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Eating / things to do in / around Madeira Park

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Eating / things to do in / around Madeira Park

We (family of 4; 2 daughters aged 13 and 9) are travelling to Canada and staying at Painted Boat Resort for 4 nights in July. We would really appreciate any tips on where to go, what to do and places to eat whilst we are there.

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1. Re: Eating / things to do in / around Madeira Park

You are at the best place to eat. The trail to the rapids is a good day if the kids are walkers.


Edited: 12:33 pm, May 21, 2018
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It's a great area to paddle in rent a couple kayaks you can take hours exploring the little coves & bays.

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The food in the Grasshopper Pub is nice but the atmosphere sucks - the opposite is true of the Garden Bay pub so I can't recommend that. There's a Japanese restaurant and a Thai. The Ruby Lake resort is one of the best restaurants in the area (certainly better than the Painted Boat) but opening times are spotty even in June. LaVerne's Grill on the other side of the bay is good but again opening times are near random. There are three coffee shops in town, of which I would vote for the Mad Park Bistro out on the highway. There's plenty of hiking options from kid-friendly to seriously back-country.,the SloCat tour around the harbour is quite fun, and the walk to Skoomchuckchuckchuck rapids is worth it when the tide is right (look in the free local mag, Harbour Spiel, for tide times). And enjoy my community!

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Update to post #3 - Laverne's Grill is not opening this year - announced April 11.

The fish 'n chips at John Henry's café is quite good. johnhenrysresortmarina.com/amenities/…

I quite like the view and food at the Grasshopper pub. Great selection of beers on tap as well tap.https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g775493-d3422318-Reviews-Grasshopper_Pub-Madeira_Park_Sunshine_Coast_British_Columbia.html

You do not list your interests but:

Skookumchuck Rapids Trails: this is an hour walk/easy hike through a beautiful westcoast rainforest. At the end of the hike there are two viewing areas to see the rushing tides come together. If you are going to do the Skookumchuck Narrows trail - be sure to time it for the tides you wish to see. Flood tide (coming in) means big waves - viewed from Roland Point, whirlpool waves is timed at Ebb Tide (going out) and best viewed from North Point viewing area. Give yourself approx. half an hour either way to see the peak waves. Here is a chart: secheltvisitorcentre.com/pdf_files/2018-Skoo…

When we take visitors to the narrows we prefer to be there early in the morning - it can get quite hot by mid-day - and we finish with lunch at the Back Eddy https://backeddy.ca/marina-pub/backeddy-pub/ or we drive to the Grasshopper before returning to Sechelt.


some time at Thormanby Island is a relaxing day at a beautiful beach spot - a water taxi gets you there. www.buccaneermarina.com/WaterTaxiBarge.aspx

There are no modern facilities on the island - and everything you bring with you leaves with you - including garbage. Bring TP, water shoes, lunch, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and if outhouses gross you out - you will be swim peeing in the ocean or holding it in. Great place for skim boarding too.

What else are you interested in? When in July are you here? There are numerous outdoor festivals and activities to take in. Here's a few

July 7--8 Halfmoon Bay Country Fair - Coopers Green

July 14 - Davis Bay Sand Castle Competition

July 27-29 Gibsons Sea Calvacade http://www.seacavalcade.ca/

bike/kayak rentals? Do you golf? Hike - easy or difficult? Want to spend time at a local farm? A local Beer farm? How about a sturgeon farm? Do you appreciate art?

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5. Re: Eating / things to do in / around Madeira Park

Tiny url Grasshopper link


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