Posted by: cherylyoung | May 30, 2012

The Sunshine Coast Trail stretches from the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal in the south to Sarah Point in the Word-famous Desolation Sound in the north.

 

On the north shore of Jervis Inlet on the

 Sunshine Coast of British Columbia,

Saltery Bay derives its name from the

 early 1900s when it was the base for a

Japanese salmon saltery and fish

 packing plant.

Salmon were purchased for the

 Coqueneet people of the Sechelt Band

who have fished these traditional waters

 for many generations.

 

Today, Saltery Bay is the terminal for

ferries sailing to the northern Sunshine

Coast from the Earl’s Cove ferry terminal

 on the southern Sunshine Coast.

 

BC Ferries operates 10 scheduled daily

 sailings from Earls Cove on the Sechelt

 Peninsula across Jervis Inlet to

 Saltery Bay.

 

 The ferries carry both vehicles and

passengers on the 50-minute trip.

 

Saltery Bay offers a government marina

 and anchorage with limited space for

 small craft, fishing boats and sailboats.

 

Location: Saltery Bay is located on the

 north shore of Jervis Inlet on the

 Malaspina Peninsula of the Sunshine Coast

 of BC. Saltery Bay can be reached from

 Vancouver in the south by catching a ferry

 from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, driving

 from Langdale to Earls Cove, and catching

another ferry from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay.

From Vancouver Island and the north,

 Saltery Bay can be reached by ferry

 from Comox on Vancouver Island to

Powell River, with a drive south along

 Highway 101 to Saltery Bay.

 

View Map of the Sunshine Coast.

Some of Saltery Bay’s residents are

descendants of trappers who used to

 row dugout canoes up the coast,

 catching fish for canneries along the

 way.

 

Some of the best ocean fishing is

 found in the Lang Creek Estuary,

 about 13.5 miles (22 km) west of

 Saltery Bay on the west side of Hwy 101.

 

 Beach casting is popular here for spring

 salmon from mid-September through late

 October.

 
Owing to the shallow water of the creek’s

 outlet into Malaspina Strait, use lures

that don’t sink quickly.

 

If you use a spin rod, try spoons in a

 variety of colours to match the clarity

of the water, with a light line.

 Salmon here are in the range of 20 to 50

 pounds (9 to 23 kg)

Diving: A beautifully sculpted bronze

 mermaid sits in 60 feet (20 m) of water

offshore from Saltery Bay ProvinciaL

 Park in Mermaid Cove.

 

 The exquisite three-metre tall bronze

 mermaid known as the Emerald Princess

 is the first underwater statue in Canada.

 

 The park is not far from the ferry terminal,

 and has a convenient ramp for disabled

 swimmers and divers.

When the park’s waters get too chilly

 for snorkelling, intertidal explorers can

 search the pebble, sand and rock beaches.

 

 Beachcombers never know what the sea

 will send their way.

 

The Upper Sunshine Coast area is well

documented as having some of the best

 mountain biking trails in the province,

most of which are clearly marked with a

white mountain-bike symbol and double

 bands of various-coloured paints, making

 the routes a breeze to follow.

The riding starts as soon as you get off

 the ferry at Saltery Bay, with the

 Elephant Bay Loop, a 30-mile (48-km)

ride that will take you all day.

 

Just follow the symbols.

 

 Except for a challenging ascent at the

 beginning, this is not a hard ride, but

 it is a long one.

 

There are more Forest Service recreation

sites concentrated around the Powell

 River area than in almost any other

 similar-sized area in British Columbia.

 

 Northwest of Saltery Bay there’s camping

 at Lois Lake (9 sites) at the start of the

 Powell Forest Canoe Route, at Khartoum

 Lake (16 sites), also on the canoe route,

 as well as at Nanton Lake (25 sites) and

 at Dodd Lake (12 sites), both located on

 the Welwood Mainline Forest Road.

 

Since it was completed in 1983, the

 Powell Forest Canoe Route has come to be

recognized as one of the more significant

 paddle routes in the province, right up

there with the Bowron Lakes in the Cariboos.

 

The Powell Forest route can be done in

 small or big bites – portages and streams

 connect 12 lakes over 80km.

 

 The full-on trip requires five to seven days

 to complete and includes almost 7 miles

 (11 km) of portages.

 

A shorter 7.75-mile (12.5-km) route takes

 three days and includes about 3 miles

(5 km) of portages.

 

Each lake has its own characteristics:

 some are deep, others are exposed to

 strong winds.

 

Altogether, there are 20 campsites

 sprinkled along the route, good places

 to hole up while waiting out a blow.

 

The Sunshine Coast Trail stretches from

 the Saltery Bay ferry terminal in the south

 to Sarah Point in the world-famous

Desolation Sound in the north.

 

The 180-km trail rivals the West Coast

Trail on Vancouver Island, offering

 panoramic views and wilderness campsites,

 while also providing access to developed

campgrounds and two B&Bs for those

 who wish to spoil themselves after trekking

 through the forest.

 

More moderate hiking routes include

the Lang Creek Trail (easy; 3 miles/5 km

return) and Sweetwater Trail (moderate;

4.3 miles/7 km return).

 

To reach the trailheads, turn north off

 Hwy 101 on the Duck Lake Forest Rd,

which is about 14 miles (23 km) north of

 Saltery Bay.

 

 The Lang Creek trailhead begins on the

right side of the road in about 7 miles

 (11 km).

 

To reach the Sweetwater Trail, carry on

 farther to Duck Lake, turn right over the

 bridge, and continue on for another 2 miles

 (3.2 km), then turn left and drive a short

distance to the trailhead.

 

The loop trail begins here and climbs

through an enchanting stand of old-growth

 western hemlock past MacGregor Falls

 and returns along an old railbed.

Hardy Island Marine Provincial Park is a

 small Island in Blind Bay, located

 between the south shore of Hardy Island

 and the tiny Fox Island.

 

underwater statue

The park is located directly south of

 Saltery Bay on the upper Sunshine Coast,

 and is only an island at high tide.

 

 Undeveloped Musket Island is the

epitome of peace and tranquility, where

 wildlife like eagles and seals abound, the

 warm water encourages swimming, and

wilderness campsites are provided for

 overnight campers.

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

www.cherylyoung.ca

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