Halfmoon Bay & Secret Cove
Discover some of the most stunning coastline and beach access points on the coast in Halfmoon Bay, just north of Sechelt. These areas are full of outdoor recreation opportunities, ranging from kayaking and hiking to fishing and swimming.
Halfmoon Bay (xwilkway) and Secret Cove are located on the traditional territory of the shíshálh Nation. These communities are home to approximately 2,800 people and are both accessible by boat or by vehicle from Highway 101.
Things to Do
Every community on the Sunshine Coast boasts a unique blend of artists, and Halfmoon Bay is certainly no exception. Explore the area via the Purple Banner Tour, a map of artist studios and galleries open to the public (sometimes by appointment).
For those days when you just want to relax you can indulge in spa treatments at the Seabreeze Spa, or simply spend some time reading a good book or picnicking at places such as Coopers Green Park or Sargeant Bay Provincial Park.
Looking for outdoor adventure? Spend some time on the water exploring the area around Thormanby Island or Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park. You can put your kayak or boat in the water using the boat launch at Coopers Green Park or at Buccaneer Marina, or use the public government dock next to Secret Cove Marina or the pier in Halfmoon Bay. Public docks are excellent for launching kayaks and paddleboards, and you can temporarily tie up your boat there if you’re hoping to come ashore.
There are also some good spots to get in the water to do some swimming. Trout Lake is a great place to take a dip, and there’s an outhouse located on the north side of the lake. There isn’t much beach area, so it’s better for older kids and adults who want to just jump in.
There are plenty of adventures to be had on land, too. Halfmoon Bay is home to mountain bike trails that offer something for everyone from kids to pros. Explore the trails in areas such as Welcome Woods Wilderness Park or the Big Tree Recreation Area. If hiking is what you’re into, there are easy-to-access trails like Smuggler Cove’s boardwalk along the water, Welcome Woods Wilderness Park’s winding mixed use trails, the trail from Sargeant Bay Provincial Park to Triangle Lake through dense forest, or the Homesite Creek trails which feature waterfalls in the lower section of the trails.
Where to Stay
There are a variety of places to stay, including vacation rentals and small B&B-style accommodations in Halfmoon Bay and Secret Cove, along with luxury glamping at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, where you’ll find tenthouse suites perched on the water’s edge.
There are a few camping options if you are camping in an RV or trailer, but if you are camping in a tent, you’ll want to set yourself up at Homesite Creek Recreation Site.
There are also anchorages and mooring available if you are travelling by boat—Secret Cove is a boater’s haven. Its sheltered waters provide an ideal anchorage, and marinas offer a chance to rest and refuel.
Food + Drink
There are a couple of restaurants in Secret Cove such as The Upper Deck Café (open seasonally) at the Secret Cove Marina, and the restaurant at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort. If you need to stock up on supplies, check out the Halfmoon Bay General Store or the Welcome Woods Market. Both of these stores carry the basic necessities, and also carry beer, wine, and liquor.
There are many community events throughout the year. In the summer, you can look forward to the Halfmoon Bay Fair, the Seaside Shuffle featuring local entertainers and food vendors, and the Lazy Daze Music Series featuring local music and talent.