For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. And C’s garden! Hugs back Cowichan Bay Kayaking is a resident of Bluenose Marina. Thanks Sandra. But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. 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. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Wishing you well as you partake in your outdoor festivities. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. In the meantime, there are few quiet moments. 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. “There's a lot of prime leather for work boots sitting there,” says Jones, who fishes out of Alert Bay. 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. My pleasure. It is a delightful place. 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. Jordan Cunningham Thanks so much Atreyee. 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. Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. Alison, Don looks even more charming than usual in that fascinator . Thanks Cindy. 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. And me too! We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. Clown makeup and dress aside the band was really amazing – great music. Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. Fabulous fotos of one of my most favorite spots on earth. “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. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. 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. 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’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. That’s what I call a perfect day – friends, live music and hiking. Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. Another gang-related shooting in Lower Mainland, Feds chose not to buy 16M more doses of Moderna vaccine. How is it where you are? Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. 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. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. Love it! Always it seems our trips to Vancouver Island are such a lovely time out. I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. Discover the best of Cowichan Bay so you can plan your trip right. “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. Larry Pynn. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. Yes it is. 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. Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . Alison. Gorgeous photos Alison. A. I love the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. The colours get really intense. And the ferries are the best! A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. 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. 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. Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. And fun! Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. It’s a classic isn’t it! Winter is coming. 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. Thanks so much Heather. I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020. 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It’s really special. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Thanks so much Randall. It’s just beautiful. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages It really is. Quite fantastic. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! You mean Don wearing a fascinator? But they’re so much fun! 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. Wish we could have gone this year Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, 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. What a lovely post Alison! By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 2020. Oh, the third photo, perfect! 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. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. 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. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay: Sea Lions Galore - See 315 traveller reviews, 117 candid photos, and great deals for Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay at Tripadvisor. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. Is that Don in the net hat? And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. Nothing to be done but enjoy. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. How lucky for us that we’re there for Entangados, a band from Argentina that’s been around since 2004. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. Thanks for taking me back! So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. ... 2020. ... 2020. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. 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. Alison xo. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. And indeed we are so lucky to live here. I too love the BC Ferry ride. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. I’m glad you enjoyed coming along. Thanks! 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. “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. Read more. And other tales from Rishikesh, India, Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. And it just happens to come up in conversation. They’re better than any bliss pill. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. fisherman who tossed 'bear-banger' at group of sea lions facing large fine. The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) 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. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. My pleasure Kelly. COWICHAN BAY -- Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. But commercial anglers on the docks aren’t getting a cut of the profit. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. I just want to fly over to Vancouver Island and try all those hikes! All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! Alison. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. We always have such a good time on the island. 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. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. 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. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. Alison. ( Log Out /  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. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that Thanks so much Sue. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. Thanks so much Caroline. 69367 Read. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. Beautiful photos to match your writing…I hope to make it back to Vancouver Island one day. Don’s a natural isn’t he! We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. They don’t stand a chance. I sink into a gentle peace as all the “shoulds” fall away. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. So random. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator Share. Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! Mt Tzouhalem, four kilometres from Duncan is threaded with hiking trails. It was a very sweet time. 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. Hello to the Queen! And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. These two visits were last year. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! We can’t get as close as I would like. No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. Oh and the boulder – a glacial erratic, I guess – wow, fantastic!! “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.”. 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