In celebration of my birthday and BC Day, we decided that a day trip to the Sunshine Coast was in order. The heat and the intensity of the sun was certainly fitting for a miniature road trip.
Our first stop would be the ferry heading to Langdale, at Horseshoe Bay. We paid $85 for travel both ways. Kind of nice, where most ferry rides charge both a to and fro fee. Though considering it was the long weekend we were worried about not being able to make it back home. So much so to even ask when we should be back at the ferry terminal to ensure a ride. All reservations were filled, so it was advised that we come back as soon as possible. We planned to head back right after dinner around 6pm, to ensure we caught either the 7:45pm or 9pm sailing back to Horseshoe Bay. Though at around 4pm all the adventuring that could be had was done and we were ready to head back to a more active Vancouver.
Our first sightseeing stop was at Gibsons. Here the marina seemed to be the heart of the town. Everything centred around it, including the more popular pubs and eateries. Today there was even an outdoor folk concert performing by the water’s edge.
While exploring the dock we were lured to the “Smoke on the water” barbecue shack. Because it smelled so good we felt the need to try something. They served the familiar baba chicken, brisket, and ribs. And also offered seafood local to the area like oyster po’boys, albacore tuna, and smoked salmon.
We got the pulled pork sandwich, which seemed to be their speciality. It was flavoured in a tangy barbecue sauce with a kick of peppery spice. The pork was incredibly tender. I even got a few fattier strands of meat that just melted against my teeth. The side of creamy coleslaw offered was the perfect compliment. It balanced the meat with some acid and offered a nice crispy crunch when added between the two burger buns.
And the best part, was that our meal on their patio came with an unobstructed view of the marina.
After a quick drive around Gibson and some thoughtful pauses towards the clear blue waters, we headed north to the next closest town: Sechelt. Sechelt is affectionately known as the land between two waters.
We stopped at Sechelt beach. The view was tranquil, even with the handful of bodies in bathing suits. Though in terms of a beach with sand and water this was not one of the better ones I have been too.
The beach was incredibly rocky, to the water is not a walk you make without protective footwear. It was even like this walking into the water. Round rocks, jagged rocks, rocks with barnacles, rocks hiding tiny crabs, rocks to break shells on, and rocks in which seaweed was caught between. There was a need to watch where your feet are moving. Though the need to look down was coupled with a fascination of all the ocean debris being washed up by the waves.
I saw many small skittering crabs and a few fairly large ones wash up to shore. And there was plenty of seaweed that looked like wilted lettuce.
At the Davis Bay wharf we were content with sitting on a bench, just watching families fishing and hunting crabs.
With our time drawing to an end and the need to catch the ferry, we decided to end our day there.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this for someone visiting from out of town? – No.
We came having already eaten, and intended on there being more to see scenery wise; so when it came down to it, our trip was pretty uneventful. I would recommend coming here for the weekend. Staying a couple of nights to be able to engage in various water sports, which they are known for; or to partake in all the fresh seafood the area offers. To enjoy a proper dinner without the fear of not getting on a full ferry back to Vancouver. Or if you want to keep it just a day thing, come during the first sailing; to be able to hike some of their mountain passes a drive further north.