Festival Events


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This year’s events are diverse and interesting. Event experiences include Cultural, Nature, Art, and Celebration learnings and activities. They include the return of some of our popular events like Paint Night, the Pi’kwun Salmon BBQ with Jared, and looking for indigenous plant medicines. There are new events as well; Fish tales partnering with a local distillery and the BIG DAY for Birders. Some events are still in the planning stage, others have not yet been confirmed, but look good, while others are full speed ahead. Scroll down to view the different experiences: 

Confirmed Events

October 9th, 2019 6pm – 10pm

WildWings Festival Launch & Art Exhibition

Opening Reception

Just Jakes Restaurant in Downtown Duncan
Free event

WildWings Partner: Just Jakes Restaurant


Join us at Just Jakes Restaurant for the annual WWNAF launch party, an evening of original art with a first option to buy, tasting the annual WildWings ale, sampling the gourmet wild bites, and surrounded by great Jazz music with John Wade and friends. The launch party is the official kick off for 3-weeks of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures at Somenos Marsh and around the Cowichan Valley as well as the opening reception for the WildWings Art Exhibition; a collection of nature art for sale by south Vancouver Island artists.

Sunday October 20th, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Weaving with wild materials

A Maria Curtis Workshop

Cowichan Green Community boardroom
Cost $90 per person with maximum 8 participants
WildWings Partner: Cowichan Green Community

Maria’s third year back with us, and her last as she is retiring from leading workshops after the WildWings workshop. Maria’s basket weaving skills are some of the best around. Using wild sometimes invasive plant materials, her baskets offer intriguing and colourful designs that are very popular with collectors. This workshop always sells out.

Thursday October 24, evening

wild fins

Cowichan Watershed Board Speaker Series with Dr. Dave Preikshot

Vancouver Island University Lecture Theatre
By donation
WildWings Partner: Cowichan Watershed Board & Vancouver Island University

Everything you ever wanted to know about Wild Fish but were afraid to ask. Dave Preikshot, the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society’s resident fish expert, is passionate about fish. He will entertain you non-stop with fish tales all the while pushing the underlying message that fish are in trouble and it is not going to get any better without radical and expensive interventions. Learn about his plan to Bring Back the Salmon to the Somenos system, which was once home to one of the greatest returns on Vancouver Island.

October 29th, 2019 7pm – 9pm

Nature of cowichan

Photo competition & peoples choice awards

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar
Free event
WildWings Partner: Old Firehouse Wine Bar

Join us at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar for the Nature of Cowichan People’s Choice Awards ceremony where the 2 top people’s choices from the photo exhibition will be announced. There will be 2 winners chosen, first place and second place, with gift certificates from the Wine Bar and another local business provided to each winner. There will be approximately 35 high quality photographs featuring the nature of the Cowichan Valley. The show opens October 1 and
people’s choice cards will be provided throughout the month by the Firehouse servers. If you are interested in entering the competition, please contact click here for the PDF entry info.

planned Events


Traditional paths and future ways with harold joe

On-site traditional lands walkabout while learning about the Cowichan culture and the importance of ancestors to the living people.

Traditional pi'kwun with jared qwustenuxun williams

Learn about cooking a salmon the traditional way and then eating it afterwards… One of our more popular events.

movie night, dust & bones with harold joe

A movie about culture, tradition and the importance of our ancestors.

movie night, dust & bones with harold joe

A movie about culture, tradition and the importance of our ancestors.

Medicinal plant walk

Walking while learning about healing and food plants with a First Nations guide.

nature's influence on local indigenous art with stuart pagaduan

A discussion about local first nations art and how nature inspires the artform.


go batty with the hooters

Learn in the field about noctournal bats and owls with expert Todd Carnahan.

fish tales - with dave preikshot, stillhead distillery

Everything you ever wanted to know about fish and more while enjoying some Cowichan smooth spirits.

a walk in the koksilah ancient trees

Hiking to the big trees in a beautiful, secret rainforest. Learn from naturalists and First Nations why these trees are so important and why they need protection. 

celebrate somenos, family day at the open air classroom

Walk the Open Air classroom boardwalk and visit the experience stations to learn about birds, photography, plants, First Nations history and to see a live raptor from the Raptor Centre. 

afloat in a boat, exploring somenos lake in a boat

A floating armada of nature explorers in kayaks, canoes and the ‘HMS Somenos’, our electric powered slowboat, along with experts providing information about the Lake, it’s nature and some of the issues that are affecting it’s health.

the big day, recreating the movie

Linked in with the monthly Coastal Walk bird count, the Big Day is intended to be a Birders Big Day out. It could involve a competition but will definitely involve a Cowichan Bay beer and burgers afterwards.

native biodiversity hedgerow planting

Community Event Partner -A hands-on get-dirty event where volunteers learn about invasive species management and planting to improve shorelines and water quality.

bring back the bluebirds

Partnering with the Nature Centre and the Bring Back the Bluebirds project WildWings brings you up to date with this exciting project featuring the successful reintroduction of the Mountain Bluebirds to the Cowichan Valley.


green drinks

Monthly gathering of green leaning folk with a scheduled speaker third floor Craig Street.

the green gala

The first annual Green Gala, where we wrap up WildWings 2019, and host the first ever Cowichan Green Awards. Join us for food, music, fun and a powerful keynote speaker.


paint night at just jakes

Painting fun with everything provided apart from the drinks and food. Join us to experience why Paint Nights have become so popular.

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