Last time we were on the Sunshine Coast, we didn’t get to Smuggler Cove. Since then we had seen so many pictures of the beauty that we had to make sure we made it there on this trip. As soon as we were off the ferry, it was the first place we headed before checking into our cool Geodesic Dome for the weekend.
This was also the very first hike we did with the kids without a stroller. It took us about three hours round-trip when you count the time spent looking for Sea Stars and Jellies. Considering that it was more than just a flat path and the fact that we were stopped a couple times by others doing the hike to tell us it was impressive we would attempt it with little kids, the girls sure did well. We had to take some turns carrying them a bit as their little legs got tired, and Jacob was of course in the baby carrier, but the hike was incredible. It was simple enough to do with kids and we saw plenty of people using trekking sticks as well. It was neat to watch the girls be in their element, exploring the nature around them. With the rainy day our first day on the Sunshine Coast, there were even plenty of slugs to discover and the girls were fascinated by everything surrounding them.
Our main reason for this hike was to go and search for Sea Stars with the kids — and we found plenty of them! They were all a lovely purple, which I have heard has to do with the water temperature and environmental factors surrounding the Sea Stars. We also found a lot of orange and clear jellies and tiny little crabs crawling around. All were such cool sights to find and show the kids.
The hike was gorgeous. The scenery around us was so picturesque and everywhere we turned our minds were blown about the beauty and power of nature.
Take a look to see why you’ll want to do this hike:
Have you ever been to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast? What are your favourite spots along the Sunshine Coast?