If it had been up to Harry Roberts, an eccentric and hardworking pioneer who visited this area in the 1920s (and inspired Roberts Creek‘s name), you would be about to become residents of the "Sunshine Belt" – we apparently have a real estate developer from Gibsons to thank for adding the "Coast." But whatever the name, the natural and cultural environment are the real attraction to a community, though only 40 minutes from Vancouver, still seems a lifetime away from the "big city lifestyle."
Reached by ferry, float plane or water taxi, many mistake the Sunshine Coast for an island. In truth, the area is attached to a larger landmass that does not have road access, though does offer an extremely demanding six-day hike for those so inclined.
The Sunshine Coast is organized into the northern (previously known as upper) coast and southern (previously known as lower) coast, with a number of communities in between. The northern coast, also known as the Malaspina Peninsula, constitutes the Powell River region, including the areas of Lund, Saltery Bay and Desolation Sound. The southern coast, or the Sechelt Peninsula, stretches from Howe Sound to Jervis Inlet or Port Mellon to Egmont.
Since 2008, newCOASTER has introduced you to the southern Sunshine Coast and its various communities, businesses and attractions along this one-of-a-kind, 86-kilometre stretch of scenic coastline, in hopes of inspiring you to experience the culture, lifestyle and natural environment that make this area so special.
Exploring the Community
As a visitor or a new resident, it is always helpful to stop by the local Visitor Information Centre, either in Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. The Centres have a wealth of information about attractions, events and general life on the Coast, plus friendly staff who are available to answer your questions. Sunshine Coast Tourism can also assist in planning your short or long term visit.
Local Government offices (located in Gibsons and Sechelt) are another helpful resource, as is the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the shíshálh Nation office. All four locations can provide more detailed information about the various communities throughout the Southern Coast.
As a new resident, make sure to get in touch with Sunshine Coast Neighbourhood Welcome, a fantastic resource that provides a wealth of information, coupons and much more. You can also join the Sunshine Coast Newcomers Club, an organization that brings together new residents for monthly luncheons, coffee mornings and more.
A wide range of accommodation choices exist throughout the Coast, and whether you use them as a place to stay while you find your perfect home, or for an ideal weekend getaway, they all will allow you to experience what Sunshine Coast life is all about. Whether you prefer a comfy bed and a hot breakfast or a fully equipped camp and RV site where you can sleep under the stars, there are a number of ideal choices for your home away from home.