Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre

The Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre is situated on a 175-hectare site located 63 kilometres northwest of Victoria, British Columbia.

Research Station

The station is the provincial centre for research into coastal tree improvement and forest genetic conservation. Long-term permanent forest productivity plots at the station contribute to understanding coastal stand dynamics and stand development modelling.

The station's nursery staff provide technical expertise and service in growing seedlings to be used in research trials and as rootstock for grafting programs. They also maintain gene archives and breeding arboretums for the coastal region, as well as research programs for Douglas-fir, yellow-cedar, western redcedar, western hemlock and Sitka spruce.

Conference Centre

The conference centre is next to the research station and is available to government and university/college groups, natural resource industry groups, societies and non-profit organizations for:

  • Meetings
  • Workshops
  • Training sessions
  • Forestry & other natural resource sector education
  • Retreats

Meeting rooms, accommodations, catering and guided tours are offered at competitive rates. Learn how the conference centre can fulfill the needs of your group:

Request the use of the Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre for your function by filling out a registration form:


The Cowichan Lake Experimental Station was established in 1929. It was later renamed the Cowichan Lake Research Station in 1979. The station, with its cookhouse and cabins, has a long history of supporting forest research and stewardship on Vancouver Island.

Bear Creek dining hall - Click to zoom Baking bread in the cookhouse - Click to zoom Making pancakes in the cookhouse - Click to zoom

An entertaining history of the Cowichan Lake Research Station, based on archived records and interviews: