Sunshine Coast Trail
Experience Canada’s longest hut to hut hiking trail.
Located in the Powell River area, the Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail. It stretches over 180km of beautiful landscapes that range from coastal shorelines and old growth forests to pristine lakes and panoramic mountaintops. The trail provides hikers with the opportunity to experience Powell River’s breathtaking backcountry with its rich fauna and flora. Perhaps the best part of all is that it’s free (though if you’re planning to use local trails, please consider donating to local trail groups so that they can continue their excellent work).
If you aren’t ready to tackle the whole trail, there are many access points allowing hikers to explore smaller sections—otherwise this is one extraordinary multi-day hiking trip. Huts dot the trail at stunning locations and make for a diverse day hike, or a secure overnight experience. For hiking guides, trip planning, maps, and more, visit sunshinecoasttrail.com.
The Sunshine Coast Trail stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound all the way down to Saltery Bay. There are currently 15 huts along the trail that are “first-come, first-sleep." Many have surrounding tent sites nearby, just in case. Three of the higher elevation huts are also winterized, making the Sunshine Coast Trail accessible year around.
Looking to do a smaller hike? You can try sections of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Here are some suggested routes:
Mount Troubridge | Mowat Bay | Confederation Lake | Wednesday Lake | Trinket Trail | Fairview Bay | Appleton Canyon | Manzanita Hut | Inland Lake