Yes, I admit.
I've never been camping in my life. Until last weekend, that is. San laughed when I told her I don't even know how to set up a tent 😛
Anyway, summer has finally come to Vancouver area, days are sunny and without clouds, temperatures are going to extreme (25C – 77F 😛 ) and going out of town is the only choice left. Last weekend we went to Sunshine Coast and found one camp site in Roberts Creek, less that 15km from Gibsons. It was our base camp from which we were going to hike in the area. Friday afternoon was spent mostly in setting up and collecting firewood for camp fire 😀 But on Saturday we planned some long hikes and first destination was Smuggler's Cove :bandit:
According to BritishColumbia.com "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 conjecture at some connection."
Trail from parking to the cove is not hard at all, 1.5km mostly on boarded pathway – there are several ponds on the way and walking around would be impossible sometimes. But area is beautiful and it was worth spending some time there.
Even though we hoped to see some wildlife, except few usual birds and a frog, we didn't see anything worth mentioning.
If you look long enough, maybe you will spot a bald eagle on this photo 😛
After that, we went northwards, about 50km on a Highway 101 toward Egmont. We wanted to visit famous Skookumchuck Narrows, second fastest tidal rapids in the world (the fastest one is in Norway, Saltstraumen, maybe Rose would know more about it).
There is about 4km long hike trail from Egmont to one of the two points where tide could be watched.
I've never seen anything like that. I know that difference between the low and high tide in Vancouver is about 2 meters if I am not wrong but usually you won't notice something is happening until it happens 😛 Here, it all look like being on a bank of a very fast river.
Actually, what you see there is Pacific ocean and the place is connection point between open ocean and Sechelt Inlet. Scientific facts: "Each day, tides force large amounts of seawater through the narrows — 200 billion US gallons (760,000,000 m3) of water on a 3-metre (9.8 ft) tide. The difference in water levels on either side of the rapids can exceed 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. Current speeds can exceed 16 knots (30 km/h), up to 17.68 knots (32.74 km/h)."
Amazing place. Despite hot and humid weather, sweating and pain in the legs after whole day of walking and driving, we were satisfied. I've been once told that BC is probably the most beautiful part of Canada. I am happy to be able to discover some of its beauty :happy:
Tired, we hurried back to our camp for steak and some beer :chef:
More photos here.
Blogs I Follow
- Thrifty Campers
- A Walk with Wildlife
- The Spryte's blog
- The View From My Bowl
- Humanity in Syria is at risk
- Make every day a little bit special ♥
- Robin's Robins
- coisart's canvas
- A Sneak Peek On Things I Like
- A Canadian in Ireland
- The Fish Tank
- This Insubstantial Pageant Faded
- der Wandersmann