I did it! I went to the Sunshine Coast! It only took me five years of living in Vancouver to realize that it’s a close and beautiful vacation destination. The ferry takes 40 minutes and you only pay on your way there…the return ferry is free! What??? I’m so grateful that my husband, sildenafil Pete, cialis booked this trip for Easter long weekend. It was perfect. Here’s a few pics of our family vacation.
We spent an entire morning exploring Francis Point Provincial Park by Madeira Park. It was gorgeous. Felix had a blast scaling rocky paths and searching for killer whales (his latest obsession) but was thrilled to see only a handful of ducks and a woodpecker, instead.
The day before we checked out Smuggler’s Cove by Halfmoon Bay – you may remember the photos from Cori’s trip back in the fall. It was even more idyllic than anything I could capture – the pictures just didn’t do it justice! But Cori did an excellent job of depicting Smuggler’s Cove so you should probably check out her post if you want a glimpse of it.
First off, Pete and I don’t do enough research for our vacations – we fly by the seat of our pants. So, after driving around the North Side of Pender Harbour, I was beginning to think that the Sunshine Coast had a vendetta against public parks. There were endless amounts of lakes and shore-side, but limited places open for the public to explore. Right when we were about to give up and turn back to our hotel, we found it – Daniel Point Park by Irvines Landing (and my favourite stop of our trip). We didn’t bring a hiking carrier for Felix so we were limited to short walks. Daniel Point Park, although a steep trail, was the perfect distance for a two year old’s attention span. At the end of the trail there were mossy cliffs (that weren’t too precarious for a rambunctious toddler) and a breathtaking view of the sailboats in Pender Harbour. I recommend picking up a milkshake and some fish and chips from LaVerne’s Grill in Garden Bay and picnic-ing at this perfect park.
We spent our entire long weekend outside and, in the end, tuckered our little Felix out (which I thought wasn’t possible). My most cherished memory, from the trip, was when he fell asleep on Pete’s shoulders at Smugglers Cove. For a child who has always fought sleep, this was a baffling and endearing miracle. When we returned home, he even slept a full 11 hours, straight, through the night – something he hasn’t done in months. Turns out fresh air is the trick to get that boy to sleep. We’ll definitely be making the Sunshine Coast a routine visit. Thanks, BC, for being so beautiful.
Peace and Love,