Summer is here, and so are weekend getaways with the girls. For this adventure, we chose the Sunshine Coast in beautiful British Columbia. Not only is the Sunshine Coast really easy to get to from Vancouver, it also has everything you need: the ocean, many lakes, and a world-famous oyster bar ; ). With sunshine and oysters on the brain, I grabbed six of my friends and hit the road. We caught the 6:40 pm ferry out of Horseshoe Bay (which means you get to watch the sunset from the boat!) and arrived at the cabin by 9 pm with just enough time to settle in, lite some candles and break out a deck of cards. As the night progressed so did the group consensus for a mandatory skinny dip to ring in the weekend.
The next morning welcomed us with the sound of the ocean and the smell of fresh hot coffee. Once the gang was all ready, we hopped in the car and headed for Ruby Lake, which is just 20 minutes north of the cabin. Here the water is a touch warmer than the ocean and there are some great rocks to sunbathe on. We set up our towels and applied some Ombrelle Ultra Light Face Lotion in SPF 60 to keep our faces from burning. To protect the rest of our skin we used the Ombrelle Ultra Light Body Spray in SPF 60. Thankfully we screened up as it was super hot and sunny all day as we laid out, swam and played on the floaty. On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at Hotel Lake in search of a rope swing and lucky for us it was the perfect size for even the few scaredy-cats in the group to give it a try.
Later that night we got ready and headed to Gibsons for a fresh seafood dinner at Smitty’s Oyster House. If it isn’t obvious from the name… get the oysters! They’re so good and fresh. Alongside the oysters, we ordered mussels, halibut fritters, salmon cakes and washed it down with a local BC white wine. Talk about a great way to end an amazing day in the sun.
The next morning was bittersweet as it was beautiful and sunny but the weekend was already coming to an end. The fact that we were leaving later that day didn’t stop us from getting up early, making crepes with fresh local berries and laying out on the beach. We even braved the cold ocean and swam all the way to a floating dock and back. Eventually, the day came to an end and we kissed the Sunshine Coast goodbye to take the ferry back to Vancouver. Till next time sunshine : )