Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park is located south of Secret Cove on the Sechelt Peninsula of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast near the community of Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada. The 185 hectare (457 acre) park is home to beavers (there is an actual beaver dam in the park), birds, and deer.
The Sunshine Coast park is accessed by both water and land. This Sunshine Coast park draws many boaters and sightseers every year to the protected cove. This park is ideal for wilderness tent camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking and picnicking.
Many come to explore the many bays of the area, rock cliffs and beach areas. The marine park is considered a wetland park so there are some very sensitive ecological areas along the path designed to protect the eco system. Please stay on walking paths and have dogs leashed.
Smuggler Cove is an all-weather anchorage with three large anchoring basins for cruising boats. The best entry to the park by boat is through Welcome Passage at low tide when reef and rock projections are visible. The local area has provided many eye bolts located along the shoreline to accommodate stern pins.
There are wilderness camping facilities onsite. Wilderness camping means no amenities. The hike-in Sunshine Coast campsite is permitted year round only in the five designated campsites located in the cove. Follow the trail for about 1 km ( 0.4 mi.) from the cove to the camping area from the parking lot. There is no drinking water onsite so bring your own. There are two pit toilets.
Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park, Halfmoon Bay, BC, Sunshine Coast Parks, Trails & Places
How To Get To: Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park
Follow Hwy 101 for 16 km ( mi.) from Sechelt, BC. to the parking lot. Hike the 4 km ( 2.5 mi.) trail from the parking lot off Hwy 101. It can also be reached by vehicle from Brooks Road. From the parking lot, follow a 1.3 km ( 0.8 mi.) easy hiking trail to the park. To access by boat is best from the the north end of Welcome Pass.