The Sunshine Coast (which is a hundred mile or so strip of land on the mainland of BC accessible only by air and water) can feel very exotic. It can be overwhelming how much there is here on the sunshine coast of BC, Canada. One would expect remote and rugged beauty (which there is plenty of) but it is surprising how some areas are quite built up.
The main road, (Highway 101) is around sixty years old and along the highway there is a lived-in, less touristy quality than the serene San Juan Islands (where the locals joke you either have three homes or three jobs). On the coast you will find anything from mansions, shacks, artist studios, farmer markets, First Nation lands, to fried fish shacks.
The Sunshine Coast is like that, full of little things waiting to be discovered.
Located just northwest of Vancouver, the 180km-long Sunshine Coast has an island-like mentality but”the locals will be the first to tell you”it’s not an island”. In fact this is true, the sunshine coast is where old growth forests collide with sandy beaches and where razor-tipped mountains meet the wild waters of the Pacific.
In addition to stunning scenery, the Sunshine Coast is ripe with activities, with choices ranging from music to hiking. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, long-boarding, fishing and biking can be found all along the coast, with renting facilities available in almost every town.
The Sunshine Coast is a region of the southern mainland coast of British Columbia, Canada, on the mainland on the eastern shore of the Strait of Georgia, and just northwest of Greater Vancouver. It includes the coastal areas of the regional district of Sunshine Coast, where the name originated, and more recently the regional district of Powell River up to and including the village of Lund, farther up the coast.
Population centres on the Lower Sunshine Coast include Gibsons (near the BC Ferries terminal at Langdale for vessels coming from Vancouver), Roberts Creek, and Sechelt on the isthmus. On the Sechelt Peninsula are Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove (in between Sechelt and Pender Harbour) and Pender Harbour. At the north end of the peninsula, the ferry to Powell River docks near Egmont at Earl’s Cove. These small settlements are near Skookumchuck Narrows, where the skookumchuck or “strong water”, the world’s biggest tidal marine rapids, channels the tidal flow in and out of the fiord known as Sechelt Inlet.
On the Upper Sunshine Coast (the Powell River area from Saltery Bay ferry terminal up to the end of the road in the village of Lund), a popular boating destination is Desolation Sound which is beyond the end of Highway 101 in Lund.