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Summer Planner 2014

Hope to see you on the Sunshine Coast.

There’s a ton of stuff happening…


June 6 – 8, 2014 Pender Harbour Blues Festival

June 20 – 22, 2014 Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival

July 2 – 3, 2014 BC Bike Race (Earls Cove to Langdale)

July 12 – 13, 2014 Halfmoon Bay Country Fair

July 18 – 20, 2014 HWY 101 Music Festival

July 26 – 27, 2014 Gibsons Sea Calvacade

August 8 – 10, 2014 Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show N’ Shine

August 14 – 17, 2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival

August 14 – 17, 2014 Festival of the Written Arts

August 15 – 17, 2014 Eleven Equal Artists – The Power of Paint

August 16 – 17, 2014 Hackett Park Arts and Crafts Festival

August 22 – 24, 2014 Synchronicity, Coast Culture Fest

September 19 – 21, 2014 Pender Harbour Jazz Festival


Malibu Rapids

Malibu is situated at the mouth of  Princess Louisa Inlet. To get there we left the dock in Secret Cove and cruised for just over an hour through the Agamemnon to Egmont for gas and a coffee at the Back Eddy Dock.

Past Egmont we travel for about 2 hours up the Royal Reaches to Malibu Rapids. The scenery along the way is stunning – the granite soars vertically from the edge of the channel to mountain tops up to 8000 feet.

In all of this the Malibu Rapids, the location of Malibu Young Life (Camp) is a place of special beauty.  Princess Louisa Inlet pours in and out of Queens Reach on every tide. So much water flows through here that the currents easily exceed the cursing speed of many of the boats who can only transit the rapids during a slack tide.

The narrow strip of land that separates the Inlet from the Reach, and creates the rapids is a remarkable piece of real estate.  Young Life owns the property and during the summer months operates a summer camp for young people.  You’ve probably never been to summer camp like this one.  Some pics follow.

For more on Princess Louisa check out the blog from last years cruise to the same area.

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Time For You to Leave My Tree

Get out of my tree
Get out of my tree

Another slice of entertainment we sometimes get is watching Ravens harass eagles.  Sometimes in flight, and sometimes when the eagles are perched.  In this instance the Raven “buzzed”  the eagle a couple times and then parks on a branch just under him, just to continue the irritation.


Ice Takes Beautiful and Natural Forms

Homesite Creek Falls

Just 2k from the dock is the trail into a small falls on Homesite Creek. Last week’s cold weather has iced the falls up nicely – a little natural drama.

Ice on the Cove

The Cove is sea water and you wouldn’t expect it to ice over – at least in our climate. Except there’s a small stream at the end of the cove that provides enough fresh water to provide a layer of ice. When the tide drops, the ice hits the rocks and revealing the texture of the bottom below.

Dakota Ridge


Coastal Mountains haven’t seen a lot snow this year. At Dakota Ridge there’s just barely enough. No matter on a day like today. It was just like spring skiing (if you can say that about snowshoeing). Spectacular sunshine and warm temps.

Beaver Dams and Rain Storms


TV news today reported on a train derailment in Burnaby owing to heavy rains and beaver dams. There are no trains in Secret Cove but we do have lots of beaver dams. The beavers have been especially busy this fall. With the heavy rain this weekend much of the trail and walkway system in Smugglers Cove (Provincial Park) is under water. The walk in gets a lot more interesting.