38th Annual BMO April Fools Run


2015 Race to Support Sunshine Coast Food Bank

Get an early start on spring season with the BMO 38th Annual April Fools Run. Sunday April 12, 2015. This well organized 13.1 miles or 21.1 km event boasts a low entry fee, Beautiful British Columbia rural setting, cash prizes, finisher’s medals, a free kid’s run, great food and best of all, an opportunity to stay the weekend.

The race runs along tranquil country roads, through beautiful pine and cedar forests. The mostly downhill race affords the runner/walker the opportunity to take in the views of the Sunshine Coast. The final stretch to the finish line finds runners racing down the well-marked rural highway to Davis Bay and the town of Sechelt.

The entire run/walk event has course marshals providing guidance at every turn. Aid stations at intervals serve both water and Gatorade to make sure your participation is enjoyable and hydrated. The goal is to collect $700 in cash donations and at least 4 large boxes of food and personal care items. For more information on the food bank, including a list of most needed Items, visit the Sunshine Coast Food Bank.

Spend some time to see what is commonly referred to as British Columbia’s best keep secret,“ The Sunshine Coast.” The town of Sechelt is a good place to stay; it’s the home of some great First Nation exhibits and the heart of a thriving arts and crafts community.

By Christa Rost

Sechelt Winter Activities


The Best Cross Country Skiing

The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia is a well known destination for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The best part is that it’s all only a 45 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver.

The best winter recreation area is right here near Sechelt. Here you’ll find well-developed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails that favorably compare to anywhere in the world. Dakota Ridge has amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island, and Georgia Straight really captures the magnificent Sunshine Coast. Because of the protection of the old growth forests the season usually extends well into spring when the dilemma becomes whether to ski the trails or play a round of golf.

After your day of outdoor activity it’s time to relax with a glass of wine or hot chocolate in front of the B&B fireplace.

By Christa Rost

Sunshine Coast’s Performing and Visual Arts Festival

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The Sechelt Arts Festival

The Sechelt Arts Festival a ten day professionally produced event showcases local talent to residents and visitors. The festival embraces all art forms, including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts and is one of the largest festival events on the Sunshine Coast.
This is the festivals 11th season, it runs October 16-26. Offers lots of free events as well as pay performances.

By Christa Rost


Welcome Back! BC Bike Race


  Another year slips by and it’s time again for the BC Bike Race. I think word is getting out that The Sunshine Coast is British Columbia’s best kept secret.

 July 2 2014 Day Four Earls Cove To Sechelt

 Today’s ride starts at the BC Ferries’ Earls Cove Terminal. Travel the Klein Lake, Ruby Lake and Suncoast Trails through lush west coast rainforest and incredible views. End the day in the beautiful Town of Sechelt. Base Camp set up is just yards from the beach at Sechelt Elementary School and Rockwood Pavilion. Visit some of Sechelt’s eclectic shops, known as the arts and craft capital of British Columbia. Check the Sechelt Outdoor Festival in celebration of the race at Hackett Park noon to 8pm . Food,  kids’ fun, live music and dance, kids’ bike race, beer garden. Walk on the beach boardwalk.

Kid’s Bike Race Location: Hackett Park Registration Opens: 1:00pm Race Starts: 2pm

 July3 2014 Day Five Sechelt to Langdale

Start in downtown Sechelt and follow the road by the warm water of Porpoise Bay. The trails move into a single track with views of the ocean. Travel along Rat Race Trail System into the forest beneath 30-40 metre tall trees.  A fast decent gets you to the Langdale Ferry Terminal.

By Christa Rost

The Coasters Mountain Bike Race


The dates are set for 2014!

  What could be more pleasant than a leisurely bike ride?  That would be competing in a cross country and downhill mountain bike race on the Sunshine Coast world class trails at Roberts Creek. The event is the annual Coaster Race. Over 400 pro and amateur racers from all over BC Canada and USA participate in the two cross country races, a short 20k and the long 40k plus the thrilling Mach Chicken downhill and a free kid’s race.

  The entry fee for the cross country race includes a salmon BBQ on Saturday May 3rd from 1pm – 4pm. (This must be ordered online by April 26). The Salmon BBQ by itself is $15 per person for downhill riders or friends and family. You may purchase soft drinks, hotdogs and burgers at the cross country event. Smokies and hotdogs will be available at the downhill finish area.

By Christa Rost


Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run

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A Fool’s Guide to the Fool’s Run

The BMO April Fool’s Run offers its 37th Annual April Fools Run Sunday April 6, 2014. This well organized 13.1 miles or 21.1 km event has a low entry fee, rural setting, finisher’s medals, and great food.

 Come enjoy the Sunshine Coast friendly hospitality. The race starts in the centre of Gibsons and runs along tranquil country roads and through beautiful pine and cedar forests. The final stretch to the finish line finds runners racing down the well-marked rural highway to Davis Bay and the town of Sechelt.

 The entire run, walk event has course marshals keeping participants on the right route at every turn.  Aid stations at intervals serve both water and Gatorade to make sure your participation is enjoyable. All proceeds go to The Sunshine Coast Food Bank.

 Why not make it a weekend? Come early and spend some time to see the rest of what is commonly referred to as British Columbia’s best keep secret, “The Sunshine Coast.” The town of Sechelt is a good place to stay; it’s the home of some great First Nation exhibits and the heart of a thriving arts and crafts community.

By Christa Rost


Festival of the Rolling Arts

1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible

The Coaster’s Car Club Show and Shine

This weekend the main street in Sechelt turned into a stroll down memory lane as vintage cars transformed the town into a rolling museum. The weather cooperated as The Coaster’s Car Clubs 18th Annual Festival of the Rolling Arts took to The Sunshine Coast.

I don’t always get a chance to see this event if I’m too busy with bed and breakfast guests, but this year I made a special effort to take the time. I called up a couple of friends who were interested, and we grabbed some chairs and sat ourselves down on the edge of the road near the Rockwood Centre and waited for the cars to cruise by.  I came to Canada in 1956 and I always wanted a turquoise 1957 Chevy.  I never did get one, so each time I see these antique cars, I’m always keeping an eye out for that model.

My generation (the older one) reminisced while the younger one watched in delight as the highly stylized chromed vehicles paraded down the Coast highway from Sechelt up and down Redrooffs Road, through Halfmoon Bay and back again.

The two day event reminded me of a trip to the ice cream parlor with my kids, their faces pressed up against the glass trying to pick their favorite flavour from the seemingly endless variety of choices on display. Will it be the black 1957 Chevrolet Belair from Everett, WA with the silver inlay on its large shark fins, the green 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible from Coquitlam with a tan top and chevron taillights or the olive gold 1941 Studebaker truck from Surrey with the wood accents? It’s a tough choice but I think I’ll take the 1957 Chevy.

By Christa Rost

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Summer Hill House Banana Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

Breakfast is one of the two main components here at the Bed and Breakfast. Over the years I have made and tested every version of pancakes known to man. I would definitely say that banana oatmeal pancakes are my all-time favorites. There’s no better or easier way to start the day than with a stack of these golden brown beloved flapjacks. Guests request these hearty pancakes all the time. Served with fresh fruit and/or maple syrup these pancakes never fail to satisfy.

I’m not a morning person, so to save valuable time I prepare the dry ingredients the night before and in the morning I’ll finish adding the rest of the ingredients. It’s as simple as using a pancake mix, but tastier. I also make extra pancakes and freeze the leftovers. Then I can pop them in the toaster as a quick snack. I found this recipe clip from an old magazine; hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

  • DRY
  • I cup of large flaked oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
  • ¼ tsp each salt and nutmeg
  • WET
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup melted butter or vegetable oil

Mix all the dry ingredients in the first bowl.

In the second bowl, mash banana with a fork, whisk in eggs, yogurt and remaining wet ingredients. Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix together.  Makes about 16 small pancakes.

Use ¼ cup batter for each pancake. Grill over medium heat in buttered pan or griddle (set around 325 degrees F . Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. No crowding. Served with maple syrup and or fresh fruit they will keep you going most of the day.

By Christa Rost

Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition

Sechelt Sandcastle

July 21 2013 Sunday.   The annual sandcastle competition is coming. Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition & Family Fun Day at Davis Bay Beach and Mission Point Park.  Along with building sand sculptures, this day offers music, dance, vendors, and kids’ activities. Competitor registration starts at 8:30 am on the beach, judging is at 1:00 pm. After the trophies are awarded, the festival continues at the adjoining Mission Point Park to 4 pm. The weather will cooperate.

By Christa Rost

Deer Spotting

Deer stare down

Almost every day, or close to it, a few deer pass through my yard looking for newly bloomed geraniums or other tasty flowers to sample. Usually just one or two deer came by but this spring it was a herd of seven.  Not a flower was left in sight after that. They even ate my new hostas right out of the pots before I had a chance to plant them. If only I could teach them to graze on the grass!

By Christa Rost