Something for Everyone
Wondering what to do while visiting the Sunshine Coast? The Sunshine Coast isn’t just a name. We are blessed with warm dry summers and mild winters. The Sunshine Coast is a haven for outdoor activities and sports, and the coastal waters just seem to beckon visitors to head out on a water adventure. From our property, the waterfront can be accessed by foot down to our own private dock in Secret Cove. We are located deep in the cove, so the waters are calm. During the warm season between May 16th and September 30th, guests at Secret Cove Treehouse are welcome to take one of our 2 canoes out for a paddle and discover the cove and what lies beyond.
Smuggler Cove marine Provincial Park is a picturesque canoe paddle away from our dock. There you can navigate around the many reefs that make up the surrounding waters. There are many locations where you can dismount the canoe and go for short hikes in the park. Great places for picnics with breathtaking views, are waiting for you in this beautiful park.
Note: Use of our canoes between October 1st and May 15th is strictly prohibited. Outside of these dates, the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean pose an extreme risk of hypothermia. Please ensure that life vest are worn at all times while using the canoes. All guests using the canoes must be able to swim.(waiver must be signed by all guests to be able to use)
Hiking & Biking
Hiking the Sunshine Coast TrailPhoto courtesy of Sunshine Coast Tourism
The Sunshine Coast has it all – forest, mountain, beach, paved road or rugged trails. Outings can be just an hour or multi-day adventures. Couple all this with the most agreeable year round climate in British Columbia, and you’ll admit that the Sunshine Coast is aptly referenced as an outdoor paradise.
Come stay at the Secret Cove Treehouse Cottage or Suites and explore the Inland Lake Provincial Park ( which is even wheelchair accessible), the Sunshine Coast Trail or the many other mountain biking, road cycling and hiking trails of the Sunshine Coast Regional District Parks.
The Secret Cove Treehouse is an ideal home base for the many water based activities on the Sunshine Coast. If you need supplies or rentals, you can find them on the website of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Bureau.
Kayaking/Canoeing and Boating/Sailing
The Sunshine Coast offers paddlers and boaters exceptional opportunities to enjoy British Columbia’s marine environment. There are over 100 miles of windswept coastline to explore, including countless channels, protected harbours, inlets and island clusters set against a backdrop of the coastal mountains. It is easy to feel a sense of magical isolation as you explore its waters, beaches, parks, and wildlife.
Local marinas, sightseeing excursions, boat and kayaking rentals are located along the length of the coast to meet every paddling and boating need. Please let us know if you need any help booking rentals or excursions.
Whether you enjoy saltwater fishing or fly fishing, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect lure. Pender Harbour is recognized as a hotspot for salmon. Don’t be surprised by their numbers or potential for record sizes. And, temperate west coast temperatures mean that fishing is year round. Try your luck at cod, flounder, and snapper too! Local marinas are ready to supply you with whatever you need, including a fishing license.
In British Columbia, fishing licenses are mandatory. They can be purchased at most marinas during the season.
Scuba DivingThe Sunshine Coast has all types of dives for all levels of divers. Jacques Cousteau ranked the cold waters and excellent visibility second only to the Red Sea for diversity of marine wildlife. As water temperatures vary only slightly during the seasons, many divers also choose winter to explore its waters. There are many dive sites to select from, including the Chaudiere, a 112m (366ft) long Canadian naval destroyer sunk as an artificial reef. The waters are so fantastic for diving that Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine chose it as the best overall destination for diving in the world in 2004.
Art and Culture
The arts and cultural community of the Sunshine Coast is one of Canada’s most vibrant and exciting and is within easy reach from the Secret Cove Treehouse and Loghouse. The creative community is anchored by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council that gives local artists and performers an avenue for expression. Besides offering local artists the opportunity to display their works at the Arts Centre, they host concerts, literary readings, lectures, events and children’s activities year-round. Many local artists also welcome visitors to their personal galleries and workshops.
Some past guests of the Secret Cove Treehouse have enjoyed the largest outdoor market on the Sunshine Coast, the Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, as well as the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, the Sechelt Arts Festival and the Festival of the Written Arts.
Spa and Yoga
Relief from the stress of city life is a Sunshine Coast specialty; guests of the Secret Cove Treehouse can take advantage of the world-class spas in the area. Imagine an outdoor spa treatment with gentle ocean breezes caressing your body as the rejuvenating smell of the ocean reaches you. A full range of options are available, from massage to wraps to scrubs – just ask us and we can help you find the perfect rejuvenating experience.
If you do not want to venture off property we can bring the massage right to you, please let us know well in advance to book your onsite massage.
The Sunshine Coast and Secret Cove Treehouse are famous for sunshine – and with so much sunshine comes golf! The Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club has a course that is ideal for beginners to experienced players looking for a challenge. This full service course is a hidden gem and just a short drive from our resort. Further afield is the Myrtle Point Golf Club designed by Les Furber, famous for his numerous designs across Canada and the world.
Many guests come to the Sunshine Coast to experience the winter sports available in our winter wonderland: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter hiking and snowmobiling. Experience the picturesque winter vistas while invigorating mind and body with exciting snow activities at the Sunshine Coast Trail, Tetrahedron Provincial Park or Dakota Ridge