The Masthead building was constructed in the 1860s and operated as the Columbia Hotel. These days The Masthead Restaurant occupies the main floor of the building.
Next to it is the old Cowichan Shipyard. It is as closely intertwined with Cowichan Bay‘s history as the Masthead Building. Its original design has been maintained to this day including workshop and an assortment of tools that may still be used. The workshop part I have from hearsay, since it is very much private property, but what is visible from the road through the opaque-ish window panes looks like old style shipyard.
Here are a few more photographs of these two buildings starting with the Masthead.
Here are a few of the opaque-ish windows.
And there in the middle of the bay is a floating garden?
That was a short stroll along the seaside before my first cup of coffee. Just before getting to that coffee I met up with this Cowichan Bay pigeon. These birds have inhabited one of the Pier 66 buildings (in the roof and underneath the building) at least as long as I have resided on this island. When a few months ago I moved back to Cowichan Bay after 16 years, I was pleasantly surprised to see that these pigeons are still part of the scene.