You can most certainly thank the lovely Mrs. Toad for the title on today’s post.  We have a 1 in 7 chance it’s accurate, too!  On that note, you should probably pop back around on Friday.  After a hectic work-week, a visit to the bright and happy town of Cowichan Bay may just be what the doctor ordered.

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape - Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape – Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We’ve been so lucky here on Vancouver Island this winter, we’ve managed to somehow elude the traditional and typical snow event that has such a big impact on day-to-day life.  We’ve had tons of drab and grey days, as to be expected living in the heart of the Pacific Northwest rainforest, and on days like we had this past weekend there is no better experience to be had than to head out on the back roads of the island on a journey of discovery and delight.

The tiny community of Cowichan Bay is right in The Hollow’s backyard, so to speak.  A few brief minutes away from our house and we find ourselves immersed in a quintessential island spot, complete with all the character of a small town and the wonder that is found enjoying life ocean side.  Don’t let the bright sunlight and vibrant colors fool you, by late in the afternoon both Mrs. Toad and I had frozen flippers as we called it a day and headed for that much-lauded glass of wine we had been looking forward to.

This scene was shot near the Cowichan Estuary looking across the water from the town of Cowichan Bay.  The terrific wooden sailboat we see here is aptly named “Friday”, literally welcoming and beckoning a weekend spent enjoying the sights.  Even after a stressful week, a few minutes spent in town taking in all the spirit and character it has to offer, and the modern trappings literally fall away leaving you feeling as if you’d just had a vacation.

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape - Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Bay Oceanscape – Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As you turn to face the other direction, a completely different scene emerges.  The visual dichotomy of finding such a large freighter moored just offshore in such a tiny bay is something that is difficult to appreciate without being here in person.  These ships are massive ocean-going vessels that travel the world’s oceans bringing goods to many ports, the west coast of Canada being just one of the scheduled stops.  Sometimes when you visit Cowichan Bay you will find several of these ships parked, and other times there are none to be found.  Our tree-covered mountains roll over the rugged landscapes, and the scale of both the ship and it’s environs is not evident at first glance, but rest assured it is indeed significant.

Do you have special places like this where you live?  Places that can take you away in a moment to enjoy a few hours, yet at the same time leave you feeling as if you’ve had a wonderful vacation to a far-away and exotic location?  Please feel free to tell us about it, or share any comments you may have below, in our comment’s section.  We love to hear from all our visitors!!

  1. avatar ehpem says:

    Great post Toads. Cow Bay is such a nice place.

    No snow? The reason is that this winter, for the first time ever in 41 years of vehicle owning on Vancouver Island, I bought snow tires and rims and installed them. Nearly a grand in expenditure so I could work up island in the winter (I was stranded in snow with summer tires last winter). Same idea as bringing an umbrella, just way more expensive. Even so, perhaps it was worth the cost.

    • Oh wow, ehpem, this winter is, er, um, YOUR fault!! LOL We’ve been so lucky this year, my good friend, no doubt about it. Keep those tires close by, though, this won’t last forever and by next winter you will be singing the praises of being prepared with terrific snow tires!! 🙂 Thank you SO much my kind friend, we truly appreciate your visit today, and the terrific comments you’ve left!

  2. avatar Don Barton says:

    He, Toad. I love the shot of the sailboat, but I do find the moored freighter a little disturbing.

    Last week I drove along the Great Ocean Road on the south-east coast of Victoria, Australia and was delighted to capture this image. It makes me truly thankful to live in this beautiful part of God’s creation during the southern hemisphere summer and in Vancouver during the norther hemisphere summer.

    • Don, once again, many heartfelt thanks for your visit and comments!!! We sure do appreciate it! That freighter does seem a tad bit out of place doesn’t it? I think that is actually why I enjoy shooting subjects like that, showing the contrast between man and nature, especially when the man-made object is so HUGE! 🙂

      I LOVE YOUR HDR SHOT, Don!!! Absolutely amazing!!

      • avatar Don Barton says:

        Thanks, Toad.

        I was just reading your blog post on “Two Toads Against The Oil Giants“. It is shocking what men will do for short term gain. Keep fighting the good fight, my friend.

        • We tend to try and keep our noses out of political issues as we love to focus on the positive aspect of life here on the island, but every once in awhile one must stand up for what they believe in. Thanks for all your support and encouragement, Don, I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Frozen flippers aside at least I don’t see any snow in these pictures. It’s days like these (when its -20) that I feel I should make the move out west. Beautiful images!!!

    • Edith, we’ve got TONS of room out here for you and your family, pack on up and head west, my friend!! 🙂 We’d love to have you out here!! Seriously, though, thanks once again for all the support and encouragement you give us here at The Hollow, we simply cannot tell you how much we appreciate it my friend.

  4. avatar LensScaper says:

    I wish it was Friday! – I’d be on my way away for the weekend if it was. But it’s Wednesday and the sun has shone, and what a huge difference that makes at this time of year when we are all just fed up with winter and long for the feel of warm sun on the skin and that fabulous blue sky.

    • Well said, Andy, I am sure you are not alone in your sentiments my friend! I know we agree!! 🙂 Many heartfelt thanks for popping by and visiting us, and for leaving these very thoughtful comments we are sure everyone will enjoy. Cheers, my friend!

  5. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    How fortunate you are to have all of this so close to you.
    Truly, just beautiful.

  6. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I am so jealous that you have no snow on your beautiful island Toad. The winters are starting to get to me and I am actually considering to live in different places. Maybe I will consider your beautiful island! Great shots my friend.