March 12, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Sechelt, Guest Ranches & Horseback Riding
In April 2007 we took our family to an area of BC that is a treasure trove of hidden gems woven along the highway that reaches from Gibson's to Earl's Cove. I am speaking of the Sunshine Coast and while it was our first visit it certainly won't be our last. During our stay we stayed in the Roberts Creek neighbourhood (tucked half-way between Gibson's and Sechelt) as well as Daniel Point in the area of Pender Harbour.
Reaching Pender Harbour requires a good 30 minute drive from Gibsons and a bit longer than that if you stop at Halfmoon Bay General Store and other quirky stops which are a must! During your stay stop in at Malaspina Ranch - a few kilometres north of Madeira Park which is the hub of Pender Harbour community life. Tucked away off the Sunshine Coast Hwy is a ranch with well groomed and cared for horses that will happily carry you away on a relaxing 2 hour trail ride where you will enjoy views of the Caren Mountain Range as well as the Pacific ocean. Stunning scenery is part and parcel of this largely unsung area of the BC coast and certainly makes the time to drive worthwhile!