Activities in the Area
The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place, with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. Our bed and breakfast is well positioned to enjoy a number of the most popular sights.
Francis Point Provincial Park
Walk only a few hundred feet out our door and you're on the trails of Francis Point Provincial Park (shown below and in the banner of this page). This 81-hectare waterfront park contains a fragile ecosystem of the elements that make the Gulf of Georgia unique, including intricate coves, windswept pines, moss-covered rocky headlands, and towering old-growth trees. It's a pristine spot for hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. A one hour hike along trails leads to a viewpoint at the top of Francis Peninsula, with scenic views of the surrounding islands. On one branch of the trail, steps descend a rocky bluff to the oceanfront. Due to the sensitive nature of this ecosystem, we encourage you to stay on the trails, pack out any garbage you create, and avoid collecting any material on your walk.
Francis Point Provincial Park
The Lower Sunshine Coast is a large peninsula roughly parallel to the mainland, with the protected Sechelt Inlet behind it. At the north of this inlet there is a narrow opening through which a huge volume of seawater passes as the tide ebbs and flows. At maximum flow this creates the unique sight of ocean rapids, running like a river. A hike out to Skookumchuk (which means "strong water") is a must for visitors. Following a half hour drive, a forested trail leads to the two viewpoints. The trail is mostly flat and wide and easy to walk; just be careful of your step at the end as you reach the rocky bluffs. Sometimes you'll catch site of expert kayakers paddling the rapids.
See the Best Viewing Times for the day of your visit. Allow 30 minutes to drive there and an hour to make the 4 km (2.5 mile) hike out to the point.
Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet
We can't imagine a nicer outing for a sunny day than a trip up Princess Lousia Inlet to see the stunning Chatterbox Falls. This gorgeous remote inlet provides a real taste of British Columbia. Several outfits offer boat tours up the inlet.
The tour takes about 5 hours. You'll see waterfalls, native pictographs, glaciers, and early settlement areas. We recommend Sunshine Coast Tours, which includes commentary by the boat operator, who will point out many interesting features during the 30 mile trip.
Tour Pender Harbour by Boat or Kayak
Francis Point lies along one side of Pender Harbour, an intricate sheltered harbour with many nooks and crannies. It's a beautiful corner of the planet that can be best appreciated from the water.
You can catch the Slo-Cat (pictured) for a guided tour around the harbour, or rent a kayak from Malaspina Water Taxi and go solo. (Malaspina Water Taxi also offers boat tours to the isolated 243-hectare Jedediah Island Park, which has 5 km of walking trails and boasts a variety of wildlife.)
Golf on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is home to four golf courses, with Pender Harbour Golf and Country Club only a 10 minute drive from the B&B. This nine-hole course is open to the public and is set in a forested area, with mountain views. It offers an unusual and challenging mix of gently sloped and hilly fairways, with water hazards scattered strategically through the course. The club's patio serves drinks and meals.
Many locals moved to the Sunshine Coast for the pleasant blend of small towns and rural character, so it's no surprise that the area is home to many horses and riders. Nearby Malaspina Ranch offers horseback riding to visitors. You can call them at 604.883.1126 (home) or 604.989.2729 (cell).
Most of us think of the tropics as having the best scuba diving locations, so you might be surprised to discover that the British Columbia is home to a number of world-class diving sites, including Skookumchuck Narrows, the sunken HMCS Chaudiere or the lively Tuwanek Marine Park. The water may be cold (some prefer to use a dry-suit), but it's well worth it, as there is so much marine life to see, and typically very clear water. You can dive off the beach with your own gear, or contact one of the local outfits to supply equipment and/or boat transportation to your dive site. If you're not yet a diver, but want to be, stay a while and obtain your certificate with a local diving school.
Fishing opportunities abound, with both fresh water and salt water options. Our B&B is well positioned for both. Around Pender Harbour, fishing lakes include Garden Bay Lake, Hotel Lake and Mixal Lake; a bit further afield are Trout Lake to the south or Ruby Lake and Sakinaw Lake to the north. Or let Pender Harbour Charters take you out to the best spots on the ocean. If you're fishing on your own, be sure to check out limits, licenses and regulations, as well as red tide closures.
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