- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain 40 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 2 hours, 40 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The Homesite Creek Falls trail is a forested set of trails just off to the side of the Sunshine Coast Highway north of Sechelt. The trails pass through a thick forest route and provide great views of the scenic Homesite Creek waterfall.
There are two sections to the Homesite Creek Trails. The section south of the creek is known as the Falls Trail and also has a loop and trail that goes to Brooks Road (not shown on the map). The Falls Trail only has a view of the 3rd waterfall, known as Homesite Creek Falls, and it's the best view. The section north of the creek is called the Nature Trail and it passes a few viewpoints of all three waterfalls before doing a scenic forested loop through the park. Some people simply do the short walk on the Falls Trail to Homesite Creek Falls, whearas others will complete all of the trails in the park.
For the best view of the Homesite Creek waterfall, follow the Falls Trail (to the south of the creek) for about 500m. Walk into the forest as the trail immediately veers right and follows a route that is parallel to the highway before heading to the right and deeper into the forest. The trail passes a junction that's part of the loop trail. Continue to the right for about another 100m and watch for a small trail on the right. Go right and follow that small trail towards the sound of the waterfall where a great view of Homesite Creek Falls appears. You can step right down onto the rocky shoreline for the best view. Be careful during the spring runoff or after a heavy rainfall as the water in the creek can be moving quite rapidly.
The Nature Trail begins alongside the highway on the north side of the creek. All 3 waterfalls can be seen from the north trail and then a beautiful forested loop can be hiked through this section of the park.
To get to the Nature Trail, walk along the highway past the Homesite Creek and a trail enters the forest right after walking over the creek. Follow the trail into the forest as it quickly leaves the highway behind and listen for the flow of waterfalls. The first waterfall is quite small and it's quite far from the trail.
Continue walking and the trail lead right to the edge of the creek where the second waterfall is. This is also a small waterfall.
The trail continues through the forest and eventually arrives at a sign marking the junction to the start of the loop. Instead, go left and down the hill for a view of the third waterfall, known as Homesite Creek Falls. The view is ok from this side but the better view is on the other side of the creek, which is accessed for the Falls Trail.
Return to the sign at the junction and go left, starting your hike around the loop. Follow the trail through the lush forest as it passes over some fallen trees and past moss covered stumps. The trail gradually gains some elevation but it's not that difficult and, besides have to step over the odd fallen tree, you are able to move quite quickly. The trail loops around and exits into an open area, somewhat like a meadow. Follow the worn path and re-enter the forest near the other side. The path continues to weave its way through the trees, now descending downhill until you return to the sign at the junction.
After finishing the loop, follow the trail back along Homesite Creek as you hike back towards the highway, returning to where you began.