One section of BC that truly captivates adventurers is the Sunshine Coast. Aptly named, this sunny stretch of coastline just north of Vancouver is known for its warm, welcoming and artistic vibes. With the Salish Sea lapping at its shores and mountains blanketed in evergreens flanking its interior, the beauty of Desolation Sound (pictured above) and more—it’s no wonder this slice of heaven draws adventurers from across the country.
Here are our five favourite ways to get outside and explore the Sunshine Coast:
Sunshine Coast Tourism
Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd.
There’s a plethora of options for kayakers throughout the Sunshine Coast. Learn how to tackle the waves with Powell River Sea Kayak in Powell River, Sunshine Kayaking in Gibsons, Halfmoon Sea Kayaks in Sechelt or one of Alpha Adventures’ three locations. Pender Harbour’s peaceful, protected water makes a pleasant day trip, and you can rent kayaks on-site. Other kayakers flock to Sechelt for access to the Narrows, Sechelt and Salmon Inlets. And if you’re up for an overnight adventure, 11 tent-pad campsites in Desolation Sound offer marine access.
If you crave an ambitious canoeing route, the Powell Forest Canoe Route should be on your adventure bucket list. This 57-kilometre route passes through eight lakes and includes five portages. Stunning coastal mountains, redcedar and Douglas-fir forests and fjord-like waters are well-worth the effort. Typically, paddlers put in at Lois Lake and travel counter-clockwise to Powell to avoid a steep uphill portage. However, it is certainly possible to travel clockwise as well. The route isn’t circular; it’s more shaped like a horseshoe. Most canoers take five days to complete this route and camp some of the 20 recreational campsites along the way. However, if you have a few extra days, spend them exploring the area on foot or add on a side-trip that doesn’t require any portages.
Discover more about the Sunshine Coast: sunshinecoastcanada.com
Source: Explore Magazine