From world-class galleries, to festivals and musical sensations, you’ll never forget your Sunshine Coast experience. The Sunshine Coast is home to more artists per capita than any other Canadian region. With innovative style and welcoming personalities, our arts community comes to life before your very eyes. Our communities invite you to discover our culture and heritage. Visit our events calendar to see what cultural events are happening.
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The Sunshine Coast is one of the premier mountain biking regions in Canada. With year round riding and a labyrinth of trail systems, it's no wonder the Sunshine Coast has become a must-ride destination for racers and recreationalists alike. Road cyclists will be challenged by the 170+km Hwy 101. This scenic masterpiece weaves along the shoreline before giving way to the inland lakes near Pender Harbour. Don't be afraid to seek the road less travelled as there are countless mountain biking routes and trails. Your mini mountain bikers will love Sprockids Park with over 14 km (8.4 mi) of trails with jumps, downhill, teeter-bars and ramps. Most of the biking routes loop back to the park centre so riders can enjoy many trails.
The BC Bike Race travels the length of the Coast each July. So grab your bike and come 'Ride Where the Pros Ride'!
Click here for a list of biking tour operators, rentals and equipment sales.
Food is practically an art form on the Sunshine Coast. Our communities have a strong, collective sense of the power of good healthy eating and its effects on one's overall well being. Our talented culinarians pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients, with many using local and organic ingredients exclusively. And since we are along the coast, the plates often consist of the finest local seafood, including oysters, clams, salmon and prawns. Click here for our restaurant guide. Our Farmers Markets are renowned for fresh, local veggies, fruit, artisan breads and jams and much more. Be sure to pick up your copy of the Sunshine Coast Green Banner Local Food Directory at one of our Visitor Information Centres or at a Farmers Market. Over 80 listings to find local, sustainable and delicious food!
If your idea of relaxing is hitting the links the Sunshine Coast is a golfer’s haven. With an average 2400 hours of annual sunshine, it's easy to see why golfers love to play here (even in winter!). Grab your clubs and follow a golf trail along the Coast to seek out our very different and extremely scenic courses. Click here for golf courses.
Our majestic old growth forests, mountain and ocean vistas provide a stunning back drop for hikers to explore. From easy paths to intense trails, design your own trek from easy to extreme, half an hour to several days. Our Visitor Information Centres can help you plan your hike. The Sunshine Coast is home to the renowned Sunshine Coast Trail. The trail can easily be explored in smaller sections, or via one extraordinary multi-day hiking vacation! Shelters dot the trail at stunning locations and make for an interesting day hike, or a secure overnight experience.
Inland Lake Provincial Park - This 13 km, one-of-a-kind trail, loops around Inland Lake and is fully wheelchair-accessible. The circuit includes boardwalks, bridges, and a crushed limestone path.
Soames Hill – Conquering “The Knob” can be done in a short 40 minutes and don’t forget to leave some time for a water/snack break at the top and take in the stunning views of Gibsons Harbour, the coastal mountain range, and Vancouver Island.
Hidden Grove – “for hardy hikers and strollers too” Choose from a variety of trails from easy 15 minutes walks to more difficult hikes of 3-4 kms. For those with mobility concerns check out the “take it easy accessibly trail.”
The Suncoaster Trail – 37 km of nature starting at Earls Cove and making your way down to Homesite Creek in Halfmoon Bay. There are easy exit points along the way so with a little planning you can hike during the day and camp, enjoy a B&B or a resort in the evenings.
Other trails to Explore:
Langdale Creek Trail & Falls
The Mount Elphinstone Heritage Trails
Waterfall Trail Tramway Trail
Cliff Gilker Park
Lower Chapman Creek Trail
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park,
Sargent Bay Provincial Park Trail
Smuggler's Cove Hike
Halfmoon Fir Trail
Homesite Caves Trail
Pender Hill Trail
Mount Daniel in Garden Bay
Skookumchuck Narrows Park
Mount Steele Trail
Holly Branch Trail
Lang Creek Trail
Powell River Greenways Trail
Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking in an unspoiled and serene mountain setting with ocean vistas await you at Dakota Ridge, Tetrahedron Provincial Park and Knuckleheads Recreation Area. It's a snowshoe, cross country skiing, winter hiking, snowmobiling paradise, all yours to discover. Click here for tour operators and equipment rentals. Open year-round the Sunshine Coast Trail is 180 kilometers of pure winter hiking delight.
Looking to de-stress or just want to treat yourself, perhaps a spa day is just what you need; the Sunshine Coast is a spa-goer’s paradise. Relax and rejuvenate at one of our world-class spa’s, many spas offer treatments outside where you can see, hear and smell the ocean. Your whole body will thank you. Click here for a list of spas.
You're never far from water on the Sunshine Coast. Fishing, diving, boating, paddling, swimming or just dipping your toes into the Pacific Ocean. Because of its prime geographic location, the Sunshine Coast has many protected harbours, some with commercial marinas where you can dock your boat, get supplies, rent a boat or kayak, sign on for a fishing, sailing, kayaking or sightseeing excursion or enjoy a pub lunch. There are several parks and beaches with ramps from which to launch small boats.
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