But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. ... 2020. My pleasure. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Thanks! 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 indeed we are so lucky to live here. Alison. Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. 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. A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. Oh, the third photo, perfect! And C’s garden! As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. And fun! Alison. Is that Don in the net hat? The mad hatter’s party was so much fun. It is a delightful place. Winter is coming. I just want to fly over to Vancouver Island and try all those hikes! Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. They don’t stand a chance. Review Contents: Overview. ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. Alison. ( Log Out / Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. What a great experience you shared with us. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. It’s really quite a spectacle. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. 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. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. 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. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. He looks quite fetching. The colours get really intense. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. 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. And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. Everything, from the forest-covered hills to the cool flowing river, to our lazy sun-warmed bodies, seems infused with contentment. ... 2020. 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. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! Alison. 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. Pinnipedia Sea Lions Each fall sea lions come into Cowichan Bay and haul out on the floating breakwater near the Government Dock. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages We always have such a good time on the island. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. Last updated June, 2020. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. 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. COWICHAN BAY -- 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. It’s really special. It was really heart warming to relive this time. These two visits were last year. 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. 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. Oh the tea party was so much fun! 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. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! 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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. Hope you get back there one day. The visitors will continue to flood the town until these barking dock stars depart. Thanks Cindy. 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 … 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. Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. They’re better than any bliss pill. 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. 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. Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. ... 2010-2020. I sink into a gentle peace as all the “shoulds” fall away. 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. We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. Thanks for taking us alone. Thanks so much Randall. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. Stay safe One day, we’ll be allowed again! It was a very sweet time. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. I love that you are starting your own new traditions. And the ferries are the best! Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. The maples here are so bright. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. Cowichan Bay is a unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island. Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! There had been some event where everyone had to wear a fascinator and C has the entire collection at her place. Hope we can resume them next year. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. 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. Every year for 39 days there are outdoor concerts in downtown Duncan bringing the community together for free live entertainment. ( Log Out / Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. 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. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. The Mt. Alison. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. Hello to the Queen! Love it! We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. 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. One of my fave spots too. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) They turn brown within a day or so once they hit the ground though. All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. Businesses along the town’s historic waterfront are cashing in. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! Me too. How is it where you are? 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. Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. Alison. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. Wish we could have gone this year 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. . Wishing you a wonderful autumn. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 2020. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. The trail runs slowly up along the side of the hill. Seriously. Alison. It really is. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. The Brit royal family all wear them on special occasions – well the women do anyway. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. Clown makeup and dress aside the band was really amazing – great music. Doesn’t Don look dashing! Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. Mini holidays full of good times. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. 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. Thanks for taking me back! Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? He looks great! Oh and the boulder – a glacial erratic, I guess – wow, fantastic!! And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. So random. I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. 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. ( Log Out / I too love the BC Ferry ride. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. 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. A. I love the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Wessex Inn By The Sea. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. 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. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. “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. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. 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. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. 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