Hi everyone, we really hope you had a great weekend, we sure did!  For today’s post we’re taking a look at what appears to be an old abandoned house situated near the Maple Bay Marina, in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  The thing about living on Vancouver Island has to be all the wonderful little things we find when we pay attention to our surroundings.  Living in a rain forest has its benefits, with one of them being the way that buildings weather over time due to the damp and usually slightly chilly climate we live in.  The prime beneficiary to all this has to be us roving photographers; we find the oddest things.

Abandoned House - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned House - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Just off a windy little country road that leads in and out of our 2 local marinas in the Cowichan Valley sits this building.  It appears to be an old homestead, my guess would be probably around 70-100 years old now, but that’s just a wild guess.  It appears to be abandoned, or at most it now serves as a storage facility for another resident nearby.

Abandoned House - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned House - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

The window on this side is boarded up, there is really no front stoop or step to allow easy access to the building, but all the other windows are totally intact, if not a little dirty.  A rusty 50 gallon container sits in the front yard, a remnant of the previous tenant.  Moss has taken over the roof entirely now and parts of the fascia and siding are starting to make their slow march to earth, beckoned by Mother Nature and gravity.  It won’t be long now, this house will start to merge with the grounds that surround it and years from now very little will be left.

And directly across the street from this scene, on the edges of the ocean at Birds Eye Cove, we see these wonderful fences and gates, all which pen in some of the most incredible homes in the area.

Gate - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Gate - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

The combination of immaculate maintenance of these homes and surroundings coupled with subtle weathering on the wood gates really makes for a strong sense of contrast.  Old and new each fill the area entirely, providing deep, rich character.

Gate - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Gate - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Quaint is the word that comes to mind.  The shadows and light dance gently across our scene here highlighting the wonderful gate and it’s details.  A strong connection with our history and past can be felt in the area and is accented by all these wonderful historic pieces we encounter as we make our way around.  Through the gate, we can see the inlet to the Maple Bay Marina; these folks live in heaven.  You can almost feel the stress of the day fading away as we soak it all in here…

Thanks for your visit today, folks, we sure do appreciate it!  Please stay tuned, we’ve got some pretty great stuff coming up this week and are looking forward to sharing with everyone some pretty unique sights and back stories.  As always, we totally encourage everyone to leave us some comments as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!!




  1. I want to peek inside this little Gnome Home! I love the creeping vine and the propped- up 2 x 4 sharing the side of this little structure. The gate leading to the marina is sooo tempting; I hope there are images of the marina waiting for us in your photo que!

  2. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great images Toad. It does amaze me sometimes where you have such big contrasts across the street from one another. Maybe the inhabitants were really Hobbits that moved underground!

  3. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Wow that’s cool. Really nice view between the gates!

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    That is quite the contrast and your photographs contrast it perfectly. Wonderful.

  5. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Wow, odd that the little abandoned home would be left standing so close to the other nicer ones! Another gem Toads!

  6. avatar chris maskell says:

    Really loving this toad. Great shots, great write up

  7. Really great images.. are you willing to share your post processing techniques..

    • Yep! I’ll send you an email, we’ll see what you’re after there Maurice, but I’m all to happy to pass along some info… 🙂 And thanks for your kind visit and for taking the time to comment, we really do appreciate that!

  8. Super Post today Toad!! The second to last photo is just outstanding!! Love it!!

  9. avatar Jim Nix says:

    looks great Toad, love all the details and greenery, looks so peaceful there!

  10. avatar Curt Fleenor says:

    What a stark contrast in scenery! I love the little arbor in the last image.

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