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Concert in a waterfront gazebo, Gibsons Landing (Picture BC photo)

Concert in a waterfront gazebo, Gibsons Landing

(Picture BC photo)

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Coastal Circle Route

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3 to 7 days, 566.02 km (351.71 mi)

Potter (Toshi Kawano photo)
Potter (Toshi Kawano photo)

Uncover the places where many of British Columbia's artists and artisans live, work and showcase their art. This route passes through dramatic west coast landscapes, which are responsible for inspiring many of BC's past and present day artists.

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BC Ferries in Howe Sound, Tom Ryan photo
Part 1
Ferry to Vancouver Island

51.83 km - about 2 hours 1 min

From Tsawwassen, board BC Ferries and sail to Vancouver Island. You can take a detour and visit one of the southern Gulf Islands where many artists commonly sell their work. Galiano, Mayne, Saturna and Pender islands each have a community of artists, but the biggest concentration of galleries and studios is on Salt Spring Island in the village of Ganges.

The Butchart Gardens
Part 2
Sidney and Victoria

26.33 km - about 0 hours 23 min

Drop by Sidney and find Canada’s only “BookTown” where, within a four-block radius, book lovers have nine stores to shop for modern, used, collector’s and antiquarian books.

Plan to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens, located in Brentwood Bay. Another must-see is the popular Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Learn about this living eco-system and see marine life from the surrounding waters.

In the capital city of Victoria, stop by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, which houses BC’s largest public art collection. Its permanent collection totals 17,000 and features artists from Asia, Europe and North America, including works by Emily Carr. Other galleries include the Winchester Gallery, the Fran Willis Gallery and Starfish Glassworks. Peruse BC’s natural history dating back 10,000 years at the Royal BC Museum.

Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre in Duncan, Tom Ryan photo
Part 3
Duncan, Chemainus and Ladysmith

91.92 km - about 1 hours 22 min

From Victoria, head north. As you head over the summit of Malahat Drive, pull into the viewpoint for panoramic ocean views over Saanich Inlet and the Saanich Peninsula to distant Mount Baker along this scenic stretch of Highway 1. Stop in Duncan – the “City of Totems” – in the Cowichan Valley to visit carvers at work at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre. A tour of local wineries and BC’s first cidery is a must.

Continue north to Chemainus, originally a logging town, to see the world’s largest outdoor gallery of murals and sculptures. Through the hands of artists, this town transformed its economy and now offers visitors an array of boutiques filled with west-coast-inspired art from local artists and artisans.

Further north, the pretty little town of Ladysmith has heritage walks and various antique and curio shops to peruse. The Ladysmith Historical Society can provide more insight into the town’s coal mining and logging past.

Nanaimo Harbour, Adrian Dorst photo
Part 4
Ladysmith to Comox

140.19 km - about 1 hours 31 min

Continue north from Ladysmith to Nanaimo. In Nanaimo, take a heritage tour, stroll along the waterfront or enjoy a short ferry ride to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park for a picnic on one of the many beaches.

Head north to Qualicum Beach. For those interested in antiques and artisan studios, detour west of Parksville to Coombs – famous for its market with the goats grazing on the roof. Garden lovers should stop at Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach. Plan to visit the Comox Air Force Museum, located on the Canadian Forces Base, for a fascinating history of west coast military aviation. A side trip to historic Cumberland is also worth the trip.

Historic Lund Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, Dannielle Hayes photo
Part 5
Ferry to Sunshine Coast and Lund

58.06 km - about 2 hours 23 min

The Sunshine Coast is the next stop on your journey. In Comox, board BC Ferries to Powell River. Nestled between ocean and forest and rich in lakes and rivers, Powell River is a hub of the Sunshine Coast that successfully combines the great outdoors with historic and cultural appeal. Stop to catch a flick at the Patricia Theatre – Canada’s oldest, continuously operating movie theatre.

Drive north to explore the eclectic community of Lund, located at the end of Highway 101, and visit the Historic Lund Hotel, complete with art gallery and general store. Watch for whales, sea lions, porpoises, seals and coastal marine birds on a scenic cruise into Desolation Sound. You can board this cruise out of Lund, Powell River or Okeover Inlet to view what are considered to be some of the world’s best cruising waters. Or take a 15-minute water taxi ride from Lund to Savary Island; the island’s white sand beaches and warm swimming waters are reminiscent of more tropical destinations.

Whitewater kayaking in Skookumchuck Narrows, Dannielle Hayes photo
Part 6
Lund to Sechelt

130.40 km - about 2 hours 50 min

South of Powell River at Saltery Bay, board another BC Ferries vessel to Earls Cove to see Harmony Falls in Hotham Sound – it drops 420m/1,400ft into the sound. At Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, hike the easy 4-km/2.5-mi trail to a viewpoint of Sechelt and Jervis inlets. These turbulent waters form spectacular whirlpools and whitewater during peak tide change. Cast a line in Pender Harbour to fish for salmon and rent a kayak to paddle the peaceful curve of Halfmoon Bay’s coastline.

Drive south and keep watch for purple banners. The Sunshine Coast is home to one of the highest per capita ratios of artists, crafters and talented artisans anywhere in Canada, and these banners signal that an artist’s studio is open to the public to browse or purchase. “The Purple Banner Route” stretches from Powell River to Gibsons.

Gibsons Marina
Part 7
Sechelt to Gibsons

22.77 km - about 0 hours 23 min

Sechelt boasts a multitude of eclectic studios, galleries and shops. Check out the year-round schedule of exhibitions displaying local and off-coast art works at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Adventurers may want to rent a kayak or take a guided paddling tour of Sechelt Inlet.

Visit Gibsons’ numerous galleries and spend time on the waterfront. Complete your holiday with a visit to the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives in Gibsons before boarding BC Ferries to Horseshoe Bay and Vancouver.

Vancouver Skyline, Albert Normandin photo
Part 8
Return to Vancouver

44.52 km - about 1 hours 47 min

Ferry from Gibsons to Vancouver, BC’s largest city, and finish your trip in the heart of the downtown shopping district. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, the city’s former courthouse, marvel at the building’s exterior built in the early 20th century by world-renowned architect Francis Rattenbury. Inside are the most significant holdings of works by BC-born artist Emily Carr, whose paintings feature the landscape and Aboriginal peoples of the west and northwest coasts. The gallery also hosts international exhibits ranging in scope and origin.

Further south of downtown is the art lover’s haven of South Granville, with approximately 20 small galleries showcasing art, photography, Aboriginal work and fine antiques. It’s not surprising that area residents call the strip from the Granville Street Bridge to 16th Avenue “Gallery Row.”

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Ferry to Vancouver Island - 51.83 km - about 2 hours 1 min
1.

Richtung Nordosten

0.03 km
2.

Rechts Richtung Ferry Ramp/BC-17 abbiegen

0.08 km
3.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf Ferry Ramp/BC-17 zu wechseln

0.06 km
4.

Fähre Swartz Bay, BC - Tsawwassen, BC nehmen

46.43 km
5.

Geradeaus auf Ferry Ramp

0.21 km
6.

Weiter auf Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17Das Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

5.02 km
Part 2 - Sidney and Victoria - 26.33 km - about 0 hours 23 min
1.

Auf Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17 nach Südosten Richtung Beacon Ave startenWeiter auf Patricia Bay Hwy

26.08 km
2.

Rechts abbiegen auf Pandora Ave

0.21 km
3.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf Douglas St/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N zu wechseln

0.03 km
Part 3 - Duncan, Chemainus and Ladysmith - 91.92 km - about 1 hours 22 min
1.

Auf Douglas St/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N nach Norden Richtung Cormorant St startenWeiter auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 NDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

61.29 km
2.

Auf Island Hwy/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N nach Nordwesten Richtung Beverly St starten

14.99 km
3.

Rechts abbiegen auf Henry Rd (Schilder nach Chemainus/Thetis Island/Kuper Island)

1.43 km
4.

Im Kreisverkehr dritte Ausfahrt Chemainus Rd/BC-1A N Richtung Town Centre nehmen

1.73 km
5.

Im Kreisverkehr zweite Ausfahrt nehmen

0.08 km
6.

Weiter auf Chemainus Rd/BC-1A NDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.60 km
7.

Auf Chemainus Rd/BC-1A N nach Nordwesten Richtung Cook St starten

8.03 km
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Rechts abbiegen auf Island Hwy/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 NDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

2.66 km
Part 4 - Ladysmith to Comox - 140.19 km - about 1 hours 31 min
1.

Auf Esplanade Ave/Island Hwy/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N nach Nordwesten Richtung 1st Ave startenWeiter auf Island Hwy/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N

16.30 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Nanaimo Pkwy/BC-19 N (Schilder nach Parksville/Campbell River)Das Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

4.37 km
3.

Auf Nanaimo Pkwy/BC-19 N nach Nordwesten startenWeiter auf BC-19 NDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

46.93 km
4.

Auf BC-19 N nach Westen starten

55.67 km
5.

Bei Ausfahrt 117 Richtung Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox fahren

0.46 km
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Rechts abbiegen auf Comox Valley Pkwy N (Schilder nach Courtenay/Comox)

5.01 km
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Weiter auf 29 St

0.57 km
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Links abbiegen auf Cliffe Ave/BC-19A N (Schilder nach BC-19 Alt N/Courtenay/Comox)

1.51 km
9.

Rechts abbiegen auf 17 St/BC-19A N

0.34 km
10.

Links abbiegen auf Comox Rd/BC-19A NWeiter auf BC-19A N

1.44 km
11.

Rechts abbiegen auf Ryan Rd (Schilder nach Powell River Ferry/C.F.B. Comox)

4.64 km
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Links abbiegen auf Anderton Rd

1.46 km
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Weiter auf Ellenor RdDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

1.48 km
Part 5 - Ferry to Sunshine Coast and Lund - 58.06 km - about 2 hours 23 min
1.

Auf Ellenor Rd nach Nordwesten starten

0.22 km
2.

Weiter auf Ferry Ramp

0.19 km
3.

Fähre Comox, BC - Powell River, BC in Richtung Powell River nehmen

30.23 km
4.

Links abbiegen auf Wharf St

0.30 km
5.

Rechts abbiegen auf Marine Ave/BC-101Das Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.06 km
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Auf Marine Ave/BC-101 nach Norden Richtung Wharf St startenWeiter auf BC-101Das Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

27.02 km
Part 6 - Lund to Sechelt - 130.40 km - about 2 hours 50 min
1.

Auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 nach Südosten Richtung Chapman Rd startenWeiter auf BC-101

21.97 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Marine Ave/BC-101Weiter auf BC-101Das Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

35.50 km
3.

Auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 nach Südosten Richtung Jenkinson Rd starten

0.33 km
4.

Fähre Earls Cove, BC - Saltery Bay, BC nehmen

18.10 km
5.

Weiter geradeaus auf Earls Cove, BC - Saltery Bay, BC

0.05 km
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Weiter auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 S

0.39 km
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Links abbiegen auf Jervis Inlet RdDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.01 km
8.

Auf Jervis Inlet Rd nach Süden Richtung Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 N starten

0.01 km
9.

Links abbiegen auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 S

53.45 km
Part 7 - Sechelt to Gibsons - 22.77 km - about 0 hours 23 min
1.

Auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/Wharf Ave/BC-101 S nach Norden starten

0.14 km
2.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf Dolphin St/Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 S zu wechseln (Schilder nach Gibsons/Vancouver)Weiter auf Sunshine Coast Hwy/BC-101 S

21.37 km
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Rechts abbiegen auf School Rd

0.80 km
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3. Abzweigung links nehmen, um auf Marine Dr zu wechseln

0.16 km
Part 8 - Return to Vancouver - 44.52 km - about 1 hours 47 min
1.

Auf Marine Dr nach Nordosten Richtung Beach Ave starten

4.05 km
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Scharf rechts auf Ferry Ramp

0.53 km
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Geradeaus

0.06 km
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Fähre Horseshoe Bay, BC - Langdale, BC in Richtung West Vancouver nehmen

19.17 km
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Geradeaus auf Ferry Ramp/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

0.09 km
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Leicht links abbiegen auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E

12.72 km
7.

Bei Ausfahrt 13 auf BC-99 S/Taylor Way/British Columbia 1 Alternate E in Richtung Vancouver fahren

0.37 km
8.

Rechts abbiegen auf Taylor Way/BC-1A S/BC-99 S (Schilder nach Vancouver)

1.14 km
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Links abbiegen auf Marine Dr/BC-1A S/BC-99 S

0.34 km
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Die Auffahrt Richtung Bridge Vancouver nehmen

0.21 km
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Weiter auf Lions Gate Bridge Rd/BC-1A/BC-99Weiter auf BC-1A/BC-99

5.73 km
12.

Rechts abbiegen auf Howe St/BC-99 S (Schilder nach British Colombia 99/Tsawwassen/Seattle/Airport/BC Ferries)Das Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.02 km