My not so secret, favourite Christmas recipe…

Last week I blogged about some of my favourite Christmas traditions -  gathering with a large group of friends and family to walk through the woods in search of the perfect Christmas tree; building a large beach side bonfire to watch the Carol Ships sailing by at night; and best of all, attending a wonderful Winter Harp concert. All of these are annual Christmas traditions that I look forward to at this time of the year.

Christmas is also about food and each year I’m responsible for organizing my Men’s Group to make about 350 rum balls for the Christmas Cookie Sale at our church. These rum balls are an extremely popular item and are likely the reason why line-ups appear well before the doors open.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Some of the guys in my group barely know how to boil water, so over the years I’ve had to perfect the recipe and simplify the process to ensure that all 350 rum balls are made to the same exacting standards that our door crashing, Christmas cooke sale customers have come to expect.  Herewith, is my not so secret, favourite Christmas recipe…

You only need six ingredients so gather the following together:

  • 2 1/2 cups of Vanilla Wafers (you could also use chocolate or Graham)
  • 1 1/2 cups of walnuts (Martha Stewart likes to toast these for extra flavour)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of dark rum
  • 1/4 cup of corn syrup

Dump the first four ingredients into a food processor and whirl it all together until you get a loose crumb.  Pour this into a large bowl and set aside. Add the last two ingredients into a smaller bowl and mix well. Add the wet to the dry mixture and mix until the liquid is completely absorbed and a large dough ball can be formed. Add more rum if you need but only a tablespoon at a time. Refrigerate for half an hour or so. Make yourself a cup of coffee while you’re waiting. You can add a drop or two of rum… just for quality control, mind you.

The size of the rum balls is a matter of individual choice. We usually get 30-40 rum balls from this recipe but church cookie sales are a serious business and we’re not giving them away. Start by dividing the big dough ball into 4 parts – you should get 8-10 balls from each quarter.

Now comes some fun. Pour a little cocoa powder into a cereal bowl and drop in one or two rum balls. Twirl the bowl around and Voilà…  the rum ball is coated with cocoa. You can do this with some powdered sugar as well, or even some ground nuts that you’ve toasted, just like Martha.

Rum Balls mature in flavour with age so start early and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator for at least a few days before serving. I like to wrap them in some cheese cloth that I’ve soaked in a little more rummmmm….

 

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Christmas – what’s your favourite tradition?

I love the Christmas season and eagerly anticipate the annual celebration of its rich traditions. This is especially so for the annual Winter Harp performance which comes early to my community. The costumes are a feast for the eyes but it is the contemplative music that leaves me wrapped snugly in the Christmas spirit.

Three beautiful harps, rare medieval instruments and percussion combine to perform an afternoon of festive carols and stories and a most hauntingly beautiful Christmas concert. The ensemble features Kim Robertson, one of the world’s top Celtic harpists and the ever popular narrator Patrick Ball.

Sechelt is the first of their concert series, and many Vancouverites have been known to take the short ferry ride to hear their performance in a more intimate setting. I’ve often been tempted to travel in the other direction to experience their concert in the majestic cathedral of  St. Andrews-Wesley United Church in Vancouver

Watch the video below, a most beautiful rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel. A singular voice accompanied by the  mesmerizing sound of a 9th century replica Spanish Organistrum and a medieval Bass Psaltery.

Christmas for me is a time to celebrate all these wonderful traditions – the Winter Harp concert, our annual Christmas Tree Brunch with family and friends, a large beach-side bonfire to watch the Carol Ships cruising by at night… it is a magical time to experience and enjoy, and it has begun, once again.

 

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Fourth Annual Art Crawl coming up soon – October 18-20

How often do you get to visit an internationally acclaimed artist in their own studio and watch them working at their craft? Well, if you take part in this year’s upcoming Sunshine Coast Art Crawl you’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise.  

Last year’s Crawl drew  275 talented artists from 110 studios and galleries who graciously opened their doors for this highly popular annual weekend event. With this much anticipated event less than a month away I’ve decided to re-publish this post from last year’s event.

There were several opening night receptions taking place up and down the Coast and Goldmoss Studio in Roberts Creek was definitely “the place to be.” Fresh from the Coast in Sechelt also attracted a good crowd, offering live music and a demonstration by local artist Brett Varney.

Artist: Brett Varney

Just a few doors down the street, Artworks celebrated their recent relocation to Sechelt with more food and music and a demonstration by contemporary artist Donna Swain. It was a magical experience watching this image emerge on her canvas.

As the evening progressed, a large crowd converged at RockHouse Studio... even the Mayor showed up to help celebrate Art on the Sunshine Coast.  RockHouse, as the name implies features a large granite interior wall which was an intersting counterpoint to the work of impressionist painter Dana Caple Smith.

Sechelt’s Mayor John Henderson with Dana Caple Smith

 

Saturday morning broke with unexpected sunny skies and I was really looking forward to visiting a “best of the best” list of Arts Crawl participants in Roberts Creek that had been recommended to me by one of the organizers. As a long-time Coast resident, I was aware of a number of artists located in this colourful, eclectic community but I was definitly in for a few surprises.

 This is it. Design, a glassworks studio is tucked away deep in the woods of Upper Roberts Creek, and this modernistic studio, filled with treats both inside and out, is now on my official visitors’ must see list.

Further up the road, as I drove deeper into the forest I found yet another hidden jewel, down a roadway behind this interesting street marker.

Andrew Dunkerton came to the Coast in 1975 and has lovingly crafted his beautiful post and beam studio from the trees on his small acreage. Andrew’s love of wood carries on into the studio where he has created beautiful Northwest Coast style masks and bentwood boxes.

My next stop was filled with more surprises. Goldmoss Gallery, with polished concrete floors, high ceilings and tall windows offering magestic ocean vistas beyond would not be out of place in an urbane setting were it not for the majestic tall cedars surrounding the gallery. Goldmoss, which opened in 2010 provides a mix of work by local artists Bon and Lee Roberts as well as others from afar, and their goal is “to provide original fine art to established and emerging collectors.”

Artist: Sally Michener

Sunday brought forth another sunny morning. It was going to be a perfect day for a drive up the Coast to visit a special studio in Halfmoon Bay. But first I wanted to re-visit the studio of Laurie Rolland. Laurie’s small tidy studio in Davis Bay belies her status as an artist whose pottery has been displayed internationally and held in both corporate and public collections, as well as my own.

George Pratt’s studio was the last on my list and I was looking forward to my visit.  Like many artists that I had met this weekend, George was drawn to the Coast as much by its lifestyle as its beauty.  His work is widely collected in North America by private individuals and corporations and several large works have been commissioned for public display in Canada. Some also  have been presentation works for foreign dignitaries including Prince Phillip and Bill Clinton. I was greeted by several of his creations as I walked up his driveway.

His home based studio, set on five acres of rock and trees offers inspiring panoramic views of Welcome Passage and Thormanby Island. More recently, this talented artist has turned to painting and coming inside his studio of vibrant colours was like a fine dessert to end this wonderful weekend.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Art Crawl. But more importantly I’ve got a great list of galleries and studios that I can re-visit myself and recommend to my B&B guests when they’re looking for intersting places to see on the Sunshine Coast.

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Walking Holidays on the Sunshine Coast – #9 – Sechelt’s Street Murals

We drive or walk by them every day without thinking,  yet there is an interesting story behind each of the many pieces of art found on the streets of Sechelt. I had the good fortune to take part in a recent tour of downtown Sechelt, led by our Arts Coordinator, Siobhan Smith, and came away with a deeper sense of pride in my community.

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These hydro boxes are a good example and a perfect place to begin. As part of the Sechelt Downtown revitalization plan, in 2008 the District of Sechelt commissioned artist Jan Poynter to decorate the unsightly, graffiti splattered hydro boxes.

The chosen theme was “Driftwood” and each of the three boxes depicts different phases of driftwood on the Sunshine Coast. The smallest of the three, located in front of The Dock on Cowrie Street, is titled Sandpiper Shadows and has a random texture of sandy greys and browns over all.

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Further down the road, on Wharf Street is a larger box featuring the typical rounded “seastone” shoreline, with heavy stumps and driftwood jumbled along below the dark edge of the forest. The pale native beach grass and evergreen salal makes an appearance along with the ever present gulls, crows, an oystercatcher and even a shy black bear peering from the darkness.

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In addition to Sechelt, there are now several painted boxes in other communities, including Gibsons, West Vancouver and the Village of Queen Charlotte.

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Here’s another example of creating art on a “canvas” that is sometimes the subject of an angry can of spray paint. This mural is one of many by artist, Dean Schutz and can be found on Teredo Street at Inlet Avenue. The Sea Wall was jointly funded by the District of Sechelt and Pharmasave, and was painted during the 2004 Sechelt Family Arts Festival.

Gone Fishing, another very interesting trompe l’oeil painting by Schutz can be found on the wall of the Sechelt Insurance building at the intersectiion of Highway 101 and Wharf and has fooled many a passerby into thinking they may actually be able to rent a room inside.

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Catch of the Day was painted by Gordon Halloran in 1997 and can be found on the Bank of Montreal building at the east end of Cowrie Street. Halloran is another Sunshine Coast artist with a huge international reputation, making his Olympic debut with a new art form, Paintings Below Zero at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and later at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver when he created Ice Gate, a glacial wall 100′ long by 14′ high.

Catch of the Day, a 1997 Downtown Revitalization project was based upon an old  photograph found in the community archives. Taken in 1912, it shows Captain Patrick O’Kelly standing with members of the Sechelt First Nation on the Sechelt wharf in Trail Bay – all holding their catch of salmon. This particular photograph had been  commissioned by Sechelt pioneer entrepreneur Herbert Whitaker to be displayed at Canada House in England to attract tourists to the Sunshine Coast.

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Here’s another example of a creative use of wall space that might otherwise become an  target of unsightly graffiti, and in this case it was created by a trio of graffiti artists, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

After viewing Catch of the Day, walk down the alley behind the Bank of Montreal building, about a hundred metres, and you’ll find this impressive wrap-around mural on two sides of the 6 Gill Custom Tattoo building. The mural took about six days to finish and was  done with acrylic spray paint by artists Jordi Ruiz, Nicole Steward and Severino Estevez.

Special thanks again to Siobhan Smith for her research and providing the information that gives meaning to the many pieces of street art in downtown Sechelt. If you’d like to read the first part in this series of Walking Tours of Public Art in Sechelt, follow this link

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Walking holidays on the Sunshine Coast – #8 – Sechelt’s Outdoor Sculptures

Tucked in between the Sechelt Library and the Visitor Information Centre, you’ll find a significant collection of public art. Recently, I had an opportunity to learn more about this  collection in a tour of the District of Sechelt Sculpture Garden, led by Siobhan Smith, Sechelt’s Art Coordinator and George Pratt, one of the artists.

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Summer Time was commissioned by the District of Sechelt and created by local resident George Pratt in 2009. Pratt’s work is widely collected in North America by private individuals, corporations and his giant jade carving, The Emporer’s Sunrise, was a striking focal point at the Canadian Pavillion during the 2008 Olympic Games in China.

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A sundial was Pratt’s initial idea when proposing Summer Time and he provided a most informative explanation of the workings and challenges of a functioning timepiece which connects the earth and the sun. At our latitude, however, the sun’s rays will stike the sundial for only part of the year… hence, the granite bear on the opposite side, asleep and hibernating, waiting for the sun’s rays to return.

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A Place of Infinite Beauty, Between Two Waters was carved by Michel Beauvais, another  resident of the Sunshine Coast.  Named by the Shishalh, the original inhabitants of the region, the word Sechelt means “land between two waters” and it was from our scenic region that Beauvais drew his inspiration. The polished finish which glistens in the sun is like the ocean waters, while the locally-sourced greenish serpentine stone colours are reminiscent of our Coastal forests.

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Time in its Flight was created by an artist, with deep historical roots to the Sunshine Coast. Anna Hanson’s inspiration comes from her grandfather, the late Dudley Carter who is famous for his monumental wood sculptures, two of which are in Sechelt. Like her grandfather, her material of choice is cedar, as are her tools – an axe, adze and chisel.

Time in its flight reflects the nature, environment and history of the Sunshine Coast. The large copper shield shape is akin to those used in potlatch ceremonies and combines two mediums, traditional western red cedar and contemporary aluminum.

The lower portion portrays simple pictographs, while above are waves and salmon forms in a traditional Coast Salish style. Atop are a fishing boat, sailboat and birds in flight with a stylized bird, perhaps a raven, reaching toward the sky.

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Across the street from the Library stands a lone totem pole, collectively carved under the leadership of Bradley Hunt. Hunt moved from his ancestral home in Bella Bella to  Sechelt in 1978 where he taught at our local elementary school. He was a much-respected teacher and carved the totem pole in 1985 together with his students and other Shishalh Band members.

This intricately carved totem has two main figures, the eagle and the human. The eagle is a highly significant symbol to the Shishalh people, while the human figure represents the teacher. In the body of this human is a smaller human representing the children. The traditional wealth symbol, the copper appears on this smaller figure – in this case the wealth of knowledge.

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Just up the street from the school is the Rockwood Centre, home to the very popular, annual Festival of the Written Arts and Sanctuary, by Dudley Carter greets visitors at the entrance to the gardens. Carter first came to the Sunshine Coast in 1927 and when the Great Depression took away his livelihood he turned to art. For the next 60 years he enjoyed a highly prolific and profitable career as a monumental wood sculptor.

As described by his grand daughter, Anna Hansen, Sanctuary speaks to the sacredness of the forest, nature and the environment. Condor, king of the skies is perched on top, while stylized plant forms boldly work their way up the central redwood column. A gentle, nurturing forest maiden stands lightly recessed, protected and enveloped by a concave redwood slab.

Special thanks to Siobhan Smith, Sechelt Arts Coordinator for the use of her notes which were invaluable in preparing this post, and more importantly for her leadership in enhancing and promoting public art in the District of Sechelt. Special thanks also to Tom Pinfold for many of the images in this post.

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A fine dinner in a very fine location on the Sunshine Coast

The Blue Heron Restaurant is a wonderful small country inn on the Sunshine Coast and is located just a short drive from Coracle Cove. It has been operated by a husband and wife team for almost twenty years. Manuel is an award winning chef who escaped from the hectic restaurant scene in Toronto to return, with his wife Gail, to her hometown on the Sunshine Coast.

The Blue Heron

The portions at the Blue Heron are always generous so sharing is a good strategy. The plate below is actually my half of the Digby Scallops wrapped in Proscuitto and it was the perfect starter for what I knew would be an evening of sampling many interesting dishes.

BLUE HERON APPETIZER

The restaurant is intimate, seating perhaps 25-30 and features a warm cedar post and beam interior with expansive west-facing views of Sechelt Inlet. We were able to enjoy this lovely sunset with a glass of wine. The menu offers a limited selection of decent wines, however,  you can bring your own and pay a $20 corkage fee.

ocean view from Blue Heron

Several of my guests have previously ordered the Seafood Trio and I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.   This entree comes with a choice of soup or salad. I chose the latter and was served a small caesar, carefully dressed. Next came four perfectly cooked prawns, a fresh salmon filet, and smoked black cod with tarragon sauce. Entrees are served with a side plate of steamed vegetables.

Seafood Trio at Blue Heron

My wife loves scallops and doubled up with her entree, Digby Scallops and Prawns, also served with the tarragon sauce.  Scallops are best when they’re just seared and while this can be a problem in a busy kitchen with getting them to the table, the chef and servers teamed up to nail it perfectly.

Prawns & Digbey Scallops at Blue Heron

Sheila is also a great fan of creme caramel and this demanding dish is frequently on her wish list, both at home and when we are dining out. Tonight’s dish, unfortunately, didn’t quite measure up to my own creations, so I guess I’ve still got a job.

Creme Caramel at Blue Heron

The raspberry tart that I ordered, however, was over the top. The fresh, tangy raspberry filling was just the right contrast after my seafood trio, and a perfect ending to this fine dinner.

Raspberry Tart at Blue Heron

All in all, this was a very fine meal and a wonderful treat for ourselves after a couple of very busy weeks. We’re so lucky to have this little gem, just a short ten-minute drive away.

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It’s so relaxing here you may not want to leave… a survival guide to staying at Coracle Cove

We’ve noticed that a lot of our guests don’t want to leave Coracle Cove once they’ve arrived. It’s quite understandable – it’s very relaxing here and the view’s not too bad either…

Winter Sunset on Four Mile Point

Choosing between the hot tub on the waterside deck and the big Adirondak chairs on the dock  may be the toughest decision you’ll make all day. It can get pretty comfortable, and like others you might want to just stay put…

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…because when the sun starts to set, that’s when the sky gets really interesting…

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So, before you arrive at Coracle Cove, you might want to make sure that you have all of your necessary food supplies.  Here’s a few of our recommendations:

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Claytons Heritage Market is a full-size supermarket and is located in the Trail Bay Centre Mall, in Sechelt. They feature the freshest produce, quality meats, a unique bakery, and a fabulous deli.

You’ll find a government liquor store right beside Claytons.  The store was remodelled and expanded this past spring and has a great selection of wines and craft-style beers.

On the other hand, you may just want to pick up some take-out and we’ve got some great recommendations:

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Daphne’s Restaurant, on Wharf St. offers a  Mediterranean and Italian menu and has a 91% Urban Spoon rating. 604-885-2008

The Old Boot is across the street from Daphne’s and describe their food as having a Western feel with Italian flare. 604-885-2727

Sushi Bar 5517 is just a few doors down the street and boosts a 96% Urban Spoon rating. They have an extensive Japanese menu and the sushi is great.  604-885-0220

… and if by chance you find yourself needing to do something about dinner, you can always order in and have it delivered. Saffron ( 604-740-0660) offers an eclectic menu of East Indian, pizza, pasta, ribs and burgers and you can order online.

So with a little bit of advance preparation you don’t have to leave – just stay put and thoroughly enjoy your precious getaway time.

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Your first day on the Sunshine Coast… things to do in Gibsons

The Sunshine Coast is an easy and affordable option for anyone needing a few days away. Imagine taking a stunning ferry ride to another world where the pace is slow, the scenery is breathtaking and the people are friendly.  The  Sunshine Coast is on Vancouver’s doorstep, and it’s only a scenic 40 minutes away, waiting to welcome you to BC’s best kept secret. In this series of blogs we’ll unlock some of those secrets and share our best insider tips on suggestions for “things to do”to help you get the most out of your Sunshine Coast getaway.

Our first piece of advice is to get an early start to the day. There’s less traffic on BC Ferries and you’ve just gained some extra hours for your getaway. Once you’ve boarded the ferry, grab your camera and head up to the outside deck. You’ll get some great pictures like this as the ferry winds its way between several small islands.

Lower Gibsons is our first destination, so break away from that pack of cars, turn left as you drive off the ferry and follow this quiet country road. Gibsons was originally a fishing settlement and this area still holds some of that maritime charm.  There’s a good variety of galleries, and casual cafes, including Mike’s Gelato, recently named  as one of the lower mainland’s Ten Best Places to get Gelato. If it’s lunch you’re after give Truffles a try for some hearty, flavourful soups and be sure to have one of their Ultimate Cookies.

You’ve still got lots of time before check-in so have a wander down the street. Just beside the iconic Molly’s Reach is a lane of the same name, where you’ll find one of our favourite galleries, The Beachcomber’s Daughter. Lori Gray is the daughter and her father was an active beachcomber back in the day. The original Beachcomber series based many of their episodes on his lifestyle.

There are several other galleries along this two block stretch as well as a number of interesting stores. Another of our favourites is The Waltzing Whippet which features fabulous home decor, jewelry, art and lots more…

Sechelt is only a 25 minute drive from Gibsons. Along the way you might want to pick up a few supplies before-hand so that you can fully relax on our waterside deck after you’ve checked-in. The IGA in Wilson Creek is a good stop for food provisons, and you’ll find a good wine selection at the Lighthouse Wine & Cold Beer store, just as you come into Sechelt.

Keeping with the relaxation theme, our dinner recommendation for tonight is casual and there’s no need to get dressed up. The Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant (different location) has a new chef and a new menu with lots of seafood options and their new wood-fired pizza oven is creating some delectable pizzas. The view from their waterside deck is absolutely outstanding so head outside and grab a table where you can be entertained with all of the activity of this busy little harbour and the endless vista of Sechelt Inlet, beyond.

After dinner head back home and return to our waterside deck. As the evening sets in you’ll be treated to an amazing display of stars set against the dark, dark country skies. Are you starting to feel relaxed…. wait till you see what we’ve planned for tomorrow.

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Sunshine Coast Day 2 – things to do in Roberts Creek

Roberts Creek is one of those small communities with a big character. It has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches, inviting long walks at low tide, a pristine forested park with endless trails, and a vibe that is laid back and full of interesting personalities. You’ve got lots of choices for things to do in Roberts Creek so lets get started.

You’re on a holiday and there’s nothing better for relaxing than a yoga class. My favourite studio is Yoga by the Sea.   The drop-in rate is only $15 for a two-hour class and they’ve got all the gear you need. The instructors provide a great mix of both mental and physical activity, the classes are small, and you get as much attention and help as you want. So don’t worry, be happy – give it a try.

If walking though a forested paradise is more your style, Cliff Gilker Park offers 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.

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

The Gumboot Restaurant, is located in The Heart of Roberts Creek and it’s my lunch recommendation for today.  Try the 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.

After a relaxing lunch head down the road toward the ocean where you’ll come first to the large mandala, a community project re-designed and painted every year by local Creekers and committed followers. If you’re there in late July you will be welcome to join in.

A few more steps will bring you to the magnificence of the Salish Sea and this beautiful, deserted sandy beach where you can walk, explore tidal pools and collect interesting pieces of driftwood.

Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 6:00 are market days so on your way home stop in at the top of Roberts Creek Road where you’ll find  freshly picked local produce, artisan baking and a tempting selection of jams and preserves.

My dinner recommendation for tonight is the Old Boot in Sechelt.  This is an easy and relaxing dining experience – the food is good, the servings plentiful, and the prices reasonable. The menu is just the right size with a selection of pastas, steak, ribs and seafood.

After dinner head back to Coracle Cove and down to your favourite waterside seat on our floating deck. Get ready for an incredible sunset. You’ve had a good day, feeding both the body and the mind, so take some time to remind yourself of just how much you have to be happy about.

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Sunshine Coast Day 3 – things to do in Sechelt

Today is a Saturday activity and is the third in my series of blogs in which I unlock the secrets of the Sunshine Coast, sharing some of my best insider tips to help you get the most out of your getaway. Sechelt is close to home and offers a variety of choices in the things to do category – the choice is yours, a little or a lot

The Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market  is the largest on the Sunshine Coast, taking place every Saturday morning, and it’s a very popular venue for locals and visitors alike. It’s always very satisfying to be able to find locally grown ingredients, picked that morning, to prepare a meal .

To inspire you, here’s a recent meal we prepared, using all ingedients we found at the market. Our starter was a fresh Camembert made from local goats milk, followed by a simple green salad, freshly picked that morning, dressed with a tasty vinegrette. I bought a little jar of pesto made from wild nettles and cashews,  and it was a perfect compliment to go with some fresh asparagus and nugget potatoes. I was also able to find some Halibut which we cooked very simply in a little brown butter.  Dessert was simple – a medley of freshly picked berries with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.

But the market isn’t just about food. The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest per-capita populations of artists in Canada, and several of them are set up every Saturday at the Market. The artistic quality is very high and includes potters, photographers, and jewelry makers.

Peggy Collins is a nature photographer, and this image is one of my favourites.  It’s easy to spend several hours at the market and the vendors are always happy to talk about their products.

After the market, you have a couple of great options for walking tours. The first is a tour of the Public Art Sculptures that are immediately adjacent to the Farmers Market. Follow this link to read more.

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There are several First Nations Totem Poles in the area. Walk toward the ocean and pick up the sea wall walk… you’re in for a real treat as the view is outstanding. I like to do a circular route, walking first to the right and then retracing my footsteps and continuing on until I reach these magnificent totem poles. follow this link for more information about a Walking Tour of the Totems of Sechelt.

photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Tourism

photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Tourism

You’re probably ready for lunch by now and there are lots of good choices in Sechelt –  Ty’s Fine Food and Wheatberries are my favourites. But if you want to do some more exploring  head down the highway to Wilson Creek. Strait Coffee has been a leader in creating a coffee culture on the Sunshine Coast and they’ve created an environment that simply allows you to savour that perfect cup.

After all this activity it’s time to head back to Coracle Cove. Pick up a nice bottle of wine at the Lighthouse Wine Store and enjoy your fresh, locally sourced Sunshine Coast Dinner on your favourite waterside deck.

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