The Sunshine Coast is an easy and affordable option for anyone needing a few days away. Imagine taking a stunning ferry ride to another world where the pace is slow, the scenery is breathtaking and the people are friendly. The Sunshine Coast is on Vancouver’s doorstep, and it’s only a scenic 40 minutes away, waiting to welcome you to BC’s best kept secret. In this series of blogs we’ll unlock some of those secrets and share our best insider tips to help you get the most out of your Sunshine Coast getaway.
Our first piece of advice is to get an early start to the day. There’s less traffic on the morning ferries and you’ve just gained some extra hours for your getaway. Once you’ve boarded the ferry, grab your camera and head up to the outside deck. You’ll get some great pictures like this as the ferry winds its way between several small islands.
Lower Gibsons is our first destination, so break away from that pack of cars, turn left as you drive off the ferry and follow this quiet country road. Gibsons was originally a fishing settlement and this area still holds some of that maritime charm. There’s a good variety of galleries, and casual cafes, including Mike’s Gelato, recently named as one of the lower mainland’s Ten Best Places to get Gelato. If it’s lunch you’re after give Truffles a try for some hearty, flavourful soups and be sure to have one of their Ultimate Cookies.
You’ve still got lots of time before check-in so have a wander down the street. Just beside the iconic Molly’s Reach is a lane of the same name, where you’ll find one of our favourite galleries, The Beachcomber’s Daughter. Lori Gray is the daughter and her father was an active beachcomber back in the day. The original Beachcomber series based many of their episodes on his lifestyle.
There are several other galleries along this two block stretch as well as a number of interesting stores. Another of our favourites is The Waltzing Whippet which features fabulous home decor, jewelry, art and lots more…
Sechelt is only a 25 minute drive from Gibsons. Along the way you might want to pick up a few supplies before-hand so that you can fully relax on our waterside deck after you’ve checked-in. The IGA in Wilson Creek is a good stop for food provisons, and you’ll find a good wine selection at the Lighthouse Wine & Cold Beer store, just as you come into Sechelt.
Keeping with the relaxation theme, our dinner recommendation for tonight is casual and there’s no need to get dressed up. The Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant (different location) has a good menu with lots of seafood options and their new wood-fired pizza oven is creating some delectable pizzas. The view from their waterside deck is absolutely outstanding so head outside and grab a table where you can be entertained with all of the activity of this busy little harbour and the endless vista of Sechelt Inlet, beyond.
After dinner head back home and return to our waterside deck. As the evening sets in you’ll be treated to an amazing display of stars set against the dark, dark country skies. Are you starting to feel relaxed…. wait till you see what we’ve planned for tomorrow.