News and Events

April 8, 2017

We are currently seeking
donations of marine
related items/tools.
We can pick up or you can
drop off in the shop
Wednesday - Sunday

Main Building
Closed Until the
Beginning of May
Shop Area Closed
Until After April 8th
Garage Sale

We are currently moving reception into the Main Building as well as updating the displays there, oiling the floors and giving it the tender loving care it deserves.

The Shop area will also be closed until after the garage sale.

Check back here for updates as we head into the busy summer season and our 32nd Wooden Boat Festival.


Small Boat Festival
See you on June 17, 2017 for the 32nd Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Festival



View from the CBMC moorage dock of the third exhibit pod and the Pavilion

The Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre is an active community-based maritime museum and is operated by the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society, a non-profit organization founded to preserve, exhibit and demonstrate the Maritime heritage and culture of wooden boats, especially as experienced on Canada’s West Coast.

The Society was originally conceived in the 1970s as a wooden boat building centre but has expanded its role to become a maritime centre, a museum and a wooden boat workshop. In addition to the exhibits and museum the Centre holds wooden boat building classes for adults and children in its superbly equipped workshop. The Society also operates an historic marine ways for the hauling and cleaning of boats and maintains a small fleet of traditional small craft.