Golf

If golf is your game, there are four courses. (On the Pender Harbour fairways, it would be unusual not to see elk!) A rite of passage on a coastal sojourn is to visit Skookumchuck Narrows Park, located on the northeast edge of the peninsula. You follow an easy four-kilometer, forested trail to reach Skookumchuck rapids – a rush of tidal water forced through a narrow, shallow channel that is the fastest ocean rapids in the world. When the churning water is at its highest, thrill-seeking river kayakers play in the wild whitewater. Check the tides and time your visit so you arrive about 30 minutes before high tide. You sit on boulders to watch the tide rise and then enjoy the antics of the water daredevils. Most of them are pretty good at staying upright. Do take care as the Skookumchuck is dangerous at any tide change. There are two fenced viewing areas suitable for families or those with pets, so make use of them to be safe.

 

Boat Country!

This is boat country: sign up for a fishing, sailing or sightseeing charter or join a kayaking excursion. In Robert’s Creek, Alpha Adventures & Education offer lessons, rentals and guided trips. An outing with Halfmoon Sea Kayak means a paddle to hidden inlets, islands inhabited by seals, and to one of BC’s best beaches on nearby Thormanby Island. Kayak the Coast Ecotours will introduce you to the Sechelt Inlet including native pictographs and bird sanctuaries.

 

Princess Louisa Inlet Cruise

For a memorable cruise, visit Princess Louisa inlet. You ogle incomparable scenery as you travel up the Sechelt Inlet. Past a mosaic of green shrouded mountains, and lichen-spangled boulders, you cruise through a narrow inlet, that Captain Cook mistook for a river, and into Princess Louisa Inlet. (At the mouth of the inlet is the gorgeously-set Malibu Club, a rustically comfortable retreat that, in September, is the site of an arts weekend.) It’s a shame the intrepid explorer missed this magical enclave where mountains tower and waterfalls – sometimes as many as 60 – adorn granite faces like lacy curtains.
PRINCESS LOUISA INLET DAY TRIP

Trip duration: 6-hour day
Depart 10:30 am

There are scheduled two stops in Princess Louisa Inlet with approximately 40 minutes ashore beside Chatterbox Falls and another 40 minutes at the Malibu Club and subject to activities at Young Life’s Malibu Club, a second 40 minutes there.

 

SCUBA

These waters are equally enticing when seen from down under. In fact, the Coast is ranked among Canada’s best places to scuba dive because of the diversity of geological features and marine life. “Divers come from all over the world to see the great array of marine life including the giant pacific octopus and the deep walls of fragile cloud sponges,” says Tony Holmes who, along with wife, Ruth, owns Suncoast Diving in Sechelt.

 

Eco Tours

Further along the Coast near Madeira Park, Georgia Strait Dive & Eco Tours will arrange dive, fishing or kayak excursions aboard a 37-foot cruiser.

 

Biking

This water-bordered region also ranks highly with the lycra-clad set. Day cyclists spill off the ferry and pedal to Sechelt or, a few kilometers farther to lunch on the sunny deck of the Wakefield Inn, and return to the city on an evening ferry. The undulating highway — there are limited sections with cycling lanes — makes for a strenuous, satisfying day. Weekend pedlars camp at Roberts Creek Provincial Park and enjoy the beach. The prime challenge is a multi day, 400-kilometre circuit that departs from Vancouver, covers the Sunshine Coast to Powell River, then a ferry ride to Vancouver Island where you head south to Parksville and then a ferry back to Vancouver.
Also, the Sunshine Coast’s hillsides are riddled with mountain biking trails. There are over 400 km on a network of more than 100 trails for mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels.

 

Hiking

Hikers and birders revel in the variety of trails here. It’s tough to choose from among so many but for a good work-out and unprecedented views, my choice is Mount Daniel in the Pender Harbour area. Allow about an hour-and-a-half to reach the top which is strenuous but well worth the sweat. The panoramic view is of islands and ocean that seem to go on forever and you’ll be eye-level with soaring eagles, ravens and turkey vultures.