Posted by: cherylyoung | March 29, 2013

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)

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