We really missed it this year. Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. Alison. 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. 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. 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. Now, with covid, it looks like it’s off the cards for a while longer . Jordan Cunningham 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 … What a lovely post Alison! I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! Date of experience: October 2020. It really is. 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. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. 3,656 were here. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. Alison. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. Hiding under bushes, behind miniature doors in tree trunks, sitting by the fountain on the edge of the small pond, swinging on the back porch, is a whole community of elfish and fairy beings, dozens of them, all hand-made by C. I’m sure they come to life at night. They all loll around on the dock rolling around on top of each other, and just kind of slide off over the edge and into the water when they want to eat. Alison. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. Alison. The maples here are so bright. And it just happens to come up in conversation. 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. All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. COWICHAN BAY -- Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. Oh the tea party was so much fun! Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. My pleasure Kelly. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. Do you have a timeline? Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. 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. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. Also no trips to the island this summer. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. We always have such a good time there. And of course the hiking, being out in nature, is always the best! Thanks so much Sue. 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. 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In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. Thanks for taking me back! For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. What a great experience you shared with us. 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. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. 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. ... 2010-2020. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. ... 2020. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. Each winter they amass in great anticipation of the spawning herring, which happens in February. And indeed we are so lucky to live here. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. “It’s insane,” he says. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. “They’re sinking my boats and damaging my breakwater but they’re an incredibly big draw for a lot of people.”. Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. He looks quite fetching. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. Businesses along the town’s historic waterfront are cashing in. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. Alison. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. 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. Is that Don in the net hat? Always it seems our trips to Vancouver Island are such a lovely time out. Larry Pynn. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. A soft breeze carries us along the easy trail all the way out to the bay.Inevitably, in what has now after three years become a tradition, we end the day having dinner at the Cow Bay Pub. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. Wessex Inn By The Sea. Alison. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. 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). Alison. I love that you are starting your own new traditions. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator On this trip Surati takes us on a new hike, one we’ve not been on before, and I think it’s one of the best. 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. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. Fascinators? Mainly it’s just us. B.C. Alison, Oh I’m excited to be driving out to see our grandson and peek more…I can imagine leaving etown and starting some new adventures…I’m grateful to be here…enjoy the fall days Alison hugs hedy, One day the big move will happen. And me too! 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. Or come with us on a birding tour of this amazing birding area. It was a very sweet time. It’s a classic isn’t it! There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. ... 2020. We always have such a good time on the island. Seriously. Hello to the Queen! ... Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2020. Clown makeup and dress aside the band was really amazing – great music. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. 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. But commercial anglers on the docks aren’t getting a cut of the profit. Read more. What a beautiful post! Mini holidays full of good times. There is fun to be had! Alison xo. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. 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 … And the ferries are the best! Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. The Mt. But it’s not all copacetic, resident Cheryl Trudell reports. 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. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. 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. Sitting on the ferry carrying us across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island I’m filled with a quiet excitement. He looks great! 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. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. Thanks Sandra. Can’t get better than that. Hope we can resume them next year. “You go home smelling like them, and your dinner tastes like them.”, Use of this Website assumes acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island, Published Monday, November 16, 2020 1:01PM PST, Last Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:36PM PST, Sea lion entangled in plastic rescued near Victoria, 2 confirmed dead, one rescued after fishing boat sinks off Vancouver Island, Man decapitated sea lion near Parksville to take skull, rowed away on homemade raft: witnesses, B.C. The colours get really intense. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. “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.”. 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. Wishing you well as you partake in your outdoor festivities. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. 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. Don’s a natural isn’t he! Hope you get back to Van Island one day. ( Log Out /  Barry Crow is the president of the Area D Gillnet Association and says his livelihood is in jeopardy because of the sea lions, and says it’s the largest gathering he’s seen yet. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Review Contents: Overview. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. I agree – can’t get much better than that combination. 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. Oh, the third photo, perfect! Wish we could have gone back this year. Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. And fun! Hope you get back there one day. 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. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. We can’t get as close as I would like. 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. Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. 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. It looks so lovely in your pictures; the autumn foliage is simply stunning. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. 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. A. I love the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! “When one of these guys rips a hole the size of a Volkswagen bug in your net and they do it 10, 15 times a day it's not fun for us at all,” says Crow, who lives just up the road from the breakwater. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. 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