Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. We always have such a good time on the island. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. 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. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. One day, we’ll be allowed again! 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. The Brit royal family all wear them on special occasions – well the women do anyway. I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. ... Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2020. 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. We always have such a good time there. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. 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. 69367 Read. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) It’s really quite a spectacle. Thanks so much Sue. 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. Gorgeous photos Alison. He looks quite fetching. We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. Love it! ( Log Out /  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. I agree – can’t get much better than that combination. Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. A. I love the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. Thanks so much Randall. Winter is coming. Stay safe Alison. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. 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. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. 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. Don’s a natural isn’t he! Fabulous fotos of one of my most favorite spots on earth. 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. Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. There is fun to be had! It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. But commercial anglers on the docks aren’t getting a cut of the profit. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. Helpful. As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. Alison. Is that Don in the net hat? What a delightful place! “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Read more. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. And fun! 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. ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. The colours get really intense. 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. I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! 2 out of 5. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Alison. The band looks like so much fun, and so does the tea party! Now, with covid, it looks like it’s off the cards for a while longer . Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? “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 have friends who live on Vancouver Island but have only really spent a couple of days there many years ago. There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. 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. And C’s garden! Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. 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. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. Review Contents: Overview. Alison. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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 … Oh the tea party was so much fun! The Mt. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. Alison. 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 … I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. COWICHAN BAY -- We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. 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. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. And of course the hiking, being out in nature, is always the best! Thanks so much Atreyee. The maples here are so bright. Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. 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. One of my fave spots too. I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. Seriously. They’re better than any bliss pill. 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. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. Thanks Cindy. A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. ( Log Out /  Alison. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Alison. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. Oh, the third photo, perfect! Nothing can be done about the smell. 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. It looks so lovely in your pictures; the autumn foliage is simply stunning. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? ... 2010-2020. Thanks for taking us alone. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. Thanks Tracey. 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. Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. Also no trips to the island this summer. Last updated June, 2020. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. ( Log Out /  “It’s insane,” he says. 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The trail runs slowly up along the side of the hill. 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. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. You mean Don wearing a fascinator? Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. 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. Hugs back Mt Tzouhalem, four kilometres from Duncan is threaded with hiking trails. Alison. Alison. 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. “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. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. 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. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. 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. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Wish we could have gone this year The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. Mini holidays full of good times. Alison. 3,656 were here. Thanks for taking me back! And indeed we are so lucky to live here. Alison. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. 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. ... 2020. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that It’s a classic isn’t it! ( Log Out /  Do you have a timeline? There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. 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. Quite fantastic. In the meantime, there are few quiet moments. But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. , Thanks so much Felicity. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. And me too! There had been some event where everyone had to wear a fascinator and C has the entire collection at her place. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. 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. Hope you get back to Van Island one day. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. 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. 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