Early in the spring, I happened upon a great online deal for two nights at the Sunshine Coast Resort. I had never been to this particular resort, but it is near Madeira Park, a part of the coast that I love. Browsing the resort’s website, my partner and I were impressed by the location and amenities, and we opted for the deluxe accommodations. We were not disappointed. Two nights away in this beautiful spot was just what we needed to recharge our batteries in the midst of a long and stressful spring!
The Sunshine Coast Resort is just beyond the famous Grasshopper Pub, which reopened in 2016 after it burned down in 2013. It reportedly has a great new décor and menu. As we visited before the restaurant was open again we had to drive further afield to find a nice meal. However, we were traveling with our young child, so its absence didn’t affect us much.
The cabin we chose sat at the top of the property with fantastic views from the private deck to the inlet and marina below. We were happy to cook and eat in our clean and spacious kitchen. The real treat was being able to put our baby down for the night in the comfortable bedroom and still enjoy a relaxing evening as a couple, sitting in our private hot tub under and enormous Douglas Fir! Because our stay was in the off-season, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. A number of bald eagles soaring overhead kept us entertained, as did the collection of board games and novels we found in the resort’s collection for use by guests.
While in the area, we made a nice hike at the hidden gem Francis Point Provincial Park. A trail takes hikers past quiet inlets to rock faces that reveal spectacular vistas across to Vancouver Island. The trail is moderately technical; we were able to navigate with a back-pack child carrier, but light rains made the exposed rock slippery. If you plan to check out these trails, wear appropriate footwear and walk cautiously. Always observe posted warnings and stay on marked trails for your own sake, and for the sake of the wild flora and fauna that live here.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect weekend getaway from the Lower Mainland. The ferry ride is relatively short, so it doesn’t take long to feel like you are a long way from the stresses of everyday life. I love the small cafes and thrift shops of Gibson’s Landing and Sechelt too, and these make perfect stops for supplies on your way to the Sunshine Coast Resort or any of the other fantastic properties in the area.
What’s your favourite Sunshine Coast getaway?