Discover secluded beaches, fjords, inlets and bays framed by old-growth rainforests and the majestic Coast Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. Visit the unique towns, full of character dotted along the coast, and take advantage of the warmer climate where you can swim in the ocean most months of the year.
The shoreline provides some of the most rugged scenery in the province, and stretches along the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. The area is rich with local history and culture, with many restaurants, cafés, museums and galleries, and a wide variety of writing and craft festivals.
Top things to do
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Hike or bike
Hike or bike the 130 km Sunshine Coast Trail, be sure to stop at the top of Tin Hat Mountain for 360 degree views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.
Travel to the small community of Madeira Park—named after the island of Madeira, off the coast of Portugal. Relax at many scenic viewpoints of the coast and harbour, plus visit provincial parks, wetlands, and take part in water sports.
Travel to beautiful Sechelt, nestled in a strip of land between Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia and surrounded by lush rainforests. There’s something for everyone, from water sports, to winter sports, to farmers markets, museums and galleries.
The charming coastal city of Powell River is known for its breathtaking natural scenery, thriving local arts and culture scene, and abundance of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, rock-climbing, canoeing, and more. Photo credit: Tristan Wolf.
Visit the relaxed town of Gibsons—home to the long-running hit TV show, The Beachcombers. The town is also popular for seafood, water activities, hiking and biking. Gibsons was founded more than a century ago and its history is alive and well in the oldest section of town along the waterfront.
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