Between the glittering metropolis of Vancouver and the world-renowned alpine resort of Whistler, on the beautiful shores of Howe Sound lies the Sunshine Coast.
Only an hour northwest of Vancouver, this area (also sometimes referred to as the Lower Coast) still manages to maintain its privacy and isolation due to the fact that it is only accessible by boat, plane or 6-day hike. No fear, though. A 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal will deposit you in this idyllic corner of the province. Several communities make up the Sunshine Coast including Gibsons Landing, Sechelt, Langdale, Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Davis Bay, Madeira Park, Egmont, , Redrooffs, Pender Harbour, Earl's Cove, Nelson Island, Westview and Powell River - and each is as charming as the next.
There are numerous reasons to visit the Sunshine Coast, foremost being the abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. From hiking and biking to sea kayaking, scuba diving and fishing, the area is rich with amazing activities. Paddle the Powell Forest Canoe Route; explore the Princess Louisa Inlet; navigate the whitewater of the Skookumchuck Rapids…
The Sunshine Coast is also a hub for local art and culture, hosting a number of cultural events such as the Hackett Park Craft Fair, the Fibre Arts Festival and the Festival of the Written Arts. Naturally, galleries abound in the area as well as antique stores and curiosity shops, only adding to the quaint mystique of this coastline and the communities that dot its beaches. There's a fantastic collection of cafes, bistros and restaurants to choose from as well, many that afford amazing views of the region's famous sunsets.
One of the Sunshine Coast's biggest claims to fame is that it served as the setting for one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970's, The Beachcombers. The show used the tranquil, rustic town of Gibsons Landing (including the local's favourite, Molly's Reach Restaurant), as its picture-perfect harbor town. The lights and cameras are long gone, but the magic is still here. Spend an afternoon meandering through the maze of Molly's Lane Market or stroll along the fishing boat-lined old wooden pier and you'll definitely agree.
Why not go rustic this vacation? Experience the beautiful isolation of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. It's far away, so close.