Let’s dream, shall we? We are in the middle of a serious dump of snow here in Edmonton and it’s about this time of year I really start daydreaming about warmer places to live.
This October when we were in BC we headed on over to Vancouver Island. While on a day trip to Nanaimo from Victoria, we took the seaside village route, of course. Once I saw that sign there was no turning back. Seaside village? What?! That’s only my dream place to live!
And off we went.
I’ve never been to the Island and it’s been on my list to finally get over there.
We stopped for a few family pics and while I won’t bore you with all of them, I will share this priceless gem with you all.
Yup. My daughter’s photobomb sums up our crazy family.
Cowichan Bay is literally a small, seaside village. It’s adorable. As soon as we came down a little hill and turned a corner, I gasped. Then I informed Mike we were making an unplanned stop.
Oh my word, it was love at first sight.
It has a Maritime centre that the kids loved.
It has a Cowichan Wooden Boat Society.
Within that society is a small area that the kids can build their own wooden boats, which as you can imagine, was a hit with them both.
Everything about Cowichan Bay is seriously out of a novel. I’ve pictured a place like this a million times in my head.
The marina looks out onto the large, beautiful bay. Boats rock gently in the surf, shore birds call out in a cacophony of seaside sounds and the smell of the ocean…well, either you love it or you hate it.
There was so much seaside beauty to capture in the 15 minutes without rain (seriously, that’s all I had) that I had to choose my favorite scenes. This is one of them. The long dock with buildings is where the kids were building their boats and the end building is a display of older wooden boats.
I figure I could live in a float home quite happily. There are so many adorable ones there.
Can you imagine? Oh, I can. My heart can imagine living here, at least for a while.
I have made a new bucket list item of renting a float home for a month in the summer, just to see what it’s like.
I would be set in the town for a while. There are restaurants, a pub, a few stores (yes, a lot of touristy ones)..
..and a seriously fabulous bakery.
Oh yes, I’d be ok with staying on a float home for a while in Cowichan Bay.
To be honest, when you combine the lure of the seashore and the better weather that Vancouver Island has, I’m not sure why we haven’t moved there yet. We are going to try to go back this year and stay longer, to see what the summer is like perhaps and what the other parts of the island are like as well.
For now though, I’m going to dream about living in a float home in Cowichan Bay.
Could you do it? Would you want to live in a small community like this? Perhaps not in a float home, but in a house, in a seaside village? It’s not that far of a drive to the “big city” from there…
Wishing, dreaming and planning,