In the heart of the Cowichan Valley
Island Oak High School is located in Duncan, BC, commonly known as the heart of the Cowichan Region.
It can be found about half-way between Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
With a fertile crescent of rich farmland, lush vineyards, heritage river systems, and scenic trails, Duncan is surrounded by natural resources and opportunities to explore.
Dubbed the "City of Totems," Duncan has a rich cultural heritage. More than 80 First Nations carvings can be located throughout town and it is also home to the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre. This Aboriginal cultural centre on the banks of the Cowichan River honours the ancient roots of the Coast Salish in the valley, which takes its name from a Salish word meaning "the warm lands."
Duncan is also known for great shopping and dining, the Saturday Farmer's Market, BC Forestry Discovery Centre, and its historic old-town quarter.
Nanaimo- Located 45 minutes drive north of Duncan, Nanaimo is one of Vancouver Island's fastest growing cities.
Vancouver- A 90 minute ferry ride out of either Nanaimo or Victoria will get you into Vancouver, Canada's third largest city.
Victoria- As the capital of British Columbia, Victoria houses a number of wonderful museums, parliment buidlings, and gardens. A quick 45 minute drive south will have you there to explore.
Seattle- A 90 minute ferry from Victoria will convientantly land you in downtown Seattle.
Tofino- About a 2 hour drive northwest from Nanaimo will bring you to beautiful rainforests, whale watching, and remote beaches to surf.