FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can I phone for local information? Sechelt Visitor InfoCentre at (604) 885-1036 or toll free 1-877-885-1036; Gibsons Visitor Information Toll-free 1-866-222-3806 or Local 604-886-2374; Powell River Visitor Information 604-485-4701, Toll-free 1-877-817-8669.
Is it cold there? The Sunshine Coast is a western temperate, so close to Vancouver for weather. Most of the population is located close to sea level so we rarely see freezing or snow. Mt. Elphinstone is colder, wetter and snowier for weather, mainly affecting Port Mellon and Dakota Ridge. Pender Harbour areas away from sea level also sees cooler temperatures and more precipitation in winter months. Summer average temperatures (all celsius) are between 15-30 degrees; winter temps average -2 to +10 degrees.
Can I come there by car?
Of course! The Sunshine Coast is serviced by BC Ferries with regular vehicle traffic right up to semis and long haul trucks.
What if I don't have a car?
There is public transit available to BC Ferry terminals in Horseshoe Bay, Langdale, Comox and Powell River/Comox. Rural transit is available to the Saltery Bay terminal on the Powell River side. For travel to the Egmont ferry terminal, and direct through bus transit, Malaspina Coach Lines is the way to go.
What is the currency exchange rate?
Use this handy online resource for approximate exchange (may vary slightly depending where exchanged).
What is the population of the Sunshine Coast?
Sunshine Coast region: 48,525. Major Centres: Powell River 13,165; Sechelt 9,291; Gibsons 4,437.
What are the driving distances for most destinations on the Coast?
Langdale to Earl's Cove is 86km, taking approximately 90 minutes driving time under average conditions.
Gibsons to Sechelt is approximately 25 minutes
Sechelt to Madeira Park 25-30 minutes
Sechelt to Ruby Lake/Sakinaw 45 minutes
Saltery Bay to Powell River 30 minutes
Powell River to Lund, 25 minutes.
Vancouver to Powell River, 4 hours 26 minutes.