City of Totems - Duncan

Duncan is a city on the southern part of Vancouver Island, located in between Nanaimo to the north and Victoria to the South.  Named after William Chalmers Duncan who was born in 1836 in Sarnia, Ontario.  In the early 1900s, Duncan's Chinatown was the social center for the Cowichan Valley's Chinese population.  

The city of Duncan has a total of 80 totem poles around the entire town, which were erected in the 1980s.  Duncan has a large First Nations community and is the traditional home of the Cowichan Tribes.  

Quick Facts and Links

  • Population - 4944 (2016 census)
  • Peak Summer average temperature is 23°C
  • Peak Winter average temperature is -0.5°C
  • Guinness World Record - World Largest Hockey stick and puck
  • Duncan information - website
  • School Information - School District 79
  • School Catchment - School Locator Link

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