5485 Wharf Ave
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
About the Sunshine CoastExploration & Early Settlement
Things To Do
Population & Demographics
In 2009 Gary helped the District of Sechelt create three markers relating to the early exploration and development of the Sunshine Coast (see the news release here). A fourth sign was put up in July 2011.
Exploration & Early SettlementThe first European visitors to the area we now call the Sunshine Coast did not arrive until the 1790s when three maritime expeditions, two from Spain and one from England, explored the area:
Town ProfilesGibsons. Located close to the ferry terminal in Langdale, this is the town most people explore the first time they visit the Sunshine Coast. It features spectacular views of water and islands, and of the Sea-to-Sky mountains across Howe Sound. The older part of town, near the harbour and wharf, is a tourism centre that becomes very busy in the summer. Gibsons achieved lasting fame as the home of The Beachcombers television show which ran for 18 seasons (1972-1990). This show helped bring the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast to millions of people around the world. Gibsons is the winner of the prestigious 2009 LivCom award for most liveable community in the world with a population below 20,000.
Roberts Creek. This small community is known for the resolution of many of its residents — the so-called Gumboot Nation — to adopt healthy, organic lifestyles and to respect and protect the environment. It has become an increasingly popular spot to live since it is a quiet area conveniently located half way between the Gibsons and Sechelt business centres. The Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club is located here.
Sechelt. Sechelt is the largest town on the Sunshine Coast with over 8,000 residents and is the primary business centre. It is known as the land between two waters because the central village occupies a narrow isthmus that separates the open water of Georgia Strait from Sechelt Inlet to the north. The municipal district is quite large and includes the neighbourhoods known as Wilson Creek, Davis Bay, Selma Park, East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek, West Porpoise Bay, and West Sechelt. Sechelt has an airport (in Wilson Creek) and a seaplane harbour (on Porpoise Bay). For information on parks in the Sechelt area, go to the District of Sechelt's Parks, Playgrounds, Streetscapes & Green Spaces page.
Halfmoon Bay. This is a tranquil community located just northwest of Sechelt. People have been coming to Halfmoon Bay for almost a century to escape city life and enjoy the great outdoors. The original Redrooffs Resort which attracted many early visitors is long gone, but the kayaking, boating, and hiking opportunities remain — as does the Redrooffs name which now identifies the road that meanders along the picturesque Halfmoon Bay coastline below the main highway. Halfmoon Bay includes two major parks that are worth visiting: Sargeant Bay Provincial Park and Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park. For a summary of all parks in the area, see our Halfmoon Bay Parks page. For a summary of special events, see our Halfmoon Bay Special Events page.
Pender Harbour. This boater's paradise is known as the Venice of the North for its large collection of interconnected bays, coves, and islands. People come here to fish, scuba dive, sail, or to simply enjoy the great scenery. Pender Harbour is surrounded by several small communities, notably Madeira Park (the business centre), Garden Bay, and historic Irvines Landing. A little farther north is the ferry terminal at Earls Cove (the ferry here takes you to the Powell River area), the small community of Egmont, and the Skookumchuck Rapids.
Things To Do
Arts & CultureCheck out our interactive map of highlighted studios and galleries on the Sunshine Coast. These facilities are part of the Coast Cultural Alliance Purple Banner Tour.
Population and DemographicsThe BC Government fact sheet for the Sunshine Coast Regional District summarizes population estimates, age distribution information, personal taxation statistics, and labour force by industry for the Sunshine Coast.
The population of the entire Sunshine Coast area, according to the 2011 Canadian census, is 30,357. The populations of the two largest towns, Sechelt [fact sheet] and Gibsons [fact sheet], are 9,727 and 4,450, respectively.