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Sample Tours: West Coast

Sunshine Coast Tour

British Columbia's Sunshine Coast is a rugged, secluded, marvelously laid-back area people instantly appreciate when they make the journey. It stretches from Gibsons to Lund in an approximate 180 kilometre-long collection of oceanside villages, creating homes for unique waterside shops, friendly locals and the easygoing, coastal lifestyle.

Duration:

Vancouver to Vancouver - 7 days
Total Distance: 459 km/285 mi


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Itinerary
Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC - Stock Photo
Day 1 - Vancouver to Gibson's via Horseshoe Bay ferry - 72km/45mi
The ferry winds its way from Horseshoe Bay between Bowyer and Bowen Islands, then past Gambier and Keats Islands before docking at Langdale.full details

Please phone our station at 604-940-2171 after 08:00 this morning to arrange the transfer from your hotel to our station. Vehicle pickup times are generally between 13:00 and 16:00 but your exact time will be given to you when you phone. Detailed vehicle instruction will be provided. Do your grocery shopping and head out.

The only way to reach Gibsons is via the Horseshoe Bay ferry, as the overland route is too mountainous to build roads. The ferry to Langdale takes approximately 40 minutes at a distance of approximately 9.7 nautical miles. The ferry winds its way from Horseshoe Bay between Bowyer and Bowen Islands, then past Gambier and Keats Islands before docking at Langdale. Here, you disembark and head to our recommended campground for the night, Gibsons RV Resort. It is an easy trip and only takes about seven minutes. You can settle in for a comfortable night in the town of about 4,000. The most notable claim-to-fame for Gibsons Landing is the hit TV show, The Beachcombers as it was filmed there and ran from 1972 until 1990.  If you prefer to move on a little further today, another recommended campground is Creekside Campground & RV Park near Davis Bay.

CanaDream Club campground partners on today's route:

Gibsons RV Resort
Creekside Campground & RV Park
Kayaking in Howe Sound - Stock Photo
Day 2 - Gibsons to Earls Cove - 78km/48 mi
Some of the beautiful parks to explore include Roberts Creek or Sargeant Bay Provincial Parks or you can spend a relaxing day exploring the village of Sechelt wandering the artisanal shops, enjoy some great local cuisine browsing museums, checking out markets or festivals.full details

If you were to drive straight through to Earls Cove from Gibsons, you would arrive there in just over an hour. However, with the incredibly scenic drive and gorgeous parks to stop at along the way, why pass up the opportunity? Some of the beautiful parks to explore include Roberts Creek or Sargeant Bay Provincial Parks or you can spend a relaxing day exploring the village of Sechelt wandering the artisan shops, enjoy some great local cuisine browsing museums, checking out markets or festivals.

When you're in the Earls Cove/Egmont region of the Coast, the Skookumshuck Rapids at Egmont, are an awesome sight to take in when the tide is coming in or going out. Due to the confined narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis inlets, 760 billion litres (200 billion gallons) of water are forced through the channel and create fantastic tidal rapids. We have a recommendation for one more stop in the area;  take Egmont Road over to Sunshine Coast Tours to take in their Princess Louisa Inlet tour.  This is a 5-hour tour departing the Backeddy Marina at 10:30am.

Ancient glacial movement through the area created steep and spectacular fjords. Each trip through the inlet is unique as passing weather systems can create major changes to the inlet's appearances. With heavy rains, they create numerous waterfalls where there may have only been a trickle previously. When you're ready to settle in for the day, head back toward the ferry from Earls Cove where you will find the Timberline RV Park. It is conveniently located a few blocks off the highway.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route:

Creekside Campground
Bayside Campground
Sunshine Coast Tours

Powell River, BC - Photo Credit: Tourism BC
Day 3 - Earls Cove to Powell River - 50km/31mi
Powell River is home to almost 13,000 residents and activities such as scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed by water lovers. Incredible opportunities for canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching and hiking await you at Duck Lake Protected area - a mere 20 minute drive east of Powell River.full details

The trip from Earls Cove to Powell River is completed in two legs: the first is by hopping on the ferry to Saltery Bay and the second is on the Sunshine Coast Highway to Powell River. The ferry takes you around Nelson Island and into Saltery Bay in just over an hour then the overland portion takes about one half hour. Powell River is home to almost 13,000 residents and activities such as scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed by water lovers. Incredible opportunities for canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching and hiking await you at Duck Lake Protected area - a mere 20 minute drive east of Powell River. The lake itself is small but set in a picturesque basin with about 9 km of hiking and mountain biking trails within the area.

Leaving Duck Lake and traveling north along the Haslam Lake Road about one half hour, you will reach the Inland Lake Provincial Park, formerly a Forest Service Recreation area. In 1997, it was established as a provincial park and has a wide variety of activities to take in such as wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, cycling and canoeing. It would be extremely easy to spend hours at the park exploring and appreciating the fantastic beauty surrounding you. When you're ready to settle in for the day, we can recommend Garnet Rock Oceanside Resort

CanaDream Club partners on today's route:

Garnet Rock Oceanside Resort

 

Lund Harbour - Stock Photo
Day 4 – Powell River to Lund – 28 km/17 mi
Heading up the Sunshine Coast Highway for the final north-bound leg of the tour, you will reach Lund in just over one half hour.full details

However, to explore some of the provincial parks in the region, you will need to take the Malaspina Road heading east a couple kilometres south of Lund. Okeover Provincial Park is small in comparison to other provincial parks (only 4 hectares) along the Sunshine Coast, but a very important one as it is located on a traditional Sliammon First Nations archeological site.

To reach Malaspina Provincial Park (572 hectares), you will need to take Malaspina Road back to the Sunshine Coast Highway and connect to the Sarah Pointe Road just north of Lund. The trip takes about eight minutes just north of Lund and you will need to walk from Sarah Pointe Road into the park. This park provides a low elevation coastal hiking and backcountry recreation experience.  The Desolation Sound area is very popular for kayaking and boating.  There is no RV camping in the park itself. We recommend SunLund By-The-Sea for your overnight campground in the Lund area.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route:

SunLund By-The-Sea RV Park & Cabins

 

Child Playing on rocky beach - Stock Photo
Day 5 – Lund to Sechelt – 130 km/81 mi
Lund today is a hub of coastal activity. Its harbour is home to a fleet of commercial prawn boats, sail boats, recreational motor vessel and water taxi services which delivery people and goods to Savary Island, known for it's white sandy beaches.full details

Services include boat excursions, kayak rentals and lessons, scuba diving, snorkelling, bike rentals, hiking and more.

Returning to Sechelt down the Sunshine Coast will take about three hours. When you return to the Sechelt region, take Brooks Road eastward (approximately 16 km northwest of Sechelt off Highway 101/Sunshine Coast Highway) to Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park. To access the park you will park in the lot and walk the four km in to the park. The park is a gorgeous, all-weather anchorage on the south side of the Sechelt Peninsula where you can see the work from its resident beavers. Other residents in the wetland include various species of birds, fauna and flora.

As you leave Smuggler Cove and make your way into Sechelt, head north on Wharf Avenue to East Porpoise Bay Road (which becomes Sechelt Inlet Road) to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. The park is noted as a second-growth forest of alder, western hemlock, western cedar, Douglas fir and maple trees. There is also a spawning channel area for chum and coho salmon and an estuary that hosts numerous types of shore birds. It's a relaxing, beautiful way to spend your afternoon in the Sechelt area. This park is a great base for hiking, swimming, paddling, fishing and biking and offers full service camping from mid April to mid October.  Reservations are strongly advised during July and August.

Sechelt, BC - Photo Credit: Tourism BC
Day 6 – Full Day in Sechelt
If you had spent part of your Day Two tour in the Provincial Parks in the Sechelt area - or even exploring Sechelt itself - you have an entire day you can devote to relaxing in the area. Sechelt is one of two larger towns on the Sunshine Coast and is home to 9,500 residents.full details

The compact downtown zone has local coffee shops, art galleries, bakeries, a First Nations gift store (with art by local First Nations artists), a beer & wine store (BC has some exceptional wineries and craft breweries), gelatoria and a movie theatre that shows first-run movies and cinematique films.

In West Sechelt you will find the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden - about a 10 minute drive from downtown Sechelt. The Sunshine Coast Botanical Society began in 2002. Between 2003 and 2013, they sourced the land that was to become the permanent home and created the Native Plant Garden then in 2005 the Seaside Centre garden was established. Basic infrastructure was put in place between 2009 and 2010 and the gardens have since flourished under the careful maintenance of volunteers. Thousands of visitors attend the Garden each year taking in the beauty of the gardens, special events and workshops.

We can recommend the Bayside Campground or the Creekside Campground & RV Park as your home base in the Sechelt area.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route:

Bayside Campground
Creekside Campground

Vancouver, British Columbia - Stock Photo
Day 7 – Return to Vancouver – 101 km/63 mi
The return drive to Vancouver from Sechelt will take you about three hours and you can either drop off your RV at our Delta location or continue with another tour/itinerary if you planned on vacationing in Western Canada longer.full details

The return drive to Vancouver from Sechelt will take you about three hours and you can either drop off your RV at our Delta location or continue with another tour/itinerary if you planned on vacationing in Western Canada longer. We have an Okanagan Wine Tour that would introduce you to some world-class wines produced in the Okanagan Valley and take between eight and ten days.

 

 




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