Posted by: cherylyoung | October 13, 2012

How many of you remember “The Beachcombers” , well the cast of the hit series may have changed but the scenery is still as breathtaking


Whether you start your journey from Vancouver or Vancouver

Island prepare for scenic overload as the ferry brings you to the

Sunshine Coast.

Then follow the highway that traces the coastline, being sure

to venture off to find the unique, tucked-away gems that

make this vacation wonderland a special experience.











When arriving from Vancouver, follow a meandering route

along Marine Drive past folksy cottages perched above

beaches to the scenic, seaside village of GIBSONS.

The picturesque harbour of the historic town may look familiar.

Yes, there is Molly’s Reach, the restaurant in The Beachcombers,

a CBC TV series that has recently been revived in two TV movies.

Glorious Gibsons has many allures, to mention a few:










Beach hop along Gower Point Road by car or bike to Bonniebrook.

Swim at Secret Beach, prowl the pebble shoreline at Ocean Beach

Esplanade, fly fish from shore, let the kids play and picnic.

In the rosy glow of the sunset, watch cruise ships heading to Alaska.

On a golden-lit summer evening, stroll the wharf and enjoy

“Music in the Landing.”

Other summertime events are the exciting International

Outrigger Canoe Races and the Fibre Arts Festival,

while in winter the harbour hosts carol ships.

Take in the harbour’s eclectic mix from classy yachts

to colourful dinghies.

Sign on with a charter to cast your line or learn to sail.

Poke into shops and galleries, jam-packed with paraphernalia.

Visit KEATS AND GAMBIER ISLANDS by passenger ferry,

or paddle or motor on your own to hike, cycle, laze on beaches

and, on Gambier, enjoy a B&B stay.

From Gibsons, Highway 101 leads you leisurely along to the

ROBERTS CREEK turnoff and its welcoming oceanfront.

Clustered around a beach and wharf are a few funky shops

and restaurants; charming cottages and posh homes can be

glimpsed among the greenery and gardens.

Its charms are varied:

Hang out at the general store, chat with locals and have

an ice cream cone.

Ask about August’s Creek Daze and the fall Mushroom Festival.

Relax on a driftwood bench and look out upon unparalleled

ocean scenery.

Glorious gardens can be seen along roadways, lanes or

bordering beaches.

Paddle off on a guided kayak excursion to catch the golden rays

of sunset or play in phosphorescence in the silver glow of the moon.

In winter book a guided snowshoe tour in the backcountry.

Dazzling DAVIS BAY is a sandy arc that hums with year-round


Its low-tide beach invites participation on a hot summer’s day

and its waterfront walk is perfect for off-season storm watching.

Spend time lapping up the friendliness of this small community.

Walk the shore-hugging path, rest on a bench and savour

the sunset; it’s one of the best spots on the Sunshine Coast to do so.

Take part in the sandcastle competi­tion in summer or be one

of the stalwart souls who plunge into chilly waters during

the Polar Bear Swim.

Whatever the season, there is a buzz about Davis Bay.

SECHELT, the Lower Sunshine Coast’s largest town,

is located between the Sechelt Inlet – a mountain-enclosed

inland sea – and the azure Pacific Ocean.

Its setting is as unique as its attractions are appealing.

The rich heritage of the Shishalh Nation is every­where.

Stop at the House of Hewhiwus and take a short walk

to admire ocean-facing totem poles.

Rockwood Lodge, a lovely heritage building surrounded

by gardens, where the annual Festival of the Written Arts

is held in August.

Also in August, car buffs arrive for the Sleepy Hollow Rod Run

and Show and Shine.

On Porpoise Bay, have lunch or a brew overlooking the water,

book a fishing, kayak or sightseeing charter, and catch a floatplane


Book a scuba diving charter to revel in underwater treats.

Golfers head uphill to find challenges and views.

Birding opportunities abound in every season.

Visit Sechelt Marsh on the Inlet and head to Sargeant Bay

for various sightings.

Hop on the bike saddle; there are more than 100 trails offering

groovy fat-tire challenges.

Continuing north is sleepy HALFMOON BAY, a sweeping curvature

of shoreline backed by greenery and accented by scattered

sandy beaches, shimmering cliffs and rugged, log-strewn pockets.

Visit the heritage general store; order lunch or ice cream.

Walk out on the wharf to watch fish­ing trawlers arrive

– take your camera!

Hidden from the highway, SECRET COVE is one of the

Sunshine Coast’s busiest marinas.

Even winter finds this sheltered harbour bustling with boats.

Take time to: Hop a water taxi to Thormanby Island for time on

a sandy beach.

In summer, dine overlooking the bustling marina.

In winter sail in – it will be a fine, blustery ride – and enjoy the

safe anchorage.







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