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“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.”. The tea party was great fun, and the band especially. Yearly Sea Lion Migration in Vancouver Island City. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Date of experience: October 2020. Is that Don in the net hat? Thanks! Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. 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I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. One day, though, this is the life we will get back to. 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 … 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! Discover the best of Cowichan Bay so you can plan your trip right. © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. Mainly it’s just us. Alison. Before you come, you need to understand that the marina deck and dock is not open for walking around and exploring. ... 2020. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. Thanks so much Sue. And really cool that you and I and Sue all posted about fairies this week! Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. Another emerging tradition seems to be hiking the 3.5 kilometre (2.1mi) loop trail in Stoney Hill Regional Park. I think Don should wear a fascinator more often! We return to Vancouver Island in late October to see the sea lions. Thanks so much Caroline. No wonder all the “shoulds” fall away. Nothing can be done about the smell. Thanks so much Sue. It has it’s own special energy that you just kind of sink in to. We always have such a good time there. And the tea party and C’s little beings spread around in her garden were all so much fun. Hundreds of sea lions descended upon the waters of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island this fall. Alison. Compare properties, read reviews, and book with confidence on Expedia. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. Share. Alison. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. Oh the tea party was so much fun! © Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2020. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. And of course the hiking, being out in nature, is always the best! Alison. Hopefully next year you’ll be back to the regular schedule. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. Hugs back Thanks Cindy. 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. 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. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! He looks quite fetching. The trail runs slowly up along the side of the hill. B.C. There are actually 2 boulders on Mt Zoo – side by side and equal in size. Cowichan Bay is a unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island. It’s a classic isn’t it! ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. Wish we could have gone this year They emanate such a contagious joythat we are all compelled to dance. Mercer says several sea lions sunk a sailboat tied to the breakwater last Monday morning. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. “It’s a big bachelor party out there,” says Mercer. Pinnipedia Sea Lions Each fall sea lions come into Cowichan Bay and haul out on the floating breakwater near the Government Dock. It was really heart warming to relive this time. What a beautiful post! 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. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Each winter they amass in great anticipation of the spawning herring, which happens in February. 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. Every year in late fall about 300 (yes I do mean 300!) 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. 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. Do you have a timeline? Wish we could have gone back this year. We sit out on the deck overlooking the marina and the setting sun, full of peace and joy and good food. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. ... Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2020. It’s really quite a spectacle. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Steller and California Sea Lions gather in Cowichan Bay to gorge themselves on spawning salmon and bask in the sun on the breakwater. Yes it is. Alison. You mean Don wearing a fascinator? 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 agree – can’t get much better than that combination. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. Can’t get better than that. Now, with covid, it looks like it’s off the cards for a while longer . They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Alison, Infectious fun, surrounded by beauty, Alison. All the Gulf islands are worth exploring. Alison. Alison. Clown makeup and dress aside the band was really amazing – great music. 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. “It’s insane,” he says. And it just happens to come up in conversation. 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. It’s just beautiful. So intriguing that we both wrote about fairies this week. 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. We head back to Vancouver and hunker down. Quite fantastic. The band was a riot; they generated was so much joy. Alison. Review Contents: Overview. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. The visitors will continue to flood the town until these barking dock stars depart. Mercer estimates 500 to 600 visitors come each day, with shopping bags and coffee cups in hand. Everything, from the forest-covered hills to the cool flowing river, to our lazy sun-warmed bodies, seems infused with contentment. 69367 Read. The band looks like so much fun, and so does the tea party! Change ). We really missed it this year. All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted 3,656 were here. Thanks so much Atreyee. But like you, I’m now starting to revel in the autumn, watching the turning of the leaves, and feeling them crunch underfoot. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Last updated June, 2020. Kyoto’s Magical Mountain – hiking from Kurama to Kibune. I’m glad you enjoyed coming along. Travelling through the world, and through life, feeling our way by the tips of our fingers. , Thanks so much Felicity. It looks so lovely in your pictures; the autumn foliage is simply stunning. Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! Also no trips to the island this summer. You could tell they’d been playing together for a long time. They don’t stand a chance. And other tales from Rishikesh, India, Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands. Not surprisingly the local boaters hate them. Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? Scores of residents and visitors alike take to the fishing wharf in the Bay to witness the smelly creatures lounging and barking. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. Love, love, love Vancouver Island. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. I’m in love with C and B’s garden…and with your photos of that snake and the lichen covered branch. The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. 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. They’re better than any bliss pill. There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. 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. ( Log Out /  Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. Thanks so much Heather. Travel guide resource for your visit to Cowichan Bay. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sitting on the ferry carrying us across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island I’m filled with a quiet excitement. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Accommodation; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Holiday Rentals; Vancouver Island Holiday Packages I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. 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. 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. It really is. Alison. Hope we can resume them next year. 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. “They’re large, stinky; there’s too many of them; they’re rude houseguests,” says Cowichan Bay harbour manager Mark Mercer. 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. 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. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island but have only really spent a couple of days there many years ago. . And C’s garden! I sink into a gentle peace as all the “shoulds” fall away. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. Both Vancouver and Vancouver Island are fabulous. I love this, especially the photos of you all in fascinators – the looks on your faces are priceless! Apparently the name comes from the word fasten, not because tiny hats that perch on your head are fascinating. Larry Pynn. 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. 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. 2020 Season Schedule Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. What a lovely post Alison! 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. It always feels like time out of time, like a long train journey only on water. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. Your posts never cease to amaze ~ so full of life and hope. That’s what I call a perfect day – friends, live music and hiking. Mt Tzouhalem, four kilometres from Duncan is threaded with hiking trails. Another gang-related shooting in Lower Mainland, Feds chose not to buy 16M more doses of Moderna vaccine. 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. Cowichan Bay’s floating breakwater is now a temporary home for sea lions. Wishing you a wonderful autumn. Gorgeous photos Alison. Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! Thanks for taking me back! The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. Jordan Cunningham Alison, Alison – You are such a wonderful teacher. And fun! Cowichan Bay is a small little picturesque waterfront community on the southern edge of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. Cowichan Bay Kayaking is a resident of Bluenose Marina. And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. Seriously. We always have such a good time on the island. Hope you get back to Van Island one day. I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. It looks like I need to organise a return visit…when we can again of course! Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . 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. How lucky for us that we’re there for Entangados, a band from Argentina that’s been around since 2004. Mini holidays full of good times. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. Stay safe Read more. 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. Alison, I’ve ridden that ferry, Alison, and your description of it feeling like “time out of time” is so perfect. It was Surati of course who told us about the sea lions. As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that So random. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. The colours get really intense. How is it where you are? Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020. “There's a lot of prime leather for work boots sitting there,” says Jones, who fishes out of Alert Bay. So sad we couldn’t go this year but some great memories. “If this continues, there won’t be a fish left in this bay.”. You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. 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. Fascinators? I too love the BC Ferry ride. ( Log Out /  It is a delightful place. The mad hatter’s party was so much fun. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Helpful. Thanks so much Julie, wishing you a lovely autumn too. “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. Alison. For the third time in as many summers we’re off to visit our friend Surati who lives near Duncan. And yeah, the sea lions were pretty amazing. 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. 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. Every year for 39 days there are outdoor concerts in downtown Duncan bringing the community together for free live entertainment. The Mt. Winter is coming. “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. We can’t get as close as I would like. LIVE: Update on spread of COVID-19 in B.C. The idea of a sea lion cull has been discussed, and fisherman Marvin Jones says he would support a harvest of the animals. 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. 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. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. I wish it had been this summer Patiently waiting until we can do things like this again. 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. What a delightful place! Businesses along the town’s historic waterfront are cashing in. Loving fall so far – cool sunny days, though as expected we’ve had a couple of serious downpours. ... 2020. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. Alison. And me too! Aren’t we lucky to live in this gorgeous country? Zoo hike photos are so nice…our Bigleaf maple leaves tend to get more brown than yellow. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. 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. Thanks Tracey. It was a fabulous trip – well both of them. 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. I just want to fly over to Vancouver Island and try all those hikes! Beautiful photos to match your writing…I hope to make it back to Vancouver Island one day. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? ... 2010-2020. Nothing to be done but enjoy. 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. 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 great experience you shared with us. 5pm News Anchor, CTV News Vancouver Island. We had a really lovely few days on the island. 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. Don’s a natural isn’t he! Your friend’s place is charming and Don looks ever so good in that fascinator (what fun)! A rather large colony of Sea Lions hang out on the man-made floats just off the end of the Government Wharf. Thanks so much Randall. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But they’re so much fun! But commercial anglers on the docks aren’t getting a cut of the profit. 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 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. We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. And indeed we are so lucky to live here. Wessex Inn By The Sea. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. It’s really special. Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. There is fun to be had! And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. As you wander along Cowichan Bay Road you will smell fresh-baking bread wafting out onto the colourful street. Alison xo. 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. Doesn’t Don look dashing! My pleasure Kelly. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. Perfect for those who love the ocean and a focus on community. My pleasure. They turn brown within a day or so once they hit the ground though. 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. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. And of course once I knew about them I had to see them. “They’re sinking my boats and damaging my breakwater but they’re an incredibly big draw for a lot of people.”. I’m mourning the coming loss of all this. COWICHAN BAY -- Me too. But it’s not all copacetic, resident Cheryl Trudell reports. I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! And the ferries are the best! By Larry Pynn, on November 29th, 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. Originally published by https://sixmountains.ca. Alison, Don looks even more charming than usual in that fascinator . 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. 2 out of 5. 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. Thanks for taking us alone. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. Thanks Sandra. Hope you get back there one day. Alison. 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. But we are still close enough to appreciate their lumbering sea lion antics.The bigger ones eat about 16 kilos (35 lbs) of fish a day, and the Stellers weigh as much as 1000 kilograms (2,200 lbs). Businesses along the side of the Government wharf a fabulous trip – well of! 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