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The Cowichan River ( ) is a moderately sized river in British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker. It originates in Cowichan Lakemarker, flowing east towards its end at Cowichan Baymarker. Its drainage basin is in size.

Shortly after exiting Cowichan Lake, the river drops over Skutz Fallsmarker, a small waterfall that is often visited when fish are climbing the fish ladder constructed beside the falls. Below the falls, in the summer time, are some great swimming areas. A ways downstream from that the river flows through Marie Canyonmarker, a popular kayaking run.

The river is widely considered one of the finest trout fishing streams in British Columbia. The Cowichan River is the centre of a provincial park, the Cowichan River Provincial Park, on southern Vancouver Islandmarker. The park area is home to hundreds of animal species: small and large mammals, including the native Vancouver Island ermine, an endangered species, and more than two hundred species of birds.

Cowichan River is a popular tourist destination. Traveling down the river in inflatible tubes is a popular activity. Unfortunately, many humans discard alcoholic beverage containers into the river. The environmental influences of bio-degrading aluminum cans is adverse.

The river is also the namesake of Cowichan Herald Extraordinary at the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

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