Lake Cowichan

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Lake Cowichan
Town
Town of Lake Cowichan[1]
Lake Cowichan is located in British Columbia
Lake Cowichan
Location of Lake Cowichan in British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°49′33″N 124°03′15″W / 48.82583°N 124.05417°W / 48.82583; -124.05417Coordinates: 48°49′33″N 124°03′15″W / 48.82583°N 124.05417°W / 48.82583; -124.05417
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District Cowichan Valley
Incorporated 1944
Government
 • Mayor Ross Forrest
Area
 • Total 8.05 km2 (3.11 sq mi)
Elevation 180 m (590 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,974
 • Density 369.6/km2 (957/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Postal code span V0R 2G0
Area code(s) +1-250
Website Town of Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan (Nitinaht: ʕaʔk̓ʷaq c̓uubaʕsaʔtx̣), (pop. 2,974), is a town located on the east end of Cowichan Lake and, by highway, is 27 kilometres (17 mi) west of Duncan, British Columbia. The town of Lake Cowichan was incorporated in 1944. The Cowichan River flows through the middle of the town.[2] Cowichan Lake is British Columbia's second-most pristine lake[citation needed] and Cowichan River is designated as a Heritage River.[3]

Lake Cowichan is at the western end of the Trans Canada Trail, which, when completed, will be one of the longest trail networks in the world at almost 24,000 kilometres (15,000 mi) length.[4] Youbou, with a population of about 1,000 people; Mesachie Lake, British Columbia with a population of about 800 people; and Honeymoon Bay with a population of about 600 people are three nearby communities of Lake Cowichan.

Climate[edit]

Lake Cowichan is surrounded on all sides by the Pacific Northwest Temperate rainforest, containing the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world outside of California. This ecosystem also has the warmest climate in Canada.

Climate data for Lake Cowichan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
20.0
(68)
22.0
(71.6)
28.0
(82.4)
35.0
(95)
39.0
(102.2)
40.0
(104)
38.0
(100.4)
39.0
(102.2)
29.5
(85.1)
19.4
(66.9)
15.0
(59)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
7.8
(46)
10.6
(51.1)
13.5
(56.3)
17.5
(63.5)
20.6
(69.1)
24.4
(75.9)
24.9
(76.8)
21.8
(71.2)
14.4
(57.9)
8.4
(47.1)
5.2
(41.4)
14.6
(58.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.5
(38.3)
4.0
(39.2)
6.2
(43.2)
8.6
(47.5)
12.1
(53.8)
15.0
(59)
17.8
(64)
18.1
(64.6)
15.2
(59.4)
9.8
(49.6)
5.4
(41.7)
2.5
(36.5)
9.8
(49.6)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
0.2
(32.4)
1.8
(35.2)
3.6
(38.5)
6.6
(43.9)
9.3
(48.7)
11.2
(52.2)
11.2
(52.2)
8.5
(47.3)
5.1
(41.2)
2.4
(36.3)
−0.2
(31.6)
5.3
(41.5)
Record low °C (°F) −15.0
(5)
−16.0
(3.2)
−9.4
(15.1)
−7.0
(19.4)
−1.5
(29.3)
1.1
(34)
3.0
(37.4)
2.8
(37)
−1.7
(28.9)
−7.0
(19.4)
−17.0
(1.4)
−16.0
(3.2)
−17.0
(1.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 347.0
(13.661)
226.0
(8.898)
216.2
(8.512)
137.4
(5.409)
85.4
(3.362)
57.2
(2.252)
34.7
(1.366)
40.2
(1.583)
51.7
(2.035)
213.3
(8.398)
343.2
(13.512)
295.3
(11.626)
2,047.5
(80.61)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 327.3
(12.886)
206.2
(8.118)
209.2
(8.236)
135.9
(5.35)
85.2
(3.354)
57.2
(2.252)
34.7
(1.366)
40.2
(1.583)
51.7
(2.035)
212.5
(8.366)
334.8
(13.181)
280.9
(11.059)
1,975.6
(77.78)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 19.8
(7.8)
19.8
(7.8)
7.0
(2.76)
1.5
(0.59)
0.3
(0.12)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.8
(0.31)
8.4
(3.31)
14.4
(5.67)
72.0
(28.35)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 17.1 14.0 17.0 15.8 13.2 11.0 6.6 6.1 8.0 15.0 18.0 15.3 157.1
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 15.4 12.5 16.8 15.7 13.2 11.0 6.6 6.1 8.0 14.9 17.4 14.1 151.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 3.1 2.8 1.6 0.3 0.08 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.08 1.4 2.6 12.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 47.3 75.2 106.1 141.5 173.6 177.9 233.1 226.7 182.8 112.4 49.1 39.3 1,564.9
Percent possible sunshine 17.4 26.3 28.8 34.5 36.7 36.9 47.8 50.9 48.2 33.4 17.8 15.2 32.8
Source: Environment Canada[5][6](sunshine)

Politics[edit]

In the House of Commons of Canada, Lake Cowichan is represented by Alistair MacGregor-New Democratic Party, representing the riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford.

The election results for the town of Lake Cowichan for the 42nd Federal General Election of 2015 were: New Democratic Party 35.94%, Liberal Party 23.77%, Conservative Party 22.81%, Green Party 16.93%, and Marxist-Leninist Party 0.55%.

The results for the 41st Federal General Election of 2011 were: New Democratic Party 53.9%, Conservative Party 34.2%, Green Party 7.2%, Liberal Party 3.7% and Marxist-Leninist Party 0.6%.

The results for the 40th Federal General Election of 2008 was: New Democratic Party 52.1%, Conservative Party 32.8%, Green Party 7.9%, Liberal Party 6.5% and Marxist-Leninist Party 0.6%.

The results for the 39th Federal General Election of 2006 was: New Democratic Party 57.5%, Conservative Party 25.8%, Liberal Party 11.7%, Green Party 3.9%, Marxist-Leninist Party 0.5% and Canadian Action Party 0.4%.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

See also Category:People from Duncan, British Columbia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Town of Lake Cowichan Area Info
  3. ^ British Columbia Heritage Rivers Program
  4. ^ About the Trail: Learn about the Trans Canada Trail.
  5. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Elections Canada Past Elections http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&dir=pas&document=index&lang=e

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