Sheila & I love to cook and when we go out for dinner the bar is always high. The restaurants in this list are the ones that we enjoy, so we’re comfortable recommending them. I’ve included TripAdvisor ratings to add a more measured perspective, but one mediocre review can often skew the results. So take the rankings with a grain of salt, perhaps a good quality sea salt from the west coast of Sicily…
The Sunshine Coast is still a bit of a secret – endless stretches of craggy coastline, winding trails through verdant green forests, and a laid back vibe, called coastal time that compels you to slow down. But if all you’ve got is precious little time, how do you unlock this secret?? We’ve put together an interactive map and 15 great ideas for enjoying three very full days on the Sunshine Coast:
1. Get an early start on your getaway – take an early ferry – there’s less traffic in the morning and you’ve just added a few extra hours to your getaway. Once you’ve boarded the ferry head upstairs and enjoy the view. Snap off a few pictures like this as your ferry winds its way between several small islands.
2. Lunch & Exploring Old Gibsons Harbour/ 1:00 – as the ferry unloads break away from the pack of cars … Continue reading
The relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty of Sunshine Coast has attracted an eclectic mix of people, many of whom are both creative and talented. Coasters also like to know where their food comes from, and a trip to the community market is a regularly scheduled event to pick up freshly picked supplies for a special dinner, and often to see what your favourite potter has just fired in her kiln. Continue reading
It doesn’t get much better than this – dining on the deck on a beautiful sunny day at the Lighthouse. It’s one of my favourite places to go and I definitely speak from experience when I recommend my guests to have at least one meal at the Lighthouse. Continue reading
Here’s another sign of Spring – the first day of the Sechelt Farmers Market. I’ve been watching the calendar for the past few weeks, anxiously waiting for this day to arrive.
I have a cold frame and if I can find a few lettuce seedlings to tuck into the warmed soil, I’ll be noshing fresh garden salads in just a few weeks.
I was in luck, and as you can see from the picture there was lots to choose from. Naturally I ended up with more than a few seedlings – two different varieties of lettuce, some arugula, kale and Pak Choi – but my container garden is well on its way. Continue reading
Our resident family of eagles have been extremely active lately. While their nest is hidden in the forest, as the day begins to lighten they return to their regular perches along our shoreline to watch for breakfast opportunities, and eagerly call back and forth to each other.
Occasionally one of the family will perch in our big fir tree and give us a great close up. It’s a magical moment for our guests and a reminder to always have your camera ready. Continue reading
Like a well choreographed musical, the Great Blue Heron has once again made its grand seasonal entrance to the stage at Coracle Cove, displaying its timeless evolutionary talents.
It brought back memories of another Spring day, when I was able to watch this beautiful bird standing patiently for several minutes, in a shallow basin of water at low tide. It was very focussed, not seeming to notice the close attention that I was paying to it at all, when suddenly its head plunged into the water. Continue reading
The Sechelt Marsh is a great place to stretch your legs with its winding trail around a small pond. The pond is fed by both fresh and tidal water, offering a rich habitat, and an abundance of ducks, mostly Mallards together with other common species. Continue reading
Grab your gloves and toque, winter is here and Dakota Ridge is a winter paradise just waiting to be explored. West coast winter rains mean fresh snow higher up on Dakota Ridge, and you’ll find world-class cross country skiing and snowshoeing right here on the Sunshine Coast. Continue reading
We continue to have periodic visits from these majestic birds throughout the year, and can often see them perched on our dock with their wings outstretched. Most studies suggest that Cormorants spread their wings simply to dry them, although some breeds do flap their wings as a courtship display. Continue reading