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Turn Your Ferry Wait
into a #FerryWin!

Words by: Maya T.

Summer is in full swing, and we all know what that means right? ...epic tan lines, melted ice cream-faced children (or adults!), wicked festivals, rope swings, bonfires at the beach, and... ferry waits. Let's be honest, waiting at a hot ferry terminal is not necessarily the most enjoyable part of your next trip to the Sunshine Coast. But, never fear! With a dash of creativity, a pinch of imagination, a stomach satisfying treat or two, and a bit of patience (okay, a lot of patience!), you can turn that ferry wait into a ferry win. Here are our suggestions to get your trip started right with a #FerryWin!

Ferry Win #1 - Get caffeinated

If you recognize the importance of staying awake at the wheel, then you are going to love the caffeinated options the ferry terminals offer. If you are coming from the Vancouver direction and find yourself at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, be sure to head down and check out the village in Horseshoe Bay for a veritable medley of coffee and delicious snacks and drinks.  Many of the other Sunshine Coast terminals have yummy treats as well, but it's never a bad idea to pack a snack bag, and have your own picnic while waiting!

Ferry Win #2 - Reconnect with your travel partners

A ferry wait is a perfect opportunity for laughter and connection with your fellow vagabonds. Why not use this time to play some games like “20 questions”, “Never Have I Ever”, and “If you could…”. You have probably heard of the first two games, but here is a quick rundown of the third: “If you could…” is simply a fill in the blank game. You take turns asking each other “If you could” questions, such as “If you could only eat one kind of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” or “If you could only choose one word to say for the rest of your life what would it be?”. Let the games begin!

Ferry Win #3 - Enjoy the greenspace!

One of the biggest bonuses of the ferry terminals is that each one has a great greenspace to act as a little oasis away from the sauna that your car has probably turned into. Pack a blanket or a towel and check out the grasslands, or explore the piers and beaches located at a few of the terminals. Chances are you don’t want to spend the entire wait time in your car, so the greenspaces provide the perfect opportunity to get out, stretch your legs, and enjoy the fresh air!


Ferry Win #4 - Make last minute additions to your travel plans

Now, chances are that if you have already made the conscious decision to travel to the Sunshine Coast, you probably already have some plans made. Areas you want to visit, restaurants you want to eat at, or places you want to stay. But if you find yourself stuck in the ferry line on the way to your adventure, why not take the time to put together an actual vacation bucket list! Or, if you have just finished your vacation and are waiting to head home, then this would be the perfect time to compile a list of all the things you didn’t get to do and would like to the next time you come. To help tickle your bucket list brain waves, here are a few of the favourite excursions the Sunshine Coast offers:

 •Visit beaches….all the beaches! Not only is the Coast hugged by the ever loving and affectionate Pacific Ocean, but it also houses a huge multitude of pristine lakes perfect for families…or those who are looking for perhaps a slightly warmer aquatic experience.

•Adventure outside. Regardless of season, the Sunshine Coast is a mecca of play. Whether you prefer diving with the fishies or cruising on a bike, guaranteed there is something here to keep you occupied to your hearts content! 

•Try something new. The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer that is unique to the area, or maybe something you have always heard of but never tried. Ever taken a burlesque class? Yep, we have that here. Ever night paddled in bioluminescence? Yep, got that too. How about taken a ride on a float plane? No, never done that? Well you’re in luck, because we got that too! C’mon, be wild and crazy! You know you want to.

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Ferry Win #5 - Get out the camera

Half the fun of going on vacation is making all your friends and family jealous by posting killer photos. It’s not hard in this corner of the world to capture that stunning shot, and each terminal is photogenic in its own right. Waiting for the ferry is the perfect time to grab a terminal selfie or prep your gear for that top deck photo of a lifetime.

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Ferry Win #6 - Relax!

Whether you're at the start of your trip or the end, you might as well take those few extra minutes (or hours...) to just sit back and relax.
• Be crafty – ie. Bring something to keep your hands busy. Knitting, sewing, rubiks cube.
• Read a book – you’re on vacation, so you have no excuse not to read that book that has been sitting on your nightstand far too long
• Get a tan – hey, there are no rules that say you can’t lay on the top of your car and get some rays
• Write a note, or letter – as much as I am sure your friends love getting emoji laden texts, why not bring back the tradition of sending postcards from your travel destinations
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Hopefully this was at least a little helpful for all you travelling spirits. May the wind be at your back, or in your sails, or shoving the ferry along just as fast as that little engine could. Share your #FerryWin with us:
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A Sunny Disposition at the
Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival

Words & Photos: Maya T.

Creek Big Band

You know how the saying goes: “Sun’s out, drums out….unless it’s pouring rain in which case the drums are out anyways but accompanied by a whole plethora of other musical devices”. What’s that? That’s not how the saying goes? Sorry, you have been tragically misled then, because I’m pretty sure that’s what they say. At least, that’s what everyone who braved the rain to attend the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival would say.

The sound of jazz music could be heard streets away as I parked my car and proceeded to stroll down to the festival dressed like a Bering Sea fisherman trying to hold my umbrella in one hand and taking pictures with the other. I was pleased to see that despite the less than ideal weather the turnout for the event was actually quite good. This can only be a reflection of the immense talent to make an appearance, and innate ability of that smooth, sexy saxophone to lure in even the fair-weather ducks. 

I arrived just as the group called Silk Road Music – an inter cultural mix of styles – was finishing up their performance on the main stage. Their eclectic and truly sound of Chinese, Spanish, and Jazz music was the perfect entrance as I was met by an excited and crowd of people all huddled together out of the rain under various tents. Everyone took turns attending to the vital job of poking the undersides of the tents to ensure the accumulating puddles of water didn’t douse any people (or instruments!) with an unwanted shower. Thankfully we had a few stilt walkers to keep an eye on the skies, and provide a truly authentic Sunshine Coast feeling. 

Elphi Jazz Band

Also on the main stage was the Daniel Brubeck quartet. Name sound familiar? Well, that’s because Daniel’s father, Dave Brubeck, is one the most famous and well-known jazz musicians of his time. Turns out, like-father like-son, because Daniel and his group turned out to be quite the crowd-pleasers! Watching a musician become so enthralled in their craft that they stop playing the music and the music starts playing them is one of my favourite sights to behold, and such was the case for all members of the Danial Brubeck quartet. For the entire time they held the stage it was like the rain didn’t exist. All that existed was the sweet rhythm…

Speaking of the music playing the musician, I have perhaps never seen this so personified as when I watched The Carnival Band take the stage. I am inclined to believe that the rain only came down harder during their performance because it wanted to be closer to the magic. I was lucky enough to attend their concert at the Legion later that night as well, and all I can say is that what I saw there that night is life at its fullest, in as many forms as there were feathers on the boa of the trombone player.  The evening concluded with the best surprise I could have never imagined. The extraordinary sousaphone player allowed me the honour of playing the final song with the band, the ultimate highlight!
Carnival band

The final day of the festival saw the sky clear up and the crowd grow in numbers. Visitors and locals - including a few furry friends - showed up with their lawn chairs to lounge on the hillside overlooking the marina while the Creek Big Band and their special guests “Definitely Diva” serenaded the eager audience.  The sweet harmonies of the Divas, accompanied by the ever-lovely and talented Big Band, had the crowd bumpin’ in their loungers.  So, despite the deluge and the tent puddles and the dangerous wildlife, the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival was a raving success. All of the invited musicians had the well-deserved chance to showcase their immense talent, and it was apparent that their audience was supremely grateful. This is what I love about music. It doesn’t care what you look like, where you come from, what colour your rainboots are or whether your idea of dancing is simply running around with a grand ole smile on your face. Music erases the differences between us.

The Sunshine Coast is a vibrant destination, and there is always something new and exciting to experience. You can drive five minutes down the highway and see something completely different. And at events such as the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival, you can walk five seconds in the other direction and hear something, see something, experience something different. So whether you are a local, a visitor, or a member of the local wildlife, be sure to check out the many events the Coast has to offer! Memories await you. 

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Picture Blog: Sunshine Coast Weekend

A weekend on the Sunshine Coast of BC can take many forms, but my favourites usually involve good friends, sunshine, water, trees, yummy food and delicious beer.  Here's a quick photo blog to share some of that Coastal goodness! 

Fresh off the ferry on a Friday afternoon, the first order of business is sunset paddleboard session off Davis Bay.  We rented paddleboards from Alpha Adventures who delivered them to the beach for us.

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Our sunset paddle made for growling stomaches, so we followed up with dinner at the Gumboot Restaurant in Roberts Creek & a tasty beer from one of the Sunshine Coast's craft breweries, Townsite Brewing. (Photo courtesy Townsite Brewing)

The next day was the perfect day to hike to Skookumchuck Narrows.  Though our timing didn't work out to view the rapids at their finest, the inter-tidal life and scenery was nonetheless spectacular.
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All good visits to the Sunshine Coast should involve sunsets, in my humble opinion.  Rarely a disappointment, and most often a breathtaking delight. 

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Whether for a quick getaway or a month long stay, the Sunshine Coast is a place to unwind, relax, and reconnect; with friends, with nature, and often the most needed--with yourself.  

Need help planning your trip to the Sunshine Coast?  Have a poke around the rest of this site for places to stay, things to do, and how to get here.   Lastly, share with us using #sunshinecoastbc.  Happy travels!





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