Lets say good bye to summer with a weekend of activities, beach fires, marshmallows and board games. Head on over to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend of summer wrap up. We will have a cabin on the beach as a base camp. There are a number of adventure opportunities nearby including the ocean out front for paddling adventures, trails out back for hiking and other trails out back for mountain biking. If you drive a little bit there are some really great mountain biking trails (part of the BC Bike Race).
I will arrange an event for Saturday (kayak) and and event for Sunday (mountain bike) however you are more than welcome to do your own thing or organize other events during the same time (perhaps hiking).
About the Cabin. This is an off-grid cabin with running water, limited electricity (solar), and propane hot water (hot showers and dish washing). The bathroom is an outhouse (pit toilet). You have to hike approx 800' down a steep single track trail to get to the cabin from the parking area. Anything you want to bring with you needs to be packed in and out. Backpacks and duffels are better than suitcases.
Friday. Trickle in throughout the day. Tent sites will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Cabin sites are reservable. There are transit options from the ferry to the cabin, or arrange carpooling with other attendees.
Saturday. Kayaking to Buccaneer bay (Thormandby Island) with lunch at Smugglers Cove and then a return to the cabin for dinner. About 6 hours of paddling in total. 4 hours, lunch break at a pub, then 2 hours home. ** You will need to bring your own kayak or rent one from somewhere on the Sunshine Coast. Beach fires and board games will round out the day.
Sunday. Hiking trails in Halfmoon Bay. Those that have to leave early can head straight to the ferry after the hike while the rest of us return to the cabin for dinner.
Monday. Free day for those that were able to stay a little longer. Lots of excellent hiking options in the area, it's up to you. If you have to be at work on Monday you can get up at 4:30 to catch the 6:20 ferry and be in Vancouver by 7:30.
Accommodations: We have room to sleep another 6 inside, 2 sharing a queen bed and 4 in hammocks (provided). You need to bring a sleeping bag.
** UPDATE The queen bed and 3 hammocks inside are taken. I will add 6 outdoor but under cover (under the deck we have a nice space for additional hammocks near the ocean, protected from the elements). If you need me to supply a hammock it is $20 for the weekend. You still need your own sleeping bag.
There is lots of room outside for tents and hammocks. Outside tent spots are first come first serve and no charge. If you want to sleep inside the queensize bed is $50 for the weekend and the hammocks are $20.
Food: Bring your own or let us cater to you, your choice. The cabin has a BBQ, stove and running water although use of the BBQ and stove may be restricted depending on how many people opt in for the group meals. You will need a cooler for your perishables as fridge space is limited.
Group Food Option. Want to let us cater to your nutritional needs and take away the hassle of cooking, shopping and hauling groceries down the trail to the cabin at the same time? Opt in and we will feed you and clean up your dishes daily.
Optional Group Food Menu
- dinner - BBQ Pizza for dinner. (add your own toppings)
breakfast-crock pot french toast
lunch - make your own sandwiches (material provided)
dinner - roast chicken with vegetables or bean burritos
breakfast-fried egg and hash browns
lunch - make your own sandwiches (materials provided)
dinner - chili with cornmeal biscuits or veggy lasagna
Monday - no charge
breakfast - oatmeal or left overs.
lunch - mac and cheese or left overs
Alcohol. Yes but you will need to bring your own cooler and ice if you want it cold.
Pets. We have a dog who will be with us, You can bring your dog as well but be fore-warned that our dog while amazingly great with people is not great with other dogs. As long as you are willing to keep your dog leashed and separate from the main cabin where Fergus is then everything will be cool. There are lots of areas around the cabin (decks etc) with shelter where you could kennel / leash your dog and still be nearby in between trail activities.
Ferries: At this time of the year reservations are not typically needed and you will get over without them but if you travel peak time (just after work friday or sunday afternoon) you may experience a sailing wait. You only pay to travel over to the Sunshine Coast, the trip home is no charge.http://mobile.bcferries.com/
You need to get to Redroofs and Southwood Road (Station P), from here your final destination is a 400 meter walk.
Other options? Harbour Air flies from downtown to sechelt harbour for around $80 each way. 15 minute flight.
If you have a boat the cabin has a mooring buoy out front and we are about 2 hours by boat from Vancouver. The mooring is exposed and may not be suitable if the weather is blowing hard as we can get lots of driftwood during the storms.
I am sure there are things I have forgotten, post your questions, I will get to them as soon as I can. All in all it should be a fun weekend, I hope you can make it.
Swimming: We will see how warm the water stays into September but there is always the wood burning ocean side hot tub to relax in.