The Canadian Sunshine Coast - Gibsons

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The ferry ride over

The British Columbia Sunshine Coast is a string of towns just 40 minutes away from Vancouver.  It's a great place for all things outdoors with all kinds of beaches, trails, lakes, hikes, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife and all the usual Canadian Pacific scenery. 

Gibsons, one of the bigger towns and right at the start of the Coast, was where the T.V. show The Beachcombers was filmed.  The cafe Molly's Reach from the show is now a restuarant with pictures of the cast all over.  The Persephone (the main character's boat) sits just across the lane on the corner of Gower Point Road, which is home to art galleries, restaurants, cafes and all kinds of little shops. 

Some activities in Gibsons would be hiking Soames Hill (the big one you see from the ferry), kayak to Keats Island, spend some time in Lower Gibsons.

Downtown Vancouver hiding somewhere in the distance
  Lower Gibsons is a nicer area, lots of restaurants, the wharf and marina, the library, Holland Park, Winegarden Park, Dougall Park, Inglis Trail, the Bluff, and other things to check out.

Gibsons also has a beach for just about anything.  If you want a quiet place to sun tan and go for a dip if you get too hot, there's Soames beach, if you want to cliff jump, Pebbles beach has spots named Chickens Nest, Crows Nest and Eagles Nest on the cliff beside the nice smooth pebbled beach.  Bonniebrook beach is nice to walk along in the evening, Hopkins has a dock to jump off.

Gibsons has some good places to eat too.  For breakfast I like the Gumboot Cafe or Molly's Reach.  Molly's is also good for lunch, so Smitty's Oyster House just below it and Gramma's Pub right beside them too.  For dinner there's the Blackfish Pub and Leo's, but my favourite is a place called Sita's Spag Shack.

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The ferry ride over
The ferry ride over
Downtown Vancouver hiding somewher…
Downtown Vancouver hiding somewhe…
Lower Gibsons from Keats Island
Lower Gibsons from Keats Island
The haunted tug
The "haunted" tug
photo by: jordanmichael