The Gift of the Six Mountain Forests

An Invitation to Forest Lovers Everywhere

In this season of giving, from our families, of the Cowichan Valley, to yours, we offer our true, fairytale forest story, through 4 little videos, that it may spread inspiration, hope, and joy across Vancouver Island, the Salish Sea, to the mainland and beyond.
Completely inspiring”— Wade Davis, author, ethnobotanist, anthropologist
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye:

Be it known, there is a paradise above a valley, known as the Six Mountain Forests, unto itself, unto the mystery —an unfolding story as no other in the Nation.

For these forests belong to no company, neither to the crown, but are held in a sacred trust by a community, including all people of the Cowichan Valley and North Cowichan — families, friends, neighbours, as if magically, profoundly united with a shared path, possibility, purpose.

Through a rare legacy, as if predestined for the good of all people and all living beings, now and forever, here and in all places on our one planet, one earth, our diverse community — of the Quw’utsun living here for millennia, of families whose roots go back generations, to refugees recently arrived — have been entrusted with caretaking a vastness of rare, mature forests.

Welcome to the Six Mountains: Tzouhalem, Stoney Hill, Prevost/Swu’qus, Sicker, Richards, Maple Mountain.

From near and far, around the world, to Vancouver Island, hundreds of thousands of forest-lovers travel here to hike, bike, and experience an immensity of rare, remarkable forest ecosystems — and then stay on in our bucolic Valley, visiting our markets, shops, farms, vineyards, thus supporting our diverse community of artists, artisans, carvers, minstrels, growers, vendors...

Accordingly, recognizing that our community, like the forests, and with the forests, is connected and interdependent with all others, North Cowichan invites us — one and all, no matter where we live — to fill out our municipal forest survey.

In this moment of community reflection, as we consider, together, how we may most wisely, humbly, reverently continue to serve, steward, give back to the Six Mountains, every perspective matters.

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WhereDoWeStand is a grass roots group of hundreds of residents of Cowichan Valley and North Cowichan who for four years have volunteered our time and resources to write articles and make little videos about our beautiful community forest.

Where Do We Stand
North Cowichan - Vancouver Island