Premier Listings for Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name. With an annual total of between 1,400 and 2,400 hours of sunshine – that’s an average of 4 to 6 hours per day, depending on where the measurements are taken – bright days outnumber gloomy ones by a wide margin.
The Sunshine Coast benefits from a rain shadow cast by the Vancouver Island mountains, which catch most of the moisture coming in off the Pacific Ocean.
In winter, clouds regroup in the Coast Mountains to the east of the Sunshine Coast and provide sufficient precipitation in the form of snow to coat trails for cross-country skiing. The remainder of the year it falls as rain, British Columbia’s ‘liquid sunshine,’ which nourishes the temperate rain forest.
The Sunshine Coast is split into two portions on either side of Jervis Inlet. Roughly speaking, the southern half between the ferry slips at Langdale and Earls Cove occupies the Sechelt Peninsula, while the northern half between the ferry slip at Saltery Bay and Lund sits on the Malaspina Peninsula.
The beautiful coastline is deeply indented at Howe Sound, Jervis Inlet, and Desolation Sound. Jervis becomes Queens Reach, slicing into the Coast Mountain Range, with a branch to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls.
Jervis Inlet and Desolation Sound are of such fjordic proportions that they attract a steady stream of marine traffic throughout the summer months, when brilliant sun shines on the countless cataracts that cascade down the sheer-sided slopes. Come moodier months, the clouds become ensnared in the snaggle-toothed peaks, making you feel just as pleased to stick to the sunnier coastline.
The world’s longest highway, the Pan-American (also named Highway 101 in parts of the United States and Canada), stretches 9,312 miles (15020 km) from Castro on Chile’s south coast to Lund on BC’s Sunshine Coast.
The 87-mile (139-km) stretch of Highway 101 between Langdale and Lund outperforms its size. Dozens of parks with biking, hiking, and ski trails; canoe and kayak routes; beaches; and coastal viewpoints are easily reached from the highway. Campsites are plentiful, and you won’t have any difficulty in finding a place to pitch your tent or park your RV, except in July and August and on long weekends from May to September.
Population: Approximately 60,000
Location: The Sunshine Coast located northwest of Vancouver and is accessible from the rest of the Lower Mainland only by boat or airplane. Travellers aboard BC Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver for a 9.5-mile (15.5-km), 45-minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Highway 101 links Langdale with Earls Cove, 50 miles (80 km) north. Another ferry crosses Jervis Inlet to Saltery Bay, a 60-minute ride. Highway 101 makes the second leg of this journey 37 miles (59 km) north to Lund. BC Ferries also connects Powell River on the Malaspina Peninsula with Comox on the east side of central Vancouver Island.
Vehicle and Passenger Ferry Routes to the Sunshine Coast:
A note about travel times: One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting the northern Sunshine Coast in the off-season from September to May – particularly if you travel midweek – is being able to catch the ferry both from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, and then from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay, without experiencing interminable lineups. You’ll still have to allow six hours to reach the Malaspina Peninsula from Horseshoe Bay, but you can do it without hurrying, enjoying the travel time just as much as the play time once you arrive. If you can’t travel midweek to avoid lines, at least leave Vancouver early Friday afternoon or late Saturday morning and return early on Monday. Those travelling up the entire coast or returning via Vancouver Island should ask at the Horseshoe Bay terminal about special fares (which can save you up to 30 percent) for the Circle Tour of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast (four ferry rides).
Circle Tour: See the best of the area on a driving Circle Tour. Head north out of Vancouver for the scenic Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island Circle Tour. Board a B.C. Ferries vessel at Powell River that will take you across the waters of the Strait of Georgia to Comox, on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Travel south to Victoria and return to Vancouver by ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.
View maps of the area
The following communities are located on the Sunshine Coast, listed in a northbound direction:
To the north of the Sunshine Coast are fjord-like inlets that cut deep into the Coast Mountain Range, providing fabulous wilderness adventures and wildlife experiences:
Owner Direct Vacation RentalsOwner Direct Vacation Rentals
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Looking for a Vacation Rental? Why spend more and get less with a hotel? We offer privately-owned, condos, apartments, bed and breakfasts, chalets, cottages and cabins throughout British Columbia for rent – nightly, weekly or monthly. Owners set their own competitive rates. Great value and selection.
Rockwater SpaRockwater Spa
At Rockwater Spa you will experience the ultimate state of relaxation and pampering while you lay back and enjoy the ocean breeze in our elegant, poolside spa room at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on the Sunshine Coast. Massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, guided Meditation and Reiki, stone therapy, reflexology, waxing, and more. Open seven days a week from 10 am until 8 pm.
Rockwater Secret Cove ResortRockwater Secret Cove Resort
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s unique Sunshine Coast location provides a haven for seaside vacations, weddings or functions, and executive retreats with your colleagues to energize and refocus. Our romantic getaway offers ocean views from all lodge and cabin rooms, excellent conference and banquet facilities for up to 200 people, a fully-licensed cocktail bar and lounge, fine dining restaurant overlooking Georgia Strait, games room, outdoor heated pool, massage at Rockwater Spa, and much more. Stroll our forest boardwalk or relax on the wide lawns above our Secret Cove. Time slows down to almost nothing in our oceanfront haven.
Waterfront West Real EstateWaterfront West Real Estate
Waterfront West is the first and only marketplace dedicated exclusively to buyers and sellers of waterfront and water view real estate in British Columbia. Advertising Realtors’ listings, private sales and developments, we are pioneering the market for this prime real estate. Featuring private and brokered sales, waterfront developments and a complimentary Buyers’ Club.
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Classic Yacht ChartersClassic Yacht Charters
Craving a change from the ‘everyday’? Dreaming of running away to sea? Welcome aboard our historical ‘Mission Ship’. Design your private voyage into BC’s coastal playground. Indulge your interests: fishing, clamming, rowing, kayaking, whale watching… Cruise in comfort and safety with our Coast Guard licensed Captain and crew. Discover how your chef turns meal times into taste extravaganzas.
The Lund HotelThe Lund Hotel
Fully restored and perched oceanside on BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, the c.1905 oceanfront Historic Lund Hotel offers 31 renovated guest rooms ranging from budget friendly to oceanfront boutique style. Features include oceanfront pub, restaurant & decks, marina, shops, and regularly scheduled Desolation Sound Dinner Cruises aboard the 58′ ‘Swan Spirit’.
EMR Vacation RentalsEMR Vacation Rentals
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EMR is a fully licensed Travel Agency offering fully furnished vacation homes, condos, suites, and estates in Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island. We have a large inventory of unique properties to select from. This includes properties that feature oceanfront, beach front, breathtaking views, private hot tubs, luxurious settings and more.
Powell River Sea KayakPowell River Sea Kayak
Kayaking Base: Penrose Bay on Okeover Inlet Desolation Sound BC workMailing Address: Powell River Sea Kayak 10676 Crowther Road Powell River BC V8A 0G4 workPhone: 604-483-2160homeToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound, providing unbeatable knowledge, service and convenience for experiencing British Columbia’s largest Marine Park – a unique experience of warm Pacific waters, towering Coast Mountains, marine wildlife and stunning scenery.
We offer all-inclusive eco-resort accommodation, guided multi-day camping tours, day tours, snorkeling, and a comprehensive kayak rental fleet from our waterfront location adjacent to Desolation Sound.
Launch from our site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady of Okeover Inlet”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. Other options include launching from our second location, waterfront in Lund, or join us at Cabana Desolation Eco Resort and experience this awesome west coast British Columbia setting in true comfort!
Spirit of the West KayakingSpirit of the West Kayaking
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Kayaking British Columbia is the ultimate way to view BC’s abundant wildlife.
We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our unique coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Choose among several professionally-guided 4-8 day trips for all experience levels around Vancouver Island. ‘Glamping’ basecamp-style with wood-fired hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or expedition-style paddling from camp to camp and paddling between 100s of islands through the Broughton Archipelago, famous Desolation Sound and the wild Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast. Savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, explore and view fascinating wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. Unique and breathtaking.
Our adventures are for everyone and are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. We take care to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected. Our groups are small, ranging from 8 to 13 people, depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. We provide everything you need for a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure. We provide high-quality fiberglass kayaks, paddling equipment, camp cookware, eating utensils, and camping gear.
Our guides take care of you for the entire duration of your tour, prepare delicious, organic and local meals, and have extensive training and experience in sea kayaking and in sharing the natural and cultural history of the area.
During the Northern Hemisphere winter, we also offer kayaking trips to the glacier-fed South American wildlife paradise, the Chilean Patagonia Archipelago, and multi-day escapes to sun, sand, remote beaches and the warm crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Please contact us for all details of these amazing winter getaways!