Posted by: cherylyoung | March 19, 2015

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

Cheryl Young's Blog

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

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