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There are many different kinds of activities for everyone on the Sunshine Coast. Looking for adventure? That's easy! Hike a 2 1/2 mile trail through a lush 307 acre rain forest to view the world famous tidal ebb and flow of the Skookumchuck Rapids.
Or perhaps a tour up the Princess Louisa Inlet where you can marvel at the beauty of Chatterbox Falls. Charters leave from Egmont Harbor, only five minutes away. Read below about the other great things to do while vacationing on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada.
World Famous Princess Louisa and Chatterbox Falls
"Spend time ashore in this granite bordered fjord. Like everyone before you it will dominate your future dreams. It was carved by the force of glaciers. The steep sides are mirrored in tranquil waters. Waterfalls are numerous, and change with the passing of each weather system. Every encounter with this wonderland is unique."
- Quoted from Sunshine Coast Tours
Stop in at Off the Edge Bike Shop in Sechelt and they can give you a full rundown on all the local trails and mountain biking in the area. They can even arrange a guided tour on one of the many trails in the Halfmoon Bay area.
There are several hiking trails in the area ranging from a 15-minute stroll to a 1-hour hike. Explore the 10,000 year old growth forest of the Caren Range, or Skookumchuck Narrows with 5 meter (15 ft) tides and the largest salt water rapids next to the Bay of Fundy.
Boating and Beaches
The dock is great for swimming or you can explore the lake in a non motorized boat or canoe. Just down the road is the community of Egmont and the world famous Skookumchuck Narrows where you can watch the extreme white water kayakers ride the waves in the tidal flow. If you like boating you can rent a boat at Lowe's Resort or Buccaneer Bay and cruise around the inlets and bays or maybe a fishing charter from Secret Cove is more your speed.
British Columbia has been rated by National Geographic and many famous divers, among them Jacques Cousteau, as the fourth best dive spot in the world. February 2003 issue of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine rates B.C. as the top overall dive destination in North America. Drop down and visit some of the largest species of octopus in the world, friendly wolf eels, sea lions, pods of orcas, white-sided dolphins and stellar seals. Do you like to scuba dive on wrecks? The Sechelt Inlet has one of the most spectacular wreck dives in British Columbia. It was an exciting day when this graceful ship was sunk in deep water to begin her life as one of the largest diving wrecks on the Pacific Coast. The HMCS Chaudiere is just a short boat ride from the head of the Sechelt Inlet and must see for all avid divers. For all your diving requirements visit the local dive shop, the Sunshine Coast Diving Shop in Sechelt .
Fishing and Boat Charters
There are a variety of saltwater and freshwater fishing spots available on the Coast. Tackle sales are provided at most marinas. Or enjoy a day trip in the beautiful Princess Louisa with Sunshine Coast Tours.
Golf course information for the Sunshine Coast, BC:
Pender Harbour Golf Course
13823 Highway 101 - Madeira Park tel: 604-883-9541
Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club
3206 Highway 101 - Roberts Creek tel: 604-885-9212
Sechelt Golf and Country Club
6177 Ripple Way Sechelt tel: 604-687-4653 (Vancouver number)
Malaspina Ranch, in Madeira Park, offers guided tours. Call 604-883-1126 to reserve a time.
Take a scenic tour of Princess Louisa Inlet and Sechelt Inlet with Midcoast/Tofino Air. View the website for schedule information and contact numbers depending on your area. Call Toll Free 1-888-436-7776 for reservations.
For more activities visit our local tourism portal - The Sunshine Coast.com