The Sunshine Coast, BC Canada

Your Guide to the Sunshine Coast, BC

Lakes, skiing, hikes, and bike rides! It really is a wonder how the Sunshine Coast, BC is unknown to many Canadians! Fear not, Two Scots are here to equip you with the ultimate guide to the Sunshine Coast, BC – personally sourced information researched over two spectacular months on the Sunshine Coast.

Where is the Sunshine Coast, BC?

The Sunshine Coast, BC (British Columbia) is situated on the West Coast of Canada. It is a mere forty minute ferry ride from the city of Vancouver, the ferry ride alone is worth the trip. All of the Sunshine Coast’s natural wonders are found off the Sunshine Coast Highway 101.

How to get to the Sunshine Coast

Take a bus from Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. For times see the TransLink planner.

The ferry journey is beautiful, be sure to sit on the top deck if you get the weather. The ride takes forty minutes and accepts foot passengers and cars. See BC Ferries schedule for times.

Now that you are on the Sunshine Coast you will want to explore what it has to offer. Foot passengers can take a bus to many of the small towns on the coast for $2.25 per person although a roadtrip would be ideal.


Boat House Reflection Sunshine Coast BC Gibsons

Gibsons is a big town in comparison to others. It has a gorgeous waterfront and many dining and drinking opportunities. The town is famous for hosting the set of the 70s TV programme, Beachcombers. There is also a nice hike up Soames Hill which offers beautiful views. There is a brewery to congratulate yourself on tackling those stairs! Home to many music and art events throughout the year.

More information: Gibsons: Not just a Film Set

Roberts Creek

Roberts Creek Sunshine Coast BC Canada
Home for the summer for us Two Scots. Roberts Creek, like many towns on the coast, has an accessible stony beach. The town also has an impressive mandala art piece which is painted by the community every July. Roberts Creek has one restaurant, one cafe and a general store. It takes 30 minutes to cycle to Gibsons or fifteen minutes to drive by bus and car. Cliff Gilker Park in the Creek has four different treks, catering for every ability.

More information: Quirkin’ Out in Roberts Creek

Davis Bay

Davis Bay, Sunshine Coast BC Canada
Blink and you’ll miss it. This small town has a vast sea to get lost in. The pier is well used by fishermen and local kids. If the sea air is making you hungry be sure to grab some food from the waterfront shops. Watch out for whales making a splash.


The big smoke of The Sunshine Coast! Sechelt has a variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and spas. It even has a cinema, The Golden Arches and other well known haunts but don’t waste your money on The American Embassies, go local! There are lots of lovely houses on the beach front and a pier. Watersports such as kayaking and paddleboards are available at Sechelt Inlet. Don’t miss Porpoise Bay to see the seaplanes take off.

More information: Two Celts in Sechelt, on the Sea Shore

Halfmoon Bay

Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC Canada
Another stony beach, with a tree swing, just north of Sechelt. The areas offers lots of hiking opportunities and there is a local shop to purchase picnic essentials. Close by Sargeant Bay, beach is sandy.

Garden Bay

Katherine Lake Garden Bay Sunshine Coast BC Canada
This is where you will find my favourite lake, the sandy Katherine Lake. Family friendly with some rocks to jump off! Plenty of food opportunity around Garden Bay.

More information: The Great Canadian Lake Off

Secret Cove and Smugglers Cove

Smugglers Cove Sunshine Coast BC Canada

Secret Cove is home to Buccaneer Marina for those with boats and Smugglers Cove is a delight for those with feet! This spot always comes highly recommended by locals for the easy hike with stunning views.


Madeira Park - Pender Harbour - Sunshine Coast BC Canada
Pender Harbour hosts lots of little islands, bays and nature. Best discovered by boat.

More information: Whale of a Time at Pender Harbour

Ruby Lake

Ruby Lake Sunshine Coast BC, Canada
The name, Ruby Lake, comes from the lake’s ability to turn pink with the reflection of the sunset. Beautiful! Smaller than Katherine Lake and also family friendly.

More information: The Great Canadian Lake Off

Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck Narrow Sechelt Rapids Sunshine Coast BC, Canada
Excuse me? I know, a hard word to get your mouth around, the area is also known as Sechelt Rapids. After an easy fifty minute walk through a shaded forest you reach the rapids. Check out the tide times here before you set off to see the rapids at their best (two / three times per day.)

More Information: Seas the Day at Skookumchuck Narrows

Check out our map of must – see places on the Sunshine Coast…

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26 thoughts on “Your Guide to the Sunshine Coast, BC

  1. Tami

    I haven’t been to the Sunshine Coast, but I have been to Vancouver and to Vancouver Island (which is also incredibly beautiful and amazing). The world-famous Butchart Gardens are also on Vancouver Island. It is a gorgous area. I miss the days when I lived in Seattle and could easily drive up to visit! You’ve shown us some more worthy sights to see as well!

  2. Chris

    Wow, when I think Sunshine Coast, Canada has never sprung to mind!

    Some beautiful places.

    That ferry system, do you know if it’s integrated with the Alaskan water highway as well?

    1. TwoScotsAbroad

      I didn’t but I have met quite a few tourists who are spending a night in Van to then get back on the cruise to Alaska the next day. I’m back to Horseshoe Bay tomorrow to get the ferry to Bowen Island tomorrow – a first! Photos on Facebook as usual.

  3. James | The Globe Wanderers

    Another awesome Canada post guys. We’ve been desperate to do a Canadian road trip for ages and these posts aren’t helping it in the slightest 😉
    Loved the video. This place looks so fun with so much to see and do.
    Where’s been your favourite place in Canada so far?

    1. TwoScotsAbroad

      I think Vancouver is the best city in the world! The Rockies trip was ridiculously fun and the views are just incredible – Emerald Lake or Two Jacks Lake were my favourite spots. On the Coast it has to be Katherine Lake – rocks to jump off (seen in video) and it has grass so I don’t have to lie in damn sand (pet hate!)

  4. Mar Pages

    Hey this is some serious guide you guys put together. I didn’t know much about the sunshine coast but now I feel like i know everything i need. I will bookmark this for when I head to that part of Canada

  5. Jennifer McMillen

    We’ve been super spoiled this summer too! Scotland, USA (not by choice 🙁 ) & Croatia. We also to 8 other countries & we are going to London next month! 🙂

  6. Evan Kristine

    Sunshine coast looks so much fun! Especially in summer time where you can enjoy most of the nature without freezing your ass off. I can see laods of similarities with the nature between Canada and Finland. Very beautiful and inviting!


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