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Accessible only by public ferry, plane or 6-day hike, the Sunshine Coast offers a rare kind of privacy and isolation… especially considering its location, only an hour northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Lower Coast, as it is commonly called, is accessible via a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal and is only 4 hours from Seattle, Washington. Whether daytripping from the city or getting away for an extended stay, this mainland coastal paradise on the glimmering Strait of Georgia is one of the most tranquil, beautiful vacation destinations in the province. The Sunshine Coast is made up of several distinct and equally charming communities: Gibsons (including Langdale, Gibsons Landing and Upper Gibsons), Roberts Creek, Davis Bay, Sechelt, Madeira Park and Egmont as well as idyllic destinations such as Halfmoon Bay, Redrooffs, Thormanby Island, Pender Harbour, Earl's Cove, Nelson Island, Westview, Powell River, Cranberry/Wildwood, Lund and Texada and Savary Island.
Known for its artistic spirit, the area hosts several cultural events throughout its calendar including the Festival of the Written Arts, the Hackett Park Craft Fair and the Fibre Arts Festival, with numerous other smaller shows and exhibitions made popular thanks to the Coast Cultural Alliance. In fact, a thriving industry of galleries, curiosity shops and antique stores pepper the area, lending to this coastal area's quaintness. Of course, seaside restaurants, bars and bistros also abound, providing romantic ways to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets on the West Coast.
Naturally, the area is somewhat of a mecca for recreationalists, visitors coming from near and far to enjoy all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer… water sports are extremely popular, from sea kayaking to scuba diving. The biking and hiking trails provide some of the most beautiful wilderness the planet has to offer (take on the Sunshine Coast Trail!) and the fishing rarely disappoints, whether you're a fresh or saltwater expert. Beachcombing is a favourite area pastime, but air and boat tours are available if you want to take your exploring to the next level!