“If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. 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. The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. 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. 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. I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! I agree – can’t get much better than that combination. Read more. And me too! Thanks Cindy. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. 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). The sea lions remind me of several visits to the sea lion caves in Oregon – that smell is unmistakable and stays in your scent memory forever. Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. Every year for 39 days there are outdoor concerts in downtown Duncan bringing the community together for free live entertainment. For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. Mainly it’s just us. He looks quite fetching. Apparently the name comes from the word fasten, not because tiny hats that perch on your head are fascinating. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The mad hatter’s party was so much fun. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. Alison. It’s a classic isn’t it! Thanks so much Heather. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. Alison xo. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. ( Log Out /  However they are obviously quite at home in Fanny Bay, for I later learned that Sea Lions can be spotted here at almost any time of year. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. . They turn brown within a day or so once they hit the ground though. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. Now, with covid, it looks like it’s off the cards for a while longer . I just want to fly over to Vancouver Island and try all those hikes! Nothing to be done but enjoy. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. Helpful. Thanks Sandra. And it just happens to come up in conversation. There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. 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. Wishing you a wonderful autumn. Jordan Cunningham Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We crunch our way through the fallen leaves, as the cool fall sunlight, filtered by the trees, lands on bright yellow leaves turning them luminous.Close to the top we come across two gigantic boulders, no doubt deposited there eons ago when a mammoth creeping glacier carved out the Cowichan Valley.At this higher elevation where the trees are more exposed to the weather, they are twisted and gnarled, and the thick green-grey lichen seems like a protective covering.And at the top there is the view towards Salt Spring Island and the Coast Mountains. They don’t stand a chance. “There’s not a lot of sleep around here,” says Jones. Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. 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. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. Also no trips to the island this summer. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. This is the first summer I’ve truly been able to take in the lush greenery, lazy relaxation, and ponderous heat of where I am. ... 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. It is a delightful place. Alison. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. Sitting on the ferry carrying us across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island I’m filled with a quiet excitement. There is fun to be had! 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. Hope you get back to Van Island one day. Hundreds of sea lions descended upon the waters of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island this fall. 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. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. Don’s a natural isn’t he! Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? We can’t get as close as I would like. Wish we could have gone back this year. They emanate such a contagious joythat we are all compelled to dance. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Another gang-related shooting in Lower Mainland, Feds chose not to buy 16M more doses of Moderna vaccine. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. But it’s not all copacetic, resident Cheryl Trudell reports. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. Wish we could have gone this year Last updated June, 2020. In the meantime, there are few quiet moments. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! 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The visitors will continue to flood the town until these barking dock stars depart. Hugs back Do you have a timeline? The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! Businesses along the town’s historic waterfront are cashing in. Cowichan Bay Kayaking is a resident of Bluenose Marina. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. Thanks so much Randall. But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. Seriously. Fascinators? Mini holidays full of good times. Alison. The Mt. We always have such a good time there. Alison, Don looks even more charming than usual in that fascinator . Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. Hundreds of them are visible daily on the dock, and locals say that’s a fraction of the actual number of sea lions gobbling chum salmon in the area. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! It looks so lovely in your pictures; the autumn foliage is simply stunning. What a beautiful post! 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. Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. Thanks so much Caroline. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. Beautiful photos to match your writing…I hope to make it back to Vancouver Island one day. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. 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. 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. And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. Thanks Tracey. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. How lucky for us that we’re there for Entangados, a band from Argentina that’s been around since 2004. Thanks for taking me back! ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. ( Log Out /  The locals call it Mt Zoo and it’s one of the most popular hiking spots in the area though when we go, when the fall colours are at their best and all is golden, there are very few other hikers. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island but have only really spent a couple of days there many years ago. He looks great! As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. Yes it is. 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. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Alison. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. Alison. Thanks! We had a really lovely few days on the island. Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. Oh and the boulder – a glacial erratic, I guess – wow, fantastic!! LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. I love that you are starting your own new traditions. And C’s garden! Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. “It’s insane,” he says. 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. My pleasure Kelly. There had been some event where everyone had to wear a fascinator and C has the entire collection at her place. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. Quite fantastic. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. Join us at Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre for a tour of the Cowichan Estuary in kayaks or canoes. All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted One of my fave spots too. One day, we’ll be allowed again! Larry Pynn. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. We really missed it this 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. How is it where you are? 3,656 were here. Nothing can be done about the smell. I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. And of course the hiking, being out in nature, is always the best! , Thanks so much Felicity. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. fisherman who tossed 'bear-banger' at group of sea lions facing large fine. Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. It was really heart warming to relive this time. Each winter they amass in great anticipation of the spawning herring, which happens in February. Alison. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. These two visits were last year. But commercial anglers on the docks aren’t getting a cut of the profit. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Alison. 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. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. 2 out of 5. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. Thanks so much Sue. Oh, the third photo, perfect! The band looks like so much fun, and so does the tea party! Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. Stay safe I’ve never understood how people can sit inside or see a movie on a ferry – there’s nothing better than being out on deck with the incredible view and the wind in your face. Hope we can resume them next year. In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. ( Log Out /  Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. It’s really quite a spectacle. 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. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. Alison. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. Cowichan Bay is a unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island. Share. They’re better than any bliss pill. A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! 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 … Hope you get back there one day. Change ). Alison. What a great experience you shared with us. Alison. 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. 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. 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 … Wishing you well as you partake in your outdoor festivities. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. 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. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. “There's a lot of prime leather for work boots sitting there,” says Jones, who fishes out of Alert Bay. B.C. Thanks for taking us alone. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. 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. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. Cowichan Bay, B.C., about 55 kilometres north of Victoria, is typically pretty quiet in November, but a colony of sea lions have made their home on the local docks. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Alison. 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. ... 2020. 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. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. 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. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! What starts as a cup of tea in the garden turns quickly into the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party since C just happens to have a collection of fascinators. We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. The maples here are so bright. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. “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.”. So random. We always have such a good time on the island. COWICHAN BAY -- Gorgeous photos Alison. 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. Love, love, love Vancouver Island. 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. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. It’s really special. Mt Tzouhalem, four kilometres from Duncan is threaded with hiking trails. And the ferries are the best! Hello to the Queen! It has it’s own special energy that you just kind of sink in to. One day, though, this is the life we will get back to. Fabulous fotos of one of my most favorite spots on earth. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. I’d not been there before and was completely blown away by all the fairy creatures. Ferries from Vancouver to the cool flowing river, to our lazy bodies. Even more charming than usual in that fascinator ( what fun ) and yeah, the sea were. Sea Lion cull has been discussed, and really good music the Island a few times is a. 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