Explore the area

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 beckon water adventures.

Activities

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 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.

The 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.

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.

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

What's nearby?

We are located in the heart of Halfmoon Bay, 5 minutes away from the Halfmoon Bay General Store and Halfmoon Bay Cafe. Also just 5 minutes away from the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort and Secret Cove Marina. The marina features a floating restaurant, Upper Deck, and a general store.

Located 5 minutes away from one of the jewels of this area, Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park, it is a picturesque region with trails along the rocky ledges that look out at the stunning views of Georgia Straight. During the warm months between May 16th and September 30th, paddle off with our canoe from our private dock in Secret Cove. From there, you can access Smuggler Cove Provincial Park or many of the inlets and beaches along the coastline. This area of the Sunshine Coast is truly one of the most breathtaking regions of the westcoast.

Smuggler Cove is a small, beautiful all-weather anchorage on the south side of Sechelt Peninsula near Secret Cove. Access to the park is only a short hike from Secret Cove Treehouse property, or you can take the canoe right up to the shores of the park. This park provides camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, picnicking and even scuba diving.

Please check the BC Parks website for up to date information and details on the park.

Halfmoon Bay is a small coastal community on the Sunshine Coast with a population of about 2,800 people (many seasonal summer residents). The central hub of Halfmoon Bay is only a 5 minute drive from the property. There you will find the Halfmoon Bay General Store and several restaurants catering to both visitors and locals. In the summer, the area is the perfect destination for water sports.

More details on sites and locations in Halfmoon Bay can be found at www.BritishColumbia.com.

If you are reaching our property from Langdale, you will pass through the community of Sechelt on the way. With its population of 8,500 people, Sechelt is the business hub of the Sunshine Coast. Take in the history and culture of this charming community.

More details on sites and locations in Sechelt can be found at www.BritishColumbia.com.

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Where to eat

  • Fresh Fish from Sechelt Fish Market on Cowrie St in Sechelt
  • Plethora Fine Foods-Great charcuterie, fine condiments, fine cheeses on Cowrie St, Sechelt
  • Om My Goodness – fresh juices and smoothies Wharf St, Sechelt
  • HooRaw Vegan Food and Market Wharf St, Sechelt
  • Oak Street Market (butcher for BBQ meats), Madeira Park
  • The Butcher, Gibsons
  • Henry Reed Organic Produce Stand, Henry and Reed roads, Gibsons
Restaurants/Cafes/Pubs/Breweries
 
  • Smitty’s Oyster Bar, Lower Gibsons
  • Nagomi Sushi, Lower Gibsons
  • Bueno Ristorante, Lower Gibsons
  • The Gumboot, Roberts Creek
  • Wobbly Canoe, Davis Bay
  • Lucky’s Restaurant, Wharf St, Sechelt
  • Lighthouse Pub, Sechelt
  • Shift, Trail Bay Mall, Sechelt
  • Lone Wolf Cafe, Cowrie St, Sechelt
  • Basted Baker, Cowrie St, Sechelt
  • Persephone, Sunshine Coast Highway, Gibsons
  • The Grasshopper Pub, Maderia Park
  • The Painted Boat, Madeira Park