Walking Holidays on the Sunshine Coast – #10 – Cliff Gilker Park & following the water down to the Salish Sea

Cliff Gilker Park  is zealously protected by a passionate community and with good reason.  Its 56 hectares are joined together with a series of well maintained trails and foot bridges that criss-cross back and forth over Roberts Creek as it funnels its way down to the Salish Sea.

Cliff Gilker Waterfall

Along the way the creek bed drops suddenly in elevation forming four  waterfalls. There are several viewing platforms and comfortable benches allowing one the opportunity to sit and contemplate the beauty of this endless cycle of Nature.

I took the Red trail today, a short 2 km loop which follows along the east side of the creek. The trails are well signed with a map at each intersection. Between stops for pictures and a leisurely pace it took just under an hour. It seemed like I had the park completely to myself as I saw only two other people.

I did have other companions, however, and could hear several species of feathered friends singing their songs of courtship and territory. The ripe salmon berries were a bright orange contrast to the verdant moss covered branches hanging above the misty waterfalls.

The water continued to flow, sometimes quickly, plunging over the rocks, at other times slowly, gathering in pools, but always propelled by the force of gravity. Leaving the park I took a short 5-minute drive to the mouth of Roberts Creek to see the water finally return to the ocean, where it will begin once again the cycle which will bring it back to the highlands behind the creek.

 

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About Coracle Cove

The Sunshine Coast is on Vancouver’s doorstep, and while it’s only 40 minutes away, it's one of BC’s best kept secrets. In Everything Sunshine Coast we’ll unlock the secrets and share our best insider tips to help you get the most out of your next getaway to the Sunshine Coast. Jack & Sheila Pope escaped to the Sunshine Coast over 35 years ago. They own Coracle Cove, a bed & breakfast and vacation rental business, and enjoy sharing the beauty of the Sunshine Coast with visitors from around the world. www.coraclecove.com
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