So Many Great Parks And Waterfalls Around Sechelt On The Sunshine Coast
On our fall visit to British Columbia (BC), we stayed in Sechelt and enjoyed the parks and waterfalls around Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.
We found so many great outdoor adventures around Sechelt when we visited. On our stays we split our time between days lazily enjoying the water or hiking in the many parks we found. Our hike to the Skookumchuck Rapids was filled with excitement.
On day trips we explored the waterfalls at Robert’s Creek, Cliff Gilker Park and Burnett Falls. Our hike at Hidden Grove got us no waterfalls but we enjoyed a great walk in the woods.
Some of the waterfall hikes were easy to find. Others required some research to find the best path!
Adding More Parks And Waterfalls Around Sechelt To Our Fall West Coast Trip
Our fall visit to the west coast might be sub-titled as chasing waterfalls. We started our trip with a view of the waterfalls in Northern Ontario. And did not miss a visit to the awesome Kakabaka Falls on our return trip.
After our stay in Vancouver, we headed north to Whistler for a long weekend. And even though it rained for most of our visit, we hiked in Whistler and found some amazing waterfalls. Even when we visited Vancouver Island, we found some waterfalls on our outdoor adventures in the Comox Valley.
So when we settled into a long stay on the Sunshine Coast, we searched out all the parks and waterfalls around Sechelt for day trips.
Finding The Secret Waterfall on Robert’s Creek
Our research gave us some idea of the path to follow. We even found a map on a piece of wood at the site. There was a path that led straight off the road but we turned right and followed the path along the fence.
When we found the first trail to the right we went that way. The path later crossed the main trail and we turned left to get on this trail. When we looked behind us, we saw a sign high on the tree that pointed back to Day Road. The path to this point was a pretty easy to walk.
From there, the trail headed uphill. We watched for the second trail that branched off to the right and took that. We went a bit down the path and made sure we headed to water.
The path narrowed at this point and was strewn with roots. It went up and down as it meandered closer to Robert’s Creek. But soon we knew we were close.
Rewarded With A Waterfall View
We continued to head down and got closer to the water at Robert’s Creek. And were rewarded with great views of the rapids and smaller waterfalls.
But we knew there was more to find. We turned back and stayed low and closer to the water level. We got a glimpse of the larger waterfall through the trees. And found the waterfall we searched for.
Climbing back up the hill side, we got back on the main path. On the hike back, we saw that high up on the trees there were signs that pointed to the waterfalls. Much easier than counting hiking paths for direction!
Searching for parks and waterfalls around Sechelt, we were glad we found the waterfalls at Robert’s Creek.
Heading To Cliff Gilker Park For More Waterfalls
Next we headed to the much better marked paths at Cliff Gilker Park for more waterfall views on Robert’s Creek. We parked in the lot and checked out the trail map. There were several different paths that cut back and forth across the water.
We took the red path from the parking lot and headed for the first bridge crossing. The water flowed under the bridge and over the rounded rocks. A bench was positioned for great views of the flowing waters.
From here we followed the red path and then crossed the next bridge and got on the yellow path. The water drop at this point was far more dramatic.
We found the last bridge as we kept walking. The views from both sides of the bridge were interesting. Another bench was positioned for great views of the water as it cascaded over the rocks.
When we had our fill of rushing waters, we took the path that took us back to the park access road. From there we walked back up the road to the parking lot. We were so glad we got this second view of Robert’s Creek on our day enjoying parks and waterfalls around Sechelt.
A Hike In To Burnett Falls
There was one more waterfall on our list for this visit to Sechelt. We headed up the south side of the Sechelt Inlet and turned on Burnett Road. There was a sign to Burnett Falls tacked high on the hydro pole. When we hit the end of the road, the path was clearly marked.
The path went high above the river and we got glimpses down the gorge as we walked. Again we found benches placed along the path. In a spot or two we found paths that took us safely down to the creek. But there was no view of the waterfall from here.
We kept climbing the steep path and soon heard the rush of water. And then we got our first glimpse of the Burnett Falls as it fell from a 30m (~100 feet) point. Another bench was placed for perfect views.
We did a second visit to Burnett Falls with our son Nick and the great Gypsy dog. Gypsy sure enjoyed the view of the falls!
Compared to our other hikes, this was a shorter path for waterfall views. But another fun outing for parks and waterfalls around Sechelt.
Hiking At Hidden Grove
One day we went out for a family hike. There was a new hiking spot at Hidden Grove they wanted to share with us.
The trail map showed a large number of trails at Hidden Grove. We should have clued in when the trail map was shown on a topographic mark that not all trails would be the same level of difficulty. As we walked along we saw the coloured arrows that showed which trails went which way. Having hiked this park many times, Nick took us along his favourite route.
As we walked along we enjoyed the park scenery. We were often drawn in my interesting mushrooms. And interesting trees like the nurse log were pointed out. This was a fallen tree which provided water and nutrients to new growing trees.
We stopped at the Lonely Giant tree. This Douglas fir was more than 500 years old! This was just one of the marked spots on a hike in the Hidden Grove.
It was great to spend some time hiking the Hidden Grove with family when we enjoyed the parks and waterfalls around Sechelt.
We Enjoyed Parks And Waterfalls Around Sechelt On The Sunshine Coast
We enjoyed our exploration of parks and waterfalls around Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. Great hikes and cascading waterfalls ensured we enjoyed the natural beauty of this area.
We saw a lot on this trip even if we did miss a few of the waterfall sites we had marked on our offline maps. The hike to the multi-tiered Chapman Creek Falls was definitely high on our list for a return visit. There were also hikes at Kinnikinnick Park that we missed on this trip. All great reasons to head back for more outdoor adventures on the Sunshine Coast.
Have you enjoyed the parks and waterfalls around Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast? Have you found another spot for our return visit?
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