Pitch your tent in a grove of second growth Fir, Hemlock, Cedar and Big leaf Maples bordering a creek to the North and an expansive pasture to the South. Follow the game trails to the creek, explore the property to see our organic vegetable plots, visit the animals, take a guided-tour to catch-sight of our resident Roosevelt elk-herd, or head out for a swim in the Cowichan R
Pitch your tent in a grove of second growth Fir, Hemlock, Cedar and Big leaf Maples bordering a creek to the North and an expansive pasture to the South. Follow the game trails to the creek, explore the property to see our organic vegetable plots, visit the animals, take a guided-tour to catch-sight of our resident Roosevelt elk-herd, or head out for a swim in the Cowichan River, or to tour the beautiful Cowichan Valley's many farms and vineyards by bicycle. A communal shelter, picnic tables, and fire ring is provided. BRING DRINKING WATER: there is wash-water available (non-potable) from a hand-pump.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 9AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 92%
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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Shawl Farm Woodland Tent Sites
Elk Viewing tours
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U Dig Potatoes?
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River Tube Rentals
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Petting zoo tour
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Half dozen eggs
Eggs from our own hens, fed certified organic grain and garden waste
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Lots of local mountain biking, great road cycling and trails to tour
Elk, eagles, hawks, owls, hummingbirds, abound: on-site tours by arrangement and extensive self-guided tours in the area
Natural features you'll find at Shawl Farm Woodland Tent Sites in British Columbia.
River, stream, or creek
Pristine creek bordered by regenerated natural forest: home to a pair of great horned owls, elk, deer and occasional black bears.
Certified organic seasonal vegetable crops, farm-raised eggs, chickens, and turkeys and pork in season
Places to see near Shawl Farm Organics
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Forest bathing at its finest
Rupert has created an exceptional campsite within his little piece of paradise. Nestled in the gorgeous forest, we set up camp a stones throw from a tiny creek and an elk path. The communal kitchen was a blessing and we were grateful and lucky to have the whole place to ourselves for 2 nights. The resident hawk, owls, ravens, and a bat or two kept us entertained for a much needed wind down from work life. The proximity to wineries and the beautiful Cowichan river is unbeatable!
Perfect for bike campers looking for a pretty little place to lay their weary heads. Small & secluded sites in the woods, with a wonderful outdoor kitchen and sitting area in the field nearby. Rupert made us feel right at home on his expansive & stunning farm. Would for sure stay again.
Highly recommend this unique stay!
I originally booked the tent site but ended up staying in the Secluded School Bus Suite since it was available. My stay there was fantastic and I wholeheartedly recommend staying there or at the other sites on Shawl Farm. The bus isvery clean, comfortable and allows a great view of the surrounding nature. The bed has a queen-size bed and lots of pillows for a great night of sleep. A great option for folks who like going camping but prefer that extra level of comfort. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a cozy stay with friends/family!
Rupert is an amazing, caring host and is very knowledgeable on things to do in and around the area. His and his partner’s farm is gorgeous and you can tell with how much passion and dedication they care for the animals and crops on the land to produce local and organic food.
I will definitely be back! :)
Stunning! will return for sure
I loved my stay at Shawl Farm Woodland Sites and hope to return soon! The woods where the sites are located are absolutely beautiful and the campsites themselves were located the perfect distance away from each other - you felt like you were on your own private retreat. I imagine the sites will be even more spectacular in the fall with the reddening of the birch trees. Rupert was an amazing and generous host and the property itself which he toured us was beautiful. I would highly recommend a visit!
Rupert was very friendly and responsive during our time at Shawl Farm. We are humbled by how much work and care he and his family put into their organic farm. Upon arrival we were greeted by a family of very curious sheep. There is ample parking and a drop off zone, so that there would be no vehicles visible in the camping area. There is also an option of vehicle camping if you want to be next to your vehicle. Our young children were a bit afraid of camping right inside the forest area so we chose the meadow/field. Lots to see and great for exploring: farm, forest trails and wild animals. Highly recommend!
A great cowichan valley basecamp
Shawl Farm is as welcoming and comforting as the garment for which it’s named. Located just minutes from the town of Duncan in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, the farm makes for an incredible basecamp to explore the area, or simply explore the property as one wanders through the woods on trails forged in part by a resident herd of elk. The property is also home to two incredible hosts and a number of animals including horses, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and friendly dogs, making the visit lively and entertaining for all ages.
The care and time host Rupert has put in to making Shawl Farm such an amazing place is clear as soon as you arrive. With signs pointing in the right direction, one passes by productive gardens, sheep grazing in fields, and barns home to both animals and vehicles. Arriving in the back of the property, one is met with plentiful parking, a communal kitchen, seating area, outhouse, water pump, and sink, all bordering a picturesque field and forest. Stepping into the forest are a number of hand-built tent sites with trees towering above, and ferns carpeting the ground below. The forest provides tranquility with shade from the hot summer sun and the faint sound of running water coming from the creek just a few seconds farther down the trail.
Back at the communal kitchen, one can look across the field to see a teepee and a bus, both also available for campers to book. Near the bus, a couple drive-in sites are available for those with camper vans or rooftop tents. In the future, Rupert tells me he plans to construct a number of other drive-in sites at a different location on the property.
Activities available on the property include walking the many aforementioned trails, casting a line in the creek (season dependent), enjoying the company of the many farm animals, searching for the elk herd, chatting with Rupert and his partner Kate about their adventures, or walking across the street to take a swim in the Cowichan River. Off property, the Cowichan Valley offers a plethora of activities including world renowned vineyards, restaurants, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and much more.
Overall, Shawl Farm is an amazing place for anyone from bikepackers, families, overlanders, and anyone in between. The peaceful and welcoming setting makes this active farm a perfect place to set up camp and stay for a time, while enjoying the beautiful property and area. With Rupert’s ambition and creativity, the farm will only be getting even better.
We had a wonderful time camping on Ruperts property. The place itself was beautiful, very secluded, outhouse, water pump, and amazing location. Cowichan is an amazing area with so much to see and do- biking, hiking, tubing, down the river, winery tours etc. Rupert was an excellent host, giving us lots of great tips about where to go and what to do. We also rented e- bikes from him and enjoyed a great day biking up to Cowichan lake on the gravel trail. This place is a hidden gem and we would highly recommend! Will be back for sure.