Trip Planner: Canada / British Columbia / Vancouver Island / Cowichan Valley Regional District / Duncan / Mount Prevost
Mount Prevost is a mountain on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is northwest of Duncan and has a distinctive skyline with the two rock bluffs. On top of the highest north bluff is a war memorial.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Duncan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mount Prevost and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
The mountain was featured in the legends of the creation of the Cowichan First Nation. During the Great Flood one man took refuge on top of Swuqus or Swukas (Prevost) while all the others died. In Sooke, there were two women who also stayed on high ground to escape the waters. When the waters receded they moved up island and found the lone Cowichan man. These three people are the ancestors of the Cowichan tribe.
The mount's modern name is a tribute to Captain James Charles Prevost, RN, who served aboard HMS Satellite and was British Commissioner in the San Juan Islands boundary dispute also known as The Pig War.
The forest became part of a Municipal Forest established in 1946.
The mountain is open all year except during periods of high fire hazard. Some of the roads have gates and these may be closed at certain times. There are many trails on the mountain, but none were built or are maintained by the municipality of North Cowichan. There are expansive views of the Gulf Islands and Cowichan Valley from the mountain. It has been used as a launching site for hang gliding, complete with a Windsock.
Mount Prevost Reviews
Several hikes to the top or bike up the road or drive. The view on a clear day is magical. The bike ride up is exhausting, but the downhill trails are superb but you’d better have the right bike and b... more »
This is a wonderful area to visit. Road access is possible during the Fall, Winter and Spring. Not in the summer due to fire danger. You can get close to the top and then take a fairly difficult hike ... more »
Great place to hike. Nice downhill biking especially because there is a forestry road to the top of the run. Stellar views of the valley and beyond depending on visibility of the day. Like most mountain areas around Vancouver Island, could use much better signage to help navigate if you aren't familiar with the trails/roads.
What a view from the top....easy to get to. Ocean view, lake view, duncan view.
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