And C’s garden! Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. 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. Thanks Tracey. Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Is that Don in the net hat? I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. Nothing can be done about the smell. Alison. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. Gorgeous photos Alison. Alison. Fabulous fotos of one of my most favorite spots on earth. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. Every year for 39 days there are outdoor concerts in downtown Duncan bringing the community together for free live entertainment. 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. Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. “It’s insane,” he says. It really is. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. 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. They emanate such a contagious joythat we are all compelled to dance. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. Read more. This year of course, there was no trip to the island, and only a virtual 39 Days of July, though no doubt the sea lions are still visiting. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. ... 2020. They don’t stand a chance. Those in the forest where you hiked are so happy-looking. And other tales from Rishikesh, India, Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands. The Brit royal family all wear them on special occasions – well the women do anyway. 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. These two visits were last year. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. But they’re so much fun! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. Don’s a natural isn’t he! ... 2020. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. 2 out of 5. It’s a classic isn’t it! Fascinators? Mini holidays full of good times. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. There had been some event where everyone had to wear a fascinator and C has the entire collection at her place. Oh the tea party was so much fun! “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. Thanks so much Caroline. Book Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay on Tripadvisor: See 315 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. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. Seriously. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. You mean Don wearing a fascinator? 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. 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. COWICHAN BAY -- Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. The mad hatter’s party was so much fun. 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. It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. Discover the best of Cowichan Bay so you can plan your trip right. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. What a great experience you shared with us. Thanks! And fun! “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.”. Thanks so much Randall. Winter is coming. 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. Stay safe It is a delightful place. Clown makeup and dress aside the band was really amazing – great music. Jordan Cunningham “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. What a delightful place! Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  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. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. Hello to the Queen! 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. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. 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. While tourists enjoyed a world-class wildlife spectacle this month — Steller and California sea lions hauled out on the Cowichan Bay waterfront — Cowichan Tribes engaged in a “demonstration” commercial fishery of chum salmon. The colours get really intense. 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. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. Thanks Sandra. A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. “There's a lot of prime leather for work boots sitting there,” says Jones, who fishes out of Alert Bay. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. Hope you get back there one day. Alison. 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. 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. 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. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages 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. 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. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? Everything, from the forest-covered hills to the cool flowing river, to our lazy sun-warmed bodies, seems infused with contentment. Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. Love it! I agree – can’t get much better than that combination. I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. 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. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. 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. How is it where you are? , Thanks so much Felicity. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. Here is the briefest selection:Late afternoon we hike the Cowichan Bay Estuary Trail, a 4.2 kilometre (2.5mi) loop. Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. Beautiful photos to match your writing…I hope to make it back to Vancouver Island one day. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. Thanks so much Atreyee. We really missed it this year. 69367 Read. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. B.C. ... 2010-2020. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Apparently the name comes from the word fasten, not because tiny hats that perch on your head are fascinating. Last updated June, 2020. 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