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

Concert in a waterfront gazebo, Gibsons Landing

(Picture BC photo)

Gibsons

Geography

Gibsons is located at the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast, northwest of Vancouver. The town sits picturesquely on a hillside on the sheltered coastline at the north entrance to Howe Sound, North America's southernmost fjord, and next to the Strait of Georgia. To the north lie parks like Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park and Roberts Creek Provincial Park.

The lower Gibsons Landing section of town centers on the historic harbour and marina. Upper Gibsons has newer shopping and residential developments. To get here, visitors can take a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to the Langdale Ferry Terminal, which is 5km/3mi from Gibsons Landing. Highway 101 connects Gibsons to other notable communities on the lower Sunshine Coast, such as Sechelt, Madeira Park (at Pender Harbour), and Egmont. Nearby islands include Keats Island, Bowen Island and Gambier Island.

Landscape

The area surrounding Gibsons is scenic and diverse. It includes the Pacific Ocean, the Coast Mountains, rocky and sandy beaches, old-growth forests, fertile farmland, salmon-spawning creeks, and hiking trails. The elevation starts at sea level and peaks at 147m/482ft. The town sources its water from an underground aquifer, which does not require treatment. In 2005, Gibsons was voted as having the world's best drinking water in the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest.

Climate and Weather

Gibsons has a mild temperate rainforest climate. Summers are warm but comfortable, and winter rains from November to March keep the scenery green. The average high temperature in July is 21.7°C/71°F, and in January it hits 5.7°C/42.3°F. Like the rest of the Sunshine Coast, Gibsons gets approximately 2,400 hours of sunshine a year. The average annual rainfall is 111.7cm/44in.