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The Sunshine Coast is a region of the southern mainland coast of British Columbia, on the eastern shore of the Strait of Georgia, and just northwest of Greater Vancouver. It is generally considered to encompass the coastal areas of the regional district of Sunshine Coast. While populous and frequently visited by tourists, it can be reached by land vehicles only using a ferry—because of the sheer size and steep terrain; no access roads have been built from the rest of the province. The area around nearby Powell River, also on the mainland and inaccessible by road, is sometimes considered part of the Sunshine Coast, while many people use the name to refer only to the Sechelt Peninsula. Major population centers on the peninsula include Gibsons (near the BC Ferries terminal at Langdale, for vessels coming from Vancouver), Sechelt (the commercial centre of the area), and Pender Harbour (site of numerous luxury waterfront homes owned by the rich and famous from around the world). At the north end of the peninsula, the ferry to Powell River docks at Earl's Cove, which is also near Skookumchuck Narrows, a set of the world’s biggest tidal marine rapids at the head of Sechelt Inlet. There are few hotels on the Sunshine Coast, the main accommodations providers being B&B or guest cottages.
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Fishing and shell fishing are superb with five species of salmons, as well as rainbow, kokanee, cutthroat trout and steelhead. Golfing, camping, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, scuba-diving and fishing are just some of the activities available in this beautiful scenic place situated within a short trip from the urban centre of Vancouver. This quiet environment is home to a large, creative community of internationally known artists, musicians and artisans. Their work can be appreciated in local galleries and in their own studios along the Sunshine Coast. Country fairs, arts & craft fairs and music festivals welcome locals and visitors throughout the year.

Desolation Sound:
Visit and enjoy the Desolation Sound Marine Park, BC's largest and most popular marine park, with more than 60 km (66 mi) of shoreline, several small islands, numerous protected bays and coves. The park's warm waters are perfect to swim and scuba dive, while the forested upland offers trails and hidden lakes. As access to Desolation Sound is available only by water or air, is ideal to experience it by sea kayak or cruise boat. Seasonal camping is available near Lund. 
Earls Cove:
Earls Cove & Egmont are gateway communities for canoeing or kayaking to Sakinaw Lake, which opens to the salt water of the Agamemnon Channel; and for the 50 minute BC Ferries trip across Jervis Inlet and up Agamemnon Channel, which travels past Nelson Island to Saltery Bay where Highway 101 continues to the Upper Sunshine Coast and Powell River. 
Enjoy canoeing or kayaking to Sakinaw Lake and follow the route up to Ruby Lake. Hike and explore the Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, reaching Roland Point where you can hear bubbling, boiling tidal rapids roar. Visit Hotham Sound, east of Egmont and explore the wilderness. Take the ferry for a 50 minutes cruise across Jervis Inlet and up Agamemnon Channel, past Nelson Island to Saltery Bay. 
Garden Bay:
The village of Garden Bay is located on Pender Harbour off Highway 101 (46 km - 29 mi north of Sechelt) on the Sunshine Coast, BC. The communities of Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvine's Landing are known collectively as Pender Harbour. About a quarter of Pender Harbour's population lives in Garden Bay, which features a general store, post office, wharve, marinas, restaurant and pub. The Sunshine Coast is accessible from the lower mainland only by water or air. Served by BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, a 45 minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Hwy 101 links Langdale with Garden Bay, 37 km north of Sechelt. 
Gibsons is a coastal community of 4,000 located in southwestern of British Columbia, on the Strait of Georgia, just a few minutes west of the Langdale ferry dock, past the small communities of Hopkins and Grantham Landing. Gibsons is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Approximately one hour from Vancouver and accessible by water or air. The town and region are experiencing rapid growth and development. The pulp-and-paper industry, forestry and fishing are primary sources of revenue. The area is also widely recognized as a centre for Cannabis cultivation. The town was established in 1886 by George Gibson and his sons. It was incorporated in 1929 as "Gibson's Landing," and in 1947 the name was changed to "Gibsons" at the request of the residents. Visit the Elphinstone Pioneer Museum and explore the history of the Sunshine Coast and Coast Salish Life.  
Halfmoon Bay:
Continuing northwest along Hwy 101 (16 km / 10 mi from Sechelt), turn north onto Redrooffs Road to reach the tiny hamlet of Halfmoon Bay. From the Heritage General Store, a gathering place located on the waterfront, access to Redrooffs Trail provides an historical and interpretative stroll along a gently sloping, forested walkway. If you visit in July, join in the Halfmoon Bay Country Fair, a traditional community event. Visit the Sargeant Bay Provincial Park, excellent for birdwatching, Explore the Smuggler Cover Provincial Marine Park and hike into the wilderness and the Thormanby Islands which is a Provincial Marine Park area, excellent spot for canoeing and kayaking. 
Historic fishing village situated at the north end of Hwy 101, 20 minutes north of Powell Rivers. Founded by the Thulin brothers in 1889, its Swedish heritage is still visible in the distinctive charm of the Lund Hotel. The tiny township has been recently declared the "Shellfish Capital of the Sunshine Coast" and offers a boardwalk, craft shops, cafes & restaurants overlooking the harbour, and a variety of accommodation for all budgets including campgrounds, cabins, hotel rooms and resorts. Lund is the gateway to Desolation Sound, and the water taxi makes regular trips to outlying islands. Stroll the sandy beaches of Savary Island. Visit the Copeland Islands Marine Park. For more information visit www.LundBC.ca 
Madeira Park:
Madeira Park is the business and population centre of Pender Harbour. The largest residential area in Pender Harbour is on Francis Peninsula. The Madeira Park government floats provide over 400 metres of moorage space. Madeira Park was named by Joe Gonsalves' daughter in honour of her father's childhood home on the Madeira Islands.  
Pender Harbour Area:
North of Halfmoon Bay are three communities surrounding the Harbour: Madeira Park, Garden Bay and Irving's Landing. Explore the area by water. Pender Harbour's original claim to fame was for its fabulous fishing. Artists, photographers, horseback riders, paddlers and golfers have also discovered the area's allure. It is said that the Harbour is one of the world's best sites for underwater exploration. Known as the "Venice of the North" because of its complex maze of waterways and lakes, water taxis are the preferred mode of transportation in and around the area. Tour the Chatterbox Falls, a waterfall at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet. 
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park:
Located northeast of Sechelt on the east side of the Sechelt Inlet. Discover its sandy beaches. Visit the Sechelt Inlet, one of the world's best dive spot. 
Powell River: (Google Maps) Video
Situated along the magnificent Malaspina Strait, 135 km (84 mi) northwest of Vancouver, Powell River is surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. Powell River is considered as one of the best salt and freshwater fishing and scuba diving place in Canada. Charter boats are plentiful, with captains experienced in finding the fishing hot spots. Browse through the local shops offering weaving, pottery and carving. Its history as a prosperous foresty community is honoured each year at the Powell River Loggers' Sports Competition with events such as chainsaw carving, axe throwing and tree-climbing. Visit the Powell River Historic Townsite, a national historic district where you can find 1910 & 1930's Westcoast Craftsman style homes and institutional and commercial structures. Explore the Inland Lake Site and Trail System, a 13-km, wheelchair- accessible trail. Also enjoy more than 100 regional dive sites. Visit the Sliammon Fish Hatchery ran by the Sliammon First Nation. And do not forget to visit the Powell River Historic Museum. 
Roberts Creek:
The most unconventional community along the Sunshine Coast, Roberts Creek is full of offbeat "hippy" types, rambling gardens and talented artisans. Tee-up at one of BC's golfing jewels, the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club. Explore the Cliff Gilker Regional Park and the Robert's Creek Provincial Park. Roberts Creek Daze (August) is a celebration of sunshine and music.  
Taking its name from one of the Coast Salish Indian bands, Sechelt is the cultural centre of the Sunshine Coast, located north of Roberts Creek, where you can explore the arts community with artists, writers, musicians, galleries, theatres and museum. In this natural seaside location between Porpoise Bay and the Georgia Strait surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, creativity abounds, as do festivals, fairs and arts events throughout the year. The natural seaside beach has also created an ideal summer destination for families where camping, water activities, and golfing make for countless memories. 
Secret Cove:
Secret Cove is located on Highway 101 on the Sunshine Coast of BC, approximately 16 km (10 mi) north of Sechelt. The Sunshine Coast is accessible from the lower mainland only by water or air. BC Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, a 45-minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Highway 101 links Langdale with Secret Cove, 32 km (20 mi) to the north.


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