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Mount Prevost
Mount Prevost is located just north of Duncan on the west side of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 in North Cowichan. It's hard to miss it from the highway with its 794 metres (2,605 feet) high rock face standing out very clearly overlooking the Cowichan Valley.

Cowichan Valley
Mount Prevost has a vast history in the settlement of the Cowichan Valley starting with the First Nations folklore and, later, with Europeans logging on it and settling at its base.

World War I Memorial
In 1929, Mount Prevost was chosen as a memorial site to commemorate the fallen soldiers from World War I with the building of a 10-metre (33-feet) granite cairn overlooking Cowichan Valley. Later, after World War II, another plaque was added to remember those soldiers who died in battle.

Getting Here
To get to the view from Mount Prevost you have to take the Hwy 18 turnoff from Hwy 1 and travel towards Lake Cowichan. After going a short distance past the railroad tracks, take Somenos Road to the north and look for Mount Prevost Road. Take this road and keep going past the BC Hydro electrical substation to the end of the pavement then through a gate onto Prevost Main Line gravel logging road.

Prevost Main Line
The Prevost Main Line gravel road is in fairly good shape and, with the exception of RV's, most vehicles should be fine as long as they take their time through the rough sections. Keep on the Prevost Main Line and avoid taking posted logging roads that branch out. Watch out for active logging and heavy equipment. Look for the signs directing you to the cairn and keep following these directions.

T-Junction
Eventually you will come to a T-junction where there is no directional sign to the cairn. If you take the way to the right, the road travels up a steep section for about .5km to a roundabout with a small parking lot. This is the area on Mount Prevost where the hang-gliders take off from and the start of a downhill mountain bike trail.

Paragliders and Hang-Gliders
From here, there is a short walk up a gravel trail and a rock face where you'll find the take-off point for soaring into the Cowichan Valley and the landing site for the hang-gliders and paragliders. The views from here are spectacular and, if you are a birdwatcher, the view towards the east of some ravens soaring and cackling from off the rock face is very interesting.

Trail to World War I Cairn
Back at the T-junction on the road, if you take the left direction, you'll come to a larger parking lot. There are no signs here except for a District of North Cowichan at a closed gate. This is the start of the trail to the First World I cairn. The at 'your own risk' trail follows a section of steep rock and gravel for about 15 minutes of brisk walking. The trail can be quite slippery, especially in the rain, so beware.

Lake Quamichan
From the cairn, the south-east view is again quite spectacular especially towards Somenos Lake, Quamichan Lake, Saltspring Island and Cowichan Bay. There are also very good views for you to the west towards Cowichan Valley and the from the bluff where the paragliders and hang-gliders take off.

Longer Walks
If you would prefer longer walks, there are some trails near the start of start of Prevost Main Line near the BC Hydro electrical substation. The unmarked trail is around 8 km (5 miles) to the top joining other roads and trails along the way making it somewhat difficult to follow at times.

Flight Schools
There are a number of flight schools operating in the Victoria and North Cowichan areas; if you would like to get involved in learning how to paraglide off Mount Prevost no previous experience is required for you to do a tandem jump with the instructor.

Information on Mount Prevost

 

 

Mount Prevost from Duncan
Mount Prevost from Duncan

 

World War I Memorial
World War I Memorial

 

Mount Prevost Main Line
Mount Prevost Main Line

 

Trail to Paraglide Take-off Point
Trail to Paraglide Take-off Point

 

Mount Prevost
Mount Prevost

 

Somenos and Quamichan Lakes
Somenos and Quamichan Lakes

 

Paraglide Take-off Point
Paraglide Take-off Point

 
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