Living on the Sunshine Coast
What do you think of of when you hear the words, living on the Coast?
I've been here over 26 years, and like many people who are a part of the fabric of our community, I first came as a visitor - as a Brownie in the Girl Guides organization, when I was only nine or ten. Back then you could have swapped the entire Sunshine Coast for Camp Olave, because that's all I pretty much knew about the Coast. That and Molly's Reach Restaurant; in those days the young cast were heartthrobs and we would all shriek with recognition as we rounded the hairpin turn past Molly's iconic presence.
Later I came for a supposed 'summer job' at one of the community newspapers. Little did I know as I rolled off the top deck of the ferry in Langdale that hot summer day when I was 25 that this would become my home for coming on three decades! I did know, right from the very first, that this place was different... the 'Knob' (Soames Hill) announced the harbour like a knuckle on the back of the sloping hand of Mt. Elphinstone, water sparkled in the brilliant midday sun, the cars rolled off the boat in orderly procession and with a groovy, relaxed tone of drivers, and I sighed the first of what would be thousands of delighted exclamations of 'being home'.
Over the last couple of decades I've gotten to know the communities here - and the 'community' that shelters them all - from a unique perspective as I began to chronicle life here online starting way back in 1997. I've shared not only my own viewpoint, but that of many others who are mastering that well-considered catchphrase of Sunshine Coast Tourism, 'The art of living well.'
In this section of my Sunshine Coast love affair, you'll find connections with Coasties in government, health care, employment, business, community organizations and philanthropy, education, alternative living, the creation of art and culture, childraising, the gay and lesbian community, community economic development, the local economy, conservation and the environment, transportation and building, and our treasured history. If you think something is missing, please let me know!
Laurie McConnell, Publisher/Editor
The Sunshine Coast has a huge network of groups and organizations who better our community. Learn about them here and pick one or two to support with your time, talents and treasures.
Read more about Powell River Organizations here.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
St. Mary's and Powell River General hospitals serve the Coast for a range of medical services that go from obstetric to end-of-life, and there are many clinics and doctors. But we're also known for alternative health as well.
Chambers of Commerce, community economic development organizations, social enterprise... this is the place to build your business or the capacity of the Sunshine Coast
Read more about Powell River business here.
TIME AND TIDES
FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS
Off-leash parks, hiking trails, beaches, kennels and pet-sitters, and where to buy pet food and accessories. Remember - please carry bags if you have a dog with you, and keep our Coast beautiful and relaxed about dogs!
GAY AND LESBIAN
The Sunshine Coast has a much higher than average ratio of gays and lesbians among our population - this webmaster included - and is known as a tolerant and welcoming place for GLBTQ folk. It's not party central... more like a beautiful coastal small town living for everyone.
The New Coaster Magazine is my number one go-to guide for everything you need to know about moving to the Sunshine Coast - in printed form! This fabulous publication is a labour of love from lifetime Sunshine Coast residents Josh and Amanda Miller and has been in publication since 2008. It is a lip-smackingly attractive, fun-to-read and hard-to-throw-out magazine that you'll soon be collecting like National Geographics!
To order your copy:
PO Box 1005
Sechelt, BC, Canada
Toll Free: 1.877.299.9492