Here’s why the Sunshine Coast makes the perfect long weekend destination.
Looking for a romantic getaway from city life? The Sunshine Coast is the picture-perfect oasis that boasts a 177-kilometre coastline of quiet beaches, impressive forests, and a series of charming coastal villages (complete with cozy cafés, microbreweries, and artist studios)… What are you waiting for? It’s time to get packing.
Getting there: To ferry or to fly
The 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay to Langdale will you have you feeling as if you’ve been transported a million miles away. Or a 20-minute seaplane trip (direct from downtown Vancouver to Sechelt) will get you there even faster than your regular home-to-work commute.
Things to do: Eat, hike, & canoe
Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market
A must-visit, this quaint market offers up plenty of delicious foods, pottery, handicrafts, carvings, toys, and handmade soaps.
The Sunshine Coast’s Ale Trail features award-winning craft breweries, including Powell River’s Townsite Brewing and Gibsons’ 101 Brewhouse and Distillery (once an automotive repair shop).
Rent a canoe at Ruby Lake and explore crystal-clear waters and secluded bays.
Pack in some exercise with a short hike to Burnett Falls. The half-hour hike leads to a magnificent view of the “Falls” across the canyon.
Smitty’s Oyster House
In the mood for oysters? This is your spot. Grab a sunny seat at the outdoor communal long table in Gibsons before you ferry home.
Where to stay: The best beds
Secret Cove Treehouse
Stay at a treetop retreat overlooking the fjords of Secret Cove, and take a relaxing soak in an outdoor hot tub. The Secret Cove Treehouse is as serene as it is charming–the suites are complete with terry-cloth robes and furry throws.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Choose a historic “fisherman’s” cabin, or splurge for a luxury tenthouse with majestic views of the water. Then top the weekend off at this dreamy location with room service: beech mushrooms and kale eggs benny or buttermilk pancakes with bourbon-infused maple syrup.