Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay, BC is a picturesque community located in the southeastern part of Vancouver Island, roughly 75 kilometres (47 miles) northwest of Victoria. The community is nestled in the Cowichan Valley just along Lake Cowichan’s shoreline, surrounded by stunning mountains and beautiful forests which makes it a perfect spot for a secluded getaway. Nanaimo and Victoria are approx over an hour away and the nearby communities of Mesachie Lake, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, and Caycuse are just a stone’s throw away, giving visitors plenty of options for day trips.

A charming village, Honeymoon Bay was established for employee housing for those who worked in the logging and forestry industries. A company by the name of McDonald Murphy started logging outside of Honeymoon Bay in 1929. By 1947, when Western Forest Industries Limited took over, the quaint community featured a cookhouse, bunkhouses, individual living quarters, and duplexes for families.

The climate on Honeymoon Bay is nearly unbeatable, as the summers are hot and perfect for being near the water and the winters are short. This makes it a popular summertime destination for locals and worldwide travelers alike. In fact, the community triples in size during the summer months, as its year-round population is approximately 600.

Originally a lumber mill town, the homes on the original town site were built and completed by Western Forest Industries Mill in 1947.

A popular tourist destination today, Honeymoon Bay offers a community hall, volunteer fire department, post office and a golf course where Dawn Coe Jones was often spotted. 

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