rowing Club, is a first-time Olympian participating in the men's double sculls event. Veteran Olympian Emily Zurrer will defend Canada's honour as a member of the national women's soccer team. Three-time Paralympic medallist Richard Peters will represent Canada as a member of the national wheelchair basketball team.

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