The Sunshine Coast is part of the lower mainland and although some people think of it as an island, it is a peninsula. It can be accessed from Vancouver by ferry or by plane. The population centers around Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. There are a number of smaller communities located along the coast. 

The weather is mild all year long with warm but not hot summers and cool but not cold winters. Numerous opportunities for shopping exist ranging from quaint small shops in Gibsons to the mall in Sechelt. Be sure to check out what Roberts Creek has to offer for shopping and eating. Many artists and crafters live and work on the coast and many have shops in their homes open to the shopping visitor. 


Gibsons is the town centre closest to where the BC Ferry arrives in Langdale from Vancouver. In 2009 it was named the most livable community with a population of less than 20,000. The current population is about 4,000. 


Sechelt is the largest centre on the Sunshine Coast with a population of about 8,500. It is between Howe Sound and the Georgia Straight. There is an airport nearby as well as a float plane dock for easy access to Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Pender Harbour

Pender Harbour is a smaller population area on the coast. It is primarily a residential and recreational community with a population that increases in the summer. A number of unique community events are held throughout the year including the Pender Harbour Garlic Festival and the annual Jazz Festival.

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