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Sunshine Coast

Motor Yacht in Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia
The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name. With an annual total of between 1,400 and 2,400 hours of sunshine - that's an average of 4 to 6 hours per day, depending on where the measurements are taken - bright days outnumber gloomy ones by a wide margin.

The Sunshine Coast benefits from a rain shadow cast by the Vancouver Island mountains, which catch most of the moisture coming in off the Pacific Ocean.

In winter, clouds regroup in the Coast Mountains to the east of the Sunshine Coast and provide sufficient precipitation in the form of snow to coat trails for cross-country skiing. The remainder of the year it falls as rain, British Columbia's 'liquid sunshine,' which nourishes the temperate rain forest.


BC Ferry docked at Langdale Ferry Terminal on the Lower Sunshine Coast of British Columbia
The Sunshine Coast is split into two portions on either side of Jervis Inlet. Roughly speaking, the southern half between the ferry slips at Langdale and Earls Cove occupies the Sechelt Peninsula, while the northern half between the ferry slip at Saltery Bay and Lund sits on the Malaspina Peninsula.

The beautiful coastline is deeply indented at Howe Sound, Jervis Inlet, and Desolation Sound. Jervis becomes Queens Reach, slicing into the Coast Mountain Range, with a branch to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls.

Jervis Inlet and Desolation Sound are of such fjordic proportions that they attract a steady stream of marine traffic throughout the summer months, when brilliant sun shines on the countless cataracts that cascade down the sheer-sided slopes. Come moodier months, the clouds become ensnared in the snaggle-toothed peaks, making you feel just as pleased to stick to the sunnier coastline.

The world's longest highway, the Pan-American (also named Highway 101 in parts of the United States and Canada), stretches 9,312 miles (15020 km) from Castro on Chile's south coast to Lund on BC's Sunshine Coast.

The 87-mile (139-km) stretch of Highway 101 between Langdale and Lund outperforms its size. Dozens of parks with biking, hiking, and ski trails; canoe and kayak routes; beaches; and coastal viewpoints are easily reached from the highway. Campsites are plentiful, and you won't have any difficulty in finding a place to pitch your tent or park your RV, except in July and August and on long weekends from May to September.

Population: Approximately 60,000

Location: The Sunshine Coast located northwest of Vancouver and is accessible from the rest of the Lower Mainland only by boat or airplane. Travellers aboard BC Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver for a 9.5-mile (15.5-km), 45-minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Highway 101 links Langdale with Earls Cove, 50 miles (80 km) north. Another ferry crosses Jervis Inlet to Saltery Bay, a 60-minute ride. Highway 101 makes the second leg of this journey 37 miles (59 km) north to Lund. BC Ferries also connects Powell River on the Malaspina Peninsula with Comox on the east side of central Vancouver Island.

A note about travel times: One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting the northern Sunshine Coast in the off-season from September to May - particularly if you travel midweek - is being able to catch the ferry both from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, and then from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay, without experiencing interminable lineups. You'll still have to allow six hours to reach the Malaspina Peninsula from Horseshoe Bay, but you can do it without hurrying, enjoying the travel time just as much as the play time once you arrive.

If you can't travel midweek to avoid lines, at least leave Vancouver early Friday afternoon or late Saturday morning and return early on Monday. Those travelling up the entire coast or returning via Vancouver Island should ask at the Horseshoe Bay terminal about special fares (which can save you up to 30 percent) for the Circle Tour of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast (four ferry rides).

View maps of the area:
Map of the Sunshine Coast
Map of Central Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast
Map of Powell River
Map of Powell River and Parksville

The following towns are located on the Sunshine Coast:

Sechelt Peninsula - Southern Sunshine Coast (going northbound)
Howe Sound, Keats Island, Langdale, Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove, Madeira Park, Pender Harbour, Garden Bay, Irvines Landing, Egmont, Earls Cove.

Malaspina Peninsula - Northern Sunshine Coast (going northbound)
Jervis Inlet, Saltery Bay, Lang Bay, Powell River, Wildwood, Sliammon, Lund, Desolation Sound, Savary Island, and Texada Island.



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  Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, Halfmoon Bay Listing Details 
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort's unique Sunshine Coast location provides a haven for seaside vacations, weddings or functions, and executive retreats with your colleagues to energize and refocus. Our romantic getaway offers ocean views from all lodge and cabin rooms, excellent conference and banquet facilities for up to 200 people, a fully-licensed cocktail bar and lounge, fine dining restaurant overlooking Georgia Strait, games room, outdoor heated pool, massage at Rockwater Spa, and much more. Stroll our forest boardwalk or relax on the wide lawns above our Secret Cove. Time slows down to almost nothing in our oceanfront haven.
 
  Rockwater Spa, Halfmoon Bay Listing Details 
At Rockwater Spa you will experience the ultimate state of relaxation and pampering while you lay back and enjoy the ocean breeze in our elegant, poolside spa room at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on the Sunshine Coast. Massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, guided Meditation and Reiki, stone therapy, reflexology, waxing, and more. Open seven days a week from 10 am until 8 pm.
 
  Sea Kayak in Desolation Sound, Powell River Listing Details 
Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound. Located adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park, PR Sea Kayak offers guided day tours, snorkeling, all-inclusive multi-day tours, and a well stocked rental fleet. Launch kayaks from PR Sea Kayak’s waterfront site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. For even more destinations, another option is to launch from PR Sea Kayak’s second location in Lund.
 
  The Breakwater Inn Pub, Lund Listing Details 
Enjoy panoramic ocean views and unforgettable sunsets while enjoying a beverage and snack from our tantalizing menu. Seat yourself outside on our spacious patio, savouring the fresh ocean breeze, or enjoy a game of pool amid our bright, warm decor. Located at the historic waterfront Lund Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, built in 1889.
 
  The Lund Hotel, Lund Listing Details 
Fully restored and perched oceanside on BC's beautiful Sunshine Coast, the c.1905 oceanfront Historic Lund Hotel offers 31 renovated guest rooms ranging from budget friendly to oceanfront boutique style. Features include oceanfront pub, restaurant & decks, marina, shops, and regularly scheduled Desolation Sound Dinner Cruises aboard the 58' ‘Swan Spirit’.
 
  The Restaurant at the Historic Lund, Lund Listing Details 
Most tables in our waterfront restaurant enjoy a panoramic view of Lund Harbour and the ocean beyond. Our talented chef takes advantage of the abundance of fresh local seafood and specializes in both westcoast and international cuisine. Located at the historic waterfront Lund Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, built in 1889.
 
  Waterfront West Real Estate, Courtenay Listing Details 
Waterfront West is the first and only marketplace dedicated exclusively to buyers and sellers of waterfront and water view real estate in British Columbia. Advertising Realtors' listings, private sales and developments, we are pioneering the market for this prime real estate. Featuring private and brokered sales, waterfront developments and a complimentary Buyers' Club.
 
  Careers and Jobs at BCjobs.ca, Burnaby Listing Details 
BCJobs.ca enables job seekers and employers to connect with each other. Search for employment opportunities throughout BC or apply for and post BC jobs and resumes. Use the internet as a resource to find that dream job, including accounting jobs, administration jobs, construction, manufacturing, customer service, sales, marketing, financial, technical, technology, health care, tourism, retail and more .... all in British Columbia.
 
  Classic Yacht Charters, Nanaimo Listing Details 
Craving a change from the 'everyday'? Dreaming of running away to sea? Welcome aboard our historical 'Mission Ship'. Design your private voyage into BC's coastal playground. Indulge your interests: fishing, clamming, rowing, kayaking, whale watching... Cruise in comfort and safety with our Coast Guard licensed Captain and crew. Discover how your chef turns meal times into taste extravaganzas.
 
  EMR Vacation Rentals, Vancouver Listing Details 
EMR is a fully licensed Travel Agency offering fully furnished vacation homes, condos, suites, and estates in Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island. We have a large inventory of unique properties to select from. This includes properties that feature oceanfront, beach front, breathtaking views, private hot tubs, luxurious settings and more. Toll Free: 0-800-520-0932 UK.
 
  Gordon Clayton - RE/MAX Oceanview Realty, Sechelt Listing Details 
When you make the important decision to buy or sell a home, Gordon Clayton is committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are successfully met in a professional and honest manner. For Service and Commitment, let Gordon help guide you with your next purchase or sale on the BC Sunshine Coast.
 
  Kurt Nielsen - Landquest Realty Corporation, Comox Listing Details 
Kurt Nielsen has spent the past 30+ years marketing British Columbia real estate and helping clients wade through the red tape of real estate transactions, subdivision proposals and re-zoning applications. Kurt handles commercial, residential and land sales and subdivision developments in both urban and rural areas, focussing on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the coastal mainland of BC. Kurt is available to discuss any property situation; whether you are looking to acquire property, sell property, or if you require assistance with your new subdivision ... or you may just want to talk about your ideas.
 
  Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, Kelowna Listing Details 
Looking for a Vacation Rental? Why spend more and get less with a hotel? We offer privately-owned, condos, apartments, bed and breakfasts, chalets, cottages and cabins throughout British Columbia for rent - nightly, weekly or monthly. Owners set their own competitive rates. Great value and selection.
 
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