Sunshine Coast: Roberts Creek to Pender Harbour

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend we took a quick escape from the rush of the city and hopped aboard a 40-minute ferry to enjoy the Sunshine Coast. After our walk around Gibsons Landing, we headed up the highway, stopping for lunch.

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Sunshine Coast Tourism gave us a list of places to check out but I wanted to specifically stop in Roberts Creek since I spent so much time there as a child in summer camp.

The Gumboot - Roberts Creek

Nestled between hedges, gardens and flowering bushes, we settled on The Gumboot, which is just a quick hop off the highway down Roberts Creek Road.

The Gumboot - Roberts Creek The Gumboot - Roberts Creek

We ordered the oven-baked fries with miso gravy but to call these “fries” is an understatement. These potato wedges were seasoned to perfection and the miso gravy was a delicious compliment.

The Gumboot - Roberts Creek

John ordered the Super Salad for his meal and I had the curried perogies with a side salad. Up on the wall was a sign “100 feet from soil to plate” with reference to their vegetable garden, the source of our salad ingredients.

The Gumboot - Roberts Creek

Our bill came to about $35 (for the fries, two meals, and a beer for John) and it was well worth it. Continuing along the highway we drove up through Sechelt and onto Pender Harbour where Painted Boat Resort hosted us for the next two nights.

Painted Boat Resort & Spa

Painted Boat Resort & Spa

We checked into our villa – one of over 30 rental properties that each overlook the water – and settled in for the weekend. We ate at the restaurant the first night (compliments of the Painted Boat) enjoying a 3-course meal prepared by Head Chef David Cox. For the second, we grocery shopped at the market and grilled steaks out on our villa’s balcony.

Painted Boat Resort & Spa

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The Painted Boat - Pender Harbour

Although we didn’t get to experience any treatments, I’m tempted to return and enjoy the Painted Boat’s Spa – the only full service spa on the Sunshine Coast.

Painted Boat Resort & Spa Painted Boat Resort & Spa

Painted Boat Resort & Spa

In total we were about 1.5 hours outside of Vancouver (by ferry & car) yet we seemed so far removed, surrounded by Arbutus groves, centuries-old Cedars and oceanfront views.

The Painted Boat - Pender Harbour

Coming up in the Sunshine Coast series I’ll profile Fibreworks, Sunshine Coast Tours, Westcoast Air and the town of Sechelt. You can view all of my photos from the trip as they are uploaded to my Flickr set. John’s photos are available on his Flickr as well.

Disclosure: – our stay and our meal at the restaurant were covered by the Painted Boat. I was not paid to write about the resort nor was I obligated to do so. Other meals, gallery visits etc. were out of our own pocket.

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  1. Sara PereiraMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 6:26pm PDT

    Thanks a lot for this post. I was recently wondering about getaway options here…so very helpful. I look forward to the rest of the series!

  2. DevonMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 6:54pm PDT

    LOVE the Gumboot! in the spring/summertime. The garden in the back is where ALL the veggies come from!! I grew up on the Coast. So beautiful, glad you enjoyed it.

  3. JenMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 8:22pm PDT

    We will have to stop at the Gumboot next time we are on our way to Texada! If you have not been to Texada Island yet, I would recommend taking some time to head up there 🙂

  4. JonTuesday, March 16th, 2010 — 11:21pm PDT

    Gorgeous, it’s been too long since I’ve been to the Sunshine Coast. We really enjoyed our stay at the B&B “A Place By the Sea” in Sechelt a few years back.

  5. JenTuesday, April 6th, 2010 — 10:39am PDT

    Painted in boat is a fabulous resort and the food is incredible, I would defiantly recommend it! We really enjoyed it while we were there last month!

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