Things To Do
Paddle Boarding off 10 Mile Point
Many paddleboarders launch from Smuggler’s Cove (Maynard Cove) to explore the coastline around the Ecological Marine Area of 10 Mile Point. With the lighthouse, scattered rocks, many bays and coves, this area is becoming more popular than ever for water sports including kayaking and canoeing. The nearby Gyro Beach Board Shop offers equipment rentals and lessons for first timers.
Many companies offer sightseeing water tours and whale watching. The most commonly spotted whale is the Orca (or killer whale), but the Salish Sea also known as the Strait of Juan da Fuca is also home to Humpback whales, grey whales, harbor seals, sea lions and Dall’s porpoises, Whale watching companies include Five Star Whale Watching, Prince of Whales, and BC Whale Tours. Whale watching tours are available all year round (weather permitting).
Konukson Park is our closest trail through the woods in Saanich parklands and it is located at the top of McAnally on Tudor. Known only to the locals, the trail is a popular place for easy walking up to a tennis court.
A bicycle storage shed is available for our guests, and a variety of cycling trails are available in our surrounding area.
Just around the corner on Smuggler’s Cove Road and Baines is a small neighbourhood library cupboard where you may take a book and give a book or borrow and return a book.
Tudor Road Saturday Morning Outdoor Vegetable Stand
Only early birds get the fresh eggs on Saturday morning. The roadside stand is run on the honour system, so you will need cash to buy fresh seasonal vegetables grown right on 10 Mile Point At the top of McAnally turn left and it is a few houses away on Tudor.
Cadboro Bay Village
- Pepper’s is our local grocery store that, for the past 5 years, has won the highest awards for best independent grocery store in Canada. Pepper’s offers fresh produce with an emphasis on local vegetables & fruit, local meats, and Vancouver Island cheeses as well as imported and a delicatessen. For orders over $50 Pepper’s offers delivery service .
- Smuggler’s Cove Pub (and liquor store) is also conveniently located in the village with on-site parking. The pub has a good reputation for fish & chips, steak sandwiches, and local Gulf island mussels. I like their Reuben sandwich, Montreal smoked beef, sauerkraut, cheese, and a pungent hot mustard piled onto rye bread. The liquor store is stocked with BC wines and Vancouver Island beers & lagers as well as imported liquors and wine.
- Thai Lemongrass Restaurant is a very popular local eatery. Curries can be prepared mild, medium or very spicy according to your wishes and take-out is available. My favourite on their extensive is the duck curry. Thai Lemongrass gets very busy by 6:30PM and does not stay open late.
- Olive Olio’s is the spot in the village for coffee and small meals. Locals sit on the sidewalk in the sun reading, chatting & nibbling on their specials, many of which are vegetarian.
- At the village you will also find Heart Pharmacy, Partings Hair Design, Shieling gift shop, Starbuck’s, For Good Measure bulk foods, and a service station, all with ample parking.