The dyke trail takes you out into the delta of the Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers: blue backwaters, lush green grasses, washed up logs bleached white with time, stands of tall trees, ever encroaching blackberry brambles, and Great Blue herons. Alison. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. Join us at Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre for a tour of the Cowichan Estuary in kayaks or canoes. The Mt. Mainly it’s just us. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Pinnipedia Sea Lions Each fall sea lions come into Cowichan Bay and haul out on the floating breakwater near the Government Dock. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We really missed it this year. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. And it just happens to come up in conversation. Alison. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. We’ve never been on a whale watching boat but have seen the orcas for free a few times while on the ferry going to the island. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. Date of experience: October 2020. Me too. It was really heart warming to relive this time. One day, though, this is the life we will get back to. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay: 315 Hotel Reviews, 117 traveller photos, and great deals for Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, ranked #1 of 1 hotel in Cowichan Bay … Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. Alison xo. Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. My pleasure. And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. And other tales from Rishikesh, India, Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands. We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. “They’re sinking my boats and damaging my breakwater but they’re an incredibly big draw for a lot of people.”. Change ). ( Log Out /  And the ferries are the best! For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. Wessex Inn By The Sea. The maples here are so bright. By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 2020. They don’t stand a chance. Do you have a timeline? Thanks Surati for always showing us such a good time.I’m so glad we got to have all these experiences while we still could. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. Jordan Cunningham It is a delightful place. Love, love, love Vancouver Island. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. , Thanks so much Felicity. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. Is that Don in the net hat? We always have such a good time there. Oh and the boulder – a glacial erratic, I guess – wow, fantastic!! And me too! And indeed we are so lucky to live here. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. Share. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. Thanks so much Atreyee. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. “There’s not a lot of sleep around here,” says Jones. See 315 traveler reviews, 117 candid photos, and great deals for Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, ranked #1 of 1 hotel in Cowichan Bay and rated 4 of 5 at Tripadvisor. Wishing you well as you partake in your outdoor festivities. There had been some event where everyone had to wear a fascinator and C has the entire collection at her place. ... 2010-2020. Mini holidays full of good times. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. They come to feed on the coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Bay which at that time are waiting to head up the Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers and the small streams around the bay to spawn.When sea lions are feeding in the Bay or the Estuary there is … Oh, the third photo, perfect! Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! Thanks so much Heather. That’s what I call a perfect day – friends, live music and hiking. Or come with us on a birding tour of this amazing birding area. It’s a classic isn’t it! Well of course we have to wear them – while we eat biscuits and drink tea in the garden.C and B’s garden is something else.It is a world of elves, pixies, fairies, and sprites, a world of tiny secretive beings. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. Thanks Tracey. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. One of my fave spots too. The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. Thanks Cindy. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. Yes it is. B.C. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. Book Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay on Tripadvisor: See 315 traveller reviews, 117 candid photos, and great deals for Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, ranked #1 of 1 hotel in Cowichan Bay and rated 4 of 5 at Tripadvisor. Seriously. In the meantime, there are few quiet moments. LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. What a beautiful post! All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted I have friends who live on Vancouver Island but have only really spent a couple of days there many years ago. ( Log Out /  Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, Cowichan Bay: See 1,124 reviews, articles, and 357 photos of Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 15 attractions in Cowichan Bay. In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. Nothing to be done but enjoy. ... 2020. See 313 traveller reviews, 117 candid photos, and great deals for Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, ranked #1 of 1 hotel in Cowichan Bay and rated 4 of 5 at Tripadvisor. We always have such a good time on the island. It’s really special. It was a very sweet time. Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. Cowichan Bay is a unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island. Everything, from the forest-covered hills to the cool flowing river, to our lazy sun-warmed bodies, seems infused with contentment. I’d not been there before and was completely blown away by all the fairy creatures. And C’s garden! The Brit royal family all wear them on special occasions – well the women do anyway. I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. We can’t get as close as I would like. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. Every year for 39 days there are outdoor concerts in downtown Duncan bringing the community together for free live entertainment. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. How is it where you are? Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. Alison. Mt Tzouhalem, four kilometres from Duncan is threaded with hiking trails. Sea lions throw a party on Cowichan Bay's federal breakwater to feast on spawning salmon While many of us are isolating as much as possible these days, a two-month-long noisy party is taking place on Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater where ­massive sea lions congregate to feast on spawning salmon. It’s an annual spectacle, the massive sea lions making their way to Cowichan Bay to feast on spawning salmon and bask in the sunlight on the marina’s breakwater. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. Doesn’t Don look dashing! But they’re so much fun! Sunny days are best, but even on a blue-grey day, the wide sea before us, and the foamy wake behind are enough to encourage a feeling of adventure. While tourists enjoyed a world-class wildlife spectacle this month — Steller and California sea lions hauled out on the Cowichan Bay waterfront — Cowichan Tribes engaged in a “demonstration” commercial fishery of chum salmon. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. It really is. This year of course, there was no trip to the island, and only a virtual 39 Days of July, though no doubt the sea lions are still visiting. As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. Alison. It’s just beautiful. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. Posted by Alison and Don in Canada, North America, #WPLongform, 39 Days of July, Cowichan Bay Estuary, Cowichan Valley, Entangados, Mt Tzouhalem, Mt Zoo, Sandy Pool Regional Park, sea lions, Stoney Hill Regional Park, Vancouver Island. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. Along an empty eight-mile stretch of road between Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay, where the inky-blue Salish Sea is the backdrop, Jean-François and I stopped and sipped at a few wineries. Hope we can resume them next year. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. We set off the next morning slowly climbing a winding trail passing through forests of trees draped with moss, huge mossy boulders, a tangle of undergrowth, and almost hidden in decaying logs and leaves a small lizard.Eventually we reach the top of the ridge where the orange-barked arbutus treesstand resolute in the face of the winter winds, and look out over Sansum Narrows to nearby Salt Spring Island.Best fun ever: Entangadosplaying in a park in Duncan as part of the 39 Days Of July festival. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any written or photographic material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. Alison. Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. ( Log Out /  One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. “You get a 2,000-pound sailboat and when a 2,000-pound sea lion jumps on, and then his buddy gets on, you know which way it’s going to tip.”. Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. How lucky for us that we’re there for Entangados, a band from Argentina that’s been around since 2004. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? There is fun to be had! Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. He looks great! The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Discover the best of Cowichan Bay so you can plan your trip right. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. Love it! I’m guessing that perhaps it gave you more free time to luxuriate in summer, while I longed for it – it was not that hot here in Vancouver and we had quite a bit of rain so I was waiting for summer to come. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! I just want to fly over to Vancouver Island and try all those hikes! It’s really quite a spectacle. These two visits were last year. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland, Follow Adventures in Wonderland on WordPress.com, Vancouver’s Granville Island and Commercial Drive. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? Alison. Wish we could have gone this year I sink into a gentle peace as all the “shoulds” fall away. I too am puzzled at people sitting inside on ferries (except if it’s raining of course) there’s so much to experience out on deck. Thanks for taking us alone. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. Always it seems our trips to Vancouver Island are such a lovely time out. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. Last updated June, 2020. That could only be done by boat, which is risky because the water is full of sea lions splashing about and chasing after the fish. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Fascinators? Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Also no trips to the island this summer. Another gang-related shooting in Lower Mainland, Feds chose not to buy 16M more doses of Moderna vaccine. A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. Thanks for taking me back! Wishing you a wonderful autumn. At various times throughout the day you can barely see any concrete on the 182-metre breakwater as the mostly male pinnipeds jostle and bark for position. Thanks so much Sue. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Alison. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Helpful. Sea lion Cowichan Bay Rescue team searching for sea lion with plastic band around its neck The sea lion was first seen about a week ago and appeared to be in distress. Tall straight moss-covered cedars, leafy maples, and stands of iron bark trees dripping with delicate white oceanspray flowers accompany us along the trail as it menders through the forest. It has it’s own special energy that you just kind of sink in to. Sitting on the ferry carrying us across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island I’m filled with a quiet excitement. But we are still close enough to appreciate their lumbering sea lion antics.The bigger ones eat about 16 kilos (35 lbs) of fish a day, and the Stellers weigh as much as 1000 kilograms (2,200 lbs). Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. Alison. You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. 2 out of 5. Thanks! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them by that name, and I love it (and the photo) At first, I thought this adventure was from this summer, and I was so happy for your escapes. 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. 3,656 were here. Can’t get better than that. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. The trail runs slowly up along the side of the hill. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. Review Contents: Overview. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. They arrive sometime in October and stay ‘til the end of the year and fill the air with their belligerent barking and roaring and disgusting body odour. Thanks so much Randall. Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. Gorgeous photos Alison. What a delightful place! I love that you are starting your own new traditions. Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. And fun! You captured perfectly what I’ve always loved about ferries – that time out of time quality, as if you’ve been moving forever, and there’s no concerns or shoulds, just what’s happening in the moment. Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. 69367 Read. Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. What a lovely post Alison! Read more. 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