It's going to be a fun time at the lake this summer!
Welcome to the first edition of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary E-News.  

What’s it all about? It’s our 75th birthday and you’re invited to be a part of this year-long celebration which will not only includes a BIG ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND (August 16-18) , but a whole host of events throughout 2019...and beyond! We’re definitely looking at the biggest and brightest celebration the town has seen in many years. We have truly excellent facilities in our town, so competitive events and tournaments are being contemplated.  

Lake Cowichan has undergone changes since the closure of all the lumber mills in the area.  Now, in this progressive world of technology and communication, our town is embarking with a new energy and optimism on a quest to define itself as a tourist and activity destination. The motto of our Anniversary is “Honouring Our Past, Embracing the Future,” so we’re warmly inviting visitors from throughout the Cowichan Valley and beyond to come and celebrate with us. 

This is not only a celebration for the Town of Lake Cowichan, but for all our lakeside communities as well. Surrounded by some of the most gorgeous topography on Vancouver Island in such a convenient location to major urban centres, this 75th Anniversary Celebration is the perfect way for you and your families to discover our wonderful town and enjoy the beauty of “Vancouver Island’s Best Kept Secret!”. Mark the date in your calendar for Aug 16 to 18 for some fun at the lake. Please share this e-news.

Paul Jordan, Co-Chair
Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Committee
Here's What is Happening in May.
75th Anniversary Photo Exhibit, May 17 - 19, lower Centennial Hall. Fourteen photographers and over 60 photos on exhibit. The First Annual Photo Exhibition was born out of the sharing of photographs through the Facebook page Lake Cowichan Photography Enthusiasts . These images embraced the different points of view and the creative expertise of residents around the lake. What better way to share these visions that to hold a formal exhibit to celebrate the interaction of people and our environment on this 75th Anniversary.
Drop Your Lines! Two days of fishing on Lake Cowichan, plus great prizes and a fabulous dinner. $40 for adults and $20 for children under 16 to enter. Entrace fee also includes a delicious dinner at the Riverside Inn. Weigh-in for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout 50cm and smaller at the Lake Cowichan Marina. First Place Prize is $1,000, Second Place Price is $500, Third Place Prize is $250, plus door prizes. You don't want to miss this well-run and fun-filled fishing derby.
75th Anniversary Giant Community Garage Sale May 25, Ts'uubaa-astax Square. "We just can't believe how the town's residents and the communities surrounding the Town of Lake Cowichan, have done supporting our Anniversary Celebrations by giving so much for the sale ..."stated Laurie Johnson, Coordinator for the Giant Garage Sale. "We now have an incredible amount of household items , furniture, lawn and garden, toys, tools, sporting goods, and wow, so much more", she added. You will surely find a treasure to take home!
IMAGINATION JUNCTION.
Wanted: Vendors for August 17th, 18th.
Be part of the 75th Celebration at Saywell and Central Parks. We are inviting food trucks, artisans, crafters, and local non profits to join us at 'Imagination Junction'. Limited space available. All applications will be on a first come first served basis and assigned locations based on classification and needs.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2019. Vendor Application.
Our Exciting 75 Days 75 Ways Raffle will be launching soon!
Imagine a prize drawn every day, for 75 consecutive days! Imagine a raffle where if you won, your name automatically went back into the pool for another chance at the remaining prizes! Imagine winning such prizes as: stunning artwork by local artisans, overnight stays in magical places, tickets to the theatre, dinner out, outdoor accessories, golfing, fishing... and so much more! A complete listing of prizes will soon be available on our website www.75andbeyond.com. Tickets will be sold at the following locations: Home Hardware, Lorna's Emporium and Lake Cowichan Home Centre.
Lake Cowichan Carpet Bowling Finals
The 75th Anniversary Committee was honoured to present trophies at the  Carpet Bowling Tournament Finals  on April 10th. Pictured are First Place winners: 1st Place Pairs - Evergreen, Courteney; 1st Place Triples - Qualicum Beach; 1st Place Fours - Langford.
Events held by 75th supporting organizations.
May 11 - 75th Anniversary Hotdog Fundraiser, 11 - 3 at Country Grocer. Meet our Committee Members.
May 17 - 19 - Art Show & Sale - Centennial Hall. Talented local artists. More info
May 17 - 20 - Heritage Days. Three days of exciting events in Lake Cowichan. More info
What Was Community Life Back in the Day?
"If a town needed a new facility, the community would come togther to supply the labour and the funds, and a logging company would often step in with equipment and supplies." Read more here.
Pictured: Camp #6 Lake Cowichan