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E-mail: info@sunshinecoastparks.com
Phone: 604 885-3714
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Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park

  • Smuggler Cove is closed to sewage discharge by Federal Regulation. Vessels must keep sewage contained in holding tanks while at anchor.
  • Beavers are residents in Smuggler Cove Marnie 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 Marine Provincial 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 camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking and picnicking.

Park Size: 185 hectares

Special Notes:
  • 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.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. 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.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • The approved management plan for Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park [PDF 952.93KB] is available in PDF format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    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.

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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There is good kayaking and canoeing in this area.
Fishing

Fishing

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.

Click here for information about Fishing and Shellfish Harvesting.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving opportunities in this park.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has two pit toilets - no flush toilets. There is one pit toilet at the parking area and one pit toilet in the campground.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Camping is permitted year round when accessible and only in the 5 designated sites located in the basin of Smuggler Cove Proper (in the Cove). This is approximately 1 kilometre from the vehicle parking area. The sites are individual and gravel.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There is one wheelchair accessible pit toilet located at the parking area near the entrance of the park.