Sunshine Coast Attractions
MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTRES
Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives
The Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives presents the dynamic history of the Sunshine Coast region with two floors of exhibits that explore First Nations, agriculture, logging, pioneering heritage and more. Innovative workshops, film screenings and community events keep the museum and exciting place to visit year-round, complete with a resource room, reference library and an extensive archives with over 10,000 photographs and documents.
716 Winn Road, P.O.Box 766
Gibsons, BC Canada V0N-1V0
Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives web site
Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River
The Townsite Heritage Society was formed in 1992 with the following objectives stated in its Constitution: To protect, enhance, maintain and promote the historical character and integrity of the traditional neighbourhood and business section of the Powell River Townsite by educating our children, adults and tourists through: workshops; restoration projects; guided tours; providing a resource and research centre; publications; participation in and creation of community events; and by providing an interface between the community and the various levels of government involved in heritage preservation and education concerns.
6211 Walnut Street
Powell River, BC V8A 4K2
604 483 3901
Powell River Townsite Web Site
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Téms Swiya Museum, Sechelt Nation
5555 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt V0N 3A0
VILLAGES AND SHOPPING
Gibsons Landing: An especially scenic seaside village accessed by Marine Drive (immediate left out of Langdale Ferry Terminal) or School Road from Upper Gibsons. Long the heart of Gibsons, it is home to the Government Wharf and Gibsons Marina, and the homes and businesses of Gibsons Landing are perched up the hill side and on The Bluff to the southwest. The entire Landing is full of shops, galleries and restaurants, and visitors also enjoy a trip to the quirky and eclectic Molly's Lane group of stores and businesses, accessed on the north side of Molly's Reach Restaurant. Up on Gibsons Way a wonderful Health Food Store, two shopping centres, and a variety of standalone stores are waiting for you.
The Village of Sechelt: The important thing to remember about visiting Sechelt is that almost everything of note happens on the main roads of Wharf Avenue (running north south from Porpoise Bay to Trail Bay), Cowrie Street (turn RIGHT at the cenotaph/lights off Wharf, runs up to Rockwood Lodge), and the square bounded by Dolphin Rd (straight through the lights at Hwy 101 & Wharf) towards the ocean. This area is full of little shops with everything from fashions on a par with anything you would find in Vancouver and some you wouldn't, great little cafes and restaurants, Coastal artisan products and fine art, a long-running hemp shop with everything you can imagine made out of the plant, vibrant bookstore and more.
Madeira Park in Pender Harbour: the heart of Pender Harbour, Madeira Park is the glue that holds this far-flung community together. Cafes and galleries, a very good bookstore, and shellfish and fish available right off the boats in the harbour itself.
In Powell River there are two distinctly different 'villages'. Along Marine Drive, look for a mix of business services, cute restaurants and cafes, and diverse shops ranging from cycling and outdoor adventure stores to gifts and keepsakes. Up the hill in 'Westview' and central Powell River are the shopping centres and larger big-box stores.
Lund is a very popular destination for folks looking for an extremely scenic and bustling tiny harbour. This is where the water taxi docks for Savary Island, where the barge comes in from Lasqueti Island, and where businesses, restaurants and shops ring the harbour and are accessed via boardwalk> The Historic Lund Hotel offers modern amenities in an historic environment with an attached restaurant and pub. You can sit and watch the comings and goings of the Harbour from every vantage point.
Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls: One of the top draws to visitors coming to the Sunshine Coast, Princess Louisa Inlet is accessible by tour boat and is a half to full day trip from the Pender Harbour and Egmont areas. Read more here.
Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park: This is the number one destination for visitors and locals wanting an easy hike with a thrilling destination. It is extremely important to time this hike for best viewing times of the tidal rapids, which is at the highest flow period of a tide change. There are also two different viewing points and the final destination should be selected based on whether it is an ebb or flow tide change. You can download the 2013 Best Viewing Times here, and plan to stop in at one of the Visitor Information Centres as well.
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden: Located at the top of Mason Road in Sechelt (about 1km north on HWY 101 out of Sechelt), Drop in for a leisurely Nature Walk, visit the Vegetable Garden, see the Beehives or pack a snack or lunch and enjoy in the picnic area. Self-guided maps and children’s nature activities are available. Walking shoes recommended. Pets are not allowed on the Garden site except on the monthly Garden & Dog Walk.
Soames Hill Regional Park: a short but mostly vertical climb (trail and wooden steps/walkways) just south of Gibsons Landing. Gorgeous views of Howe Sound, UBC, Mount Baker, and Gibsons Landing with Vancouver Island behind.
For mountain biking kids and active adults: Sprockids Mountain Bike Park, Gibsons just off Bypass from Langdale Ferry Terminal. Fantastic trail system and skills development area for mountain bikers. Park at the entrance and head up the hill to the map and trail start area.
Sechelt Inlet Marine Parks: Kayakers love Sechelt Inlet because of the 9 easily accessible marine parks in the main inlet, Salmon Inlet and Narrows Inlet. Plenty of wildlife and shore birds, bald eagles, shellfish harvesting (monitor red tide notices) and Tzoonie Narrows, which offers a fun and safe paddle in a medium current area depending on tide change.
Pender Hill Hike:30-40 minutes each way on mixed bush trail and rock trail takes you to the top where you can see Hotel Lake and Pender Harbour behind, the entrance to the Harbour, and the Salish Sea from the Gulf Islands past Texada Island. The panorama of Vancouver Island forms a backdrop to the West. Fantastic in spring and fall.
Mount Daniel Hike:Intermediate hike approximately one hour in each direction. Higher than Pender Hill, Mount Daniel offers equally exceptional views, and has a deep cultural significance for the Shishalh People and is part of their traditional territories.
Jediah Island, Salish Sea: Jedediah Island was designated in its entirety as a marine provincial park in 1995 after the estate of Daniel Culver donated $1.1 million dollars for the preservation of the island, inspiring non-profit organizations and other individuals and groups to raise the remaining funds necessary to complete the purchase. Once fondly known as the home of a bossy horse who finagled visitors to picking apples for him out of the old heritage orchard, the island is home on land and surrounding ocean to a variety of animals and birds. There is a sea lion colony close by, seals, passing whales and dolphins, bald eagles, goats, shorebirds and other creatures. It is accessible via tour boat operator and you and your kayaks can also be transported for overnight/multi-day explorations.
Eldred River Valley Rock Climbing: Few people know that the granite cliffs of the Eldred River Valley, 2000 feet high, draws experiencedc climbers from around the world. Even fewer still know that even newbies with no experience can find rocks to scramble over and great climber-watching if you're willing to make the trek out. Read more here.