Activities

Activities

Find recreation and relaxation at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

Here at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, there are many leisure activities for the enjoyment of all of our guests, regardless of your age or interests. You can choose from a wide variety of outdoor activities, including enjoying our seasonal swimming pool or soaking up the sun on the pool deck in the summer and exploring the beauty of the waterfront property in the fall.

For those wishing to discover the many wonders of the Sunshine Coast, you can choose to kayak along the shoreline, hike in a variety of nearby trails, or mountain bike through old growth cedar forests. Rockwater’s dedicated Guest Service Agents will gladly help you plan your Sunshine Coast Adventures

Dining

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort has gained a strong reputation for dining excellence on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Our culinary team has prepared a wonderful menu of West Coast offerings, focusing on freshness while using the best of BC’s produce.

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Spa

When visiting the Rockwater Spa in the summer and early fall, you can experience massage outdoors in one of our two 'Spa Without Walls'. These spa-tents are located on a bluff overlooking the ocean where you can hear the breeze and the ocean while receiving a healing massage.

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ART GALLERIES

The Sunshine Coast boasts more artists per capita then any other area in British Columbia. The coast is dotted with quaint galleries representing creative local artists and their fine work. Spend a day visiting the 40+ galleries showcasing the artistic flair of the Sunshine Coast.

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SUNSHINE COAST GOLF

The oldest course is the 18-hole Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Roberts Creek, beautifully carved from the coastal rain forest that enfolds the course on three sides. The 18-hole Sechelt Golf & Country Club offers lovely views of Sechelt Inlet and the mountains. And to the north, the Pender Harbour Golf Course is a challenging nine-hole course in a beautiful coastal mountain setting.

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HARBOUR TOURS

Explore the Georgia Strait from a comfortable 24-foot pontoon boat that will take you through the protected waterway and mazes of islands that have coined the area as “Venice of the North”. Enjoy 90-minute tours throughout the day and sunset cruises in the evening. These tours are only available seasonally and are also available to reserve for special occasions such as weddings or birthday parties. Please contact the resort at 1-877-296-4593 for more details and information on pricing and availability.

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Kayaking & Paddle

At Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, we take sea kayaking to new heights. Rentals of one and two person kayaks are available during the summer months. You will be gliding through the surrounding waters to explore the inlets, bays, and islands of the area and are able to observe both wildlife and marine life from the water.

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BIKING

Young or old(er), expert or novice, the world-famous trails of the Sunshine Coast offer something for everyone. We can provide cyclists with maps & directions to local trails.

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YOGA CLASSES

Just because you’re on holidays doesn’t mean you have to forgo your yoga routine! Or maybe you would like to try it for the first time! Laurel, our wonderful qualified yoga instructor, will inspire and help you achieve your inner peace and relaxation.

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Dive The Coast

Whether diving from the dock at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, chartering a trip with one of the Sunshine Coast's experienced dive guides or heading to the famous HMSC Chaudiere Artificial Reef Site, Rockwater Resort is an ideal base.

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HIKING

Enjoy one of the many hikes on the Sunshine Coast, rich with the beauty of varied micro-climates like arbutus forests, pine and moss forests, and dense rain forests. Hike along the coast line at Smuggler’s Cove or view the dramatic tidal flow of Skookumchuck Narrows.

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ROCKWATER FISHING

Close to the big city but far from the crowds, the Sunshine Coast is a fisherman's paradise. If you'd describe yourself as an avid fisherman, you really should check out this area during sport fishing season!

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FISH HATCHERY

Great for kids of all ages Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.

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TEAMS SWIYA MUSEUM

Located in the Sechelt Indian Band's central complex beside the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. A showcase for the Shishalh Nation's lengthy history and diverse culture, the Tems Swiya museum offers a great display of artifacts and art including an extensive basket collection. Visit the Tsain Ko gift shop for authentic native art, jewellery and crafts.

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IRIS GRIFFITH INTERPRETIVE

Built in 2005, the 2,500 square foot centre houses a collection of interpretive displays characterizing human interaction with the natural environment from the mountains down to the sea. It is an ideal location to highlight these natural features and offers interpretive facilities on the mountain, wetland and marine habitats and wildlife of the region.

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SECHELT AQUATIC

Facilities include a six lane, 25 meter lap pool, a large leisure pool, 250 foot waterslide, sauna, steam room, hot tub, full gym facility, family change rooms, disabled accessibility, and lots of fun water features for kids.

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Water Taxi

Directly across from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort lie North and South Thormanby Islands. South Thormanby has a wonderful stretch of white sand beach while North Thormanby is the site of the Buccaneer Bay Marine Park and campsite. During low tide, you can walk between the two while exploring tidal pools and a variety of wonderfully colourful marine life. During the summer months, there is a water taxi available to take you right from the resort to these stunning islands. Please contact the front desk or call 1-877-296-4593 to arrange your pick up and drop off or to inquire about availability and rates.

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  • ART GALLERIES

    The Sunshine Coast boasts more artists per capita then any other area in British Columbia. The coast is dotted with quaint galleries representing creative local artists and their fine work. Spend a day visiting the 40+ galleries showcasing the artistic flair of the Sunshine Coast.

  • GOLF THE SUNSHINE COAST

    The oldest course is the 18-hole Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Roberts Creek, beautifully carved from the coastal rain forest that enfolds the course on three sides. The 18-hole Sechelt Golf & Country Club offers lovely views of Sechelt Inlet and the mountains. And to the north, the Pender Harbour Golf Course is a challenging nine-hole course in a beautiful coastal mountain setting.

    To learn more about each of the Sunshine Coast golf courses and to book tee times:
    Sunshine Coast Golf Club
    Pender Harbour Golf Club – (604) 883-9541
    Sechelt Golf Course

  • ROCKWATER HARBOUR TOURS

    Explore the Georgia Strait from a comfortable 24-foot pontoon boat that will take you through the protected waterway and mazes of islands that have coined the area as “Venice of the North”. Enjoy 90-minute tours throughout the day and sunset cruises in the evening. These tours are only available seasonally and are also available to reserve for special occasions such as weddings or birthday parties. Please contact the resort at 1-877-296-4593 for more details and information on pricing and availability.

  • KAYAKING THE COAST

    At Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, we take sea kayaking to new heights. Rentals of one and two person kayaks are available during the summer months. You will be gliding through the surrounding waters to explore the inlets, bays, and islands of the area and are able to observe both wildlife and marine life from the water.

    KAYAK RENTAL RATES

    All of our Kayak Rental Rates include all equipment needed and a 15-20 minute safety demonstration. All Kayak rentals are seasonal. Please consider the local weather conditions before renting a kayak. For information on pricing and availability, please call the front desk at 1-877-296-4593.

    Paddle Board Rental Rates

    Rockwater Secret Cove Resort also offers paddle board rentals in the summer months! All rental rates include all equipment needed and a 15-20 minute safety demonstration. Please consider the local weather conditions before renting a paddle board. For more information about renting a paddle board, rates, and availability, please call 1-877-296-4593. Only available seasonally

  • MOUNTAIN BIKING

    Young or old(er), expert or novice, the world famous trails of the Sunshine Coast offer something for everyone. Rockwater resort can provide cyclists with maps & directions.

  • YOGA CLASSES

    Deepen your personal practice or just have fun. Yoga is a great way to promote your health and induce a calm mental state.

    Our qualified yoga instructor will inspire and help you achieve your inner peace and relaxation. In the summer months, classes take place in our Spa Without Walls, overlooking the ocean. For a more personal approach, you may choose to have the session on the deck of your Tenthouse. In the colder months, classes may be held indoors in our Seascape room.

    Contact the Front Desk to make your booking today – we advise booking prior to arrival to ensure you get the time you want.

    Please wear light non-constrictive workout clothing.

    Solo 60 minutes – $120

  • DIVE THE SUNSHINE COAST

    There are so many good reasons to Dive the Sunshine Coast:

    • Incredible visibility year round.
    • Crystal clean, unpolluted waters
    • Colourful and abundant marine life
    • All-weather diving with sheltered waters
    • Dive sites for all levels of diving experience
    • Shore and boat dives
    • Home of the HMCS Chaudiere Artificial Reef Site
    • Safety-oriented, friendly dive operators

    The most popular dive spot on the Sunshine Coast is the Skookumchuck Rapids. “Skookum” means strong, and “chuck” means waters. This is a trip for experienced divers only.

    The dive is popular due to the amount of growth from the tidal exchange and oxygen content – the marine life includes anemones, rose stars, rock fish, kelp greenlings and, sometimes, Puget Sound king crabs. The best way to dive the rapids is on a charter – most local operators have hundreds of hours of experience diving the Skookumchuck.

    Less experienced divers might want to take a crack at the Tzoonie Narrows. The tidal stream here is only three to four knots. Marine life includes sea lemons, ling cod, kelp greenlings, silvery pile perch, wolf eels and even decorated warbonnets with spikes on their heads. Tzoonie is also a popular night-diving spot.

    The 366′ foot HMCS Chaudiere was scuttled on December 5 1992 by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia to make a habitat for marine life and a place for divers to play on an otherwise featureless bottom. Commissioned as a destroyer escort and submarine hunter in 1959, the Chaudiere now lays on her port side with the top of the ship 60-90 feet deep.

    Although wreck “penetration” requires extra training and experience, the ship has been cleaned and prepared with the safety of divers in mind. Volunteers marked directions on the inside walls of the Chaudiere prior to its sinking in order to aid future divers in navigating through its interior.

    Close to Kunechin Point on the north end of the Sechelt Inlet, one of the best dives you’ll ever have in the northwest is diving on the Chaudiere in the winter. After descending a few feet below the surface on one of the ship’s three mooring lines, the entire ship comes into view. One can only stop and admire in awe at the unbelievable winter visibility and their ability to view the entire ship, from one end to another, before continuing down to it.

  • HIKING THE SUNSHINE COAST

    For those looking to experience the breathtaking views and lush forests the Sunshine Coast has to offer, there are a variety of local hiking trails for people of all experience levels. Local gems include Smuggler’s Cove, Mt. Daniel, and Homesite Creek, all within a relatively short driving distance from the resort. Below, find detailed descriptions about some of our favourite hikes!

    Skookumchuck Narrows

    The Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park was established in 1957. The area provides trails to view points which overlook the incredibly turbulent tidal rapids, spectacular whirlpools and raging whitewater. On a three metre tide current speeds can exceed 30 km (18.6 miles) an hour and approximately 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting the Sechelt and Jervis Inlets. That’s the same amount of water that falls on the Earth each year!

    You may also get to watch the most experienced “trick” kayakers from around the world who come here to ride the tide. The rapids and whirlpools can be very dangerous and only those with this level of expertise should attempt to navigate these waters. Crossing the narrows should only be done at a slack or high tide.

    Enjoy the well groomed trails through old growth forest. Wet weather will mean some muddy sections so be prepared and wear good shoes or boots. The trail runs adjacent to private property; please respect the land and privacy of owners.

    During the tourist season you may find your way up to The Green Rosette. This quaint little business, located near the beginning of the trail, is your last chance to get tasty provisions before you reach the rapids. You can never go wrong with a Cinnamon Bun and a cup of coffee!

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Heading north from the resort on Highway 101, follow the signs to Egmont. Take the right-hand turn off the highway just before Earl’s Cove ferry terminal. Follow the Provincial Parks signs to Skookumchuck Narrows and the marked parking area. Driving time – about 45 minutes. Walk to rapids and back – about two hours.

    Smugglers Cove Marine Park

    This cove has earned its name with its nearly hidden entrance which long provided a harbour for illegal marine traffic. From the late 1800’s to rum runners during prohibition, Smugglers Cove was an access point and refuge. The trail is along bog and wetlands, with bridges built by Parks Canada to protect sensitive ecosystems created by beaver dams. You may see a wide variety of marsh and coastal plants, animals and bird life. Allow 45 minutes for return trip.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Driving south from the resort on Highway 101, turn right onto Brooks Road as indicated by Provincial Park signs directing to Smugglers Cove. There is a clearly marked parking area at the entrance to the trail.

    Homesite Creek

    Follow the marked trail along to low-perspective waterfalls perfect for a cool dip in summer. Some parts can be muddy in the winter months so wear proper shoes or boots. Allow 30 minutes for return trip.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Heading south on Highway 101, there is a pull-out on the right side of the road just past (about 1.5 KM) Sans Souci Road.

    Homesite Caves Trail

    The caves are self exploratory, so beware, as the floor of the caves can be slippery. The area is protected so be gentle to your surroundings and do not disturb any of the landscape. The route should take 30 min – 1 hour to complete.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Heading south on Highway 101, Homesite Road is about 1.5 km past Sans Souci Road on the left side. Look for the white trail head sign. The parking lot is located 100 m (328 ft.) past the power lines. Look for an orange rock cairn which is the trail head. Start trekking down the trail.

    Sargeant Bay

    The first is the Colvin Creek Trail and it is an easy, low elevation trail which features a waterfall. The Triangle Lake Trail starts where the Colvin Creek Trail ends and is a 2.5 KM hike starting at 45m elevation and climbs to a 210m elevation. Its destination Triangle Lake is not a lake but a true bog surrounded by rocky ridges.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Follow Highway 101, turn right on Redrooffs Road in Halfmoon Bay. Follow Redrooffs approx 5 km. Access to the hiking trails is on the left side of Redrooffs Road just before the right turn into the park. The trail heads are marked.

    Mount Daniel Lookout

    Advanced hike. The upward part is unrelentingly steep, sometimes requiring scrambling over fallen trees. The return trip provides its own form of torture as you always have the feeling of putting on the brakes. Allow 1.5 hours to get to the top and another hour to get down and lots of recovery time to enjoy the view!

    Some of the circles of rocks you will see on the eastern peak of Mount Daniel are remnants of rites of passage practised by the Sechelt First Nations. The payoff to this trail is at the top. There is nothing to see on the way up, but once you’re there it’s amazing! From the top you can see Pender Harbour with its complex inlets and islands. Directly below you can see Garden Bay Lake, Katherine Lake and Mixal Lake.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Heading north from the resort on Highway 101, turn left onto Garden Bay Road at the Petro Canada Station and turn left around three km onto the old garbage dump road. This is the first on your left after Oyster Bay Road. It is sometimes marked by a sign and/or surveyors tape. Drive up as far as your vehicle will allow and at the fork, take the upper branch.

    Pender Hill

    This was the lookout preferred by the Sechelt First Nations sentries on watch for parties of Yaouita or Haida war canoes, which might be expected to break into the clear around Cape Cockburn any moment of any day. You can sit for hours beside the bronze Geodesic Survey plate cemented into the top of the dome and watch trollers and plodding tugboats, luxury cruisers and streaking outboards come and go as the busiest harbour on the Coast goes about its day. A three km return trip, this is a very steep hike to the 231m elevation. Watch for slippery spots and loose rocks. Allow one hour for round trip.

    Directions from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Heading north from the Resort on Hwy 101 turn left onto Garden Bay Road at the Petro Canada Station, and continue onto Irvine’s Landing Road. Follow along until Lee Road on the right and park where you can. There is a sign on the right side of Lee Road marking the trail head. A bluish-green Hydro pole also helps identify the trail head.

  • ROCKWATER FISHING

    Home of Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, the Secret Cove area has three marinas which, along with the marinas in Pender Harbour, offer some of the best fishing charters in the Lower Mainland. As successful lures, hot spots, and biting times vary so greatly in the convoluted waterways around Pender Harbour and nearby Jervis Inlet, it’s important to drop by one of the marinas for the inside line, plus charts, licences, restrictions, and limits. Fishing is what they do best here, and patience is their long suit with visitors – all that sunshine has a profoundly positive effect on residents’ attitudes.

    Bordered by the snow-covered Coastal Mountains, this protected coastline stretches 175 Kilometres (105 Miles) along the northeast shore of Georgia Strait, from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. Clean sparkling Pacific waters bound secluded sandy beaches and bays with red cedar and arbutus trees sprinkled along the coastline. Canada Geese, bald eagles, blue herons and osprey share the sky and shore.
    This region offers relatively protected waters for sport fishing on Georgia Strait, with Vancouver Island protecting the area from the open sea. The numerous islands also offer shelter, so you are not subjected to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean (no swells or fog).

    The Sunshine Coast offers year-round guided fishing for Chinook salmon. Feeder Chinooks are present during the winter months, and the migratory Chinook start showing up in late spring, with the best fishing from June to September.

    Coho are best from June to September, while the Northern Coho are available from September to October. Pink and Sockeye go by from mid-August to mid-September, and Chum Salmon from September through October.

    Another big attraction to anglers is the bottom fish fishery; large red snapper (yellow eye), ling cod, rock cod, flounder and Tommy cod. Most of these species are open year-round, with only ling cod being closed from October to May. For the seafood specialists, the prawning and crabbing is excellent year-round all along the Sunshine Coast. Local fishing spots include Halfmoon Bay, Buccaneer Bay, Secret Cove, Lasqueti Island, Texada Island, Seal Reef, Bejji Shoals, Bargain Harbour, A Frame and Quarry Bay… just to name a few.

    Unique to the Secret Cove and Pender Harbour area, mooching is the way most of the guides and local anglers fish for these tail-walking salmon. Most of the fishing is done from larger charter yachts from 26 ft. to 40 ft. The salmon fishing techniques are quite different, as we don’t use a cut plug or troll for the salmon…we mooch. This means that we locate the schooling bait fish off reefs and kelp beds with sounders, and anchor the vessel over the bait fish, using live herring, the natural food of the salmon.

    Sechelt Peninsula

    If you like to pick mussels and oysters, the beach at Roberts Creek Provincial Park’s picnic grounds is a good place to visit at low tide. Just check for red-tide warnings and harvesting closures beforehand at the entrance to the park.

    The sandy beach at Davis Bay less than two miles (three km) south of Sechelt may yield clams, but your best bet is casting from the Davis Bay pier for salmon. So successful has the rearing program been at nearby Chapman Creek that it is the only stream on the Sechelt Peninsula where anglers can keep coho and chinook salmon. It’s still best to check local regulations beforehand. While the hatchery has been experiencing good returns, fish stocks in Georgia Strait and Malaspina Strait have been steadily declining in recent times.

    Trout Fishing on the Sunshine CoastWhen planning your next saltwater fishing trip, this region is arguably one of the best light tackle salmon fishing destinations in British Columbia. The season never ends, it just gets better at certain times.

    Mixal Lake

    March is one of the few months on the fishing calendar when anglers get to stay home and tidy their tackle boxes, or tie on a fly and try for surface-feeding trout at Garden Bay Lake, Hotel Lake, and Mixal Lake, which are located beside Garden Bay Road, Irvine Landings Road, and Hotel Lake Road respectively, west of Hwy 101.

    Trout Lake

    Trout Lake is the easiest to locate as it lies just south of Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on the north side of Hwy 101. This beautiful 14 hectare lake is stocked with cutthroat trout. Best fishing from April to July and September to October

  • CHAPMAN CREEK FISH HATCHERY

    4381 Parkway in Wilson Creek up Field Road
    604-885-5562
    Open Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm,
    Closed from lunch 11:30am -12:30pm

    Great for kids of all ages
    Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.

  • TEMS SWIYA MUSEUM

    5555 Sunshine Coast Hwy
    604 885-8991

    Located in the Sechelt Indian Band’s central complex beside the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt. A showcase for the Shishalh Nation’s lengthy history and diverse culture, the Tems Swiya museum offers a great display of artifacts and art including an extensive basket collection. Visit the Tsain Ko gift shop for authentic native art, jewellery and crafts.

  • IRIS GRIFFITH INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

    15386 S.C Hwy 1 km south of Ruby Lake
    604-885-5412
    Great for kids of all ages

    Built in 2005, the 2,500 square foot centre houses a collection of interpretive displays characterizing human interaction with the natural environment from the mountains down to the sea. It is an ideal location to highlight these natural features and offers interpretive facilities on the mountain, wetland and marine habitats and wildlife of the region.

  • SECHELT AQUATIC CENTRE

    Located in Sechelt between the Library & RCMP building.

    Facilities include a six lane, 25 meter lap pool, a large leisure pool, 250 foot waterslide, sauna, steam room, hot tub, full gym facility, family change rooms, disabled accessibility, and lots of fun water features for kids.

  • Water Taxi to Thormanby Island

    Directly across from Rockwater Secret Cove Resort lie North and South Thormanby Islands. South Thormanby has a wonderful stretch of white sand beach while North Thormanby is the site of the Buccaneer Bay Marine Park and campsite. During low tide, you can walk between the two while exploring tidal pools and a variety of wonderfully colourful marine life. During the summer months, there is a water taxi available to take you right from the resort to these stunning islands. Please contact the front desk or call 1-877-296-4593 to arrange your pick up and drop off or to inquire about availability and rates.

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