Season 2

HALFMOON SEA KAYAKS – “One With the Water”

Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia

by Susie Lee

I headed down to Halfmoon Sea Kayaks which is conveniently located on the beach of the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort. I climbed into a single kayak and paddled out with my guide, Adam, to explore the inlets and bays around the area. Since the tide was coming in, I fought the current until we reached Secret Cove Lagoon. It was interesting because this secret cove can only be accessed during high tide. The Sunshine Coast is a great place to kayak because of the amazing marine life (seals, otters and loads of sea stars) that live in this area.

As we made our way out of the lagoon, the lapping water hit the sides of my kayak. The ocean’s breeze brushed against my bare skin and left a calming feeling within me. The ocean spray sounded therapeutic as we paddled in the white water of the ocean. Sometimes I stopped paddling and just enjoyed letting the ocean waves take me away.

Kayaks are safe and durable. You do not have to worry about flipping over and it is sturdy and easy to paddle, especially with a 2-person kayak. There’s a rudder at the back of the kayak, so it is easy to steer the direction you want to go in. The seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of room to stretch your legs out. I’d advise going to the restroom before you get into the cockpit to make your adventure more enjoyable. There’s a spray skirt over the cock pit to keep you warm and prevent water from splashing in as you paddle.

I love nothing better than being out on the water. Kayaking is a terrific way to explore and see the marine life in the area. I love being able to travel in the nooks and crannies of the coastline that other larger boats cannot get into. Kayaking is so peaceful and simple and definitely a "must do" while you are in the Sunshine Coast.

ADVENTURE TIPS

  • Wear a bathing suit
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear aqua shoes
  • Store your smaller non-waterproof items in a Ziplock bags


HORSIN’ AROUND AT THE MALASPINA RANCH STABLES

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

by Susie Lee

To get a breath of country air, I headed over to Thee Malaspina Ranch Stables to saddle up for my 2-hour horseback riding adventure with my guide, Andy. He was a tall, dark, handsome cowboy who had a pleasant demeanor about him. He saddled me on Jewel, a beautiful horse who was gentle and cautious with every step. I recommend her to riders who are apprehensive of horseback riding as she will take care of you very well.

We started our adventure under the tree-shaded trails with Jewel walking and trotting on the trail. It was a calm and relaxing activity as I rode and listened to Andy’s stories. The climatic part of our day was when we reached our destination. The elevation of 1800 feet gave us a picturesque view of the ocean and mountain ranges, like Mount Daniel and Bear’s Tooth. This really was gorgeous country and wilderness.

Andy proposed a horse competition between the guys and gals. It was an obstacle course race that involved circling a rose bush, raising your arm at the mountain range, another 360 degree turn and cantering back to the group as fast as you can. Well, the girls won for completing all the required actions throughout the obstacle course. We made our way up the hill to the lookout point and the view was breathtaking! It was clear and so quiet; for a moment I felt like we were the only people on earth.

I really appreciated Andy because he’s passionate about what he does. He loves giving riders a positive horseback riding experience, especially to those who might have had misconceptions or negative experiences with horses previously. Andy takes pleasure and pride in building confidence in people, and showcasing the beautiful outdoors and the gentleness of the horses.

ADVENTURE TIPS

  • Wear a hat and apply sunscreen
  • Wear closed-toe shoes
  • Wear long pants

PHOTO GALLERY

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Halfmoon Sea Kayaks

5356 Ole's Cove Road
Halfmoon Bay, B.C. V0N 1Y0
Toll Free 1 (877) 885-2948
www.halfmoonseakayaks.com


Malaspina Ranch Stables

13199 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC, V0N 2H0
Tel: (001) 604-883-1126

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Episode 7 Guide: Sunshine Coast

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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Halfmoon Sea Kayaks
Halfmoon Sea Kayaks
Sailing | Ranch
Sailing | Ranch
Skookumchuck Narrows
Skookumchuck Narrows
Artists of the Sunshine Coast
Artists of the Sunshine Coast
Steel Your Heart Away
Steel Your Heart Away

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