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Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,765

MODERATE | SMALL GROUP TOURING: A wonderful summer adventure from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast, 180 km of paradise which is only accessible by ferry, boat, or plane. Stretching from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, hugging the Georgia Strait, it is dotted with quaint but vibrant seaside communities and offers lush wilderness areas to reconnect with nature. This trip is all about short hikes, leisurely sightseeing and checking out local breweries. Admire the picture-perfect Willingdon Beach trails or discover the rush and roar of the Skookumchuk Tidal Rapids, all the while enjoying languid long summer days.


This 5-day adventure departs from Vancouver and travels north from Howe Sound up to Desolation Sound, exploring the sunny coast of the Georgia Strait. You’ll find tranquility in seaside communities like Sechelt and Powell River, contrasting against the adventure of Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids and the many hiking paths of the Sunshine Coast Trail. This trip includes a mix of private and small group tours.

Your summer adventure begins in Vancouver, where you’ll meet for a quick briefing then be on your way to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. Enjoy those ocean views on your 1.5-hour water transfer, where you’ll dock in Langdale for lunch and a short drive to the peaceful village of Sechelt. After a guided walk around town, you’ll have free time for the rest of the evening, giving you the option to bask in the final rays of the day at sunset and find a cozy spot for dinner. After a good night’s sleep, have a calm breakfast at one of the many cozy cafes around town and meet your group as you set off for a scenic coastal drive towards your next stop on the list. But not so fast, as you’ll stop for several photo ops along the way to take in breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and waters below.

After a 1-hour cruise from Earl’s Cove Terminal to Saltery Bay and a short drive along the Strait, you’ll arrive in the historic town of Powell River. As the Sunshine Coast’s largest community, Powell River has a strong art and cultural scene, making it an essential stop in combination with its stunning landscape and plethora of outdoor activities. After lunch, you’ll explore town with your leader, ending up on the picturesque Willingdon Beach Trail. You can frolic around in the sand, or freshen up at your hotel as you head off to a beer-tasting experience at a local brewery with your fellow globetrotters, perhaps ending the night off with some new friends. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep, as the next morning will begin early.

Grab breakfast and catch the sunrise if you’re an early riser, or show up just on time at 8am if that’s more your style as you meet the group for a 3-hour hike along the Sunshine Coast Trail. You’ll traverse lush rainforests and feel the power of several ancient waterfalls as you and your group take on a small section of one of Canada’s longest hut-to-hut trails. Don’t forget to bring a picnic with you, allowing you to enjoy an open-air lunch in an unforgettable verdant setting. After returning to Powell River, you’ll have free time to browse indie boutiques, peruse art galleries, visit a distillery, or kayak on the Georgia Strait.

After your last breakfast before the road, you’ll be on your way by 9am in a private vehicle back to the ferry. Switch things up this time with a detour to Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids for a two-hour guided hike through the rainforest, where if you're lucky enough, you’ll be able to spot the tides changing along with the rapids. It only happens twice per day, so hope for the best and perhaps you’ll even be able to spot a rare surfer on the water, riding out a single wave. You’ll have time to check out a local eatery before leaving for the town of Gibsons, so fuel up for your last full day of adventure. Explore the way you like in Gibsons, whether it’s learning some Indigenous and maritime history at the local museum or taking a stroll up Soames Hill for a sweeping harbour view, both of which can be washed down with a drink at a local brewery. Don’t spoil your appetite though, as Gibsons has no shortage of freshly caught Pacific salmon served up at its establishments.

Snap your final photos of the harbour as you depart at 11am for Langdale for the return ferry, breathing in the fresh air that blows across the Strait one last time. Prepare to be back on the city streets of Vancouver where the tour comes to an end in Granville Square by 4pm, just in time for a drink or to make dinner reservations. Perhaps you’ll want to stay a few more days to explore with your newfound travel buddies, or make your way back to the airport if you’re eager to share all your memories with loved ones back home!

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,765

Itinerary

Day 1

Vancouver to Sechelt

Today is an early start, meeting at Granville Square, located right by Waterfront Station at 8:30 am for your welcome meeting. After your briefing, depart in a private vehicle towards Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal for a 1.5-hour transfer to Langdale. Back on land, grab some lunch and take a 30-minute drive to tonight’s stop in sleepy Sechelt. Once you are all checked in, head out on a leader-led walk around town, then perhaps catch the sunset by the sea. With a free evening tonight, you may wish to gather your group and head out for a meal. Be sure to ask your group leader for their favourite picks. It’s very important you meet your group leader and fellow travellers on time this morning at the departure point – read the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ on your Essential Trip Information for further details. Overnight Sechelt

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Powell River

Grab breakfast from one of the many cafes around town before departing with your group mid-morning for Powell River. Hit the road along Canada’s Sunshine Coast for an hour-long scenic drive that hugs the coastline and offers up some gorgeous and serene views. Stop for photos along the way, then board a ferry from Earl's Cove Terminal for a 1-hour cruise to Saltery Bay. After another 30-minute drive, arrive in the historic town of Powell River – your base for the next couple of nights. Grab yourself some lunch then join your leader on a stroll around town and along the picture-perfect Willingdon Beach Trail. Afterwards, freshen up at your hotel, then join a beer-tasting experience (with some light dinner) at a local brewery. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers. Overnight Powell River

 

Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Powell River

Rise and shine, and be sure to get some breakfast, before heading off at around 8 am for a 3-hour hike along the Sunshine Coast Trail. Your hike takes you through verdant rainforests and past several tall waterfalls. It’s one of Canada’s longest hut-to-hut trails, but you and your small group only cover a small section. Opportunities to take panoramic shots of the mesmerizing scenery are plentiful. Bearing in mind that you are not going to be back in town until around 1 pm, it’s wise to bring some snacks with you this morning. The afternoon is at your leisure, and you’re free to keep exploring at your own pace. Perhaps try your hand at kayaking on the Georgia Strait, browse some local shops or test out the many breweries and distilleries around town. Overnight Powell River

Day 4

Gibsons

Enjoy breakfast before you hit the road again by 9 am. Head south in your private vehicle and take the same ferry crossing back to Earls Cove. This time, however, you can enjoy a slight detour to Skookumchuk Tidal Rapids for a 2-hour leader-led hike in a lush rainforest. You might even be lucky to catch the tides changing along the rapids, which is quite a sight twice daily. Afterwards, find a local eatery to refuel with your group then head towards the small town of Gibsons by 3 pm. This afternoon is free for you to explore. Perhaps visit a brewery or local museum or take a short walk up Soames Hill for wonderful harbour views. Tonight, your leader will offer an optional dinner with the group to celebrate your time along Canada’s Sunshine Coast. Gibsons has some fantastic seafood establishments if you’d like to try some freshly caught Pacific fish. Overnight Gibsons

Duration1 Night
Day 5

Vancouver

Depart Gibsons by 11 am and make your way to Langdale for the return leg of your 1.5-hour ferry ride across to Horseshoe Bay and onwards to Vancouver. Your arrival is scheduled for around 4 pm at Granville Square, where the tour ends. Make your own way to Vancouver International Airport or check into a hotel if you plan to extend your stay in Vancouver.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2022

  • May 29
  • June 19
  • July 10, 31
  • August 21
  • September 11

2023

  • May 28
  • June 18
  • July 9, 30
  • August 20
  • September 10


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Transport by private vehicle and ferry
  • Sechelt - Leader-led Walking Tour
  • Powell River - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Powell River - Leader-led Willingdon Beach Trail Walk
  • Powell River - Brewery Beer Tasting
  • Leader-led Sunshine Coastal Hike
  • Leader-led Skookumchuk Tidal Rapids Hike


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrance fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


11 Sep 2022
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