Sunshine Coast

As the crow flies, the Sunshine Coast is just a few miles, by ocean, from downtown Vancouver. Its shore, which offers some of the most rugged scenery in the province, stretches along the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. There are secluded beaches, fjords, inlets and bays framed by old-growth rainforests and the majestic Coast Mountains. Although secluded, as you look out at the panoramic ocean vistas you can often see a passing tug or fishing boat. You can enjoy all-season outdoor adventures from extreme sports to gentle family activities, including canoeing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, fresh-water and ocean fishing, scuba diving, swimming or beachcombing. Motorcycle buffs are drawn to the area’s scenic winding coastal road, and the area is rich with local history and culture, with many restaurants, cafés, museums and galleries, with a wide variety of writing and craft festivals.

Top 5 things to do

  • Go hiking or biking on lush trails
  • Stroll or beachcomb along sandy beaches
  • Visit local markets, galleries and museums
  • Go sailing, kayaking and canoeing
  • Dine in bistros, cafés and restaurants