Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
From casual walks along the beach amid coastal breezes to heart-pounding hiking treks through tall firs and cedars, the Sunshine Coast is a hiking mecca, and Gibsons is true to form.
Gibsons also offers easy access to other Sunshine Coast locations with excellent hiking terrain.
Hiking around Gibsons
Between Gibsons and the Langdale ferry terminal lies Soames Hill, which boasts 39ha/97ac of parkland to roam with 4.2km/2.6mi of trails amid second-growth forest. After a 40-minute climb, take in great views of Gibsons, Keats Island, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia. To get there from Gibsons, take North Road towards the ferry terminal, turn right on Reed Road, and go left on Chamberlin Road. Follow the signs to Bridgeman Road, and take it to the parking lot where the trail begins.
More good hiking near Gibsons exists at the well-marked Mount Elphinstone Heritage Trails, which follow old logging roads and are graced with old-growth forest and lots of mushrooms.