Secret Path to Lover's Beach

We flew to Sechelt and discovered the Secret Path down to Lover's Beach
May 7, 2023

Flight to Sechelt

From Pitt Meadows to Sechelt, along the Sunshine Coast

It was another beautiful flight from Pitt Meadows, through Burrard Inlet, over Bowen Island, and along the Sunshine Coast to Sechelt. Our mission was to go for a walk along the Chapman Trail and to find the hidden path to Lover's Beach.

Flying along the Burrard Inlet, looking North towards Deep Cove

Of course - first things first: Lunch at the picnic tables outside the Elphinstone club house in Sechelt. That is always Zues' favorite part of the adventure.

Our Cessna parked on the ramp at Sechelt
Elphinstone Club House, Sechelt Airport
Elphinstone Club House & Picnic Area
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With lunch taken care off, we put things back in the plane and headed out the gate to the Chapman Creek trailhead.

Chapman Creek Trail

A gorgeous trail right from the airport

The Chapman Creek Trail starts at the fence line on the South side of the airport parking lot. It takes a meandering (steep) route down into the rainforest to eventually cross Chapman Creek and, if one continues one, eventually to Chapman Falls. The main path is well marked and we walked it with a keen eye out for the semi-hidden side path that we knew led to Lover's Beach along the riverbed.

Chapman Creek Trail
Lover's Beach Side-Path

The side-path to Lover's Beach is a few hundred meters before the metal bridge that crosses the rapids. The easiest way to find it is to watch for a very distinctive tree that we call the "Elbow Tree". Once you get to the Elbow Tree, you find the path 20 meters before it - on the left.

The secret path is about 20 meters before this "Elbow Tree" - on the left side

It's a pretty path down to the beach ... a little rough in spots. But there is a worthwhile reward when the dense bush parts to reveal the rocky beach.

The last little bit of the secret path, revealing "Lover's Beach"

Lover's Beach

And why it's called that

There is a large moss-covered stone at the beach, just at the trailhead. The tradition is for lovers to find a heart shaped rock (either at this beach or somewhere else) and place it here on the moss-covered rock.

The "Heartstone" at Lover's Beach

Bridge over Troubled Waters

Further along on the Chapman Creek Trail, one comes across a metal bridge which crosses some pretty intense rapids - almost a small waterfall. It's a very pretty spot and the gateway to more spectacular trails further along - eventually (after many miles) leading to Chapman Falls.

There is also another fork up ahead, to the left, leading downriver parallel to Chapman Creek all the way into the town of Sechelt and eventually to Davis Bay.

Rapids at the Chapman Creek Bridge

Flight Back Home

Sunshine on the Sunshine Coast

By the time we finished the hike it was around 3 pm and full-on sunny for the flight back home. This time it was David's turn to fly - back along the Sunshine Coast, across Howe Sound and over Bowen Island, along the edge of Downtown Vancouver, and through Port Moody back to Pitt Meadows airport.

The community of Gibsons, on the shores of Howe Sound
False Creek - Downtown Vancouver


Sechelt is one of our favourite flying destinations. It's scenic, a short flight (30 minutes), has a good runway, and has a spectacular walk accessible from the field - no taxi needed. We highly recommend it.

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