The Sunshine Coast has endless stretches of craggy coastline, winding trails through verdant green forests, lots of funky little shops, and a laid back lifestyle, that we call coastal time.
But it’s still a bit of a secret to many, and if all you’ve got is precious little time, we’re here to help you out. Here’s a dozen great ideas for enjoying your weekend getaway to the Sunshine Coast:
1) Get an early start – take an early ferry – there’s always less traffic earlier in the day, and you’ve just added a few extra hours to your getaway. Snap off a few pictures like this as your ferry winds its way between several small islands. If you’re on Instagram, give us a tag #coraclecove
2) Pick up supplies for Happy Hour/ 2:30
Sechelt is a short half-hour drive from the ferry, along a relatively quiet, tree lined highway – there you can pick up a few happy hour goodies to celebrate your getaway
The Lighthouse Liquor Store boasts having the most comprehensive wine selection on the Sunshine Coast, as well as an interesting selection of craft style beers. Watch for them as you enter Sechelt (on your right)
Next, stop in at Plethora Fine Foods (@plethorafinefoods on Instagram) and ask James to help you put together a few little snacks – some tasty, imported cheese, a succulent charcuterie and other savoury treats – just enough to make up a tasty snack tray to enjoy when you arrive at Coracle Cove.
3) Check-in at Coracle Cove/ 3:00
It’s time to enjoy the magic of Coracle Cove (@coraclecove) Pour yourself a glass of your favourite beverage, and wander down to our dock with your snack tray. Settle into one of these comfy red chairs and close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax… you’re beginning to shift into coastal time.
4) Dinner / 6:30
The Lighthouse Marine Pub (@lighthousepub)– one of the most amazing views on the Sunshine Coast. It’s casual dining, on an expansive outside deck, watching all of the action – speedy water taxis, float planes landing, and pleasure boats heading off to another adventure. And, if it’s a little too blustery to sit outside, there’s a nice warm fireplace inside.
Anything from their menu with seafood is recommended – Warm Seafood Salad, Baha Fish Tacos, Seafood Curry Hotpot, and of course their Fish & Chips. If you’re wanting something more carnivorous, try the Braised Lamb Shank or the legendary Pile Driver.
Day 2 – Breakfast / 9:30
The Basted Baker (@bastedbaker) offers a creative and varied breakfast menu, updated constantly on the big tear sheets on the wall… a variety of Bennies served on a lovely soft biscuit, or a perfectly soft poached egg atop a kale/butter bean/avocado mash, a tempting selection of decadent treats, and an endless selection of some very fine hot beverages – traditional cappuccinos, lattes, cortados, and more exotic matchas.
6. Exploring Sechelt / 10:30
It’s time for some exercise and/or a little retail therapy. Head up Cowrie, where you’ll find an endless selection of small shops – Fossello’s (@fossellos), Moorestock (@moorestockoutfitters) and a newly expanded Source for Sports (@trailbaysourceforsports) – all have great selections for a variety of fashion needs and, let’s face it, we all need something new for our wardrobe…
Next, turn left at Trail. Fresh from the Coast (@freshfromthecoast) is a big, little store featuring locally made artwork by over 150 artisans, perfect for gift shopping, or for a special souvenir. Talewind Books (@talewindbooks) is few doors away, and they’re one of the last of the independents. Check out their extensive collection of books about all things Coastal BC
Did somebody say exercise… continue walking along Wharf, toward the ocean until you reach the seawall, a big favourite walk of mine. You can go to the left or right and I like to do the round trip, so turn left and halfway along the seawall is the grand Tori Gate, where you can walk out to the end of the pier, and find an interesting set of pictures depicting how the shoreline looked back in the early pioneer days.
The seawall continues to meander through the Sechelt Indian Band Lands, and at the end of the seawall, five majestic totems stare resolutely out to the ocean. These totems were carved in the mid 1980’s to honour each of the four tribes of the shishálh Nation, plus a fifth, to celebrate their achievement of self-government status, the first Indian Band in Canada to do so.
7) Lunch/ 12:30
Lone Wolf Bakery opened it’s doors this Spring (2018) and have quickly established a following for it’s breads: focaccia, baguettes and traditional style European boules, as well as almond croissants… and, which often sell out by early afternoon. They’ve recently added an array of hand-crafted succulent sandwiches and freshly made salads to their lunchtime menu. They’ve seriously moved into contention for the best coffee on the coast, sourcing their beans from Vancouver’s Matchstick Roasters. Located on Cowrie just off Wharf, so if you’ve taken the seawall walk you could cut over directly from the Tori Gate.
8) Escaping through Smuggler Cove/ 2:00
Now it really is time for some exercise and Smuggler Cove is also a favourite. Just 15 minutes up the highway – watch for the turnoff on your left. The first half of this well maintained trail system is joined together with a series of boardwalks traversing over and around small ponds, created by a busy family of beavers. Later the trail opens to sweeping views of Welcome Passage and Thormanby Island, before looping around to Smuggler Cove, so named for its colourful history. Nowadays, however, you’ll see only sailboats instead of sleek rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties.
9) Dinner / 6:30
The Wobbly Canoe (@thewobblycanoe) in Davis Bay, opened this summer, and judging from the line-ups and our own personal experience they’re a great choice for dinner. Their menu includes pretty-well everyone’s favourites, together with a good selection of beverages, including several local craft beers. But the highlight, is location, location, location. Facing west to the Salish Sea, you can catch the last hours of the sun and maybe a beautiful sunset.
10) Breakfast / 9:30
It’s your last day on the Sunshine Coast so we’ll reluctantly work our way back to the ferry. The Gumboot Restaurant, located in The Heart of Roberts Creek, definitely falls into the coastal time category. Try their Buddda Bowl… you’ll get a large healthy plate, mounded high with steamed greens, shredded raw carrots and beets, baked tofu slices, and brown rice with a rich and flavourful peanut sauce. If you’re into something more traditional, they’ve got that too, but it’s all about staying in coastal time.
11) Exploring Roberts Creek/ 10:30
After breakfast wander down the road toward the ocean. This beautiful mandala is a community project, re-painted every year by local Creekers. A few steps further will bring you to the magnificence of the Salish Sea and a beautiful, deserted sandy beach where you can walk, explore tidal pools, and collect an interesting piece of driftwood.
12) The Waterfalls of Cliff Gilker Park/ 11:30
Cliff Gilker Park is zealously protected by this passionate community. 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 back to the Salish Sea. In a few spots the creek bed drops suddenly, forming four waterfalls. Several viewing platforms and comfortable benches will allow you the opportunity to sit, enjoy some coastal time and contemplate the beauty of this endless cycle of Nature.
13) Langdale Ferry Terminal/ 2:45
If you’re travelling on the weekend, make a reservation for the ferry well in advance. Knowing that you have a guaranteed place on the sailing of your choice, you can continue this relaxing journey in coastal time. I hope you’ve had a great Sunshine Coast experience.
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