We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. 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. Wish we could have gone this year 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. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. One of my fave spots too. It’s really quite a spectacle. Thanks Cindy. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. And it just happens to come up in conversation. Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. 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. Review Contents: Overview. 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 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. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Thanks so much Sue. Thanks so much Caroline. Share. 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. 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. I’m glad you enjoyed coming along. Oh, the third photo, perfect! Mini holidays full of good times. 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. I’d not been there before and was completely blown away by all the fairy creatures. Alison. No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. But it’s not all copacetic, resident Cheryl Trudell reports. Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. Always it seems our trips to Vancouver Island are such a lovely time out. It was a very sweet time. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. 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. Alison. It’s really special. But they’re so much fun! Stay safe Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. Thanks Tracey. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. And me too! 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. We had a really lovely few days on the island. Now, with covid, it looks like it’s off the cards for a while longer . I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! Thanks! Yes it is. ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. ... 2010-2020. By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 2020. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. Date of experience: October 2020. “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.”. COWICHAN BAY -- Each winter they amass in great anticipation of the spawning herring, which happens in February. Fascinators? Larry Pynn. Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. The Brit royal family all wear them on special occasions – well the women do anyway. Me too. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages In the past few days I’ve seen the trail and low bushes completely carpeted with them. I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. The maples here are so bright. And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. Thanks so much Heather. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. 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. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. “They’re sinking my boats and damaging my breakwater but they’re an incredibly big draw for a lot of people.”. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. What a great experience you shared with us. And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. 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. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. Love it! Alison. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. Alison xo. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. Join us at Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre for a tour of the Cowichan Estuary in kayaks or canoes. Alison. 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. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) The visitors will continue to flood the town until these barking dock stars depart. Alison. I love that you are starting your own new traditions. There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. 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. How is it where you are? “It’s insane,” he says. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. The Mt. It’s a classic isn’t it! One day, we’ll be allowed again! I’ve read many good books, wrote stories and made friends on BC Ferries over the years. It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. Can’t get better than that. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. And fun! 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. And the ferries are the best! All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. Another gang-related shooting in Lower Mainland, Feds chose not to buy 16M more doses of Moderna vaccine. The colours get really intense. Quite fantastic. 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. What a delightful place! As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. . Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. It looks so lovely in your pictures; the autumn foliage is simply stunning. 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. The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. , Thanks so much Felicity. We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. We really missed it this year. And of course the hiking, being out in nature, is always the best! It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Love, love, love Vancouver Island. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! Nothing to be done but enjoy. He looks great! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! Oh and the boulder – a glacial erratic, I guess – wow, fantastic!! 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. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. 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. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? fisherman who tossed 'bear-banger' at group of sea lions facing large fine. ( Log Out /  5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. 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. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. Cowichan Bay Kayaking is a resident of Bluenose Marina. Apparently the name comes from the word fasten, not because tiny hats that perch on your head are fascinating. 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. Oh the tea party was so much fun! 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. Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. They turn brown within a day or so once they hit the ground though. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. 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. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. Seriously. Alison. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. 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. Hugs back I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. Now $89 (Was $̶1̶0̶6̶) on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. Thanks so much Sue. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Alison. ( Log Out /  Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. Wish we could have gone back this year. 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. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. What a lovely post Alison! Or come with us on a birding tour of this amazing birding area. We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of 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. ( Log Out /  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. 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. Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? 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 … For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. 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. “There's a lot of prime leather for work boots sitting there,” says Jones, who fishes out of Alert Bay. There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. That’s what I call a perfect day – friends, live music and hiking. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. 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. 69367 Read. Nothing can be done about the smell. 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. “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. Everything, from the forest-covered hills to the cool flowing river, to our lazy sun-warmed bodies, seems infused with contentment. But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. So random. Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. It’s just beautiful. These two visits were last year. He looks quite fetching. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. 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