A Picture Summary of the Sunshine Coast

Langdale - “Welcome, You've Arrived On The Sunshine Coast!"

What do you think of when someone says “Langdale”?  Probably the first thing you see when you get to the Sunshine Coast is the BC Ferries' Langdale Terminal when the ship docks and you depart.  Well, Langdale is more than just “the place where the ferry docks”,  but you have to make a point to see it.  When exiting the terminal, instead of heading up the hill (creatively named "The Bypass") or turning left to visit scenic Gibsons Landing via Marine Drive, go right at the lights and you're in Langdale.  Yep, we have our suburbs here too.  If we had a downtown, Langdale would be a bedroom community, (but some of those bedrooms have some of the most amazing views of the coastal mountain range and Howe Sound going for them).  Langdale also serves as the "home community" to Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill, which operates one of the world's most innovative Kraft pulp mills in Port Mellon produceing some of the finest newsprint and kraft pulp on the planet.  The mill presently employs about 800 people, many of whom live in Langdale, and produces a reported 350,000 tons of Kraft Pulp and 200,000 tons of newsprint per year.  The drive out to Port Mellon is beautiful, quiet, winding, and travels through interesting little places like the wonderfully named "Dogpatch".  It will take you back 50 years!

Gibsons - "Your Gateway to the Sunshine Coast"

Many people mistakenly believe the Sunshine Coast is an island, because of the ferry needed to get you here.  Actually, it’s part of the BC Mainland, separated from the Sea to Sky Region by the waters of Howe Sound.  With the backdrop of Keats & Gambier Islands framed by the coastal range beyond, Gibsons Landing is a spectacular BC harbour.  Molly's Reach, iconic from the long-running CBC Beachcomber TV series days (see below), is now an active and busy restaurant situated at the top of the Government Wharf and next to the eclectic and personality-rich “Molly's Lane” group of shops and boutiques.  Interesting restaurants, shops and art galleries are everywhere in the Landing here, as well as clothing stores, vintage consignment, and cute little cottages that date back over 75 years.  Upper Gibsons is further beyond (and above) and features more shopping, restaurants and services.  Other movies that have used Gibsons as a filming location include the recent “Charlie St. Cloud”, starring Kim Basinger and Zac Efron, as well as “Needful Things”, starring Max von Sydow and Ed Harris.  Armours Beach, right in downtown Gibsons, is a main site for the Gibsons Annual Sea Cavalcade.  It also offers swimming floats, a small wharf, a picnic area, a clubhouse and some of the best windsurfing in the province.  From Lower Gibsons, wind your way around Gower Point for a lovely drive, or bike ride following the shoreline where there are loads of pull-offs for watching the sunset.  There are some great stretches of beach here, and some fine old homes, once summer houses for vacationing Vancouverites (and in some cases, still are!).  Chaster Park is a small provincial park located at the mouth of Chaster Creek where you can see a cairn, erected in honour of Captain Vancouver who visited the area in 1792.  Nearby Chaster House, a renovated heritage home on the beachfront, is available to rent for special events.  Gower Point Road meets Ocean Beach Esplanade and continues along the coast where the stretch of shoreline here is just one of many treasured local spots on the Sunshine Coast (look for Secret Beach at the end of Mahan Road where you can take a stroll, go for a swim, explore the tidal pools or just watch the sun go down).

Roberts Creek - "The Gumboot Nation"

Situated between Gibsons and Sechelt is Roberts Creek, proudly referred to as "The Nation of Roberts Creek" by its residents (known as "Creekers"!) is a quiet, rural community with a comfortable mix of acreages and smaller properties, all with easy access to its numerous public beach areas, as well as being home to many talented artists and where the local "Roberts Creek General Store" still serves some of the best ice cream cones around!  The sense of community here is very strong - pedestrians, dogs and bicycles seem to take priority over vehicles, even on the main Roberts Creek Road and Beach Avenue (don’t worry, you’ll get used to it), while fabulous gardens, along with the natural vegetation and towering trees are proudly cared for by the local residents.  The beach and “finger” of land at the foot of Roberts Creek Road is just one of the many preferred “strolling spots” and also where the annual “Creek Daze” festival can be found in August and features, along with live music, arts/crafts, second hand book sales, loads of fun people, and the impressive “mandala” that, after a humble start some years ago, now involves some 500+ painters!  Don’t forget to check out the nearby Gumboot & Creekhouse Restaurants as well as some of the little shops.  A myriad of B&Bs, including suites, cottages and some very grandiose homes, are found here along with an enviable number of public beaches that make ideal locations for a picnic or to spend treasured time with that special someone...

Sechelt - "The Land Between Two Waters"

The village area of Sechelt is located on a very narrow strip of land that forms a bridge between the waters of Georgia Strait and the Sechelt Inlet, hence the name which in the local Shishalh language means "land between two waters".  Famous as the home of the progressive Sechelt Indian Band (and the first Native Band to create their own self government in North America), the annual "Festival of the Written Arts" and loads of public beach frontages and parks, Sechelt is considered by many as the "hub" and is in fact the geographical centre of the Lower Sunshine Coast.  The “downtown core” of Sechelt (referred to locally as “the village”) offers the charm & flavour of a small village, but has all the amenities of a town, including the newly-renovated and expanded St. Mary's Hospital (the only hospital in the area), two shopping malls, loads of shops and restaurants, the court houses, recreation centre and more.

Halfmoon Bay - "The Centre of the Universe"

The name "Halfmoon Bay" provides this area of the Sunshine Coast a romantic status and is a terrific place to raise a family, with affordable housing, loads of parks, trails, greenbelts and the massive Sargeant Bay Provincial Park (offering 142 hectares of hiking trails, creeks, lakes and oceanfront beaches), this peaceful curve in the coastline is home to a diverse community that includes Redrooffs, Welcome Woods, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and Wood Bay, and features residences nestled within numerous sheltered pockets along the shoreline and forested areas.  Trout Lake is a local favourite spot for freshwater fishing and Summer swims, while the Halfmoon Bay General Store, located near the North end of Redrooffs Road, with it’s proximity to the government, is another terrific spot to spoil yourself with an ice cream treat or just to sit on the dock and enjoy the setting...

Pender Harbour - "The Venice of the North"

Pender Harbour is an inlet on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, on the east side of Malaspina Strait. “The Harbour” is an intricate grouping of bays and coves that encroach inland for five kilometers and provide over sixty kilometers of shoreline. Once a stop for steamships, a fishing village, and an important logging and medical waypoint, it is now an unincorporated community within the Sunshine Coast Regional District.  The Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of islands, coves, lakes and reefs that can cause directional confusion even amongst its residents with all the twisting roads, giving the area its name; "The Venice of the North”.  Pender Harbour includes Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay and Irvine’s Landing, all centred around the waters of Pender Harbour itself.  'Further to the North are Earl's Cove, Egmont and the famous Skookumchuck Narrows where you can hike in and marvel at the “ferocious tide changes” of Jervis Inlet!  The Annual May Day celebration, held the Victoria Day Weekend is a big event here, offering a parade, aerial fly-over, many games, craft and product displays, live music, outdoor bbq and more.  This event draws large crowds every year from all over the Coast, Powell River and the Lower Mainland. Other annual events are the annual Jazz Festival in September, the Mushroom Festival in October, Summer Sailing Regatta, Fall Fair, and several cultural festivals and art crawls.

 Call Bruce Lasuta and Ali Glencross to find out how you too can call this treasured location on the Sunshine Coast "Home"!