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Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
The pit toilet located on the Smuggler Cove Marine Park trail has been decommissioned
The pit toilet at the parking lot is still in service.
Smuggler Cove is closed to sewage discharge by Federal Regulation
Vessels must keep sewage contained in holding tanks while at anchor.
Do not disturb the beaver dam site
Beavers are residents in Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park and have been hard at work on some home renovations in this park! While you are visiting their home, please be respectful of their wetland habitat. Many other birds, wildlife and plant species will flourish in this expanded wetland environment. Do not disturb the dam site, stay on the trail and keep pets on a leash.
About This Park
Smuggler Cove is a small, picturesque all-weather anchorage on the south side of Sechelt Peninsula near Secret Cove. To access this park by land, visitors can hike 4 km from a parking lot off Hwy 101. This park provides hiking, swimming, kayaking and picnicking.
Established Date: July 16, 1971
Park Size: 185 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Entry from Welcome Passage is best made at low tide when reef and rock projections are visible. Please watch for drying and projecting reefs as you navigate around the cove. There are many eye bolts located along the shoreline to accommodate stern lines.
- Excellent protected anchorage for boaters. Stern pins are available.
- Smuggler Cove is closed to sewage discharge by Federal Regulation. Vessels must keep sewage contained in holding tanks while at anchor.
Location and Maps
16 km West of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. Accessible by boat from the north end of Welcome Pass. Also accessible from Brooks Road off Hwy 101 halfway between Secret Cove and Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. It is a 4km hike from the parking lot to Smuggler Cove.
Entry from Welcome Passage is best made at low tide when reef and rock projections are visible. Please watch for drying and projecting reefs as you navigate around the cove. There are many eye bolts located along the shoreline to accommodate stern lines.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Management Planning Information
The approved management plan for Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park [PDF]
This is not the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
There is one wheelchair-accessible pit toilet located at the parking area near the entrance of the park.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has one pit toilet; no flush toilets. The pit toilet is located at the parking area.