Halfmoon Bay is located 15 km (9 miles) north of Sechelt
and 18 km (11 miles) south of Pender
Harbour (Madeira Park) on the Sunshine Coast Highway - Hwy 101.
In order to get there from Vancouver, you travel on the Trans-Canada
Hwy 1 to the BC Ferries terminal at Horseshoe
Bay located in West Vancouver.
Once at Horseshoe Bay, take the Langdale Ferry over to the Sunshine
Coast. The ferry usually takes about forty-five minutes.
When you reach Langdale you have to travel 28 km (17 miles) north
from Langdale to Sechelt on Hwy 101. Depending on the time of year
with summer being the busiest season, expect to take at least one
hour. If it is possible, allow yourself some extra time for visiting
and exploring the very picturesque waterfront of Gibson's
Once past Sechelt, continue north on Hwy 101, and when you are at
Sargeant Bay look for Redrooffs Road where you can either turn for
the scenic route or, for the faster route, continue on Hwy 101 to
where Redrooffs Road returns from Halfmoon Bay.
Situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay is the heritage building -
the Halfmoon Bay General Store. Like every other coastal store there
seems to be a lot of very different marine items that appeal to
boaters, whose requirements all vary, as they cruise up and down
BC's inside coastline.
From the Halfmoon Bay General Store you can take a short walking
path to a small but beautiful pebble beach along the oceanfront.
The sunny beach has a fantastic westerly view out towards Merry
and South Thormanby Islands.
Green Regional Park
Also, from the Halfmoon Bay General Store, there is Redrooffs Trail
that leads you to Coopers Green Regional Park. At Coopers Green
Regional Park you can find a much larger beach along with washrooms,
picnic tables, concessions in the summer and a boat launch. Coopers
Green also features a very popular area for scuba diving, swimming
Bay Provincial Park
If you take the scenic route, Redrooffs Road follows the waterfront
past Sargeant Bay Provincial Park where there is a sand and pebble
beach that is perfect for scuba diving, swimming and sunbathing.
For wildlife viewing, Sargeant Bay Provincial Park has a hiking
trail along a marsh that is quite good for birdwatching.
After Sargeant Bay, Redrooffs Road goes past Reception Point where
you can find beach areas on both sides of the Point, and then you'll
come to Welcome Beach Park, Coopers Green Regional Park eventually
leads to Mintie Road. Turn on Mintie Road towards the ocean water
and you're at Halfmoon Bay.
Columbia Provincial Marine Parks
Besides Coopers Green Regional Park there are also three British
Columbia Provincial Marine Parks that are located very close to
Halfmoon Bay. There are Smuggler Cove Marine Park just south of
Secret Cove, Buccaneer Bay Marine Park on North Thormanby Island
and Simson Marine Park on South Thormanby Island.
With the exception of Buccaneer Bay that has a walking trail into
the park from off Brooks Road, you will have to boat across Welcome
Passage to get to the marine parks. If you enjoy sea kayaking, Halfmoon
Bay makes a great starting point for exploring these pristine areas.
Other places to discover around Halfmoon Bay include fishing and
swimming at Trout Lake; driving on the backroad Trout Lake Road
into the mountains behind Halfmoon Bay to Spipiyus Provincial Park
where you can find tremendous views of Sechelt Inlet or Pender Harbour;
travelling up Homesite Creek FS Road and visiting the Homesite Creek
Caves or mountain biking the Suncoaster Trail.
For other scuba diving, besides Sargeant Bay, there are also areas
on the south side of Merry Island, Dennis Head off South Thormanby
Island, just off Jack Tolmie Island near Secret Cove and on the
west side of Trail Islands. Most require a boat to get to except
for some have road access areas especially some sites in Porpoise
Bay near Sechelt.
and Mountainbike Trails
The Halfmoon Bay residences have also developed a major number of
hiking and mountainbike trails in the area. A couple of favourites
you might want to try are near Sargeant Bay where there is a hiking
trail to Triangle Lake or mountain biking through Connor and Welcome
Beach Parks with trails connecting up with Coopers Green Regional
on Halfmoon Bay