Summer Activities on the Sunshine Coast
Known for its 2,400 hours of sunshine each year, The Sunshine Coast is an obvious choice for vacationers looking for weather proof plans. But, as the days get longer and the mercury rises, so do the variety of summer activities and the hardest is deciding where to begin. For a complete list of summer festivals, check out this link.
This is your travel day and it's always prudent to have a reservation for the ferry (Reservation Hotline 1-888-223-3779) The sailing across Howe Sound is beautiful - have your camera ready. The best seats are at the front of the ferry on the passenger level. The upper deck is also great for soaking up the sunshine.. After disembarking, you'll have a 40-minute drive before arriving at Simply the Best. If you need any supplies you can pick them up enroute - there's an IGA in Wilson Creek (25 minutes from terminal) and a wine & beer store (Lighthouse) in Sechelt just before you turn off to come to the beach house.
After you arrive you'll definitely want to relax. Head down to the waterside deck and take it all in. You'll see a flotilla of work boats heading home for the day, or a sailboat or two heading up the Inlet.
Dinner tonight is at The Pebbles Restaurant (604-885-5811) - call ahead to make your reservation and ask for a window seat looking out on to the ocean - you may see some cruise ships heading up to Alaska. If you want to stretch your legs before or after dinner, we suggest a stroll along the Sechelt seawall.
Smuggler's Cove is our destination this morning - a half-hour drive up the coast. The walk should take no more than 40-50 minutes and will give you a great introduction to the pristine beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Forested boardwalks and trails offer sweeping views of Welcome Passage and Thormanby Islands. At this time of the year, you'll likely see several sailboats moored within the protected confines of the Cove itself.
For lunch, head back toward Sechelt, turning right at Redrooffs Road and then right again to the Halfmoon Bay General Store to pick up your lunch. They have great Paninis and baked sweets. Head down the road to the Government Wharf for the best "restaurant" view you can imagine.
After lunch, follow along Redrooffs Road to Sergeants Bay Park for another pristine Sunshine Coast experience (see our Blog posting for more information) If you're interested in birding, this is a rich habitat with over 150 species. Our dinner recommendation for tonight is The Old Boot, serving fresh pasta and seafood.
The Skookumchuk Rapids are one of the greatest natural spectacles in British Columbia, where the tidal current can reach speeds of over 30 km/hour. You'll often see white water kayakers, surfing the huge standing wave, especially during a flood tide. Today requires some planning, based on the best viewing times for the Skookumchuk Rapids and these Tidal charts are available to plan the timing of your visit.
There are also several artist galleries that are definitely worth visiting while you're in the area - Flying Anvil Studio, Fibre Works Gallery and Motoko Gallery are some of our favourites. For lunch, stop in at the Grasshopper Pub. So with these options you can plan your day around the best viewing times for the Skookumchuk.
Depending upon your viewing time for the Skookumchuk, you may wish to have dinner in the area and we strongly recommend The Painted Boat. If you're back in Sechelt at dinner time, try the Sushi Bar 5517. It always gets great reviews from our guests.
Day Four - a Saturday
Today is a Saturday activity so feel free to shift the order of the itinerary. The Sechelt Farmers & Artisans Market is the largest on the Sunshine Coast and takes place between 8am & 1pm. It is always a very popular activity for locals and visitors looking for fresh produce or something special as a keepsake reminder of the Sunshine Coast - potters, photographers, jewellers and more.
After the market head down to Wilson Creek to Strait Coffee - they serve much more than great coffee - check out our blog posting. After lunch enjoy a brisk walk along the Davis Bay seawall and savour the view. Mosaic Market is just across the street and houses a great selection of collectables.
Our special dinner suggestion for tonight is The Blue Heron, recommended by Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest. Reservations are strongly suggested - 604-885-3847
Today is a little more relaxing. Yoga by the Sea, located in Roberts Creek, offers a full schedule of drop-in classes for all ability levels. After a morning of stretching and meditation slip over next door to the Gumboot Restaurant for a lingering lunch. Afterwards, head down the road to the ocean and enjoy the view - if it's a low tide you can take a good long walk along the beach.
Pick up a copy of the Purple Banner Studio & Gallery Guide and choose from over 25 studios to visit on your way home. Tonight's dinner recommendation is at the Lighthouse Pub - casual food, with an outside patio offering spectacular views of Sechelt Inlet, complete with float planes and boats coming and going.
We'll start off today with a pleasant walk around Sechelt Marsh (see Blog posing for more information) You can make the loop around the marsh as many times as you like - there's always something to catch your eye. Wheatberries in Sechelt is a great option for a quick lunch.
For the afternoon we suggest a round of golf (9 or 18) at the Sechelt Golf & Country Club which features generous fairways and large gently sloping greens, with views of the snow capped coastal range and beautiful Porpoise Bay. If golf isn't your game, another option is Kinnikinnick Park just across the road where you'll find a well laid out system of interconnecting trails. You're in the neighbourhood for our dinner recommendation for tonight, The Augusta Grill, back at the golf course.
This is another travel day option with our suggestions bringing you back toward the ferry terminal. Lower Gibsons Landing is a great place to explore more galleries and the harbour, with over 20 studios listed in the Purple Banner Guide. Don't forget to take a picture of iconic Molly's Reach.
You'll enjoy our lunch recommendation. Smitty's Oyster House offers the freshest of seafood and you'll be seated at a communal table just a few feet from the salty brine (and yes, we do have a blog on Smitty's) After a leisurely lunch you can head down a quiet road that will bring you to the ferry terminal.
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