As a mountaintop retreat overlooking the Cowichan Valley and its unique Mediterranean microclimate, we are uniquely positioned to offer a myriad of exciting outdoor adventures for you to experience during your stay with us. From hikes through lush temperate rainforests and fishing excursions along the tranquil Cowichan River to ziplining, whale watching and so much more, we are your home base for having fun! Browse through our selection of activities then contact our team to help make all the necessary arrangements.

Hiking & Points Of Interest

From old logging roads to well-traversed hiking trails, explore Vancouver Island’s awe-inspiring natural landscape, mountain vistas and ocean scenery. Within a short drive of the Resort are numerous protected forests and parks as well as an abundance of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, tree groves and historic wooden rail trestles.

Fishing Trips

Through our exclusive partnership with Cowichan River Lodge, we are able to build fully catered and customizable fishing experiences. Learn about our three main packaged offers then contact us to decide what’s right for you and your group.

Whale Watching

Available through our partner, Ocean EcoVentures, escape to the historic, quaint and picturesque fishing village of Cowichan Bay for a half-day or full-day tour out on the calm waters of the Salish Sea which are perfect for spotting Orca, Gray, Minke or Humpback whales as well as any number of seals, sea lions, porpoises, great blue herons or bald eagles.

Outdoor Shooting Experience

This half-day experience at the 200-acre Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association just down the mountain from Villa Eyrie features a firearms safety lesson and four full rounds of basic clay pigeon trap shooting. Also included are shotguns, targets, ammunition, safety gear, full supervision, hot beverages, hot lunches from our catering menu, and shuttle service to and from the Resort.

From $250 per person (minimum two people, maximum six people)

The Raptors

A conservation area for birds of prey just outside of Duncan, this is where you can get up close and personal with a variety of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and more. The centre also provides several hands-on experiences that range from a one-hour encounter to a full day spent amongst some of the planet’s most majestic predators.

Open daily from 10:30am to 3pm (Entrance fee required; experiences extra)

Aerial Adventures

With three exhilarating parks within an hour’s drive from Resort, Villa Eyrie is your home base for ziplining and jumping courses built into the lush forests of the west coast.

Sea Kayaking

There’s no better way to experience the sea than by paddling your way through it! With the Resort only minutes from the quiet waters of Mill Bay and an experienced operator Blue Dog Kayaking, we can help arrange kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals as well as private lessons or guided Gulf Island tours.

Mountain Biking

With a few experienced cycling shops up in Duncan and down towards Victoria, we will not only help arrange bike rentals but also help plan your route through the numerous parks and forests that surround Villa Eyrie Resort.

Golf

With a variety of scenic courses throughout lower Vancouver Island, let us help you arrange a morning or afternoon tee time. We also offer preferential rates to guests at our partner Arbutus Ridge Golf.