Sunshine Coast Getaway

It was a few days or total relaxation.

BC's Sunshine Coast is simply breathtaking and offers a significant change of pace. I recently spent four days in the area being actively relaxed which for me meant taking simple hikes and breathing in nature. 

Home was Tuckers Inn, B&B, a great find with friendly hosts, immaculate rooms and home baking for breakfast. Laying just north of Sechelt, Tuckers Inn was a great base for the short break, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Over the years of being in Canada, it's become clear that 'hike' is applied to any off road walk and it doesn't matter if it takes minutes or days, so take the word with a reasonable pinch of salt. The two main hikes were Smuggler Cove and Francis Point. Smuggler Cove is the easier of the two as it's flatter. The trail is simple to follow, the initial boardwalks across the wetlands helpful and the views cannot fail to render one horizontal. It's a shady trail and that helped as the temperatures were in the late 20's. The video opposite gives a good flavour of the experience. 

Francis Point was more challenging in that it was mostly in the open so be prepared for the heat on sunny days. There was also more clambering over rocks as the bulk of the hike to the lighthouse (beacon on a pole) is along the cliff coastline. The adventure is worthwhile, the views, once again, are stunning. 

I only scratched the surface and there's much more to the Sunshine Coast. The area is well worth a visit.

Photography wise, my aim was to capture a mix of tourist shots and other images that caught my attention. I chose video on the Smuggler Cove hike as the route was shaded with sunlight breaking through the canopy making for difficult shooting. Other shots were taken in the garden of the B&B and at the Sechelt Inlet. Manual mode predominated and I only flicked to Program when wanting to capture a moving boat when I didn't have the time to dial in the manual settings. 

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