Canada Avenue – Visitors’ Guide
Canada Avenue is one of the main streets of downtown Duncan. It runs north and south from Trunk Road and Government Street at its south end to James Street, at the City of Duncan’s north boundary, and then into the Municipality of North Cowichan.
In downtown Duncan, Canada Avenue intersects with Government Street, Trunk Road, Station Street, Kenneth Street and Ingram Street. Duncan Street runs parallel to Canada Avenue on the opposite side of Charles Hoey Park.
Here is a map of suggested sights, shopping and services on Canada Avenue.
Here are some suggested sights and shopping on Canada Avenue, starting from Government Street at the south end and gradually moving north toward Ingram Street.
Government Street Intersects
The first sights along Canada Avenue are in Charles Hoey Park and include the Cenotaph and the Centennial Pole, the most recent addition to the City of Duncan’s Totem Pole collection.
The Centennial Pole in Charles Hoey Park was erected for the 100th anniversary of the City of Duncan in 2012, making it the most recent addition to the City of Duncan totem pole collection. Read More…..
Station Street intersects
Here is a digital map of Station Street:
At the intersection of Canada Avenue and Station Street, there are four totem poles from the City of Duncan collection: Kwagu’l Bear Holding A Seal ; Owl Pole ; The Friendship Pole ; Transformation In Life.
On the west side of Canada Avenue at Station Street is Raven Stealing The Sun, another totem pole from the City of Duncan collection.
See our Walking Tour of Downtown Duncan Totem Poles which starts from Canada Avenue and Station Street.
On Canada Avenue, between Station Street and Kenneth Street, there are three historic buildings, along with a display of four more totem poles from the City of Duncan collection.
The historic buildings are the E&N Railway Station (now the Cowichan Valley Museum), the Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall at 149 Canada Avenue and the Duncan Masonic Temple at 163 Canada Avenue. The four totem poles displayed are Transformation, Pole of Wealth, Raven’s Gift, The Feast.
The Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall at 149 Canada Avenue was originally the business premises of Kenneth F. Duncan, a real estate and insurance agent who also became the first Mayor of Duncan in 1912. Read More….
The Duncan Masonic Temple at 163 Canada Avenue was built in 1912 and is a landmark historic building in downtown Duncan…..Read More….
On the east side of Canada Avenue south of Kenneth Street is another display of four totem poles from the City of Duncan collection. These four totem poles are Transformation, Pole of Wealth, Raven’s Gift and The Feast….. Read More…
Kenneth Street intersects
Within a block of Canada Avenue you’ll find these sights on Kenneth Street: Duncan City Hall; PouPou Tane Hiira Pou Karanga totem pole.
Here is a digital map of Kenneth Street:
Lois Lane intersects
Lois Lane is a pedestrian walkway leading to City Square, near Duncan City Hall. The Eagle Pole, the first totem pole acquired for the City of Duncan collection is displayed in Lois Lane, just off Canada Avenue.
Ingram Street intersects
Within one block of Canada Avenue on Ingram Street you’ll find these sights: 40 Ingram Street (now the Old Firehouse Wine Bar), City Square (several interesting shops), 126 Ingram Street (the Green Door, the oldest residential property in Duncan’s downtown core)
Here is a digital map of Ingram Street:
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