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 Hiking in Harmony Islands on the Sunshine Coast

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Sunshine Coast

Paddle to an offshore islet, browse for locally made treasures or relax on a white sand beach: BC’s Sunshine Coast, with its sheltered coves and artsy seaside villages, has all the scenic charm and laidback vibe of an island getaway. The difference is that this sunny shoreline is actually part of the mainland and just 40 minutes by ferry from West Vancouver.

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Gibsons

Your first stop on a drive up the Sunshine Coast is usually the funky little town of Gibsons, a... Read more seaside cluster of shops, galleries and cafés overlooking Howe Sound. Browse the artisan studios, stop in at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery or the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives. Alternatively, head to the water to beachcomb, to swim, or to launch a kayak and explore the local harbour.

Sunshine Kayaking

We are the 'Adventure Experts' on the Sunshine Coast, since 1991, located in Gibsons Landing Harbour, a spectacular waterfront location in Howe Sound & the Strait of Georgia. Visit the Sunshine Coast & the islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen, Paisley...
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Gallery and Studio Touring

Discover a wide range of artisan treasures along the Sunshine Coast, an area that is arguably... Read more home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in Canada. The Sunshine Coast is peppered with galleries, home studios, artisans’ shops, and even an art farm. Be sure to pick up a hand-crafted memento of your visit.

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The Purple Banner Route

On the Sunshine Coast you are sure to find a gallery, studio or artisan shop around every bend. Keep an eye out for the purple banners, which indicate galleries, shops and studios open to visitors. A Purple Banner Route map is available from Visitor Centres and leads to more than 100 galleries and studios, culinary artisans, performing arts venues, and more.
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Roberts Creek

In the seaside village of Roberts Creek, 1920s/1930s cottages meet an enduring 1960s vibe.... Read more Admire the community mandala (an ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'circle') – a communal artwork repainted each July. Stroll along on the driftwood-strewn beach, and grab some treats, including vegan options, at the Gumboot Restaurant and Cafe.

Sechelt

The community of Sechelt is tucked between the Strait of Georgia and Sechelt Inlet. It is home... Read more to a vibrant arts community, and is a great base for exploring the surrounding coastline. Canoe or kayak in the sheltered waters of Sechelt Inlet or Smuggler’s Cove, hike the Suncoaster Trail, kick back on a sandy beach at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, or jump into the ocean for some of the world’s best cold-water diving.

Pedals & Paddles Adventure Sports

Come to Pedals & Paddles, one of BC's original kayak outfitters serving paddlers with exceptional service & equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer ren...
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Skookumchuck Rapids

At Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, take the easy 4km/2.5mi trail through the forest to see an amazing natural phenomenon: Skookumchuck Narrows, where some of the world’s fastest-moving tidal rapids surge through a narrow channel. With every tide change, 757 billion litres/200 billion gallons of whirling whitewater race through the narrows at speeds that can exceed 30km/19mi per hour.
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Princess Louisa Inlet

One of the most beautiful sights in BC – a province famed for its scenery – is Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, a long fjord at the head of Jervis Inlet. During the summer, dozens of waterfalls cascade down the fjord’s sheer walls. The jewel in the crown is Chatterbox Falls, a year-round torrent at the head of the inlet.
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The Powell River Historic Townsite

This company town, which began construction in 1910 and was designated a National Historic District in 1995, is home to about 400 original homes from that period. Join historians for a walking tour of the beautifully preserved buildings in the historic townsite, and catch a flick at the Patricia Theatre – thought to be BC’s oldest continuously operating movie theatre.
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Powell River Sea Kayak

Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains, highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing...
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Powell River Forest Canoe Route

For a classic week-long wilderness adventure, paddle the Powell River Forest Canoe Route. This 80km/50mi circuit starts just north of Powell River and takes in eight lakes, plus portages, with campsites and B&Bs en route.
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Lund

At the northern tip of Highway 101 is the tiny fishing village of Lund. Stroll the boardwalk,... Read more stock up on cinnamon buns at Nancy's Bakery (they’re legendary among boaters), then cast off for a kayak or a boat tour to explore the coves and bays of wildlife-rich Desolation Sound. Hop a water taxi from Lund to car-free Savary Island, a tiny islet surrounded by sandy white beaches and warm clear water.

Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park

This park is a yachter's paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel with more than 60 kilometres of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays and snug coves. The forested upland offers trails and wilderness tent sites....
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Beyond the Road Adventures

Your spectacular journey to Desolation Sound begins in Lund, where Highway 101 ends. Cruise with us on our 37 foot tri-cabin yacht, the Agate Pass while viewing the magnificent scenery and wildlife of our protected coastal waters.

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Places to Eat

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Cod Fathers

Lat: 49.4016306053156
Lon: -123.506525549698
Fish & Chips
7 reviews
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Molly's Reach

Lat: 49.4016400228626
Lon: -123.505402187156
Seafood
37 reviews
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The Gumboot Garden Cafe

Lat: 49.42146
Lon: -123.64312
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Tea Rooms
15 reviews
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The Lighthouse Pub

Lat: 49.4803053
Lon: -123.7567759
Pubs
41 reviews
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The Old Boot Eatery

Lat: 49.4731375
Lon: -123.7548547
Italian, Pizza
14 reviews
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Costa Del Sol

Lat: 49.8266883866496
Lon: -124.508399963379
Latin American, Mexican
23 reviews
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Thaidal Zone Restaurant

Lat: 49.83657
Lon: -124.52805
Thai
11 reviews
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The Boardwalk Restaurant

Lat: 49.981585
Lon: -124.762659
Seafood
8 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Secret Beach B&B Suites

Relax and unwind in our oversized suites while enjoying panoramic ocean views and tranquil garden vistas. We'll pamper you, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, with full or continental breakfasts including fairtrade organic coffee...
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Beachside by the Bay Waterfront Suites

Private waterfront property, self-contained suites or cottage, centrally located. Spacious, comfortable, with kitchens, BBQs & private decks. Beach on property, stunning panoramic ocean views, cedar pavilion with hot tub, magnificent sunsets, larg...
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Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Painted Boat Resort is one of the premier resort destinations on the Sunshine Coast. Featuring a full-service spa complete with luxurious spa garden, deep water marina, oceanfront creative coastal cuisine at The Restaurant at Painted Boat, infinit...
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West Coast Wilderness Lodge Resort

Oceanfront resort consists of 26 rooms and suites, creating an atmosphere of first class adventure, comfort and intimacy.

We have 16 spacious suites each featuring a king size bed with lovely down duvets, a window-side seating area, tiled...

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Desolation Island Cabana Experience

Chill & immerse at Cabana Desolation Eco Resort. A comfortably designed, exclusive eco-resort located on an uninhabited island in the heart of Desolation Sound. Where warm Pacific waters, lively marine wildlife & towering Coast Mountains provide a...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is part of the mainland, only a 40 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver to... Read more Langdale. While there, drive or take public transport to get around. Another option is to fly via scheduled floatplane service from Vancouver to Sechelt. You can also arrive by floatplane from Vancouver Island or Seattle.

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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Harbour Air

Come aboard for a scenic seaplane flight and experience an authentic west coast way of life.

See Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 minute Vancouver panorama flight featuring spectacular...

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Tofino Air

Our planes are waiting to take you on a spectacular flightseeing adventure. Soar over stunning coastline, islands and beaches on the look out for orcas, porpoises, bears and mountain goats. Depending on your time and budget you can expand your exp...
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