Trip 257 - June 16, 2022 (Thursday)
Smuggler Cove Trail Hike
Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park
Near Halfmoon Bay (BC Sunshine Coast)
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Liked: A short and easy trail to excellent cove/shoreline views and marsh/wetlands views. Shade in the forest. No bugs. An open air biology and zoology class with numerous information stands along the trail.
Of Note: Steep unbarricaded drop-offs at the main cove viewpoint. Uneven ground and slippery stones by the cove shore. Rocks and roots, a few moderately steep sections, hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 9 (Sechelt) C4.
Related Website: Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.
An easy trail of 1.65 km long leads from Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park parking lot by Brooks Road off BC Highway 101 on Sunshine Coast (ferry from Horseshoe Bay gets you there from the Lower Mainland) to the beginning of a 700 meter-long loop around Smuggler Cove, with several excellent viewpoints. Even before you get to the loop, the trail goes by a very long and absolutely beautiful wetlands/marsh area, the largest and the most picturesque that we have ever seen in British Columbia.
In addition, there are about ten information stands along the trail describing local flora and fauna - everything from mosses and lichens to beavers and ducks. It's an open air biology and zoology lesson in a very beautiful setting.
All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.
1. Here is a Google map of Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park.
2. We are on BC Sunshine Coast, Northbound on Highway 101, North of Sechelt, with 150 meters to go before a left turn to Brooks Road.
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