When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
True to its name, the Sunshine Coast does enjoy a lot of sunshine! The Sunshine Coast is one of British Columbia's best-kept secrets, due to the fact that it is only accessible by BC Ferries, even though it is part of BC's mainland.
Gibsons is a picturesque town of artists, colourful fishing boats, quirky waterfront shops and friendly people.
Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park
Just a 45-minute drive from Gibsons, Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park is well worth the detour, because it has so much to offer! A host of outdoor activities are available to visitors including hiking, swimming, diving, canoeing and fishing.
Be astonished by the swell of creativity on the Sunshine Coast. Take guided tours of galleries and studios (www.suncoastarts. com/profiles/artworkstours): watch painters, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, glass blowers and Aboriginal artists at work. At Coast Raven Studio and Gallery, you can buy West Coast Native art directly from the artist!
Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park
This superb provincial park is about a 90-minute drive from Gibsons. If you are looking for a short and easy hike for the whole family, this is a great place to go. Skookumchuck is a Chinook First Nation's word meaning "strong water" or "turbulent water". The hiking/walking trail leads through the forest to a viewing area for the incredibly turbulent rapids of Skookumchuck Narrows.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Sushi bar Nagomi ($)
When you're in the mood for sushi, the creations of Japanese chef Hiro Funaki are sure to satisfy! If you feel like being outdoors, why not order your sushi to go? A picnic is always a good idea, especially in such beautiful surroundings! Open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays during summer from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
280, Gower Point Road, Gibsons / 604-886-2562 / www.sushibarnagomi.com
Smoke On The Water BBQ Shack ($$)
You shouldn't have any trouble finding Smoke on the Water: the succulent smell of smoked and barbecued meat and fish will lead you right to their door! The name is not just a nod to the famous song: the restaurant and its smokehouse are literally located right on the wharf, with a patio overlooking the colourful harbour. This restaurant is a must during your stay in Gibsons! Open Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
611 School Road, Gibsons / 604-840-0004 / www.smokeonthewaterbbq.ca
Sweetwater Bistro ($$$)
The mission statement of this oceanview restaurant is "Simple ingredients, served well"! Open Tuesday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
280 Lower Point Road, Gibsons / 604-884-2024
Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival
Date: June 21 to 23, 2019
Description: The Festival weekend is preceded by "Jazz Week", a full week of live music in local restaurants and other venues to promote the talented musicians of the Sunshine Coast. Attend 2 days of outdoor concerts and activities, and be sure to put on your dancing shoes for the evening performances!
Date: July 26 and 28, 2019
Description: Since 1969, Sea Cavalcade has been entertaining locals and visitors alike with a multitude of activities including an air show, a BBQ, races, live entertainment and fireworks.
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