Cowichan Bay is a small little picturesque waterfront community on the southern edge of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. Surrounded by wineries, wildlife, fishing boats, and floating homes, it’s a sleepy little town (sleepy as in relaxed, not dead and boring) home to many artists and cottage industries.

Each year in late fall, hundreds of Steller sea lions and California sea lions take over a floating breakwater. They come from farther south to have a coho salmon feast as the fish wait in the bay before heading up the Cowichan and Koksilah rivers to spawn.

A large sea lion can eat up to 35 pounds of fish each day, and Steller sea lions can weigh up to one tonne each!

The sea lions are mostly males, and they arrive in late October and often stay until Christmas or New Year’s.

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