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4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

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4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

We're planning a week in Van and the SC, but I have no idea where we should go. Halfmoon Bay looks nice...where else would you recommend?

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1. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

Hello:

Just a couple of quick questions:

How many days are you in Vancouver - how many days on the Sunshine Coast?

What are your interests? How far along the Sunshine Coast would you like to travel - is the upper Sunshine Coast too far for you?

Are you camping or will you require accomadation? When are you here?

How old is your little one?

Edited: 14 June 2010, 19:22
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2. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

Ah. Dates might be good. Mid-July, and we're thinking 2-3 in Van, 4-5 days on the coast.

Kiddo will be 1+, so no real hikes... but walking around a lot is ok, beach and boardwalk time, maybe boat trips.

No camping this time, as it's our first roadtrip and we don't want to push our luck! : ) I'd like to spend no more than 2 hours in the car per leg.

Thanks for replying!

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3. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

Welcome to TA and the beautiful Sunshine Coast!

A couple of hours will get you to Sechelt from Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal (includes your ferry crossing). This area has an abundance of cottages/cabins and B&B’s but not a large selection of hotels/motels. It is also central to the other lower SC areas you could easily enjoy day trips to within a half hour or hours driving time. I would suggest a cottage with a kitchen or kitchenette would suit your needs when traveling with your little guy.

Start here

http://www.bigpacific.com/sechelt/

and research some of the various places that you may find suitable. The coast is down in tourism at the moment due to various reasons (our spring has been cold and wet, USD/CDN dollars rate) and I am sure you will find availability of accommodations in your favour if you book fairly quickly. Most other years a lot of these units would be pre-booked well in advance of the high season.

The Sunshine Coast is host to many festivals in the summer months. The Sea Cavalcade held in Gibsons is a wonderful popular family event with many activities planned. It will open this year on July 23rd. If you are interested in taking in the festivities accommodation will be booked in advance so you would have to research and book quickly.

Here is a calendar of events site that will help in your research:

www.sunshinecoastcanada.com/visit/events.php

Boat Tours: Orcas have been spotted in Porpoise Bay as well as the dolphins have returned to Sechelt Inlet this year. There is a tour boat that operates from the Government wharf by the Lighthouse Pub in Sechelt if you are interested in a boat tour to see the sea critters. Last time the dolphins were here (2007) many of us had experiencedf them playfully swimming beside us. It was great!

Boat tour site:

http://www.mermaidboattours.com/index2.html

Dolphins in the inlet video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha5GiphmpaI

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4. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

Thanks, this is very helpful!

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5. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

You are welcome. Any thing else we can help answer for you while you are researching just ask. We'll do our best to help out.

Edited: 14 June 2010, 21:21
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6. Re: 4-5 days Sunshine Coast w/toddler: where would you go?

bc4me has given you some wonderful advice!

Here are some ideas for activities that should be great fun with a toddler:

- Visit Thormanby Island. Travel is by water taxi from Secret Cove (Halfmoon Bay) to Bucaneer Bay. There are no services available on the island. It is a great place to pack a picnic and relax.

- Visit Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Located on Sechelt Inlet the waters are calmer than beaches located on the outside. There is a sandy beach with a roped off swimming area. Picnic tables are available.

- Cliff Gilker Park. Located along the highway in Roberts Creek. An easy stroll through a coastal rainforest.

- Walk/stroll in Davis Bay. At the Gibsons end of the walk along the waterfront there is a catering truck "Feastro Taco Truck & Catering" that offers wonderful and fresh seafood. Ordering from there and then dining at a picnic table is fun - but also casual which is great with a toddler. If you time it right when the tide is low - the sand bar at this end allows for swimming on a sandy beach which is otherwise rocky and/or playing on the sand building sandcastles, flying a kite, etc.

- Explore Madeira Park and Pender Harbour. Madeira Park is the commercial hub of Pender Harbour. Hard to explore by land, Pender Harbour, is described as the "Venice of the north" because of its intricate waterways. Slo-Cat tours offers a narrated boat tour of Pender Harbour. http://slocat.ca/ Madeira Park is also where you'll find the government wharf, a boardwalk over the marsh, spots to pick-up lunch.

- Katherine Lake is a swimmable lake located in the Pender Harbour area. Very busy in the summer. But it is busy for a reason. The lake is warm and the beach is family friendly.

And here is a link to information about travelling to the Sunshine Coast via ferry: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g499146-c128081/Seche…

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