Residents from all of the Cowichan Lake communities descended upon the Mesachie Lake Skydome last Wednesday (July 1) to celebrate Canada Day.

Our Community in Brief – July 8, 2015

Stage three water restrictions now in effect in Lake Cowichan and other Cowichan Valley communities.

Lake Cowichan moves to stage three water restrictions

The Town of Lake Cowichan announced recently that stage three water restrictions will be in effect as of today.

In order to stay up to date with water restrictions, visit the Gazette’s website ( or Facebook page, or the town’s website (, where a full list of restrictions and a watering schedule are also available.


Island-wide open fire ban extended

Category Two and Category Three open fires are now banned across Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, coastal BC and the Lower Mainland, with the ban now extending to all parts of Vancouver Island.

In addition to open fires, the ban also prohibits stubble and grass fires, the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns and burning barrels, as well as the use of binary exploding targets.

Campfire, regardless of size, are no longer permitted.

The CVRD warns that violators may be issued a $345 ticket or a penalty of $10,000.


Music in the Lake: Summer Nights now in full swing

Music in the Lake: Summer Nights, Lake Cowichan’s annual concert series, kicked off last Saturday (July 4) with a performance by Duncan’s McCandless Family.

Four more performances, along with the new children’s activities and open stage, are set to take place over the summer on July 18, August 1, 15 and 29.

The next event is planned to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Saywell Park on July 18.


Drop-in parks program starts this week

Cowichan Lake Recreation’s new summer-long parks drop-in program starts this week.

The program is open to kids ages five to 14, and provides them with a variety of games, sports, crafts and other activities each day of the week.

The free program runs each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Central Park in Lake Cowichan, Tuesdays at the Mesachie Skydome and Thursdays at Honeymoon Bay Hall, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program runs from now until August 28. Please pack a lunch, snack and drinks for the day.

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