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Sunshine Coast Activities - Biking, Birding, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Kayaking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Sightseeing, Windsurfing.

Boating & Sailing:

sailing the sunshine coastExperience an unforgettable British Columbia West Coast wilderness adventure. We are "Where Adventure Meets Nature". View incredible BC Coastal Mountains onboard a 30' WellCraft Scarab. Experience the seclusion of Desolation Sound; Explore BC Coastal Inlets or the beauty of Powell Lake. Discover the history of the Coast Salish First Nations People and the European explorers such as; Captain George Vancouver. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife surrounding you, including whales, eagles, bears and seals. Discover your adventure today. On Texada, boaters will find unprotected anchorages in the many bays around the island. There is limited protected guest moorage at the Sturt (Marble) Bay boat harbour in Van Anda, on the Northeast coast of the island. Boat launch facilities are available at Shelter Point Park and Sturt Bay boat harbour. Pender Harbour, has a myriad bays, coves, and passages of Pender Harbour are convoluted but well protected, the only completely sheltered anchorage in the neighbourhood... its entrance is so obstructed by islets and shoals that it is somewhat difficult of access, unless in possession of local knowledge. At Gibsons, Learn to sail aboard our Northwest Class 21' vessel, Charters aboard the Islander class 39', are available for 2-4 people and up to six hours in length. There are Dinner Cruises, with a 4 hour sail and gourmet dinner for two - the perfect activity for a romantic getaway.

Sea Canoeing - Kayaking:

whitewater kayakingExplore the inlets and islands of the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Visit Thormanby Islands, Simpson Marine Park, Smugglers Cove, Secret Cove and plenty more. Or enjoy an evening and Full Moon paddles. Texada offers a multitude of little bays and coves that are just calling out to you to explore. In Pender Harbour, Canoers and kayakers in Pender Harbour can choose from peaceful paddling in the warm waters of a tranquil lake to heart-pounding excitement in raging tidal rapids. You'll see lots of wildlife— if you're lucky you might encounter a pod of killer whales or glimpse a cougar on the shore, as well as seals, otters, beaver and many types of birds are common. For the more avid or experienced paddler, every fall the Skookum Whitewater Challenge attracts extreme kayakers and thrill-seeking spectators to Egmont for some serious whitewater rodeo competition at the world-famous Skookumchuk tidal rapids. Powell River Forest Canoe Route, This renowned canoe route is one of Powell River's recreational jewels, encompassing 8 lakes, 48 miles of canoeing and 6.4 miles of portaging. Along the route you will find 20 recreation campsites, well maintained portages and conveniently located canoe rests. While you can start at either end, the best route is to begin at Lois Lake, thus avoiding the big climb from Powell Lake to Windsor Lake.

Diving & Watersports:

octopusSechelt has a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, offers gear rental, sales and service, all levels of training, daily boat charters to the Sechelt Inlet and Georgia Strait - known for their great year-round visibility and enormous amounts of sea life. The Coast has all types of dives for all levels of divers and is the final resting place of the HMCS Chaudiere, a 350' Destroyer sunk as an artificial reef in 1992. Texada, Hornby and Lasquiti Islands and nearby Powell River offer world-class diving opportunities. Powell River was named as 2004’s Best Overall Dive Destination in the World by Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine. According to Jacques Cousteau, the Strait of Georgia's cold waters and fantastic visibility offer the greatest diversity of marine life in North America and are "second only to the Red Sea." While year round diving can be enjoyed, many divers prefer the winter as the water temperature doesn't vary more than a couple of degrees below the summer temperatures but the clarity is so much better. Incredible corals, giant Pacific octopus, a rich diversity of different habitats and environments call the diver to experience some of the best diving in the world. Texada, one of the Gulf Islands has walls dripping with life. At Pender Harbour you can enjoy some of the best diving in British Columbia, and the province is known for some of the best diving in the world. Temperatures, mean temperature below 10 metres is about 9° C, summer and winter. Near the surface, in summer, the temperature may exceed 20° C but rarely drops below 7° C in winter. Visibility, 15-25 metres is usual, and up to 40 metres during the colder periods of the year. Visibility is occasionally obscured by algal blooms in summer, especially in small, shallow bays. The Powell River area is famous for more than 100 unique dive sites! Diving our West Coast water is a more challenging adventure than tropical diving. Our water temperature year round remains between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius (44 F) and demands the donning of thermal protection. In the winter a dry suit is the choice of most divers for warmth and comfort on multi-dive days.

Fishing:

on Texada, cast a fly for one of those delectable cutthroats especially at Bob's Lake and Angel Lake. Pender Harbour has been known as a saltwater fishing hot spot since the beginning of the 1900's salmon are pulled from its waters in record sizes and numbers, all year long. There are still lots of monster salmon here to give you bragging rights to compete with the pros. Try bottom-fishing for cod, flounder and snapper, or an afternoon with a fly rod on the shore of a local lake.

Golf:

golfGolf on the Sunshine Coast is an amazing experience. Towering firs and cedars line courses overlooking beautiful ocean vistas and breathtaking mountain ranges. Rolling hills and sloping greens make for challenging play. Mid-week quiet means you can slow the pace and enjoy nature's fabulous golf accompaniment. Four courses worth a mention are, Langdale Heights - 9 holes,

Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, Roberts Creek - 18 holes, Sechelt Golf & Country Club, Sechelt Inlet - 18 holes, Pender Harbour Golf Course - Nine holes with four tee boxes to allow 18-hole rounds. On Texada you can try the 9 hole course or spend some time on the putting green honing your skills.

Swimming:

on Texada, Gillies Bay make the beach at Shelter Point Park a great spot for a swim in their warm waters. In addition you could try Shingle Beach and other bays and coves. At Pender Harbour, most waterfront parks offer saltwater access, but locals generally favour the sheltered bay, easy access and sandy shoreline of Baker's Beach. Freshwater swimming is available too at, Garden Bay Lake, a table of large, smooth boulders at one end provides a picturesque lounging area near an anchored raft; further along, a sandy beach and small dock is a favourite summertime gathering spot. Katherine Lake, is a small, man-made lake and sandy beach at Katherine Lake Park is popular with visitors and local families alike. Ruby Lake, is a popular, busy spot you'll share the water with turtles, ducks and other inhabitants, not to mention the occasional canoe and motorboat further out.

Hiking:

on Texada, Shelter Point Regional Park offers some spectacular examples of BC coastal forest. A hike to the top of Mount Pocahontas (1,745 feet) will net some spectacular viewing opportunities: 360 degree views of Vancouver Island, Georgia Strait, and the Coast Mountain range on the BC mainland. A local hiking group, Texada Trekkers, welcomes visitors to join in guided hikes every Saturday.

Walking Tours:

hikersIn Gibsons, start at Molly's Reach, and take the steps down below the government wharf to the harbour walk. Right will take you past the harbour full of fishing boats and pleasure craft, and a bit of ingenuity (duck back up to the road where the path ends and look for the way back down) will take you to Gibsons Yacht Club. Turning left at the bottom of the stairs will take you along the waterfront with splendid views of the North Shore mountains and often a ferry making its way across the Sound. Clamber over the boat launch at Cole's Marine and continue along the path to Armour's Beach - a great summer swimming spot. Climb up the hill here and come back along Gibson's Landing's quaint main street. Explore the shops and cafes of Marine Drive, Molly's Lane (behind Molly's Reach) and Gower Point Road. In Sechelt, find the waterfront behind the condos at the foot of Inlet Avenue. The long pebble beach is a great place for swimming. Turn right on the path and walk along to Snickett Park, where huge rocks jut out over the sea and offer fabulous views of Trail Bay and the islands. This is an excellent place to watch a storm, as the waves crash and roar over the rocks and the whitecaps roll over the usually calm sea. From Snickett, turn up Trail Avenue to find Trail Bay Mall and Cowrie Street. Turn right on Cowrie to stroll through Sechelt's sunny centre and see what you can find.

Biking and Mountain Biking:

mountain bikeOn Pender a network of unofficial and informal, but well-maintained, mountain-bike trails exist on the Caren Range. The Caren Range looks down 1,000 feet to Pender Harbour, providing panoramic views of Texada Island and Vancouver Island on a clear day. Patches of old-growth forest and numerous ponds see a variety of wildlife, including Roosevelt elk and the rare marbled Murrelet. At the summit, you’ll find deep snow in winter which results in lush vegetation the rest of the year. For mountain bikes, most of the area is accessible by logging and mining roads. For Sechelt: Loraine & Brad Proctor, are avid mountain bikers and would love to show you the great off-road riding on the Sunshine Coast. Texada has many dirt roads and trails to explore by mountain bike. The Powell River area of the Sunshine Coast offers many challenging rides for off roads. The close proximity of forests to the town lets riders be on a trail within minutes. Whether you are looking for a nice family paced ride around the Inland Lake Provincial Park Trail or the challenge of the ever changing “North Shore” styled Tower Trail ...on the Sunshine Coast you can ride it all! Popular trails like Far Side Trail, Suicide Creek and Boogey's Trail make for awesome bike adventures. Even the most hard-core riders will find excitement and challenges as well as outstanding scenery in the backcountry forest trails.

Wildlife Viewing:

on Texada, Deer, birds and many other forms of wildlife abound, there are no predators such as cougars and bears on the island.

Bird Watching:

on Texada. as many as 265 species of birds including herons, eagles, loons, osprey, harlequins, cormorants and scooters, can be spotted here.

Winter Activities:

aaayyeeee!Winter in the Knuckleheads Recreation AreaLatitude: 49deg 56min North, Longitude: 124deg 9min West. (Topographic Map 92F/16). While well known for our fabulous Summers and mild year round climate, very few people know that the Sunshine Coast region also has an area where you can enjoy Winter activities. Tobogganing, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing are only a short distance from the major community of Powell River in the Knuckleheads Recreation Area. Located at an elevation of between 5500 and 5300 ft with the ridge extending in a westerly direction, the recreation area is approximately 3 miles by 2 miles (unofficial) of gently sloped terrain. The area is part of a provincial working forest, where a portion has been logged and replanted. The clear-cut areas and old logging roads are very suitable for winter activities including cross country skiing and snowshoeing with two cabins available to warm yourself during the day or for overnight stays. Snow Conditions, The elevation of the sub-alpine area falls within the Coastal Snow belt, snowfall begins around November and continues till May. The north slope of the range remains sheltered from the sun and snow can stay on the ground as late as June. Snow depth ranges from 10 to 16 feet during the peak season in January.

 
 
 
 
   
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