But they’re so much fun! © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. 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. Mainly it’s just us. Review Contents: Overview. As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. Seriously. Discover the best of Cowichan Bay so you can plan your trip right. Alison. Alison. . Thanks so much Sue. Cowichan Bay is a small little picturesque waterfront community on the southern edge of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. Stay safe Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages 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. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. ( Log Out /  Thanks! 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. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. Alison, Don looks even more charming than usual in that fascinator . Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. The maples here are so bright. Do you have a timeline? They don’t stand a chance. My pleasure. It really is. 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. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. Alison. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The colours get really intense. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. I’d not been there before and was completely blown away by all the fairy creatures. 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. Vancouver is a place that I have wanted to visit since I was a child and I read that it is a good place to see orcas. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. 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. There is fun to be had! Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 2020. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. One day, we’ll be allowed again! 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. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. 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We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. 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 … , Thanks so much Felicity. Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! They’re better than any bliss pill. ... 2010-2020. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. 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. Change ). Nothing to be done but enjoy. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. 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. 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. Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. Hugs back Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. Nothing can be done about the smell. And me too! Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. It is a delightful place. Fascinators? My pleasure Kelly. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. What a beautiful post! And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. Thanks so much Randall. Oh, the third photo, perfect! “They’re sinking my boats and damaging my breakwater but they’re an incredibly big draw for a lot of people.”. For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. We always have such a good time on the island. 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. ... Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2020. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? ( Log Out /  Alison. Love it! The Mt. We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. Also no trips to the island this summer. You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Thanks so much Atreyee. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. Thanks for taking me back! And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. 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. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. “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. Alison. Wessex Inn By The Sea. 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. Thanks Cindy. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. We really missed it this year. Jordan Cunningham ... 2020. It’s a classic isn’t it! 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. 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. Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. ... 2020. Yes it is. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. 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. Alison. Or come with us on a birding tour of this amazing birding area. 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. Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. 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. Beautiful photos to match your writing…I hope to make it back to Vancouver Island one day. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. 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