Sunlight gleams through the trees as a man walks along the rocky shore.
Sunshine Coast Tourism/Matthew Massa

Explore the Trails: Big Tree Recreation Area

Big Tree is a 44-hectare (109-acre) Provincial Recreation Site managed by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. The park’s name isn’t a misnomer; this spot is home to a scattered grove of old-growth Douglas fir trees. One tree in particular—believed to be the largest existing tree on the Sunshine…

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Plan a Dog-Friendly Trip to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a dog (and dog lover's) paradise, with plenty of spots swim, forested paths to explore, and pet-friendly accommodations to stay in. Read on for ideas to help you plan your next family vacation to the Sunshine Coast—four-legged family members included​​. Etiquette Tips & Local…

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Explore the Trails: Marble Bay and Eagle Cove

Hiking in a new place is always an exciting prospect, but when it comes to a remote rural Gulf Island, it can be tricky to plan out your day. Texada Island is home to dozens of trails for hikers of all levels, but the infrastructure is notably minimal. That’s not to say trails aren’t maintained;…

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Explore the Trails: Valentine Mountain

Valentine Mountain offers one of the best views in the Powell River & qathet Regional District area. Here, you’ll ascend a very short uphill trail (less than one kilometre in length) that includes a set of wooden and rocky steps. At the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Historic Townsite…

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Explore the Trails: Soames Hill

Soames Hill is located just above Gibsons and only 3 kilometres (1.6 miles) away from the Langdale ferry terminal. You can conquer “The Knob” in approximately 40 to 60 minutes. There are two staircase options and three different viewpoints, so that can make a difference to the amount of time you…

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Waterfall Hikes on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is home to many beautiful waterfalls that can be spotted as you hike through the rainforest. While the best time to view most of them is during the spring thaw or after a large amount of rain, this can vary depending on the year and the specific waterfall. If you aim to do a…

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Explore the Trails: Smuggler Cove

Many people access this park as an all-weather anchorage near Secret Cove, but this park is also accessible by land with a 2 km (one way) trail from Brooks Rd off Highway 101. Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park offers hiking, swimming, kayaking, and picnicking. The trail in Smuggler Cove begins…

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