About Despard Contracting

Contracting services in Duncan, the Cowichan Valley, and Vancouver Island

Despard Contracting has over 35+ years of experience of contracting services on Vancouver Island and offers a sincere drive for turning every house into a home.

Houses are the biggest purchase that most of us will make, and Despard Contracting is dedicated to helping clients reignite their love for them. There’s nothing else like it in the world; seeing a client with glee in their eyes, as they see their vision come to life.

Despard Contracting provides professional services all around the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island. We pride ourselves on high-quality work and building lasting relationships with clients.

Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!

All jobs are welcome, but our three main areas of expertise are:

Custom Home Building

  • National home warranty
  • Over 35+ years of experience as a contractor
  • From spec building to custom homes
  • Complete set of trades within the entire construction industry
  • Specializing in customer-focused custom builds you can have
  • confidence that your dream will become a reality


  • No job is too big, or small
  • Residential rip-downs
  • Commercial rebuilds
  • You name it, we can do it


  • Land clearing
  • Landscaping
  • Rock walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveways
  • Back fills
  • Footings
  • Asphalt & Concrete sub grade
  • Construction site assisting
  • Trucking

Interesting Fact: Despard is named after his great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Despard Pemberton. Joseph was a surveyor for Vancouver Island, and the family has lots of history here.

Here is the wikipedia page for Joseph Despard Pemberton if you would like to hear more!

What Clients Say

A very professional experience from the very first phone call all the way to completion of the job. Pride was evident in the quality of their work and customer care. I would hire Despard Contracting for future excavation work. Thank you.

I was stuck in a pinch and needed a large leveling job done as soon as possible, they had the perfect excavator for the job and could even haul all the extra dirt away for me and they made it work with my schedule and budget and even had it done faster than expected, would definitely recommend.

Get Smart Ventures has used Despard Contracting on many job sites New Construction, and many home renovations including all excavation and trucking. Company is professional and attention to detail in all aspects of work. Would highly recommend this company for all levels of construction.

Approached Despard contracting for some excavation help for a septic issue which led to them being able to handle all trucking and sub trades, this further led to some home renovations. Very professional and stood true to quotes. Great company to work with – would definitely use them again if ever needed!
We have worked on joint efforts for customers on job sites with great success. Des is organized and keeps a timely schedule. And looks out for the best interests of the customer.
Despard contracting did a great job with some excavating in our yard! I highly recommend!
Great company with great guys and a great all-around contractor. Did some excavating for me at my house and I was very happy with the results.
Desi and his team at Despard Contracting are always a pleasure to work with. From general consultations and guidance with our home projects, too, timeliness and attention to detail in all of their work. If you’re not sure where to start with your project, contact them and you will be underway before you know it!

Des and his crew did a great job on building our new addition. Would definitely recommend them.