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The Sunshine Coast is made up of diverse areas and at only 139 km (87 miles) long, each area is easily accessible creating endless possibilities just waiting to be discovered. Coast lifestyle embraces the love of the great outdoors so whether you love the water, land or both, there is never a shortage of things to do…There is truly something for everyone!
Lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast of BC Canada
Sailing & Boating the Sunshine Coast is absolutely breathtaking… it is one of the most enjoyable aspects of coast lifestyle. There is endless shoreline, bays, coves and inlets to explore. The most popular areas are the Sechelt Inlet with the Skookumchuck Rapids, a natural wonder with currents reaching up to 16 knots; the Princess Louisa Inlet with steep granite walls and majestic snow capped peaks creating 60 waterfalls during summer melt; and BC’s oldest and largest marine park, Desolation Sound, has 60 km (37 miles) of shoreline, several offshore islands, numerous protected bays and is simply picturesque!

Sea Kayaking the Sunshine Coast is exceptional with plenty of protected and exposed areas. From day trips and overnight stays in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park and Sechelt Inlet, to the peace and tranquility of marine parks, to exploring the nooks and crannies of countless beaches and coves, to island hopping up and down the coast, to the open waters of Desolation Sound, you will not find a better paddling experience.

White Water Kayakers from around the world come to play in the challenging Skookumchuck Rapids with powerful currents, standing waves and whirlpools – experience a must!

Canoeists will enjoy the 32 lakes found within the Powell River Region, all offering varied backcountry settings. For a more challenging adventure, canoe the chain of lakes forming the Powell Forest Canoe Route. This renowned circuit has become recognized as one of the more significant paddle routes, right up there with Bowron Lakes in the Cariboos. It winds through 8 lakes, rivers and creeks with well maintained portage trails covering 79.7 km (49.5 miles) of waterways and 10.7 km (6.6 miles) of portaging taking 5-7 days to complete.

Scuba Diving allows you to access the Sunshine Coasts most spectacular views. Scuba Diving Magazine rates the Sunshine Coast as some of the world’s best cold water diving and it rates the Sechelt Inlet as one of the world's top 20 recreational dives. The Upper Sunshine Coast is ‘Canada’s Dive Capital’…in fact, Jacques Cousteau claimed Powell River’s emerald waters were “second only to the Red Sea”. With more than 100 unique dive sites attracting divers from around the world, it deserves being known as the premier dive site of North America’s West Coast. Year round access offers all levels of diving.
Lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast of BC Canada
Fishing is a popular past time on the coast combining the best of salt and fresh water worlds. Mild climate and protected waters provide anglers year round fishing. Powell Lake has prize winning Cut-throat, Kokanee and Rainbow Trout.

Wind Surfing has become very popular at Douglas Bay, south of Powell River.

Water Sports offer endless hours of fun and entertainment at Powell Lake…water skiing, wake boarding, catamaraning, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and of course swimming…to name just a few.

Hiking trails of all abilities cover the Sunshine Coast and offer exploration of shorelines, coastal rainforests, cedar forests and alpine peaks and valleys. The infamous Sunshine Coast Trail rivals The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island and is considered a ‘hike of a lifetime’ stretching 180 km (112 miles) through some of the most beautiful scenery from Saltery Bay to the world famous Desolation Sound Marine Park. Numerous access points and choice of levels and duration offer something for everyone. Powell Lake is surrounded by hiking trails running along the shores and stretching up the mountains... The Sunshine Coast Trail runs right along side Powell Lake Estates.

Golf enthusiasts love the Sunshine Coast for its year round greens. On the Lower Sunshine Coast, play 18 holes surrounded by a coastal rainforest at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club – the oldest course on the coast is as beautiful as it is challenging. The Sechelt Golf & Country Club offers views of the Sechelt Inlet and mountains around its 18 holes – the longest on the coast at over 6,550 yards. The Pender Harbor Golf Course is nestled amongst the mountains with 9 holes magnificently groomed and located next to some of the areas prettiest lakes. On the Upper Sunshine Coast, play 18 holes on Myrtle Point Golf Club’s championship course designed by Les Furber – a wonderfully scenic treat nestled in the shore of Malaspina Strait and carved out of the foothills of the Coast Mountains. The Nootka Dunes Golf Course is a well designed 9 hole course with 2,100 yards of subtle elevation. The Glenrosa Golf Course has 9 holes offering wide fairways that are forgiving to those new to the game and raised greens to challenge the experienced player.
Lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast of BC Canada
Mountain Biking trails cater to both the casual rider and the challenged full suspension rider. The Lower Sunshine Coast has 100 plus trails stretching from Langdale to Halfmoon Bay.  The Upper Sunshine Coast is known for some of the best mountain biking in BC. Both areas have well marked trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. For those looking, there are plenty of drops, teeter totters, jumps, skinnies and A-frames.

Road Cyclers can cycle from ferry to ferry and make it all the way to Lund enjoying fabulous scenery the entire way! There are plenty of bike friendly routes other than the busy highway... many of which have coffee shops, local artisans and unique landscapes.

Rock Climbing is evolving into a climbing mecca in the Eldred River Valley, near Powell River. Range of challenging climbs (smallest 900 meters/2,952 feet) with a variety of difficulty.

Sea Walks along the beach, pier or marina, offer a casual way to explore any time of day and it never fails to reward you with spectacular ocean views, sunrises or sunsets! Watch marine life, collect shells, treasure hunt or simply chill on the beach.

Horseback Riding is popular and you can get up to elevations of 548 meters (1,800 ft).

Bird Watchers must visit Ruby Lake as its home to over 82 species of bird.

Camping is available year round. You can pitch your tent in the wilderness or hook your RV up to sites filled with amenities. Many sites are located on shorelines close to recreation access.

Artisans calling the Sunshine Coast home have made it one of Canada’s most densely populated artist areas. Plenty of studios and galleries feature blown glass, stained glass, pottery, metal works, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, wood carvings, jewellery and textiles. The Coast is home to several festivals throughout the year so there is usually something going on every weekend involving writers, plays, concerts, film festivals, dance recitals, art exhibits or local musicians of all genera’s. Powell River’s open air market from Spring to Fall is a great way to find local crafts and produce while enjoying live performances.

Culture is displayed in many Sunshine Coast Galleries. The Malaspina Exhibition Centre stimulates and encourages all forms of art in Powell River. The Powell River Historical Museum & Archives showcases the area’s history with its first settlers, the Sliammon First Nations, to Western Canada’s first paper mill. The Powell River Historic Townsite is beautifully preserved and retains its early 20th century appearance. In 1995, it was designated a National Historic District - the oldest sector dates from 1910. The Patricia Theatre has been showing movies in its present location since 1928…laying claim to the longest continuously operating movie theatre in Canada. This architectural gem is currently being restored and it’s a great example of Powell River’s drive to revitalize its historic town.

Dining possibilities are endless in eclectic restaurants, cafes and pubs that dot the coast…most of them sit on the water’s edge with a one of a kind experience watching seals, floatplanes, fisherman, yachts and whatever else floats by. One of Powell River’s most popular restaurants, The Shinglemill Pub & Bistro, is built on a historic lumber mill site at Powell Lake – many historic photos of the area grace the walls. All seats have gorgeous views of the lake and boats coming and going.

Shopping is plentiful with lots of funky and eclectic shops scattered all over the Sunshine Coast featuring local artwork and numerous other treasures. Powell River has over 40 specialized shops with all the amenities you need.

Coast Winters offer plenty to do as many bike trails and fishing spots remain open and golfing is year round. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing is available up Dakota Ridge and Knuckleheads Recreation Park. Skating and hockey is found at the local rinks.

 
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