Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
Gibsons and the surrounding area offer several compact, intriguing museums that bring the Sunshine Coast's culture and history to life.
Sunshine Coast Museum
Founded in 2002, the Sunshine Coast Museum (716 Winn Rd) sits in the historic Gibsons Landing section of town overlooking the harbour. Beyond the gift shop, loaded with books on BC history, the two-floor museum teems with intriguing memorabilia.
Visitors can learn about local maritime history spanning from explorer Captain George Vancouver to the 19th-century Union Steamships. They can also admire a model of a Coast Salish village, pore over vintage logging equipment, and get their pop culture kicks from exhibits on the hit CBC TV series, The Beachcombers (filmed in Gibsons for 19 years). Housing 9,000-plus documents and photographs, the on-site archives are worth checking out too.