Posted by: cherylyoung | March 9, 2012

Explore the extensive rocky shoreline, lagoons and tidal pools of Smugglers Cove


In summer there is usually a fair collection of boats in

Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park, a small

picturesque all-weather anchorage located on the south

side of Sechelt Peninsula on the Sunshine Coast.


Smuggler Cove, perhaps the most popular on the

Sunshine Coast, is a maze of rock faces, sand flats,

rocky nooks and mini bays, with three large anchoring

basins for cruising boats.

The origin of the name Smuggler Cove is subject to

much speculation.


One theory holds that the bay was used by one

Larry “Pig Iron” Kelly to pick up Chinese labourers to

be smuggled into the United States after the building

of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Another story is that the concealed cove was used

as a transhipment location for the smuggling of bootleg

liquor, produced on neighbouring Texada Island,

into the US during the prohibition era.

Given the cove’s proximity to Secret Cove, one can

conjecture at some connection.


Smuggler Cove serves as a jumping-off point for

paddlers wishing to explore several offshore islands

in what is arguably the most scenic location on the

Sunshine Coast.


Visitors should note that the two small summer

homes on islets in the cove are private property

and should be respected as such.

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is

permitted year round when accessible and only in

the 5 designated sites located in the basin of

Smuggler Cove Proper, in the Cove.


This is approximately 1 kilometre from the vehicle

parking area.


Extensive walking trails meander through the peaceful

forest offering spectacular views of Georgia Strait

and Welsome Passage.

Naturalists can explore the extensive rocky shoreline,

lagoons and tidal pools of Smugglers Cove, providing

hours of enjoyment.


Swim, fish or enjoy a leisurely paddle in the cove’s

calm, sheltered waters.


Sea cucumbers lie on the submerged rocks, and

ducks and geese cruise around the of cove.


Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park is located

south of Secret Cove on the Sechelt Peninsula of

British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.

The sheltered and popular 185-hectare marine park,

which surrounds Smuggler Cove, can be accessed by

boat at the north end of Welcome Passage.


The park can also be reached by vehicle off the

Sunshine Coast Highway 101, between Halfmoon Bay

and Secret Cove, at Brooks Road. From the parking

lot, follow a 1.3-km easy hiking trail to the park.


The Powell Forest Canoe Route is located within the

Sunshine Coast Forest District.


This area contains numerous lakes and creeks with

a variety of physical features ranging from deciduous

covered lowlands to rugged mountain peaks surrounding

the ‘fjord-like’ lakes. Known as the Northern Sunshine

Coast, this area is extremely scenic and offers a variety

of recreational activities.

There are currently 20 Forest Service recreation sites

located along the canoe route and adjoining lakes.

The canoe route has a unique logging history dating back

to the early 1920s.


Evidence of the old logging practices can still be found

along the route.


The area also supports several active logging operations

and serves as a good example of integrated forest



Access to the Powell Forest Canoe Route can be gained

by following Highway 101 to the Canoe Main logging road,

just east of the Lois River near Lang Bay (21 km east of

Powell River), and driving up the mainline.


Follow the signs and Branch 41 to the Lois Lake

Recreational site, approximately 7km from the highway.


Access to Canoe Main and Lois Lake is not restricted.

However, caution should be exercised, as there are

active logging roads crossing the Canoe Main.

Access via Goat Main, Stillwater Main and Lois Main is

restricted to weekends and weekdays between 6 pm

and 6 am only.


Signs at the entrance to these roads should be obeyed.

Drive slowly and carefully when using all forest roads.


In general, drivers should take care when driving on all

active logging roads, as there may be unscheduled

logging traffic at any time.


The preferred time to travel the canoe route is between

May and October.

. In order to avoid adverse grades when portaging, the

preferred direction to paddle the Powell Forest Canoe

Route is Lois Lake to Powell Lake.


Keep local wind conditions in mind when paddling Lois,

Horseshoe, Dodd, Goat and Powell Lakes. Paddlers should

leave word with a responsible person indicating where you

are going to paddle and when you expect to return.


Wear a life jacket or a personal flotation device and carry

emergency supplies including extra food, a change of

clothing, rain gear, a boat repair kit, and survival equipment.

Map of the Powell Forest Canoe Route

(Courtesy Sunshine Coast Forest District)






VICTORIA B.C www.cherylyoung.caq





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