Sunshine Coast LifestyleLife on the Sunshine Coast revolves around the spectacular outdoor settings that surround you. Culture, adventure and relaxation are your neighbours and breathtaking nature is your home.
By seaTo the west, the Pacific Ocean is a playground for boaters, sailors, kayakers and beach gazers. The Strait of Georgia—a picturesque waterway passing between the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island—is widely acknowledged as one of the best boating grounds in the world. It is the ideal jumping off point for day trips to the countless harbours, coves and seaside hamlets that make up the Gulf Islands, and the more adventurous are perfectly poised to sail through Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, the San Juan Islands and beyond.
Closer to home, kayakers can launch from beaches all along the coast or set off from their own docks. Within half an hour you can leave the world behind and be in your own tranquil world.
From the shoreline, your outlook is just as good. Dense pine forests give way to sandy beaches, which in turn melt into the sparkling blue of the Pacific. Off in the distance, you can catch glimpses of the coastal mountains of Vancouver Island punctuated by transient Killer whales and porpoises making their way through the strait.
By landThe Sunshine Coast’s diverse and talented residents have produced a vibrant cultural life. Stop in at the local galleries after shopping for dinner at the farmer’s market or treat yourself to the freshest seafood on the coast at a number of seaside restaurants. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, check out jazz festivals, the outrigger races, the Festival of Written Arts and dozens of other local events.
With more sunny days than Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and average temperatures between 10-20 degrees, golfers have year round access to the Sunshine Coast and Sechelt golf & country clubs—two challenging and beautiful courses—as well as several smaller courses.
Hikers are spoiled for choice with paths ranging from the challenging Soames Hill and Mt Elphinstone trails to the more leisurely but spectacular hike up Mount Daniel.
Life on the sunshine coast also means that you are only a ferry ride away from Vancouver, the cultural capital of the Pacific Northwest. You can enjoy world-class theatre, art, shopping and dining and still be home for dinner.