From family friendly to all-out luxury accommodations
Resorts on the Sunshine Coast and in Powell River are known for offering a combination of accommodation, activities, spa services, and marinas as well as coordinating on-site activities such as boat rentals or guided tours via their own resort staff or partners. Resorts on the BC Coast go way back, to the early 1900s, when affluent Lower Mainland residents flocked to places like Gibsons Landing, Selma Park, Trail Bay, Pender Harbour, Powell River and Savary Island for the summer months. Savary Island was long the summer home of wealthy doctors' families, and every Friday, the 'Daddy Boat' would arrive (later floatplanes) at the main dock on Savary and children would run out to meet busy fathers coming to join them for a day or two of play before heading back to their busy city schedules.
Featured Sunshine Coast Resorts
Luxury accommodation on the waterfront in Pender Harbour - chalets, hotel, cliffside cottage. Many getaway specials!
Gorgeous seaside vacation villas in Pender Harbour. Waterfront Dining and on-site Rainforest Spa.
Family-friendly getaway destination in Pender Harbour with pool, marina, boat rentals, motel, cottages, and yurts.
Oceanfront accommodations with stunning views; great day trip packages kayak & lunch, lunch & boat tour - too many to list!
Waterfront Hotel, Marina, Store - close to Skookumchuck Rapids hike and departure point for Princess Louisa Inlet Tours.
Incredible wilderness experience awaits... platform tent cabins, cottage or houseboat accommodations. Whistler glaciers, wildlife and off-the-grid serenity.
Are there any resorts on Sunshine Coast islands?
Today there are no true resorts or hotels in operation on any of the main islands of the Sunshine Coast, which include Gambier, Keats, Thormanby, Texada, or Savary Islands. Islands tend to offer more of an independent stay such as cottage rentals, or rustic B&Bs.
What kind of certification should I look for at a resort?
Tourism British Columbia Canada "Approved Accommodation" - look for the symbol on web sites and accommodation operator signs and offices. Canada Select is a national accommodation ratings program - look for the stars.
History of Resorts on the Sunshine Coast
Resorts have been operating on BC's Sunshine Coast since way back in the 50s after the Black Ball Ferries line began a car ferry service to the Sunshine Coast and one of the main accommodation stops north of Sechelt was the then Madeira Park Motel, which eventually became Lowe's Resort. Lowe's was a vacation mecca for generations of families and played an active role in the life of Pender Harbour, hosting Jazz Festival concerts, fishing derbies and group vacations for decades. Nearby, Duncan Cove Resort lay just before the 'outside' on the Garden Bay side of the Harbour and offered a similar mix of cottages, motel, marina, and boat rentals. These two properties have grown to become the gorgeous Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina, and the popular family vacation spot called Pender Harbour Resort.
Sunshine Coast Resort was clawed out of a mass of tippings on a cliff across from Mount Daniel by two brothers from Germany, who reclaimed the beautiful tiered oceanfront lot from squatters and went about creating a European-style resort which has over time matured into a luxurious mix of cottage, hotel, penthouse, marina and chalet vacation experiences. The Resort is easily accessed off the Sunshine Coast Highway and has beautiful views of the Garden Bay part of the Harbour, and offers guests the convenience of the harbour ferry to get to the pub in Garden Bay for dinners.
Lord Jim's Hotel, meanwhile, located on a rocky outcrop in Ole's Cove in the Secret Cove area, was a Sunshine Coast outlier for the Coast Hotels Group until it was taken over by a group of investors in 2004 and renovated and reinvented to become Rockwater Secret Cove Resort & Spa Without Walls, with hotel, rustic cabins, and luxury tent suites ringing the cove from a fully wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. RSCR looks out over Welcome Passage and the sand cliffs of Thormanby Island.
Bathgate Resort is another historic accommodation located in Egmont. Rebuilt recently into a shoreside hotel/inn, Bathgate's is perched on the entrance into the waters that become the world-known Skookumchuck Rapids. Egmont is a key stopping off point for boats emerging or departing into Sechelt Inlet, or provisioning before heading to Jervis Inlet and Princess Louisa Inlet.
The West Coast Wilderness Lodge has a commanding placement on the outer edge of Egmont, looking up Jervis Inlet past Lone Tree Island and to the right into the Skookumchuck. The Lodge recently underwent restoration/upgrading and the ocean view cliffside rooms and suites, on-site restaurant, 'Inlets' and the tour and activity options draw visitors - especially mariners and Europeans - from around the world.
In Powell River, Beach Gardens Resort & Marina is a longtime destination for vacationers and looks out on to The Salish Sea, separated from Downtown Powell River by Westview. Oceanfront hotel rooms suites look out over the marina, and the on-site restaurant & pub, The Savoury Bight, offers a mix of grilled burgers, seafood and pasta and small plates.
Desolation Resort, on Okeover Arm in Desolation Sound, is accessible by car and chatered floatplane, and is a collection of chalet cottages and apartments, and offers kayak and mountain bike rentals and connections with horseback riding and other soft adventure close by. A waterfront restaurant is a short 10 minute walk along the inlet.