So random. 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. ~Terri, Those ferries are really a treat, especially in good weather. Dressed like clowns, and playing ska, rock, reggae, and salsa their performance is a fiesta of musical happiness, humour, and non-stop energy. The God of Rice – a Fushimi-Inari pilgrimage. You mean Don wearing a fascinator? “It’s insane,” he says. Is that Don in the net hat? There’s a whole different feeling on the island, as if everything is slowed down a little. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Stay safe The clown band was aaaaamazing – so much fun, and really good music. Oceanfront Suites delivers a boutique hotel experience in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party stole my heart – we have EVEN more in common than I realized. Alison, Pingback: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of BC’s Gulf Islands | Adventures in Wonderland. Alison xo. Alison. I love riding the ferries from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island but have only really spent a couple of days there many years ago. Thanks Sandra. “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. Don and I have never been to any of the other pubs but still say it’s the best! I absolutely love the ones you’ve posted and you make this trip sound fascinating on so many levels! Well, autumn isn’t much in California and I hope I can catch a glimpse of it in Calgary soon! As you say – one day we’ll be able to do that again. It has it’s own special energy that you just kind of sink in to. Do you have a timeline? 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. Your trips to Vancouver Island sound very refreshing. Thanks so much Darlene, you’re welcome. ( Log Out /  Doesn’t he just look fetching lol! But, as the season turns I am also reveling in all things autumn – the air of mystery, the crisper mornings, the shorter days. ... Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2020. We really missed it this year. He looks quite fetching. They emanate such a contagious joythat we are all compelled to dance. Mainly it’s just us. Above My Pay Grade: the joys and sorrows of photography competitions. Meanwhile you can get little peeks at the fabulousness of the lower mainland, and hopefully also get to the island eventually. , Clowns and elves not your thing eh? We’re so lucky to have friends there that we can visit. I did not know about the large congregation of sea lions at Cowichan Bay during the salmon spawning—on my list now! Not surprisingly, on the list of the ten best pubs in the Cowichan Bay area, the Cow Bay Pub comes in at number one. As for the rest – Vancouver Island really is quite wonderful. In the meantime, there are few quiet moments. After a while we head off to visit Surati’s relatives. I’ll be smiling at the thought of the impromptu mad hatter’s party for some time. You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. I haven’t looked at her post yet, but will sometime today. ( Log Out /  Save Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan to your lists. It’s really special. We always have such a good time there. 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. 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. Review Contents: Overview. Article content continuedHowever, Andrew Trites, director of the University of BC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said there is not enough evidence that 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. Cowichan Bay is a unique and historic waterfront community on southern Vancouver Island. One Foot in Front of the Other – living your best life is not what you may think. We begin with a hike through Sandy Pool Regional Park down by the Cowichan River. ... You might see humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions streaking through the water below your boat and bald eagles flying overhead. Alison, Don looks even more charming than usual in that fascinator . Super 8 by Wyndham Duncan. They’re better than any bliss pill. The Argentine band looks like they’re great fun. Love it! Jordan Cunningham . The island is great for hiking, and there’s loads of good hiking close to Vancouver too. We’ve lived in Van for many years, and have quite frequently visited the island. 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Thanks so much Atreyee. Jones estimates a large bull will consume between 90 and 140 kilograms of fish per day. ( Log Out /  How is it where you are? B.C. Wishing you well too as you savour the autumn air. Do you need to wear a mask outdoors during the winter? Alison. And if it’s a still day down at the docks, Mercer says be prepared for a pungent bouquet. There are other part-time and full-time residents of the marina that we care about and are responsible to. The men wear top hats, but I think Don looks especially fetching in a fascinator I’d not been there before and was completely blown away by all the fairy creatures. That’s what I call a perfect day – friends, live music and hiking. 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. Gorgeous photos Alison. 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. COWICHAN BAY -- You’ll hear them before you see them, and if there’s not much wind you’ll definitely smell them. Wish we could have gone back this year. Find deals on Cottages in Cowichan Bay, Duncan. They turn brown within a day or so once they hit the ground though. 69367 Read. For me this is the first summer that I’ve felt I couldn’t really take it in because of the pandemic restrictions. ... 2020. They are so noisy the local hotel offers guests earplugs. Hope you get back to Van Island one day. Cheers- Susan, Thanks so much Susan. The island is so beautiful that getting out onto the trails is just about the best thing to do there. The maples here are so bright. 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. And the clown band seem like the perfect antidote to everything right now. Join us at Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre for a tour of the Cowichan Estuary in kayaks or canoes. ... Sea lions close up AMAZING. 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. Wessex Inn By The Sea. Always it seems our trips to Vancouver Island are such a lovely time out. I’ve seen orcas from them a few times. KKPSTEIN wrote a review Sep 2020. Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020. Alison, Loved everything but the singing clowns and the little elfish figurines scattered around the garden… both scare the hell out of me! Larry Pynn. Now £69 on Tripadvisor: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Bay. How lucky for us that we’re there for Entangados, a band from Argentina that’s been around since 2004. Save Wessex Inn By The Sea to your lists. But it’s not all copacetic, resident Cheryl Trudell reports. It’s been one of the best summers ever, with this final fall visit to Vancouver Island as a sweet coda. Oh the tea party was so much fun! My pleasure Kelly. Businesses along the town’s historic waterfront are cashing in. Alison. 2 out of 5. ... 2010-2020. 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. The sun arrives, and at the river Surati and E swim in the cool water while Don and I laze on the beach. Love the pictures of all the hikes, of course. Alison. Prices are calculated as of 14/09/2020 based on a check-in date of 27/09/2020. Cowichan Bay Family Hotels: Browse our kid friendly hotels in Cowichan Bay for your family trip. All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted Sea Lion videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Sea Lion . Mini holidays full of good times. 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. Some wonderful pictures of a place I am missing right now. If there are any in the area the ferries always slow right down. It’s really quite a spectacle. 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. I love the tea party and Don’s fascinator. C and B ’ s Gulf Islands village of Cowichan Bay: Saturna Island: unspoiled gem of ’! 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