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Port Mellon • Langdale • Gower Point • Gibsons • Roberts Creek • Wilson Creek • Davis Bay • Sechelt • Porpoise Bay • Sandy Hook • Tuwanek • West Sechelt • Halfmoon Bay • Secret Cove • Pender Harbour • Madeira Park • Garden Bay • Irvine’s Landing • Egmont • Earls Cove



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Port Mellon • Langdale • Gower Point • Gibsons • Roberts Creek • Wilson Creek • Davis Bay • Sechelt • Porpoise Bay • Sandy Hook • Tuwanek • West Sechelt • Halfmoon Bay • Secret Cove • Pender Harbour • Madeira Park • Garden Bay • Irvine’s Landing • Egmont • Earls Cove

Port Mellon • Langdale • Gower Point • Gibsons • Roberts Creek • Wilson Creek • Davis Bay • Sechelt • Porpoise Bay • Sandy Hook • Tuwanek • West Sechelt • Halfmoon Bay • Secret Cove • Pender Harbour • Madeira Park • Garden Bay • Irvine’s Landing • Egmont • Earls Cove


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Whether you are purchasing or renting, newcomers to the Sunshine Coast are always delighted with our basket of Community Information and gifts from participating local businesses.

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Explore Your New Community Transportation Short-Term Accommodation Residential Areas Coast Maps Lower Sunshine Coast Langdale & Gibsons Roberts Creek, Wilson Creek & Davis Bay Sechelt & West Sechelt Sandy Hook & Tuwanek, Halfmoon Bay Pender Harbour Egmont

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Early Coast History shíshálh Nation Life On The Coast Preparing To Move Working On The Coast

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The Property Market Assisted & Retirement Housing Renting a Home Buying a Home Building a Home Making Your House a Home

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Setting Up Your Home & Utilities Good Neighbour Guidelines Insurance Services & Financial Services The Green Scene In Case of Emergency Driver Services, Postal Services & Office Supplies

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY 62 Community & Recreation Centres Education Raising Children The Shopping Scene Health Care Senior Living & Volunteer Services Libraries & Local Government Pets & Pet Care

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Welcome to the

SUNSHINE COAST If it had been up to Harry Roberts,

Powell River region, including the areas

years, we hope to inspire readers to ex-

an eccentric and hardworking pioneer

of Lund, Saltery Bay and Desolation

perience the culture, lifestyle and nat-

who visited this area in the 1920’s (and

Sound. The Lower Coast, (the Sechelt

ural environment that make this area so

inspired Roberts Creek’s name), you

Peninsula), stretches from Howe Sound

special and proudly give voice to current

would be about to become residents

residents as well as local businesses that

have a real estate developer from Gibsons to thank for adding the “Coast.” But whatever the name, the natural and cultural environment are the real attraction to a community, though only 40 minutes from Vancouver, still seems a lifetime away from the “big city lifestyle.” Reached by ferry, float plane or water taxi, many mistake the Sunshine Coast for an island. In truth, the area is attached to a larger landmass that does not have road access, though does offer an extremely demanding six-day hike.

... we offer newCOASTER as a guide to aid you with your integration into the Sunshine Coast’s esteemed way of life.

of the “Sunshine Belt” – we apparently

to Jervis Inlet or Port Mellon to Egmont. newCOASTER Magazine highlights the

The Sunshine Coast is organized into

Lower Sunshine Coast and introduces

the Upper and Lower Coast, with a num-

you to various communities, businesses

ber of communities in between.

and attractions along this one-of-a-kind,

The Upper Coast, (also known as the

86-kilometre stretch of scenic coastline.

Malaspina Peninsula), constitutes the

Having lived on the Coast for over 30

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help shape this unique region. Whether your visit is temporary or permanent, we offer newCOASTER Magazine as a guide to aid you with your integration into the Sunshine Coast’s esteemed way of life.

Your first stop should include your local Visitor iting the Sunshine Coast Tourism website, www. Information Centre (listed below). The Centres Here you’ll find inforhave a wealth of information about attractions, mation about local attractions, a member busievents and general life on the Coast, plus friendly nesses directory and even wedding and business staff who are available to answer your questions.

retreat planning guides. Residents who want to stay on top of new ini-

Also, make sure to sign up with the Welcome

Wagon and have a basket of information, samples tiatives and developments can get in touch either and much more delivered to your door.

by phone, 604-740-6170, or through the website

Another fantastic resource is the Sunshine feedback form. Even if you are a new resident to Coast Tourism Association. Covering Langdale to the area, there are plenty of opportunities to get Lund, Sunshine Coast Tourism helps promote and involved enjoying and promoting tourism in your evolve the Coast’s tourism sector by communi- new community. cating with local, provincial and federal governments, residents and business owners. Start your Sunshine Coast experience - and find out about current promotions and news - by vis-


Information Centres

Gibsons Visitors’ Information Centre 417 Marine Drive, Gibsons 604-886-2374 Toll Free: 1-866-222-3806

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N AIR SERVICE Both float and ground planes offer an

Sechelt Visitors’ Information Centre 5790 Teredo Street, Sechelt 604-885-1036 Toll Free: 1-877-885-1036

Pender Harbour Visitors’ Centre 12895 Madeira Park Road, Madeira Park 604-883-2561 Toll Free: 1-877-873-6337

tive from which to view your new com-

ules are available at

munity on a flight-seeing tour.


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alternate way to travel to and from the

The Sunshine Coast Transit System,

Coast, often reducing travel time. Flights

which services a variety of routes in and

are approximately 20 minutes in the air

around Halfmoon Bay, Sechelt, Roberts

either directly to Vancouver Harbour

Creek, Gibsons, Langdale and the ferry

Sunshine Coast Transit also operates a

downtown or the South Terminal of Van-

terminal, offers single/return trip fares

handyDART service for people with dis-

couver Airport. Nanaimo and Victoria on

and daily and monthly passes for adults

abilities. The service picks up and drops

Vancouver Island are also about 20 min-

as well as special student and senior

off at accessible building entrances for

utes from Sechelt.

rates. Seniors must be 65+ and students

those who are pre-registered to use the

Local air service can also take you to

must be enrolled in full-time studies –

service. Passengers must call ahead to

various points on the Sunshine Coast

both must have valid identification. It is

book a trip. Call 604-885-6899 for book-

including Powell River, Egmont and

important to note that not all areas of

ings and 604-885-6897 to request an ap-

Halfmoon Bay, and offer a great perspec-

the Coast receive bus service. Full sched-

plication package.

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CAR SHARING If you find yourself without a vehicle on the Coast there are a couple of sharing options that will get you where you need to be. Coast Car Co-Op is a car-sharing program that provides access to vehicles of various sizes (including vans and hybrids) to members of the Co-Op. Membership in the program allows drivers, who are at least 19 years of age, have a valid BC driver’s license and a three-year clean driving record, to book vehicles online for hours or days in 30 minute intervals. Visit for more information. provides a communication platform for members to arrange ride sharing - all free of charge. If you need a ride,

Pacific Ferries offers a foot passenger service transporting riders from Gibsons Harbour to Horseshoe Bay and downtown Vancouver. Schedules and rates vary so visit for the most up to date information.

TAXI SERVICE Taxi service is a convenient way to travel as an alternative to public transportation as you can be picked up and dropped off at destinations of your choice 24-hours a day. Water taxis are also essential on the Coast, as they connect passengers to a number of nearby communities not accessible by land.


or can provide one, just post it on the site for

If you’re in need of a truck or van to com-

other members to see. Private ride-sharing

plete your move to the Coast or a car to ex-

groups can also be created.

plore your new community, contact Prime Rentals in Sechelt. They offer a wide variety

FERRIES BC Ferries provides frequent scheduled service for vehicles and passengers to the

of rental vehicles plus optional pick-up and drop-off locations. Call 604-885-6422 or visit

Lower Sunshine Coast from Vancouver and Powell River. Ferry service to the Coast is considered an essential service, as it is the only way to transport a vehicle off the peninsula. This means that, unlike other BC Ferry routes, the fare is only applicable when

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boarding at Horseshoe Bay. Ferry fares vary based on a variety of factors. Visit for up to date information and current fares or call the Langdale terminal at 604-886-2242 or the Egmont terminal at 1-888-223-3779. Passengers can save on Horseshoe Bay to Langdale fares by using the BC Ferries Experience™ Card, a free, electronic swipe card that you preload with a minimum balance and use to pay at the Horseshoe Bay ticket booth. For more information visit

S H O R T- T E R M A C C O M M O D AT I O N A wide range of accommodation choices exist throughout the Coast, and whether you use them as a place to stay while you find your perfect home, or for an ideal weekend getaway, they all will allow you to experience what Sunshine Coast life is all about. Whether you prefer a comfy bed and a hot breakfast or a fully equipped camp and RV site where you can sleep under the stars, there are a number of ideal choices for your home away from home. For our directory of short-term accommodation options across the Coast, visit www.



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television series The Beachcombers.

history of the Sunshine Coast, begin with

Upper Gibsons is the primary service

a trip to the Sunshine Coast Museum

centre with two shopping malls, emer-

and Archives to learn more about West

gency services and primary and second-

Howe Sound.

Gibsons is divided into three main

ary schools. Gibsons Centre is also a pri-

areas – the Town of Gibsons, which in-

mary residential area. There are also a

cludes The Landing (Lower Gibsons) and

variety of recreational facilities ranging

Immediately to the west of Gibsons

Gibsons Centre (Upper Gibsons); Elphin-

from an aquatic centre and ice arena to

are the communities of Gower Point

stone, including Gower Point; and West

sporting fields and a skateboard park.

and Elphinstone. While not technically

Howe Sound, which includes the communities of Port Mellon, Williamsons

Elphinstone & Gower Point

a community of its own, locals use the Port Mellon, Langdale & The Landings

term “Gower Point” when referring to

The small residential communities

the stretch of residential areas that wrap

that run along the West side of Howe

around the Southern tip of the Sunshine

Sound are often referred to as the South

Coast extending from lower Gibsons to

end of the Sunshine Coast, as Highway

Chaster Beach. This area is dotted with

The Landing marks the beginning

101 continues past the ferry terminal.

bed and breakfasts, beautiful views and

of Gibsons’ primary shopping and din-

For ease of reference, the order in which

is capped off with Chaster Beach Park,

ing district. You’ll find a quaint seaside

you’ll pass through these communities

which is definitely worth a visit on a

village complete with waterfront pier,

upon leaving Lower Gibsons is Gran-

warm summer’s day. Elphinstone is the

where fisherman often sell their daily

thams, Hopkins, Langdale, Williamsons,

large residential area above Gower Point

catch, a diverse mix of shops, cozy sea-

Twin Creeks, Parkdale and finally Port

reaching up to the foot of mount Elphin-

side parks and inviting restaurants. One

Mellon. These areas also include ances-

stone. In addition to being a quiet and

you may recognize is Molly’s Reach res-

tral Squamish nation sites and some of

desirable location to live, the area boasts

taurant, a local landmark that was used

the first homesteads settled by Euro-

a number of excellent hiking and biking

in the 1980’s as the set of the popular

peans. If you’re interested in the early

trails throughout the region.

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ROBERTS CREEK Roberts Creek, locally known as “The Creek”, is a quaint residential area extending below and above the highway and reaching from Gower Point to Wilson Creek. The small, family-oriented community with its quiet, laid-back lifestyle is home to many of the Sunshine Coast’s artisans, many of whom showcase their work in the shops of the village centre. The intersection of Roberts Creek Road, Lower Road and Beach Avenue is home to Roberts Creek’s shops and services including a general store and post office, health food restaurants and alternative health practitioners. Attractions in the area include a variety of annual festivals and events, Roberts Creek Provincial Park, Cliff Gilker

Roberts Creek offers a rural commun-

vides services including IGA Market-

ity with a range of available housing in-

place, a coffee shop, a gas station, a sushi

cluding small seaside cottages and large

restaurant, a medical clinic and more.

single-family homes, all separated by a

On the water side of the highway, Port

great deal of green space. The lack of

Stalashen, a gated residential commun-

commercial and industrial development

ity on the waterfront, provides condo-

allows for large lot sizes, low housing

miniums, apartments, town homes and

density and noticeable architectural

vacation rentals. The blend of residen-

creativity in residences and gardens.

tial in Port Stalashen and just above the

When making your way through Rob-

highway is in sharp contrast to the in-

erts Creek, keep a keen eye out for signs

dustrial areas of upper Field Road. With

indicating where you can find local arti-

everything from a cedar mill to building,

sans at work. Official roadside signs, pur-

plumbing and electrical supplies, Sun-

ple banners and sometimes even card-

shine Coast residents often head to Wil-

board posters are spread throughout the

son Creek when it comes time to do a

community and you never know when

little work around the house.

you’ll stumble across a hidden treasure.


Finally, the top of Field Road is also home to the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD). All Sunshine Coast resi-

Park, and the Sunshine Coast Golf and

The next stop along the highway from

dents living outside the boundaries of

Country Club. There is also a volunteer

Roberts Creek is the rural residential

Sechelt, Gibsons or the Sechelt Indian

fire hall, Elementary & Waldorf schools,

community of Wilson Creek, home to

Government District will find their gov-

Community Hall and Legion, access to

the Chapman Creek Salmon Hatchery,

ernment office at 1975 Field Road in Wil-

hiking and biking trails and various small

the regional airport and the Annual Drag

son Creek.

sandy beaches that are ideal for swim-

Races, which is the largest motor sports

ming or launching a kayak.

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shine Coast and therefore attracts large crowds, especially in the summer, as kite flying and sandcastle competitions are held annually and conditions are usually perfect for swimmers, skim boarders and sun bathers. A paved seawall path – both wheelchair and stroller accessible – stretches along the length of the beach and the historic pier, which was upgraded in Summer 2014, attracts fishermen and brave swimmers who like to jump off. Across the highway is Davis Bay’s shopping and dining district where you can stop for a coffee or lunch and browse locally made goods. Continuing up from the beach is the primary residential area of Davis Bay. Large houses dot the mountainside and most have spectacular ocean views. There is an apartment complex located on the waterfront as well as a number of smaller residences that make ideal vacation or retirement homes.

SECHELT Sechelt is the geographical centre of

school to post secondary as well as a

Real estate in Sechelt ranges from

the lower Sunshine Coast and is located

library, legion and art galleries. An ice

single-family homes on significantly

on a narrow stretch of land between the

arena, golf course, and aquatic centre,

sized lots, to recently developed sub-

waters of Georgia Straight and Sechelt

complete with fitness centre, water-

divisions and condominium properties.

Inlet. The District of Sechelt includes the

slide and whirlpool, round off Sechelt’s

Travelling west towards the ice arena

communities of Wilson Creek, Davis Bay,

recreational facilities. Trail Bay Centre

across the water from Porpoise Bay are

Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek and

shopping mall plus a number of shops,

the communities of The Shores and Sun-

West Sechelt, covering approximately

services and restaurants line Sechelt’s

shine Heights, where you’ll find some of

4008 hectares of land, and home to his-

downtown core. The Sechelt Downtown

Sechelt’s largest homes and acreages,

toric architecture, provincial parks and

Business Association organizes a variety

most with ocean and mountain views.

stunning waterfront.

of events throughout the year, including

Development of pre-sale properties

The Coast’s hospital, Sechelt Hospital,

the annual July 1st Canada Day parade

throughout Sechelt is noticeably grow-

is located here as is the Sechelt Indian

and festivities. Sechelt is also home to

ing as well. Apartments and condomin-

Band Government and local detach-

a variety of annual festivals and events

iums are available for rent as are vaca-

ments of the RCMP and Volunteer Fire

including the internationally acclaimed

tion homes that can be leased long-term

Department. Sechelt has a number of

Festival of the Written Arts held at the

over the shoulder season.

educational facilities ranging from pre-

historic Rockwood Lodge.

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diverse communities. Porpoise Bay, a mix of industrial and residential areas and the new development of Porpoise Bay Estates, Sandy Hook, initially developed for summer cottages until a private company started to build permanent residences in 1963, and Tuwanek, the farthest point along Sechelt Inlet reached by car. These communities are only a ten-minute drive from downtown Sechelt, however they seem a lifetime away. They are dotted with quaint Bed & Breakfasts and attract a number of part-time residents with vacation homes that, if are not directly on the waterfront, are in close proximity to it. Porpoise Bay is best known for being

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launch. There is also a network of hiking trails through the old growth of Hidden Grove, Sechelt’s Heritage Forest, which is accessible from the top of Sandy Hook Road. The community of Tuwanek is quite similar to Sandy Hook in that it is primarily residential, though it is also home to Tillicum Bay Marina and Northern Divine Caviar and is the gateway to Tetrahedron Provincial Park. You can launch and moor boats at Tillicum Bay, and the area is also the launching point for many diving and kayaking tours. The Tetrahedron provides a variety of trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing and is an ideal environment for overnight hikes to the various lakes and cabins located throughout the park.


home to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, a

Continuing along the Sunshine Coast

stunning environment with 61 hectares

Highway out of Sechelt, you will almost

of forest as well as Angus Creek, where

immediately enter the community of

Chum and Coho salmon come to spawn.

West Sechelt. Situated on a large pla-

An expansive sandy beach, large grassy

teau, the area offers an ideal environ-

fields, picnic tables and children’s play

ment for agriculture, evident by the

areas make the park an ideal location for

number of expansive farms located at

a day-trip or overnight stay. During the

the end of Mason Road. West Sechelt

summer this park fills up fast so it is best

has the second largest population within

to reserve campsites early. Make sure to

the District of Sechelt because it offers

make the short and easy hike to nearby

a family-oriented residential commun-

Burnett Falls for a spectacular view of

ity with an elementary school and gen-

the 50ft waterfall.

eral store. Substantial new residential

Sandy Hook is a purely residential

developments are taking place in West

neighbourhood with large homes and

Sechelt that range from sub-divisions,

small cottages interspersed by parks,

where views of Trail Bay offer the pos-

children’s play areas and sandy beaches.

sibility of building your dream home, to

Sechelt Inlet provides an ideal swim-

brand new town homes and spec homes

ming, kayaking and diving environment

that offer affordable new construction

and many waterfront residents either

for young families and retirees. A drive

have docks where they can tie up their

through the neighbourhood is all it takes

boats or make use of the paved boat

to see why the area continues to grow.


HALFMOON BAY Depending who you talk to, you might get a bit confused as to where Halfmoon Bay really is. The Bay itself is the large half moon shaped harbour where the government dock is located and is roughly the mid-way point between Sechelt and Garden Bay. However, when locals are giving directions or describing where they live then the term “Halfmoon Bay” is also used to encompass Redrooffs to the south, Secret Cove to the north and sometimes even the Thormanby Islands. Redrooffs Turning left off the highway onto Redrooffs Road – uniquely spelled and appropriately named after a cluster of red-roofed tourist cabins that were once featured at a local resort – will bring you to the rural community of Halfmoon Bay. Featuring large lots and single-family homes as well as a number of summer cottages, the area is ideal for families and retirees. There is a convenience store and a couple of other small businesses on Fawn Road, but it requires a turn off from Redrooffs and is easy to miss if you’re headed there for the first time. The area also boasts a variety of parks including Sargeant Bay Provincial Park and Connor Park. These recreational areas provide excellent backdrops and facilities for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, biking, team sports and kayaking. Halfmoon Bay & The Government Wharf The heart of Halfmoon Bay can be found just off the highway around a couple of sharp corners. Built in 1938, the historic Halfmoon Bay General Store and adjoining businesses provide a number of services at the foot of the Government Wharf. The residential portion of the community is surprisingly large. As the various roads branch out around the bay, dozens of small pockets of houses can be found. The

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abundance of homes is also partially due to the fact that the mid-Coast’s branch of the Volunteer Fire Department is also located around the bend just before you get to Cooper’s Green Park where there is a boat launch, picnic areas and a commanding view of the Bay. The Thormanby Islands Sometimes these two islands are referred to as a single island because the narrow strip between them almost closes up during low tides. The sandy beach, grassy point and bays on either side of the gap are all part of Buccaneer Bay Provincial Park. The area is a wonderful day trip spot and it’s just a short hop from the Government Wharf in Halfmoon Bay. Getting there is easy, even for those of us who don’t have our own boat. You can inquire at the General Store but we would recommend booking ahead by contacting one of the water taxi service providers in the area. The area is also accessible by kayak, however, kayakers need to be wary of large wakes and heavy marine traffic. Secret Cove Likely the most recognized cove in Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove is a sheltered harbour that gives the impression of an island while offering all the amenities of a mainland town. Secret Cove has three fully equipped marinas, complete with restaurants, so it’s no wonder why it’s a popular stop for boaters. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, Secret Cove is home to the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, a number of bed and breakfasts and perhaps, if you’re looking for a longer stay, the dream home you’ve been searching for.

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In contrast, the small villages of Garden Bay and Irvine’s

An intricate maze of fresh water lakes and ocean fjords

Landing are primarily destinations for vacationers. Garden Bay

make up this geographically diverse region. In addition to its

provides a yacht club, general store, restaurants and heritage

approximate population of 3000, Pender Harbour attracts va-

inn and is part of the Garden Bay Provincial Marine Park, offer-

cationers, artists, outdoor enthusiasts and sport fishermen

ing 200 metres of shoreline and the 471-metre Mount Daniel.

It is host to a variety of festivals and events including an array of music festivals, sailing regattas and car shows. The area boasts a num-

an intricate maze of fresh “ ...water lakes and ocean fjords make up this geographically diverse region.

throughout the year.

ber of warm, fresh water lakes that provide residents and visitors with nearby recreational areas, campsites and vacation rentals. 52 kilometres of coastline provide an ideal setting for permanent and vacation housing and marine and recreational developments alike. Pender Harbour is comprised of the three diverse communities of Madeira Park, Garden Bay and Irvine’s Landing. Madeira Park, the main shopping centre of Pender Harbour,

is where the primary and secondary schools and the Pender Harbour Golf Course are located and is also where the bulk of the annual May Day celebrations take place. Madeira Park’s shoreline supports government boat docks and a private marina where canoes and kayaks can be rented. The waterfront resort and marina, The Painted Boat, is also located just outside the town centre. It offers a fine dining restaurant, on-site spa and fitness facility. 18 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

Before the main highway reached the area, Irvine’s Landing was the main port of Pender Harbour where residents would receive their supplies. Today, residents and visitors make use of the campsite, grocery store, restaurant

and pub and take part in various water activities.

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Coaster? to be a

vine completed early development in

Union Steamship Company, which had

Irvines Landing and Harry Roberts com-

The Lower Sunshine Coast is an area

been servicing BC’s coastal commun-

mercialized Roberts Creek, building a

rich in history, with evidence of Chinese

ities from Vancouver since 1890. Sechelt

wharf, general store and post office that

and European explorers and, of course,

eventually branched out to include the

catered to the early “tourists” that ven-

the shíshálh people, the region’s first in-

communities of Wilson Creek, Davis Bay,

tured to the area for summer holidays.

West Sechelt, Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook



The community of Sechelt was named

and Tuwanek.

Early “land seekers” settled in a num-

after the shíshálh people, though

ber of Sunshine Coast communities and

One of the first European settlers to

Thomas John Cook, his wife Sarah and

contributed to early development, crop

the Halfmoon Bay area was Frederick

infant daughter Ada were the first Euro-

production and waterfront construction,

Sargeant, after whom Sargeant Bay was

peans to settle permanently in Sechelt

(including wharfs and commercial busi-

named. He pre-empted land at the head

in 1894. He was the first Justice of the

nesses), allowing others to easily reach

of the bay, marshland that attracted a

Peace, helped open the first school, do-

and remain in the area. George Gibson

wide variety of bird and animal life. Sar-

nated part of his land for the building

was the first European settler to make

geant was determined to farm the land

of St. Hilda’s Anglican Church and cem-

the Sunshine Coast his home, acquiring

and spent much of the first years there

etery and generally helped his pioneer

land in the region now known as Gib-

ditching, dyking, constructing a dam

neighbours and the Sechelt First Nation

sons in 1886. His action was duplicated

and building floodgates. He also logged

people. Commercial development began

by many others who became namesakes

the property and set up a steam-driven

in the late 1800’s when the Whitaker

for present day communities; Henry

sawmill at the mouth of Colvin Creek.

family came to the area. The family is

A. Mellon built the first pulp-produ-

Extensive forest stands and the ease of

credited with developing two hotels, the

cing plant in what is now Port Mellon,

water transport to Vancouver made log-

first general stores and spearheading

George Hopkins settled in the area now

ging a major activity in Halfmoon Bay.

the construction of the Trail Bay and Por-

known as Hopkins Landing, Charles Ir-

Abundant year round fishery stocks also

poise Bay wharfs to accommodate the

helped shape the development of the

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area. Originally known as Cod Fish Bay, commer-

20’s, the cove was used to store bootleg liquor en-

cial canneries once dotted the intricate coastline.

route from the stills on Texada Island to the rum-

The Halfmoon Bay region was not connected

running boats heading to the States. A legend persists that the first non-Native to oc-

1928. By 1933 two main plank roads extended

cupy the Pender Harbour area was a Chinese man

from the present site of the Halfmoon Bay gov-

who began a fish saltery at the mouth of what

ernment dock - the west road followed Halfmoon

became Irvines Landing. An Englishman known

Creek, the east road followed Milne Creek and

as Charlie Irvine (for whom the Landing is named)

joined the main motor road (presently Highway

is more commonly recognized as the first set-

101) at the north end of Trout Lake. Sargeant Bay

tler. Irvine built a log trading post at the Landing,

was another hub for a network of logging roads,

then joined the excitement of the Klondike gold

following Kenyon and Colvin Creeks.

rush. He sold his property in 1904 to an enterpris-

Smuggler Cove takes its name from the infam-

ing sailor and fisherman, “Portuguese Joe” Gon-

ous pirate William Kelly, the King of Smugglers. He

salves, who really developed the area. They built

transported illegal Chinese immigrants from Van-

a deep-sea dock, general store, post office and

couver across the US border by sea, for the hefty

hotel/saloon at the head of the wharf. The Union

fee of one dollar each. He evaded arrest by hiding

Steamship Company made this a regular stop, the

in Smuggler Cove. During the Prohibition of the

beginning of Pender Harbour’s real presence on the map. Egmont, the northernmost settlement on

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the Sechelt Peninsula, was founded in 1880 by a legendary half-Scottish, half Portuguese seaman and trader named Joseph Silvia Simmonds. He had worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, prospected in the Cariboo and built a saloon in

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married a Native woman, Lucy Kwatleematt. Sim-


monds later dropped his surname and used the name Silvey. His descendants still live in the Egmont area. At the start of the 20th century, hundreds of settlers had claimed land on the Sunshine Coast and steamships were making regular trips, bringing mail, supplies and visitors who had heard news of this beautiful, emerging region. It wasn’t until 1952 that a paved road finally connected the communities of the Lower Sunshine Coast and regular ferry service ensued. Today, the Coast continues to develop and there is still a strong connection to its past through First Nations story telling, museums and archives and historic architecture. Courtesy of The Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives 604-886-8232

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to the rest of the Sechelt Peninsula by road until

s h í s h á l h N AT I O N


The community of Sechelt took its name from

Once again, the shíshálh population is in

its early inhabitants, natives of the shíshálh tribe,

the thousands and continues to progress

part of the Coast Salish nation. The shíshálh could

through active partnerships, plans for the future

be found throughout the Sunshine Coast, occu-

and the continual sharing of their culture and

pying approximately 80 village sites, with a high

traditions. The shíshálh’s long standing tra-

concentration in the protected inland of Sechelt

dition of wood carving – with designs often

Inlet. They grew to be a thriving community, living

dominated by the Coast’s natural environ-

off of the land and building on their rich culture

ment – is clearly evident in the detail of the

and traditions. Ancient petroglyphs can be seen

12 magnificent totem poles that stand on the

today along the shoreline of Sechelt Inlet where

shoreline and the grandeur of the traditional

the shíshálh lived. The glyphs, as well as many se-

shíshálh tl’e enak-awxa (Feast House) or

cluded bays and mountain summits in the area,

longhouse and House of hewhiwus (House

are now considered sacred and protected sites.

of Chiefs) located in Sechelt. The House of

When Europeans reached their shores, the

Chiefs is home to the tems swiya (Our

shíshálh were introduced to the residential school

World) museum and gift shop as well as

system, which shattered their way of life. They

the Raven’s Cry Theatre, an ideal venue for

were also overcome by the spread of smallpox,

local plays, recitals and performances as it

which depleted their once vibrant population of

is named after the Raven, gatherer and

thousands to a mere 167. Triumph came to the

collector of stories. The Tsain-Ko Village

shíshálh, however, in 1986 with the passing of

Shopping Centre in Sechelt is the newest

Bill C-93, which granted the Sechelt Indian Band

addition to the shíshálh Nation’s economic

with self-government – the first aboriginal band

and commercial developments. It too boasts

to achieve such status in Canada.

impressive artwork throughout the complex.

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Overall, the Sunshine Coast excels at providing an unspoiled wilderness blended with diverse talent, modern

The Sunshine Coast truly represents a

amenities and community togetherness.

superior quality of life and offers every-

And all of this is only 45 minutes away

one from families to retirees an ideal

from Vancouver, making day trips to the

place to relocate. The availability of

city a welcome possibility as you won’t

modern amenities including heath care

have to be away from the Coast for too

facilities, recreation centres and a var-


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landscape of the area offers something

Those that are attracted to the Sun-

for everyone. With immediate access

shine Coast and are considering it as a

to old-growth forests, pristine lakes and

home can expect an affordable and qual-

stretches of ocean shoreline, recrea-

ity standard of living. Real estate prices

tional activities are abundant and can be

are noticeably lower than in larger cities

enjoyed year-round thanks to a moder-

and there is a wide range of affordable

ate climate.

housing and property throughout the

The Coast’s rich arts and culture add

Coast. The Finding a Home section (page

a unique touch to the community, gen-

38) offers more information on the local

erating a support system for local arti-

property market.

sans and allowing their talents to be

Goods generally match or are lower

showcased. Talent also takes the form

than big city prices and most prod-

of locally owned and operated shops

ucts can be found locally, eliminating

and restaurants that offer one-of-a-kind

frequent trips into Vancouver. In fact,

treasures and use fresh and often local

shopping locally is strongly encouraged,

ingredients to reveal the Coast’s distinct-

especially in this age of environmental

ive flavour.

sensitivity, and it is easy to do – locally

A great deal of pride is taken in offer-

grown, organic produce is available

ing a safe community with a very low

either directly from the farmer or in

crime rate and overall cleanliness as well

most grocery stores and the abundance

as in the variety and quality of the edu-

of locally made crafts and products guar-

cation system and facilities. Especially

antee you’ll find something you need.

valued is the availability of post-second-

A variety of Sunshine Coast services

ary education, which provides greater

also reflect lower comparative prices.

opportunities for residents.

The local transit system which services a

Sunshine Coast government bodies

variety of routes in and around Halfmoon

consistently work towards strengthening

Bay, Sechelt, Roberts Creek, Gibsons,

community services, such as park main-

Langdale and the ferry terminal, offers

tenance and public transportation, and

single/return trip fares and daily and

values public input in all areas allowing

monthly passes for adults as well as spe-

residents to be informed and have a say

cial senior and student rates. It is import-

in what is happening in their community.

ant to note that not all areas of the Coast

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receive bus service – full schedules and

BC Ferries Experience™ Card. See page 6

travel including a schedule can be found

fares are available at

for more information.

on page 7. Other noticeable savings are

Ferry service for the Sunshine Coast is

Ferry fares vary based on the time

reflected in gas prices, (which are often

considered an essential service as it is

of year – referred to as peak, shoulder

approximately $0.05 lower than they are

the only way to transport a vehicle off

and off-peak times – as well as the type

in Vancouver), the cost of seeing a big-

the peninsula. This means that, unlike

of vehicle, number of passengers and

screen movie in the Coast’s two private-

other BC Ferry routes, the fare is only

whether you are travelling by foot. As of

ly-owned theatres, and some monthly

applicable when boarding at Horseshoe

April 2017, passenger walk-on fares are

household expenses such as cable and

Bay. Passengers can also save on Horse-

$16.15 and Standard Vehicle fares are

internet connections when serviced

shoe Bay to Langdale fares by using the

$54. Further information regarding ferry

through local providers.

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have a retail location in Gibsons, BC that

and a flat-rate deduction for meals is

to live. The natural beauty and peace-

is fully stocked with everything needed

available of $17/meal/person up to

ful way of life offers all the amenities

to pack your home. There are also rent-

three times per day.

you need and is still only a stone’s throw

al companies, like U-Haul, available to

Moving expenses include hiring mov-

away from the big city. Couple the loca-

provide do-it-yourself moving services.

ers or renting a truck, storage of house-

tion and beauty with first class school

Make sure to have plenty of boxes, pack-

hold effects, up to 15 days temporary

systems, medical care, government and

ing paper, wrap and blankets. If you find

board and lodging near your old or new

infrastructure and it’s obvious why the

yourself short on these items most full

residence, transportation of household

Coast is such an ideal place to live.

service moving companies have them

members (airfare, bus, taxi, ferry), the

available in bulk.

cost of cancelling a lease and the costs

But lets face it, moving is tough. There’s no real way around that, but there are a variety of options to help you


relocate. Len Wrays Moving and Storage

If you move to a new location for the

is one local company who provides full

purpose of a new job or business, you

moving and storage services. They can

are eligible to deduct your mov-

organize moves as small as moving a pi-

ing expenses. In order to qualify,

ano in home, or as large as a full house-

you must move a minimum of 40km

hold across the world. As an affiliate of

closer to your new work and cease em-

United Van Lines, and with more than 45

ployment or business at the old location.

years in business on the Sunshine Coast,

You may deduct expenses for yourself

they have the expertise that some of us

and members of your family. This in-

may lack and can take care of the stress-

cludes transportation, meals and lodg-

ful details of packing, moving, and stor-

ing. You are eligible to claim $0.475/km

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WORKING ON THE COAST In the last two decades the Sunshine Coast has undergone a transition in employment sectors. Historically, fishing and forestry have been major industries on the Coast providing hundreds SO YOU WANT TO BE A COASTER?

of jobs and great deal of support to the local economy. While resource based industries continue to be a significant part of the local employment structure, the gradual shift away from these mainstays has opened the door for new opportunities for residents. Most notably, the service sector has increased dramatically and boasts one of the Coast’s highest employment rates. Positions in retail, hospitality and the arts currently provide jobs for a significant percentage of the local population. Looking to the future, the service sector will continue

to expand to meet the needs of the ex-

With the introduction of new infrastruc-

panding retirement aged populations

ture, like fibre optic networks and the

across the region. Positions in health and

potential for scheduled air service, the

wellness and recreation will grow fastest

door has been flung open for new busi-

- there is already a need for home sup-

ness opportunities.

port and hospital health care workers

Information Technology centres, re-

- and jobs that provide entertainment,

mote work opportunities and many

home maintenance and other individual

other careers that have not been found

services will grow quickly as well.

locally before are now

With the flow of retirement expected to increase, an employment vacuum is likely to occur, which should attract younger workers to the Coast to fill vacant positions. The steadily increasing population also continues to drive growth in the construction sector. Therefore, positions for individuals with skills in construction and trades will be opening all across the Coast as site managers and supervisors retire. In preparation for this labour shortage, local schools are focusing on programs

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potentially available to residents.

that introduce and develop the neces-

While our local economic mix con-

sary skills for positions in the trades and

tinues to evolve, the opportunities to ef-

encourage interested students to pursue

fectively use specific skills through self-

careers locally.

employment continue to expand. Ap-

As population grows, so does infra-

proximately 25% of the Sunshine Coast’s

structure. This continual improvement

population is currently self-employed.

is opening up opportunities where they

When the advancements in infrastruc-

didn’t exist previously. Typically, small

ture and high-speed telecommunica-

communities are not able to boast em-

tions are combined with the peaceful-

ployment opportunities in finance, sci-

ness of the Coast’s natural setting and

ence and technology and import and

its proximity to Vancouver, it is evident



why there are going to be so many op-

Sunshine Coast residents in these fields,

portunities for self-employment across

and other like them, have only had the

all sectors.


opportunity to commute to Vancouver.

For more information about finding

There are approximately 500 individuals

work on the Coast, contact the WorkBC

who commute by ferry and float plane

Employment Services Centre via 604-

during the week. Fortunately, both the

885-3351 or

ferries and local bus transportation

Regardless of the type of work one

maintain commuter-friendly schedules.

intends to pursue, it is required to have

either a Social Insurance Number or a Work Permit. These regulations ensure


that workers are properly accounted for

Starting a new life on the Sunshine Coast can also include starting a new busi-

in the system and can receive benefits,

ness venture too. If owning a business is something that you’ve dreamed of or

pay taxes and be in accordance with the

if an opportunity presents itself, you’re fortunate to have a variety of business

law. For more information see below.

support services here on the Coast.

Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) you to work in Canada and grants you access to various government programs. Canadian citizens

Chamber of Commerce is the first stop for entrepreneurs. In Sechelt, the Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce has a wealth of business information and is a valuable resource for new and existing businesses. Further North, the Pender Harbour Chamber of Commerce also offers useful information for potential business owners and is a great place to start.

who are 12 years of age

It should be noted that these three main Coast communities are only a short

or older can apply for

distance from each other and there are always opportunities to engage with

a SIN. Recently the gov-

other business owners and explore the opportunities once you connect with any

ernment has stopped

business organization.

issuing a physical SIN card, so when making

Another helpful resource on the Coast, especially if you’re still in the planning phases or thinking about expanding, franchising or selling your current business,

note of your number make

is Community Futures. They can help you create business and financial plans,

sure to keep it in a safe place

choose the right location, source financing, provide market data and much more.

and do not carry it with you in case it

For more information visit or call 604-885-1959.

is lost or stolen. You can not be issued another SIN. Because it is linked to all of your personal information it should not be used as identification unless it is legally required, for example, with your employer or for tax purposes. Contact the Sunshine Coast Government Agent, 604-885-5187 or, for more information and assist-

Coast Chambers of Commerce GIBSONS 417 Marine Drive 604-886-2374

SECHELT 5790 Teredo Street 604-885-1036

PENDER HARBOUR 12895 Madeira Park Road 604-883-2561

ance in applying for a SIN. Work Permits If you plan to reside in Canada temporarily, a work permit will allow you to work in most positions for the duration of your stay. Depending on the type of work you intend to do the requirements and processing time will vary. If your employment situation changes you are able to reapply for a new permit. For more information contact Canadian Citizenship and Immigration

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This nine-digit number is required for

Within Gibsons, Elphinstone and Roberts Creek the Gibsons and District



If you are in search of employment

A successful company meeting or

opportunities on the Coast, the Open

conference relies on more than just in-

Door Group and the Sunshine Coast

formation dissemination and presenta-

WorkBC Employment Services Centre

tions. To make a lasting impact, meetings

can help. With offices in both Gibsons

and conferences need to be memorable

and Sechelt, the Centre assists residents

outside of the day’s business events.

in finding employment as well as provid-

That’s why if you’re looking to connect

ing information on employment insur-

with your team, impress a new client or

ance and income assistance. A regular

provide a venue that encourages unique

schedule of employment workshops are

ways of approaching a problem, the Sun-

available in-office and online and cover

shine Coast is the ideal place to be.

topics ranging from resume writing tips

The Sunshine Coast has a variety of

to interview skills. As well as providing

venues ranging from efficient and con-

access to a current job board, the cen-

venient conference rooms to wilderness

tre also offers information on a variety

retreats and five-star dining. Some ex-

of services including low cost childcare,

amples include the Cedars Inn Hotel and

housing, access to detox, health servi-

Convention Centre in Gibsons, which has

ces, advocacy and other such resources.

one of the largest meeting areas on the

For more information contact your

Coast; the Seaside Centre (below) is lo-

closest WorkBC office by phone: Gibsons

cated right in the heart of Sechelt and

604-886-7729, Sechelt 604-885-3351 or

is popular for events and craft fairs; the


West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont

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offers a unique retreat setting and is a very popular location for weddings. Getting to your meeting venue is simple, as the Sunshine Coast is easily accessed from Vancouver and Vancouver Island by float-plane, ferry or pleasure watercraft. Once here, your delegates can engage in a variety of allseason recreation activities including golf (45 championship length holes on three courses), sailing, hiking, fishing and more. Or you can schedule creative activities led by local artisans to let your delegates learn to cook local delicacies, create fibre art or take in any of the annual arts and culture events. For more information on the options available we encourage you to visit More information on the various events and attractions happening year-round on the Sunshine Coast can be found on page 78.




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Finding a HOME THE PROPERTY MARKET Though close proximity to Vancouver generates a popular market for weekend getaways and vacation homes, in recent years, buyers have been interested in making a permanent move to the Sunshine Coast. While many buyers originate from Vancouver and surrounding areas of the Lower Mainland, Alberta also represents a growing buyers’ market. The availability of waterfront property as well as an increase in apartment and town home construction is working in the Coast’s favour as homes are maintaining their value. The most recent census data and projections show a modest population increase since 2011. As of June 2016, the Sunshine Coast was just 30 residents shy of 30,000 - a 4.6% increase from 2011. Sechelt and Gibsons gained 10% and 3.6% respectively, while Pender Harbour saw a slight population decrease of 2%. With real estate prices at an all time high elsewhere in BC, more and more buyers are taking the opportunity to relocate to an area that boasts great amenities and health services and is just the right distance from the lifestyle of the ‘big city’.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS The evaluation of property values on the Sunshine Coast is conducted by BC Assessment, a provincial crown corporation. 38 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

Property assessments are conducted annually and are available to residents in January. These assessments inform residents of the estimated market value of their property based on an analysis conducted each year by a professional appraiser. Characteristics such as property size, age, condition and location as well as current sales in the area are taken into account when assessing value. The data collected by BC Assessment also assists the local government to determine property tax rates for the entire Sunshine Coast. For more information on property assessments visit

ASSISTED & RETIREMENT HOUSING The Coast provides an ideal environment for

making your decision, choosing a location close

retirees who seek the comfort of a commun-

to existing or planned amenities is essential. If

ity lifestyle and easily accessible amenities. This

your needs change, there is always the option to

fact is borne out by recent local studies that

contract a local expert to help add or change fea-

show that the population of retired individuals

tures in your home.

has been steadily increasing over the past three

If renovating to meet changing needs isn’t an

decades. This trend is expected to continue, so in

option, or for those who require added living as-

the short-term this means that the demand for

sistance, there are a number of facilities, located

speciality housing options will remain high and

in various neighbourhoods, that provide services

space in certain communities and facilities will

and amenities for both independent living and

be difficult to secure. In the longer term, more

24-hour care. A list of properties and care facili-

emphasis will be put on providing housing and

ties, as well as businesses that provide home

service options for retirees, which will result in

care, can be found in our online directory; visit

a broader range of options. Regardless, there is

with the promise of more options to come. When




If you prefer to rent a home on the Coast, the most common options available are either suites in larger homes or in-

Whether you prefer oceanfront living, spacious acre-

dependently rented homes or apartments. There are various

ages, urban communities or luxury condominiums, the

property management companies that specialize in helping

Sunshine Coast has many amazing areas to live! For

connect renters with available properties, but to see all of the

more information and details about residential areas

available homes you will also need to check both the print and

from Langdale to Egmont, see page 8.

online classified ad services. Once you find the perfect home for you and your family there are a couple of things to keep in mind before you can call it your new home: • Independent landlords shouldn’t ask for an application fee. Make sure you have a signed contract before you hand over any money

See ad on page 20

• Do an inspection with the landlord. The Provincial Government has both a Residential Tenancy Agreement and Condition Inspection Form available at • When in doubt, the Residential Tenancy Act provides guidelines for both tenants and landlords. If you have any doubts you can double-check the appropriate section(s). If a dispute arises after you have moved in, there is a dispute resolution process that can be initiated with the Province

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something for every lifestyle here on the Coast

Viewing: Take a tour of the homes that stood out to you.


Look at everything in as much detail as possible and ask a lot of

The purchasing process can be an exhilarating and

questions. The answers you receive might influence your deci-

anxious time especially for first-time buyers, but the

sion. Take note of any recent renovations or work that needs

reward of owning property on the Sunshine Coast

to be done as this may put you over your price range.

is well worth it. Here are a few guidelines to follow Be Aware of Additional Costs: If you are purchasing an

when considering making a purchase.

apartment or condominium make sure to find out if there are Mortgage Pre-Approval: Meeting with your financial repre-

strata or maintenance fees and how often they are paid. Also

sentative to discuss a suitable mortgage will help you deter-

be aware of any serious maintenance issues that the apart-

mine what you can afford and will allow you to set a workable

ment or building may need in the future. Also, Property Trans-

price range.

fer Tax, a tax applied when a property legally changes hands, may apply to you. First time buyers may be exempt from the

Search for Homes: Shop the market for available homes that fall in your price range. Determine what characteristics

tax if they meet certain criteria such as if the purchase price is less than $500,000.

and amenities you need and what you would be willing to forego to match the price range you’ve set. For example, you might

Get a Professional Home Inspection: You don’t want your

need two bedrooms but can do without an ocean view. Also,

dream home or property to become a nightmare. Hiring a pro-

take into account the location, proximity to schools or public

fessional home inspector will help you find any hidden issues,

transit and age of the property.

and potential costs, that may be in your home.

See ads on pages 7, 33 & 41

FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS’ PROGRAM The Government of British Columbia created the First Time Home Buyers’ Program, which reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax first time buyers pay when purchasing their first home. Buyers who qualify for the program may be eligible for either a full or partial exemption from the tax. To qualify for either exemption, buyers must: • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident • Have lived in BC for 12 consecutive months immediately before the date the property is registered or filed at least two income tax returns as a BC resident in the last six years • Have never owned an interest in a principal residence anywhere in the world at any time • Have never received a first time home buyers’ exemption or refund Visit the Government of British Columbia’s website, for more information about this program. 40 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018


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Unless you’re fortunate enough to be paying

The Sunshine Coast has a very unique property market. Working

cash for your home, chances are that you’ll need

with a local realtor will help you navigate the various communities,

to take out a mortgage. Finding the right mix of

regulations, homeowners associations and property taxes while help-

terms, rates, and flexibility isn’t always easy, so

ing to find the perfect home for your family.

it’s a good idea to consult with a mortgage profes-

To find the right local real estate professional we recommend meeting with a number of agents to find someone who you can connect

sional even before you start looking for your new dream home.

with and trust. The best way to do this is to schedule an appointment

Pre-Approval: Meeting with your chosen mort-

at an office close to where you’re looking to buy. There are a number

gage advisor will help you determine your ideal

of talented real estate professionals across the Sunshine Coast who

price range. This range will also account for other

can help you find your perfect home. Contact details for each office

expenses associated with purchasing a home that

are listed below.

you may not have thought about. Securing a preapproval will allow you to expedite the buying process while also ensuring you’re financially ready to buy your new home. During Your Search: Working with a local mortgage advisor is beneficial while you search for a home because they have helpful local knowledge and expertise. Some advisors are mobile, and will come to you, for even greater convenience. As you work through your home search, keep in touch with your advisor to ensure your mortgage still fits your needs.

Real Estate Agencies

Royal LePage/Sussex 117-1100 Sunshine Coast Hwy., Gibsons 604-886-2277 5561 Wharf Road, Sechelt

home! Just because you’re pre-approved doesn’t mean that your financing is ready. Once you have worked with your realtor to sign an offer, your


mortgage advisor may require appraisals, sur-

veys or title insurance. Once you’ve satisfied the

5686 Cowrie Street, Sechelt

requirements, you can work together to finalize


your rates, terms, amortization period and pay-

ment details. It’s a detailed process, so choosing


Sotheby’s International Realty

12874 Madeira Park Road,

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Madeira Park



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Sutton Group - West Coast Realty


655 School Road, Gibsons

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the right mortgage advisor is key to a smooth home-buying process. For more information about mortgages, contact Sunshine Coast Credit Union’s Mobile Mortgage Advisor at 604 740-2089 or Live Chat with them at See ads on pages 41 & 53

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The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful area

Coast building permits are required

to build your own home. There are a va-

for a variety of property construction, in-

riety of lots to choose from and many

cluding, but not limited to, the following:

offer spectacular views or are even right on the waterfront! Though building your own home is quite an exciting time, there are many things to consider and a number of steps to take you from an empty lot to a completed home. It is important to start with appropriate building permits to ensure you are covered for your project, see below for more information.

• all buildings over 10 square metres in area • any additions or renovations to existing buildings • in-ground swimming pools exceeding 15 square metres in area • retaining walls exceeding 1.2 metres in height • building demolition

Acquiring the right insurance is an-

Building permits are valid for 24

other important first step when building

months from the date of issue and can

a home. Insurance information can be

be renewed up to two times if neces-

found on page 52.

sary. Once the work is complete you can

Coast Regional District by visiting www. or calling 604-885-6803.

COAST COMMUNITY BUILDERS ASSOCIATION This non-profit organization is made up of volunteers from the Sunshine Coast’s construction and development industry. The CCBA is committed to supporting, planning and developing new Coastal neighbourhoods with a strong focus on community involvement and education. Every year the CCBA hosts a Home and Garden Expo in Gibsons, showcasing local businesses in the field. For more information or to get involved call 604989-2721 or visit

And, of course, you’ll need to find the

request a building inspection, where the

right builders and contractors for your

work outlined in the permit will be fully

project. Visit www.newcoastermaga-

inspected by a professional building in-

GIBSONS for our comprehensive list of

spector who must approve the quality,


highly qualified, local building profes-

safety and completion of the work. For


more information contact the Sunshine

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proud to “...bewe’re building the Coast for future generations.

“Keeping the


Sunshine Coast pristine is important to everyone at Swanson’s.

“We’ve been

in business on the Coast for over 50 years!

the transformation of the Sunshine Coast from a small water access only community to the thriving, vibrant area it is now...


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SPECIAL BUSINESS PROFILE Foundations & History The Swanson family knows that the Sunshine Coast has come a LONG way in the last few generations. They recall that not too long ago, you had to either take the Union Steamship or row your own boat to get here! The “road” from Gibsons to Sechelt (let alone Pender Harbour) was almost non-existent. In fact, there are still remnants of the old “corduroy road” in Roberts Creek where you used to take your life in your own hands just to make it to Sechelt. “The history we’ve seen, and been a part of is

will be a part of the Coast for generations to come.”

Environmentally Minded Construction tant to everyone in the Swanson’s crew. By mining on-site and using an electric batch plant, they’re able to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. Plus, by championing LEED standards, employing dust reduction technologies and recycling old concrete and materials to make new road base, they’re working to continually

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Quality Service & Products

small water access only community to

Swanson’s has

the thriving, vib-

been building on

rant area it is now.” crew remember all this because

the Coast for over 50 years! That experience helps ensure that they get your

they have literally helped build the

job done right while saving you time

foundations of the Sunshine Coast –

and money. For example, they take care

providing concrete for hospitals, munici-

to reduce the iron and organic material

pal buildings, roads and most impor-

from their aggregate which makes it

tantly homes. “We feel truly blessed to

stronger, safer and longer lasting.

have been a part of it all. And that’s why

SINCE 1963

Keeping the Coast pristine is impor-

the story of the

The Swanson’s and their

Serving the Sunshine Coast

we’re proud to be building the Coast for

What They Can Do For You

future generations. Everything we do is

“We’re proud of every job we do

done to the highest environmental stan-

whether it’s a small backyard patio for

dards, is done right the first time and is

your new house or a full-scale residen-

of the highest quality. We want every

tial tower.” Swanson’s has been laying

job we do to be worthy of a Sunshine

the foundations for houses on the Coast

Coast story whether it’s building for the

for generations and they can help with

community, a new business or for your

any sized project you need! And they

home. When you write your name in

deliver, on your schedule, to anywhere

our concrete, we want to make sure it

on the Coast – even remote and water access locations!


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You’ve found your little piece of the Sunshine Coast and it’s perfect! Well, it’s almost perfect. There are plenty of ways to upgrade your new home to make it comfortable and better reflect your personality - not all of which involve tearing down walls. Visit our online directory,, for a list of companies that can help you make your home look its best.

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FURNITURE & BEDDING Sometimes a couple of pieces of new furniture make all the difference in your new home. Getting a new love seat or big comfy chair to enjoy your view is a great idea. But don’t forget the kitchen and the bedroom. Having the right setup in your kitchen always helps make preparing meals and entertaining much more fun. And refreshing DUVETS • PILLOWS • SHEETS & MORE! your bed can be as easy as getting a new bamboo duvet so you can curl up on a cool morning or enjoy a nice cup of coffee nestled in bed.

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PAINT & FLOORING If you’re in love with your house but there’s something not quite “you” about it, sometimes the easiest renovation is a new coat of paint. You’d be surprised at how much a new colour can add to your home’s character. If paint isn’t quite enough but tearing down walls is too much, updating your floors can be another great way to make that carry huge selections of both flooring and paint and they can even do the installation/painting for you.

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the name! When you’re planning to move, don’t forget to think about how you would like to use your garden space. We all love a beautiful bed of flowers, but many Coasters are starting to think about using their garden spaces in smarter ways. Growing vegetables is a good example of how a hobby can turn in to nutritious and delicious food

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produced as locally as it gets! Xeriscaping is also a way in which you can plan for long-term enjoyment of your outdoor space while thinking consciously about the community’s water supply. Xeriscaping is all about conserving water by choosing plants and soils that conserve water. And the best part is that it’s unique and beautiful and true to the Sunshine Coast spirit. For inspiration, visit any local garden supplier.

OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM Spring, summer, fall and even some winter days are all prime outdoor time on the Coast. Having a great outdoor area means you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice to get out and enjoy the sunshine no matter what time of year it is. Barbeques, patio sets and lawn furniture are all musts, but don’t overlook lighting. Solar lights are a great addition to add some mood lighting and illuminate paths without adding to your carbon footprint.

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a big impact. We’re fortunate on the Coast to have local companies


Settling IN




Once you’ve found your ideal Sunshine Coast location and

Residents are billed monthly for utility usage, with the ex-

your perfect home, it’s time to settle in. A great way to start is

ception of BC Hydro which bills every two months. The total

by contacting Welcome Wagon, a friendly service that comes

bill depends on how much energy or gas is used and therefore

to you and offers helpful information about your new com-

varies throughout the year. Bills will generally arrive by mail

munity. For more information see page 2.

or email from individual utility companies, and can be paid by

Setting up your utilities, furnishing and organizing your

mail, through online banking or in person.

home and garden, knowing when your household garbage will

If you rent your home, your utility costs may be included in

be picked up and much more are outlined in this section. As al-

your monthly rent, so check with your landlord before setting

ways, our comprehensive listings can be found online at www.

up any new utilities.

UTILITIES ANNUAL BILLING Sunshine Coast home owners receive a utility bill each year around the first week of May. Water usage and garbage collection fees (see Waste Collection on page 54) are included on the annual bill. Once a new house is issued a number it will be added to the billing schedule, which may result in being billed for half a year. For more information contact your local government office.

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HYDRO & NATURAL GAS BC Hydro supplies electrical services to the entire Sunshine Coast. Overhead lines supply most communities, however some subdivisions have been built with underground lines. BC Hydro has recently updated homes to Smart Metres, which can record your power usage remotely. Some areas of the Coast are privy to power outages, especially during the fall and winter months when inclement weather can affect power lines. Generally BC Hydro crews have power restored within the day, however if there is heavy snowfall or strong winds and depending on the damage caused, power restoration could take a bit longer. See pages

GOOD NEIGHBOUR GUIDELINES livestock; noise bylaws; pet

You’ve found your new home on the Sunshine Coast and you are beginning

regulations; outdoor water

to settle in and make it your own...

use restrictions; stream and

congratulations! As you transition into

watershed protection; use of

your new neighbourhood, it is a good

fire pits on your property and

idea to familiarize yourself with local

much more. All of these guide-

bylaws and regulations that may affect

lines apply to residences with-

you and your new neighbours.

in the Sunshine Coast Regional District and have been created

A helpful resource is the SCRD Good Neighbour Guidelines booklet

to protect public health and

(available online at It

safety, the environment, and

includes specific SCRD regulations and

public and private properties.

bylaws covering everything from building per-

For more information contact the SCRD at

mits; construction and demolition of buildings,, 604-885-6800, or in person at 1975

fences, decking etc. on your property; require-

Field Road, Sechelt.

ments for home-based businesses; housing

Sunshine Coast Newcomers Club

Once you’re settled in and ready to meet new people, become a member of the Sunshine Coast Newcomers Club. The Club offers a variety of events and get togethers from social walks and hikes to game nights and potlucks. For more information visit

56 and 58 for details regarding power outages and general emergency preparedness. For further information contact BC Hydro:, 1-800-224-9376.

See ad on page 45


Natural Gas is an ideal alternative to electric heating as it

The primary local area codes for Vancouver and the Sun-

can often be cheaper then hydro, depending on the equip-

shine Coast are 604 and 778. Elsewhere in BC, including Van-

ment and/or appliances needed. Currently natural gas is not

couver Island, the 250 and 236 area codes are used. Phone

available in all Sunshine Coast communities. Contact FortisBC

numbers on the Sunshine Coast generally begin with 883 (Pen-

for more information:, 1-888-224-2710.

der Harbour), 885 (Sechelt and area), 886 (Gibsons and area) and 884 (Port Mellon). Calling anywhere on the Coast (with

INTERNET & CABLE/SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS Television and Internet are easily accessible on the Coast from any provider, and each offer a variety of packages including cable and digital television, high-speed Internet, phone and satellite. Do some initial research to see what will work best for your home and/or business. The Sunshine Coast’s local cable company is Coast Cable,, 604 885-3224, though larger companies Telus and Shaw also service the Coast.

the exception of Powell River) is considered a local call. Calls from anywhere on the lower Coast to Metro Vancouver are also considered free local calls. Placing a local call requires a ten-digit number, for example 604-885-1111. To make a long distance call, place a 1 in front of the number, 1-604-885-1111. Mobile Services Most areas of the Sunshine Coast receive cell phone service, however you may find you have limited bars in certain

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INSURANCE Did you know that water damage claims now surpass fire claims in BC? ‘Water areas, especially away from major

Damage’ or losses caused by rupture and overflow of plumbing systems and ap-

centres. Check with your chosen

pliances, as well as the backing up of sewers, septic tanks and various drains are

service provider for more infor-

now the biggest cause of lost in both frequency and severity in BC. Why is this hap-

mation on coverage, rates and

pening? Aging homes and local infrastructures, along with our changing weather

service options.

patterns is fast making this the biggest insurance issue of the decade. A single toilet

Repair & Installation

overflowing has the potential for multi-unit damage in apartments and condos. A city sewer backing up could result in an entire basement replacement. An indepen-

Most homes on the Sunshine

dent insurance broker can shop the local markets can help you customize a policy

Coast have phone jacks and In-

to suit your needs and exposures and offer advice and policy options to help man-

ternet outlets pre-installed. How-

age your physical and financial risks. Make sure to ask your broker about the newly

ever, you may require additional

available Overland Water coverage that responds to freshwater and overland flood.

outlets installed or repairs done

Courtesy of Talbot Insurance Services Ltd.

to existing outlets. For more information and assistance contact


Westcoast Phoneman, 604-8850599.

WATER Much of the Sunshine Coast’s fresh water supply comes from the Chapman Creek Reservoir and

See ads on pages 41 & 53

is then filtered through the ChapSETTLING IN

man Creek Treatment Plant. The Plant processes 24.5 million litres



of water a day and is overseen

Canada’s financial institutions offer a variety of accounts, products and services

primarily by the SCRD. For more

to help you manage your money. You will be asked to provide current identifica-

information contact the SCRD,

tion to open an account at a financial institution on the Sunshine Coast. The type of or 604-885-6806.

identification required may vary by institution. Examples of acceptable identification

Saving water is very important and there are a variety of methods to do so in and around your home including rainwater har-

include a Canadian driver’s license, a Canadian passport, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or a Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada.


vesting. Private water well owners

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at each financial institution’s lo-

can play a role in the stewardship

cation and in other high traffic areas. Most financial institutions offer the option of

of our coastal water resource.

banking online from your desktop or mobile phone. Some financial institutions also

For more information contact AJ

offer additional online banking convenience such as the ability to transfer funds by

Pumps & Water Management,

email, remote cheque depositing and online chat functionality.


For more information about financial services, contact Sunshine Coast Credit Union at 604 740-2662 or Live Chat at Surcharge free ATMs are available to eligible credit union members at all three branches in Gibsons, Se-

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District monitors residential garbage collection that is executed by Direct Disposal Corporation. Residents are allowed one

way by 8am. Various fees apply based on your premises. Contact the SCRD for


current rates, 604-885-6806,

Electric vehicles are becoming in-

The current collection schedule is: Tuesday (all of West Howe Sound, all of

creasingly popular and the Sunshine

Elphinstone on the mountain side of Sunshine Coast Highway, all of Roberts

Coast has responded to the demand

Creek on the mountain side of Highway 101, Sechelt Village, West Porpoise

by installing a number of charging

Bay, East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek; Wednesday (Residences located

stations across the Coast. The Dis-

below Gibsons Way, Halfmoon Bay); Thursday (all of Elphinstone on the ocean

trict of Sechelt, Town of Gibsons

side of Sunshine Coast Highway, Residences located above Gibsons Way, all

and Sunshine Coast Regional Dis-

of Roberts Creek on the ocean side of Sunshine Coast Highway); Friday (Wil-

trict have prepared an Electric Ve-

son Creek, Davis Bay, Selma Park, West Sechelt). Pender Harbour doesn’t have

hicle Charging Plan covering the in-

regular garbage pick-up, however it is available through private companies.

stallation of charging infrastructure

The Sechelt Landfill and the Pender Harbour Transfer Station are available for

and more. View the plan at https://

residents to drop off items either too big or not accepted by weekly garbage

collection. Many materials are diverted to be reused or recycled. Contact your

visit to find lo-

closest landfill for current tipping fees.

cal charging stations.

77-litre garbage can of non-toxic regular household waste. It is picked up once a week on your area’s assigned collection day if placed at the end of your drive-

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Facilities throughout the Sunshine Coast are available for residents to drop off their recyclables. There are non-profit and private organizations that accept general recyclables as well as a variety of products including electronics, appliances, paint and batter-



Making a few simple improvements around our homes can help reduce energy consumption considerably, which not only helps to protect the environment but can also save us money. Some simple changes include turning lights off in rooms you’re not using, ensuring electronics are completely shut down when not in use and adjusting window blinds

ies. For a complete list of recycling and

to keep heat out in the summer and in during

bottle return facilities see our online dir-

the winter. For more information and tips on


saving energy visit worksmart


FOOD WASTE It’s a great idea to set up a composting system in your backyard, but for many it simply isn’t possible. The good news is residents can drop off yard, garden and food waste at a variety of locations across the Coast. Gibsons (Green Yard Waste Drop Off Depot, 915 Henry Road); Sechelt (Salish Soils, 5800 Black Bear Road); Pender Harbour (Pender Harbour Transfer Station, 5545 Garden Bay Road Yard & Garden Waste Only).


SAVING WATER Sightings of black bears are increasingly common throughout the Sunshine Coast, especially in areas that are in close proximity to the wilderness. A typical black bear will be approximately four to seven feet long and two to three feet in height. They are recognizable by their small eyes, rounded ears, long snout, large body, short tail and shaggy, black fur. They can sometimes be mistaken for a large dog, though on closer inspection they are easily identifiable. Black bears make their way into urban areas during the spring and summer months when they are in search of food after their long winter hibernation. Unfortunately, it is because they are able to find food around our homes that bears continue to make an appearance. Once black bears learn to find food close to humans, they quickly become accustomed to our presence and are not scared off as easily. You should never approach a bear, especially if it travelling with cubs as it is much more protective and aggressive. If you have seen a bear in your neighbourhood and feel it may pose a threat, report the sighting to the Sunshine

It is essential that we reduce our water consumption. Saving water in our homes is as simple as taking shorter showers, turning the tap off while washing dishes or washing vegetables and abiding by outside watering restrictions. It is also essential that we keep our fresh water supply clean. Remember to never pour harmful chemicals such as motor oil and gasoline down toilets or drains as it all finds its way back into the water system. Local recycling centres collect a variety of items for proper disposal including some chemical products. Visit Recycling-Directory to find a drop-off location in your neighbourhood.

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Sunshine Coast residents should be

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courses and training in topics ranging

age to infrastructure including roads,

from basic first aid to Food Safe and

ferry terminals and hydro lines following


a large disaster could keep help from getting to you immediately, so having an emergency plan and necessary supplies at home is important. through the Sunshine Coast Emergency Program (SCEP), is the lead agency for emergency management on the Sun-

Sechelt 604-885-7017

such as declaring a state of local emergency, coordinating multiple agencies,

Kids Help Phone


Crisis Intervention 604-872-3311 and Suicide Prevention Addiction Services 1-866-658-1221

Detachments on the Coast call 604-885-

2266 or visit


Gibsons RCMP Detachment 749 School Road, Gibsons

Ensure your new home is protected.

Sechelt RCMP Detachment

Have a local professional inspect your

5800 Teredo Street, Sechelt

cessary, have updated devices installed. Also, ensure you have your chimneys inspected and cleaned annually, as both the interior and exterior of chimneys can

Pender Harbour RCMP Detachment 12905 Madeira Park Road, Madeira Park


suffer damage that can go undetected

Sechelt Hospital is an acute care, 44-bed

until the problem becomes severe.

facility, offering emergency and trauma care plus many other services.

FIRST AID TRAINING Part of being prepared in an emergency is having the right skills to handle medical and safety situations. Both BC

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ing evacuees. For more information visit

fire alarms and extinguishers and, if ne-


Garden Bay 604-883-9922

To contact any of the three RCMP


Poison Control

Madeira Park 604-883-9011

providing media releases and manag-

call 604-885-6887.


Halfmoon Bay 604-885-6872

vates emergency operations immedi-

An EOC is responsible for various duties

HealthLink BC

Gibsons & District 604-885-6870

Roberts Creek 604-885-6871

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).


Always call 911 for a fire emergency.

shine Coast. If required, the SCEP actiately following a disaster, known as an

Ambulance/Fire/ Police

The following volunteer fire departments service the entire Lower Coast.

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During an Outage

Power Outages can occur throughout the Sunshine Coast and are usually caus-

• First, check your neighbours’ houses

ed by severe windstorms and heavy snow

and nearby street lights to make sure

accumulation on power lines. Depending

the outage isn’t limited to your house. If

on the situation and where you live, the

this is the case, check your electrical

power can be out for a few minutes or hours

panels before contacting BC Hydro.


at a time; the following tips can help you be prepared before, during and after an outage occurs.

• Turn off lights, appliances and electronics you were using to reduce the demand on the system.

Preparing for an Outage • Sit down with your family to create a preparedness

• Keep one light turned on both inside and

plan, outlining what to expect, how to react and

outside your home to alert you when power is

what your contingency plan is in case of an ex-


tended outage. • When the power does return, avoid turning • Have a list of emergency numbers easily available and

lights and appliances on right away. A sudden

prepare an emergency kit. Ensure your family knows where

increase in power usage from all of the house-

both are and what the kit contains.

holds affected could cause a surge.

• Install surge protectors to protect sensitive electronic equipment. • Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, candles and matches in an accessible location. Also have food on hand that can be prepared without power.

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To Report an Outage Contact BC Hydro by phone:

1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766) Or from your cell phone:

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SAVING IT FOR A RAINY DAY Interest in solar installations with storage systems is rising because these systems reduce consumer dependency on utility companies and allow power usage on cloudy days. Thanks to higher production rates and technical advances, battery and storage costs are becoming more economical.

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* Your PV panels will produce electricity whenever the sun shines on them. If your system is off-grid, you’ll need a battery bank—a group of batteries wired together—to store energy so you can have electricity at night or on cloudy days. For off-grid systems, battery banks are typically sized to keep household electricity running for one to three cloudy days. Gridintertied systems also can include battery banks to provide emergency backup power during blackouts—perfect for keeping critical electric loads operating until grid power is restored. Although similar to ordinary car batteries, the batteries used in solar-electric systems are specialized for the type of charging and discharging they’ll need to endure. Batteries are the very heart of your solar electric system. They are where your power is stored your reservoir. A battery storage bank is what allows your power system to deliver a constant level of power to your electrical loads. Without batteries you would have no power when the sun went down and maybe not even enough during daylight hours, depending on cloud cover, etc. By running power from your solar panels through a charge controller and into your battery bank, power is available 24 hours a day, regardless of weather.

SOLAR POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLES... NOW A SIMPLE AT HOME OPTION! Electric vehicles are now becoming commonplace with EV charging stations popping up everywhere. The City of Vancouver has amended its building code to require dedicated circuits for EV charging in single family dwellings and multi-family dwellings and on the Sunshine Coast, most new builds also include them. A charging station can easily be installed in the garage or outside and now, if you’re looking at getting solar power for the home, the EV chargers can be connected to that system to even further reduce charging costs. Depending on the type of EV one has, an at home solar powered charging station can virtually eliminate the cost of gasoline. Submitted by Alternative Power Systems A division of the Olson Group of Companies

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Even with several days in a row of bad weather, your battery bank can continue to store power through the means of a back-up generator. Most of your solar electric system needs little or no maintenance. The battery bank is the exception. Maintenance is not difficult or very time consuming, but if the batteries are neglected, degradation can occur at a very rapid pace. The right choice of the size, type and number of batteries is important to insure your power system performs properly and to maximize the life of the batteries. (*excerpt from

P O S TA L S E R V I C E S & O F F I C E S U P P L I E S Regular mail is not delivered to houses; instead, mailboxes in each neighbourhood or at the post office are used. Boxes inside the Post Office are also available to rent – check with your local office for current fees.����������������������������������� Neighbourhood mailboxes are designated by address. When packages are too large for the mailbox, parcel slips are provided and indicate where the package can be collected. Post Offices are the primary locations for package pickup, though Post Office staff or your parcel slip may indicate an alternative location for pick up, such as the postal counters in Rexall Pharmacy in Trail Bay Centre or Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall. Visit Canada Post’s website at www. for more information about locations, services and rates. If you’re in need of printer ink and paper, need multiple copies of a document or business cards printed, or in the market for a new laptop or computer software, there are a variety of locations that offer all of these services and more. For a complete list visit our online listings directory,

DRIVER SERVICES The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is responsible for basic insurance, licensing and BC Identification Cards and accident claims. Contact ICBC for more information, com or 604-661-2800. See ad on opposite page

GRADUATED LICENSING The Graduated Licensing Program ap-

DRINKING & DRIVING Drinking and driving is the number one criminal cause of death in B.C. and there are strict anti-drinking and driving laws in B.C. that can result in criminal prosecution. If you’re going to drink, DON’T drive! Call a taxi, arrange a designated driver or call Responsible Ride (604-989-7752).

plies to those getting their driver’s license for the first time. New drivers first apply for their Learners License, allowing them to drive under the supervision of a qualified teacher or a family member who is at least 25 years of age and has a valid license. Learners must practice driving for a period of one year before they can take their road test. Passing this test awards a Novice License, allowing them to drive unsupervised, but with certain restrictions. Novices must wait two years and have no accidents or insurance claims before they can take their final road test. Enrolment in driver training programs may lessen the time spent at each stage. 60 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

PURCHASING & MAINTENANCE If you are interested in purchasing a vehicle, there are three local dealerships on the Coast that sell both new and previously owned vehicles, Skookum Dodge, South Coast Ford and Haley GM. Cars for sale by owner are also often listed in newspaper classifieds. If your car needs maintenance, there are a number of mechanics across the Coast that service a variety of makes and models. For mechanics, vehicle rentals, gas stations and more visit us online



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Community to know your

COMMUNITY & RECREATION CENTRES One thing you’ll notice as soon as you arrive on the Sunshine Coast is the deep sense of community. Friends support friends and neighbours help neighbours, truly bringing Coast residents together. If you would like to get involved in your community through sports or support programs there are a number of community resources to get you started. There are community and fitness facilities in Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. Here you can play sports, participate in fitness classes and use the swimming pools and ice arenas. Some also provide programs for youth and seniors. The facilities are managed by the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), which publishes a Recreation Guide highlighting schedules, activities, contact information and more for each facility.

Visit Recreation-Guide to view the latest edition online. To view a complete list of community centres, recreation facili-

ties and other resources, visit our online listings at

EDUCATION THE SCHOOL SYSTEM With a number of daycares, elementary schools and a high school in each of the three urban centres of the lower Coast, children are offered a quality education in respectable facilities. Children generally enter kindergarten at age five, complete elementary at 13 and high school at 18. There are also options for students interested in French Immersion, Private School and Alternative Learning. For graduates and adults who are interested in furthering their studies, Capilano University offers a number of programs including ElderU courses for seniors. For more information about all levels of education, contact School District #46, www., 604-886-8811.

SCHOOL BUS SERVICE Students who require bus service are required to submit an application every school year and can do so in person at the student’s school office or online at

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Education in Canada’s second official language

There are two private schools on the Sunshine

is available for students of various ages. There are

Coast, each offering unique curriculums. For more

three ways in which French schooling is categor-

information contact the Gibsons Christian School,


604-885-3628 or the Sun Haven Waldorf School,

French Immersion – students participate in regular courses but speak mostly French throughout.

Basic French – a course is integrated into, 604-741-0949.

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING The Sunshine Coast Alternative School consists

regular curriculum beginning in grade five.

of 10 self-contained programs located at various

French First Language – programs and courses

sites in Sechelt and Gibsons. Students are either

available only to children of francophones.

referred by their school or can self-refer. For more information call 604-885-0127.

For more information on French Immersion education contact École du Pacifique or École Secondaire Chatelech,, 604-885-4743.

HOME SCHOOL Students Participating in Distributed Education Resources (SPIDER) Elementary is part of School District 46 and provides direct support to parents who have chosen to home school their children.

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have access to post-secondary education through the Sechelt branch of Capilano University. Here, students can complete a variety of courses to complete certificate programs and gain transfer credits, with the added benefit of smaller class sizes and

The program serves students from kindergarten to grade nine. For more information visit http:// or call 604-885-9523.


a higher level of interaction with instructors. The campus also offers an

Spark, KinderSpark, and Strong Start are all

ElderU program allowing seniors to participate in a variety of interesting

free programs that support families in developing

courses without the pressure of deadlines or exams.

their childrens’ interest in learning from birth to

For more information visit or call 604-885-9310.

five years. Registration is required. For more information visit the Sunshine Coast School District‘s early learning website,

There are nine elementary schools and three secondary schools located in a number of communities across the Coast. Students generally attend the school closest to where they live though parents can apply for their children to attend a different school. Visit www.newcoastermagazine. com for a complete list of elementary and secondary schools.

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RAISING CHILDREN The Sunshine Coast offers an ideal environment to raise children. There are an abundance of beaches, parks and playgrounds for kids to enjoy, a variety of sports teams and clubs to enroll in, and designated youth centres where friends can get together. For more information on available sports, see page 87. Further resources and contact information can be found in our online version: visit

CHILDCARE SUBSIDY You may be eligible to receive this government subsidy from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development if you meet certain criteria. For more information and application forms, contact the Sunshine Coast Childcare Resource and Referral Program, or 604-885-5657.

DAYCARE There are a number of options if you require daycare for your children. The Sunshine Coast Childcare Resource and Referral Program offer a complete list of their facility referrals online,

NANNIES & BABYSITTING In a such a friendly community, it likely won’t be hard to find someone in your neighbourhood willing to provide babysitting services. If you would prefer See ad on opposite page

a professional company, Sunshine Care Network offers nanny/babysitting services across the Coast. The agency recruits, screens and schedules skilled professionals to provide in-home care for

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children 24hrs/day, seven days/week. They are also available “on location” bringing their care services to events and weddings. For more information visit or call 604-740-1993.

BC HEALTHY KIDS PROGRAM The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eyewear for their children. Children must be under 19 years of age and receive Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage. For more information about the program visit HealthyKids.htm Our comprehensive list of dental offices and optometrists can be found in our online version,

HAVING A BABY Prenatal medical care is offered at Sechelt Hospital and at several medical clinics across the Coast. The hospital is well equipped with ultrasound imaging services and provides birthing for lowrisk pregnancies. To find a clinic near you visit our online edition for our comprehensive list of medical clinics.

YOUTH CENTRE The Gibsons Youth Centre is located in the Gibsons and Area Community Centre. The Youth Centre provides drop-in recreation based programming for youth ages 13 to 18 years old and offers a variety of programs and activities including board games, baking and movie viewing. A schedule of activities is available online at

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SHOP ‘til you


Need a dose of retail therapy? The Coast has many places to shop with a variety of stores ranging from local boutiques to brand name grocery stores. Highlighted here are the major shopping areas across the Coast. Visit our online listings directory, www., for specific shops and services.

LOWER GIBSONS & THE LANDING Gower Point Road, Gibsons As well as the Government Wharf, Visitor Information Centre, Post Office and Museum there are also many unique shops and restaurants. Here you can find clothing for adults and children, locally-produced artwork and goods and even high-quality olive oils and balsamics.

GIBSONS PARK PLAZA 1100 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Gibsons At this recently renovated outdoor shopping complex in Gibsons you will find insurance services, clothing, an IGA Grocery Store, liquor store, a medical clinic and


LifeLabs, Starbucks Coffee and more.

900 Gibsons Way, Gibsons With over 30 stores under one roof in downtown Gibsons, shoppers can purchase almost anything from groceries and liquor to clothing and local art. There is a London Drugs as well as postal services and free WiFi. Visit for more information.

WILSON CREEK PLAZA 4330 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Wilson Creek This small complex right on the highway in Wilson Creek is a convenient place to stop for groceries, gas or video rentals. There is also a pharmacy, pizza and sushi restaurants, an outdoor adventure store, coffee shop and more. 66 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

WHARF PLAZA 5530 Wharf Road, Sechelt A courtyard of businesses

TSAIN-KO VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTRE 5500 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt

including Optometry, nu-

Located beside the Hospital as you

trition, a Greek restau-

enter Sechelt, this collection of

rant, salon and spa ser-

shops and services offers fast food,

vices and wine-making.

gas, groceries, clothing and much

Plenty of parking available

more. Visit www.tsain-kovillage.

- turn off Wharf Road at

com for more information.

Daphne’s Restaurant.

COWRIE STREET Downtown Sechelt Take a stroll and browse the variety of shops and services on this downtown Sechelt street. A unique collection of stores offering clothing, gifts, artwork, local seafood, fresh flowers, office supplies and more.

TRAIL BAY CENTRE 5755 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt Offers over 40 shops and services, including eight dining options in downtown Sechelt. Find groceries, sporting goods and clothing, a BC Liquor Store, Rexall Pharmacy, Pet Valu, locally made goods and community events. Visit for more information.

MADEIRA PARK VILLAGE Madeira Park Road The largest collection of shops and services on the Northern end of the Sechelt Peninsula! Here you’ll find an IGA Grocery Store, liquor store, a Visitor Info Centre, boutique cafes, restaurants and more. 2017/2018 • newCOASTER Magazine • 67


Eye Care


Eye Care in Canada is evolving and is

Blue Light Reduction

now so much more than just glasses and

We all know that UV light is bad for

contact lenses. Your eye care profession-

your eyes and new research is showing

al can now use advanced imaging sys-

that blue light, emitted by computer

tems, DNA tests and nutritional supple-

screens, cell phones and tablets among

ments (nutraceuticals) to craft a unique

other things, can be damaging too! As

eye care suite tailored for each individ-

the Coast’s Varilux Exclusive Eyecare

ual patient.

Professional, InSightful Visions can pro-

At InSightful Visions in Sechelt trained,

vide lenses for you that help reduce blue

locally based optometrists and opticians

light impacts and limit the risk of cata-

can help you learn more about manag-

racts, AMD and retinal cell damage.

ing your eye’s health. The entire staff is passionate about keeping your vision

Nutrition Based Treatments

clear and they use state of the art tech-

We’ve all heard that carrots are good

nology to diagnose and treat potential

for your eyes, right? That’s because your

problems BEFORE your vision is affected.

eyes need vitamins, minerals and nutri-

A few examples include:

ents to function at their best. In fact, certain nutraceuticals (supplements) have

Multi-Spectral Imaging The RHA™ instrument is a multi-spectral imaging digital ophthalmoscope with a patented optical system that captures high resolution image data through the retinal and subretinal layers. This imaging is safe and extends the simple color based analysis eye care professionals use to distinguish between ocular structures. InSightful Visions is the only office on the Coast and one of only a few offices in BC to have this state-of-the-art technology.

been shown to help patients suffering from vision conditions such as macular degeneration, which is the world’s leading cause of legal blindness. It’s easy to consult with your vision specialist to find a healthy, non-invasive treatment.

Large Selection of Eyewear Of course, having the correct eyewear remains a major piece of not only your overall health and wellness but your style too! InSightful Visions is the exclusive carrier of hundreds of frames from all of the most popular brand names.

DNA Profiles


Diagnosed with AMD or a family history? DNA profiles are still considered

Helping local organizations advance

“new “ to the eyecare industry. It en-

eye care education can be the best pre-

ables the most accurate and safe supple-

ventative care, especially for kids. In-

mentation recommendation available to

Sightful Visions is proud to offer compli-

date. Testing is supportive to those who

mentary Retinal Health Assessments for

are seeking prevention, or even to those

children under 18 years of age.

individuals under going treatments for Wet AMD. 68 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

Prevention and Education

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast!

We look forward to helping you enjoy the Coast’s beauty by providing the perfect eye care for you! With locally based Optometrists, State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Equipment and value pricing, you’ll see why people from the Sunshine Coast and all around the Lower Mainland make InSightful Visions their eye care home.

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HEALTH CARE MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN (MSP) Enrolling for medical coverage is mandatory for residents of British Columbia and ensures that you are covered for medically required services provided by physicians and other health care practitioners. New residents to BC are eligible for coverage after residing in the province for two months. Your BC CareCard is proof of your enrollment in MSP, so keep it with you to

both the government (see Medical Ser-

home to Langdale ferry terminal plus

present to your health care provider.

vices Plan above) and by private payers

Horseshoe Bay to the required service

Traditional BC CareCards are currently

including employers, unions and you as

then fulfills the rest.

being replaced by the BC Services Card

a personal health insurance member.

When referred to a specialist, a Trav-

- a combination of your BC CareCard and

In BC, Pacific Blue Cross provides vari-

el Assistance Program (TAP) form can

BC Drivers License or BC ID Card that

ous plans that cover medical, dental

be obtained from the referring doctor,

provides access to all government servi-

and travel insurance, and often include

which will pay for the ferry trip.

ces. The replacement occurs when your

specific coverage for registered ther-

Eligible expenses include transporta-

license or ID is renewed.

apists and health practitioners as well

tion, whether by bus, taxi, train or plane,

as prescription drugs and private duty

as well as parking and meals. Lodging

care nursing. For more information on

is an eligible expense if the distance

health care coverage and specific insur-

traveled is greater than 80km. These

ance plans contact your local insurance

expenses may be claimed for both the

agency for more information.

patient and an escort if one is required.

Kenneth McEwen, RD


DENTURE CLINIC See ad on page 73

Receipts must be saved for all expenses. There is a fee for lost, stolen or damaged cards, however replacements are provided free of charge for surname or address changes. BC residents who are


approaching 65 years of age are issued a gold CareCard, which is useful as a proof of age and allows cardholders special discounts at some businesses and on public transportation. BC Ferries, for example, provides 50% off passenger fares from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, Monday through Thursday.


MEDICAL TRAVEL EXPENSES Many people do not realize that they can deduct the costs associated with travel for the purpose of obtaining medical services. Tax payers who live in remote areas are eligible to deduct these costs if they are unable to obtain a particular medical service in the area in

a rate of $0.475/km (BC 2016 rate). Courtesy of Blue Skies Tax Service

HEALTH & WELLNESS the Coast who practice both traditional

penses for medical trips to the Greater

and holistic medicine. Visit newcoaster-

Vancouver area. for our online Health &

In order to be eligible, the distance traveled must be at least 40km. The of this requirement. The distance from

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own vehicle, mileage may be claimed at

There are a variety of practitioners on

coverage is provided proportionally by


without receipts. When driving your

the Sunshine Coast to deduct travel ex-



up to three meals per day is permitted

which they live. This allows residents of

16km ferry crossing fulfills nearly half


A flat rate of $17 per meal per person

Wellness directory, which covers everything from acupuncture to yoga.

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Showing your gold CareCard at participating

The Sunshine Coast is increasingly becoming a desired location for

Coast businesses awards various discounts and

retirement. With approximately 25% of the Coast’s population belong-

deals. For example, IGA Marketplace and Rexall

ing to the 65+ age group, an emphasis is being placed on improving

Pharmacy offer percentage discounts certain days

infrastructure, range of activities and overall lifestyle for seniors. The

of the week and the Sunshine Coast Credit Union

various activity centres across the Coast offer group outings, lunch

offers perks such as exemptions on account ser-

get-togethers and general opportunities for seniors to be social.

vice charges. The Sunshine Coast transit system offers discounts on monthly passes and BC Ferries offers travelers 50% off passenger fares Mondays to Thursdays (excluding holidays) with proof of age. There is also a discount offered on daily and monthly passes to Dakota Ridge for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

ELDERU Capilano University in Sechelt offers a unique learning program for those aged 55 plus. A various collection of course is available each semester ranging from tax planning and computer courses to travel and geography. With no exams or deadlines, participants enjoy a stress free learning and social environment. For more information, schedules and fees visit or call 604885-9310.

Social Organizations Community Resource Centre

Pender Harbour Seniors Initiative

5520 Trail Avenue, Sechelt


(back of building)

HEALTH CARE There is ample access to health care across the Sunshine Coast, with a number of medical clinics and health practitioners in almost every Coast community. The centrally located Sechelt Hospital is a 41-bed acute care facility, which has been re-


Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre

cently upgraded to include five new medical/sur-

5604 Trail Avenue, Sechelt

gical beds, more single patient rooms and larger


wards for emergency, radiology, maternity and

critical care. In 2016, Sechelt Hospital was ranked

Harmony Hall

as Greenest Hospital in Canada in the 2016 Green

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VOLUNTEER SERVICES Volunteering is an important part of life on the Sunshine Coast and an excellent way to get to know your new community. Not only does volunteering at your child’s school, the local art centre or hospital foundation help the community, but it’s also a great way to learn new skills, gain work experience and meet new people. The Sunshine Coast Volunteer Centre provides helpful information and resources including an online directory of over 400 non-profit groups, services, organizations and agencies looking for volunteers. Visit www.scvolunteer. com or call 604-885-1036 for more information and to get involved. An organization that always accepts volunteers is the local branch of Habitat For Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps those in need. To volunteer or make a donation visit or call 604-885-6773.



Kenneth McEwen, R.D.



denture clinic

Sunshine Coast

Our Mission: To lift low income families out of the poverty cycle through home ownership. For more information or to volunteer, contact us



604.885.7565 2-5682 Wharf Road, Sechelt

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Building Homes Building Hope



There are four primary government

Libraries have undergone a significant transformation over the past decade.

organizations operating on the Coast.

While books are still the primary focus, now you can take home popular movies

See their welcome messages and con-

and television series, read international newspapers, download e-books and con-

tact information just inside the front

nect to free public internet. The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have three great


facilities, one in Gibsons, Sechelt and Madeira Park. All of these facilities work in

The Sunshine Coast Regional Dis-

cooperation with other libraries around the province, so if the material you’re

trict was formed in 1967 and acts as a

looking for isn’t available, in many cases they can bring it in for you.

regional government serving the entire

To get a library card all you need to do is visit your local library and show proof

lower Sunshine Coast. It encompasses

of residency. Once you have your library card, you can also get a BC OneCard

the District of Sechelt, the Town of Gib-

which allows you to borrow at any public library in BC (and even return the ma-

sons and the Sechelt Indian Band Gov-

terials to your home branch). For more information visit

ernment District and therefore supplies

and search BC OneCard.

services that are local, inter-municipal or


regional. Some of the services the SCRD

Libraries & Reading Centres

GIBSONS 470 South Fletcher Road 604-886-2130

SECHELT 5797 Cowrie Street 604-885-3260

PENDER HARBOUR 12952 Madeira Park Road 604-883-2983

provides include animal control, park maintenance and garbage collection and disposal. The District of Sechelt provides various information and services for Sechelt residents including property tax assessments, a list of local bylaws and future goals for the community. They also represent City Hall and house city council meetings. The Town of Gibsons governs the Gibsons area. Town meetings are held here to discuss community and corporate services, town infrastructure and future planning. These meetings are open to the public. The shíshálh Nation is the result of the Band becoming an independent self-governing body in 1986. Holding jurisdiction over its lands, the shíshálh Nation provides services to the entire region. The Tsain-Ko Shopping Centre and the House of hewhiwus (House of Chiefs) provide shopping, dining and entertainment to the community.

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PETS & PET CARE Having a pet on the Sunshine

LICENSES & IMPOUNDING A license is required for dogs and must be renewed annual-

Coast is great! The abundance of

ly. Contact your local District Office for current fees and restric-

outdoor space allows for plenty of

tions. Seniors purchasing a dog license receive a 50% discount.

play time and there are many ex-

To report a dog that is found roaming free or to file a com-

ceptional veterinarians and pet supply

plaint, contact the SCRD at 604-885-6817. Dogs that are found

stores to make sure your pets are healthy and well taken care

roaming free will be impounded by the SCRD Dog Control Of-

of. This section covers some of the general information every

ficer and taken to the Sunshine Coast Branch of the SPCA, 604-

Sunshine Coast pet owner should know. For our list of busi-


nesses that supply health care, grooming, kennelling and training, visit


LOST & FOUND If your pet has gone missing or you find a pet roaming free, it is important to act quickly. It is a good idea to check with the

The Sunshine Coast branch of the SPCA is a great place to

SCRD to see if your pet has been impounded (see above) and

find a new furry family member. Through donations and volun-

with your veterinarian, especially if your pet has an identifica-

teer efforts, the SPCA is able to look after dogs, cats and other

tion chip or tag. Another great resource is Missing Pets Sun-

animals until they find their forever homes. If you would like

shine Coast BC, a central online source created to aid people

to add a pet to your family contact the Sunshine Coast SPCA,

in their search for lost pets on the Sunshine Coast. They report or call

information about missing and found pets on their Facebook




DOG ETIQUETTE There are a number of trails, beaches and parks that could

fresh air and hidden corners to explore. However, there is a risk

become both your dog’s and your favourite walking spot.

of your pet coming in contact with coyotes, cougars or bears

Though there are some general rules of thumb to remember

that can seriously injure or kill domestic animals, so make sure

when walking your dog in a public location.

to keep an eye on your pet when it is wondering outdoors. Vaccinations and other medications can be provided by any

• Dogs must be on a leash and under verbal command while on public property and in all SCRD parks and trails.

veterinarian to combat general pet diseases. On the Sunshine

• While in public parks, prevent your dog from digging holes,

Coast pets may be more susceptible to carrying ticks, espe-

chasing wildlife or damaging the environment in any way.

cially if they spend a lot of time in woods or bushes. Regular grooming will help locate ticks quickly and avoid the risk of possible infection. For a full list of veterinarians on the Coast visit us online,

• In all public areas, owners are required to pick up and safely dispose of their dog’s waste. Waste pick-up bag dispensers are located in most public parks.

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Pets of all kinds thrive on the Sunshine Coast with all the


SPORTS & EVENTS The Sunshine Coast is widely known as

Coast’s culture, events and sports. In the

ciations meeting close to home. A great

a lively, active, creative, thoughtful, and

mean time, we can help you get started;

starting point are the local branches of

socially and environmentally conscious

in this section we offer you a brief insight

the Royal Canadian Legion, www.legion.

area. Throughout the year, the Coast is

in to some of the major events and organ-

ca. You don’t have to be a veteran to join

home to a wide range of clubs and or-

izations that call the Coast home.

the legion and it’s a great way to support

festivals and events. No matter what your life’s passion is, you’re sure to quickly find a number of people who share your artistic, sporty, or social spirit. Once you’ve settled in, you may find it a bit daunting to choose between all the different groups, clubs and organizations. But as you’ll soon find out, the best way to find your Coast spirit is to connect with the people around you. You never know, your mortgage specialist might be an amazing dancer and be part of the

local initiatives, support those who have

The Sunshine Coast is widely known as a lively, active, creative, thoughtful and socially and environmentally conscious area.

ganizations and plays host to a variety of

annual performance of the Nutcracker or your neighbour might be a coach for CULTURE, SPORTS AND EVENTS

our local Special Olympics Team. By en-


served and have a great time at regular events. Similarly, groups such as the Lions Club,, and Rotary,, hold meetings in Pender Harbour, Sechelt and Gibsons. These organizations are active in supporting both community initiatives and international causes and have a lot of fun in the process. If getting outdoors is more your style, then getting in touch with a local conservation or botanical society is always a great option. The Sunshine Coast has always been very focused on protecting our natural environment and creating oppor-

gaging with the people around you you’ll

No matter where you find yourself

tunities for the public to enjoy our green

find out about all sorts of hidden, and not

settling down on the Coast you’ll also be

spaces. We encourage you to visit www.

so hidden, ways to explore the Sunshine

able to find a variety of clubs and asso- for listings.

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SPORTS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES If you still can’t get enough of the great outdoors then you’ve come to the right place. With a multitude of parks, sports organizations and other ways to get your heart pumping, the Sunshine Coast is

chelt and Gibsons websites. All of these resources can help point you in the right direction for whatever your sporting goals are.


the perfect place to enjoy a VERY active lifestyle.

In addition to being prime time for outdoor ac-

As an example, did you know that there is a frisbee

tivities, summertime is also festival season on the

golf course that winds its way through the woods

Coast. Events are happening all the time, but there

in Shirley Macey Park? That leads to joining the ul-

is something to enjoy almost every weekend be-

timate frisbee league in the summer, which plays

tween May and October. We have included a list of

alongside the summer baseball leagues which give

“Eight Cultural and Musical Events Not to Miss” on

way to the soccer and hockey and lacrosse and skat-

page 90, but the list is far from exhaustive. Keep an

ing and curling seasons. And that’s not even count-

eye on the local newspapers for upcoming events.

ing the year round biking, tennis, hiking, golfing and

It’s always a good idea to check out community bul-


letin boards as well. Colourful flyers and signs are a

The best way to get started is to see page 87 for

mainstay of mailboxes, post-boards and shop win-

more information about sports and activities, visit

dows, so be on the lookout for the latest informa-

your local recreation centre or check the SCRD, Se-

tion wherever you go.

Start Exploring

To explore your new community, meet new people and gain some

excellent local knowledge about the Sunshine Coast, why not try a local sightseeing tour! Whether you prefer to explore on land or water, the following companies offer both options. Sign up for a guided, group hike/walk or book a boat tour of Sechelt Inlet or Princess Louisa Inlet. Make sure to get in touch for more information on tour options. FUNtastic Hikes and Tours 778-994-3317

Sunshine Coast Tours 604-883-2280

HISTORY & ATTRACTIONS If you’re still having difficulty finding the right activity for your family, sometimes it’s best to get in touch with the things that make a place unique. With an amazing collection of attractions including local landmarks, dining locales and public markets the Sunshine Coast will keep you entertained all year long! The Coast has a rich history and the area is dotted with attractions that contribute to its identity and spirit. Whether you’re at the North end of the Coast in Egmont and you’re visiting the Egmont Heritage Centre and the Skookumchuck Rapids, at the Southern end in Gibsons at the Heritage Playhouse or anywhere in between, there is certainly a piece of Sunshine Coast culture ready to be explored. Page 78 highlights a few Coast attractions and you can always find more by stopping in at the local Visitor Information Centre. Whether you’re a new or long-time resident, we encourage everyone to learn more about what makes the Sunshine Coast

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such a unique and welcoming place to live.

Coast ATTRACTIONS PLUS Dining & Farmers’ Markets

8 2




MOLLY’S REACH 647 School Road, Gibsons


Most well-known as the lo-



662 North Road, Gibsons


HOUSE OF HEWHIWUS (HOUSE OF CHIEFS) 5555 Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt

ROCKWOOD LODGE 5511 Shorncliffe Road, Sechelt

cation of the famous CBC

This restored 146-seat the-

television series The Beach-

atre in Gibsons is home to

combers, Molly’s Reach is

the Driftwood Players and

This decorative building is

well-kept outdoor gardens

now a popular restaurant in

the Sunshine Coast Film

the administrative centre for

is one of Sechelt’s premier

the heart of lower Gibsons.

Society who perform here

the shíshálh Nation. It also

heritage sites. It was built

With an active waterfront

year-round. The Playhouse

houses The tems swiya (Our

as a boarding house in 1935

setting and diverse menu

is fully equipped with the-

World) Museum, the Tsain-

and housed visitors who

including their famous fish

atre lighting, a built in sound

Ko Gift Shop, and the Raven’s

arrived by boat. Various

and chips, Molly’s Reach

system and projection ca-

Cry Theatre, which features

festivals and events are held

is a popular stop for locals

pabilities. Visit www.herit-

various plays, dance and

here every year, including

and visitors alike. Find more for more

musical recitals as well as big

the Festival of the Written

information at www.mollys-


screen movies.

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This group of buildings and

crowds annually.

1 7 5






5941 Mason Road, Sechelt This 16-hectare (40-acre) property was once an orna-




Egmont Road, Egmont

6671 Egmont Road, Egmont

Viewing the spectacular tidal

This 3400 sq. ft centre

surges of the Skookumchuck

opened its doors in 2006 and

- its fitting name meaning

provides an historic look at



“strong water” - is a must.

the people and activities of

full of mature trees and

Centre was built in 2005

With speeds reaching 30km/

Egmont. The Centre houses

grassy meadows. The main

on the Ruby Lake Lagoon

hour and heights of two


hall, kitchen and lobby area

Nature Reserve & provides

metres, the rapids are awe-

and equipment including old

make it an ideal location



inspiring but can be very

chainsaws and logging and

for events. Site tours are

adult education programs

dangerous so use caution.

fishing gear. There is also an

also available if booked in

as well as nature tours of its

A relatively easy hike will

interactive area, gift shop,

advance. Visit www.coast-

wetland restoration project.

bring you to the best view-

plus summer classes and


ing points.






com for more information. 2017/2018 • newCOASTER Magazine • 79


more information.



mental tree farm and is now




DINING The Sunshine Coast boasts a unique and eclectic array of dining options. Whether your favourite is Greek, Italian, Indian or Japanese, there is definitely something to suit everyone’s taste. At the top end of the restaurant scene you’ll find fine dining establishments

Locally Produced!

that excel in food and wine pairings. Being a

on the Sunshine Coast! Listed below are just four of the vari-

mussels. Local, organic fruits and vegetables

ous local companies/entrepreneurs who choose to create their

are often used as well, giving meals unbeliev-

goods here on the Coast. Make sure to give them a try - food

able flavour. If you’re looking for somewhere

just tastes better when it’s local!

a little less gourmet, you can try a pub/sports

There are some amazing edible products created right here

Holy Crap 1-855-588-8860

Northern Divine 604-885-4688

Hooray Truffles 604-989-4240

Sunshine Coast Salt Co. 604-740-0462

coastal community, seafood is a popular ingredient and can include salmon, halibut and a variety of shellfish including crab, clams and

bar hybrid where the beer and sports fanatic will feel right at home. There are also many coffee and tea shops where you can spend a relaxing afternoon or skip straight to dessert and visit any of the Coast’s delicious bakeries, chocolate shops and ice cream parlours. Make sure to visit our online directory,, for our evergrowing list of dining options.

FARMERS’ MARKETS The annual Farmers Market season on the Sunshine Coast is always much anticipated. Vegetables, artwork, jewelry and more can all be found at farmers markets that pop up across the Coast throughout the year. The Sechelt Farmers and Artisans Market is held on Saturdays from April to September in Downtown Sechelt by Rockwood Lodge. For local goods all year round visit the Farm Gate Market at Roberts Creek Hall. They operate every Wednesday afternoon between 3pm and 5:30pm. The Gibsons Public Market has recently undergone an expansion and celebrated its re-opening in March 2017. Visit www. for more.

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If there is one thing the Sunshine Coast has in abundance

it’s nature - mountains, trails, ocean, forests, each landscape ideal for numerous physical activities. Sechelt Inlet offers some of the best diving and kayaking in the world, whereas visitors come from miles around to snowshoe and mountain bike through Tetrahedron Provincial Park. People of all ages

and skill levels can participate in Sunshine Coast recreational activities and experience nature first hand in the process.


The Sunshine Coast is truly a hikers paradise as hundreds of trails showcase the area’s forests, beaches, lakes and mountain ranges. Trails that

Golf on the Sunshine Coast has come

vary in difficulty appeal to the sightseeing

a long way since its humble beginnings in

walker and energetic hiker alike, allowing for a

Golf and Country Club – the Coast’s inaug-

half-hour jaunt or a daylong adventure. Climb

ural green. Since its creation as a nine-hole

a kilometre of stairs and rugged trail to reach

course in 1966, the Sunshine Coast Club

the top of Soames Hill in Gibsons and be rewarded by the panoramic

has added a second set of nine and has

views of Howe Sound and Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains.

been joined by the nine-hole Pender Har-

Wander through the calm and serene Sechelt Heritage Forest, just past

bour Golf Club and 18-hole Sechelt Golf and

Porpoise Bay in Sandy Hook, and take in the sounds, smells and sights

Country Club, which round out the Coast’s

of old growth forest and marsh wetland. And make sure to trek the

45-hole offering.

two hour round-trip trail to witness the 200 billion gallons of water


Roberts Creek, home of the Sunshine Coast

There is also a Par 3 course nestled in the


woods above Williamson’s Landing in Lang-

that create the charging rapids of Skookumchuck Narrows, a must-see attraction in Egmont.

dale that is ideal for practice or a bit of fun.

The newest addition to the hiking system on the Coast is the Sun-

Each course provides a unique and chal-

coaster Trail. The Suncoaster functions as a backbone corridor to

lenging landscape that caters to amateurs

the Sunshine Coast providing users with a unique opportunity to ex-

and professionals alike and all offer prac-

perience its rugged nature. The 37 kilometres of natural trail travels

tice facilities, all of which include full driv-

through old crown land forest roadways along a series of lakes and

ing ranges and practice greens. For more

connecting trails blazed through the brush with exit points near Sun-

information and details about each of the

shine Coast communities.

Coast’s golf courses visit for our online directory. 82 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

Visit for a complete list of trails, or you can pick up

your copy of the Sunshine Coast Super Map for an on-the- go trail map.


BIKING CYCLING Road Cyclists will be challenged and

West Sechelt – Trout Lake: Simply de-


amazed by the 70-plus km Highway

scribed as single-track paradise! The

beaches, the Sunshine Coast is lit-

101. This scenic road weaves along the

Wakefield Valley is loaded with a seem-

erally a paddler’s playground!

shore line before giving way to the in-

ingly endless supply of rolling single-

land lakes near Pender Harbour. Don’t

track trails that connect private lakes

be afraid to seek the road less travelled

and stunning ocean and mountain

as there are countless great routes be-

vistas. Must ride: Parbac

yond the highway. The Coast is divided

With a variety of coves, inlets and

Gibsons: Launching from the boat ramp at the Gibsons Marina or from the park at Armours Beach allows you to explore the semi-protected

Halfmoon Bay: Seargents Bay/Connor

waters of Shoal Channel. For those


looking for a longer trip- try circum-

Sprockids Park: Just two kilometres

A 20-plus kilometre network of cross-

navigating the island before re-

from the Langdale ferry terminal is

country single track trails from begin-

turning to your launching spot.

the world’s first Sprockids Park. The

ner to advanced. Lots of rooty old-

area features a progressive skills park

school trails to keep you smiling for

including dirt jumps, wall rides and a

hours. Must ride: Pterodactyl

into several mountain bike riding areas.

pump track. It also supports a large network of single track. Must ride: 102 to Persephone Brewing Company

mountain bike community is busy cre-

ble-covered estuary or paddle the

ating new single track trails that will

shores of Georgia Straight.

Coast Bike Fest, the B&K supports the

A great connector from Halfmoon Bay

largest and most diverse network on

to explore the Pender Harbour area.

the Coast. Gravity enthusiasts appre-

Must Ride: Cabin Fever

work of trails from mild to wild. Must ride: Mach Chicken

Coast. Launch your kayak from the park at the pier and explore the peb-

compliment the Suncoast Trail System.

road, which provides access to a net-

best sandy beaches on the Sunshine

Pender Harbour: The Pender Harbour

Roberts Creek: Home of the Sunshine

ciate the well-groomed forest service

Roberts Creek: Offers one of the

Sechelt Inlet: One of the best kayaking destinations on the Sunshine Coast. For the beginner paddler, the sheltered waters of Porpoise Bay are

Coast bike shops offer local trail

perfect for a day trip. Launch your

knowledge, maps, guiding & rentals.

kayak from the beach at Porpoise

For maps and more information visit

Bay Provincial Park or from the pub-

lic beach access at Willow Point (end

Coast Races

of Burnett Road). Halfmoon Bay: Launching from the regional park at Cooper’s Green

BC Bike Race On the Coast July 9th & 10th, 2017

lets you explore the shoreline. If the

Sunshine Coast Moutain Bike Challenge August 12th and 13th, 2017

Pender Harbour: This “Venice of the

winds are calm paddle out to Merry Island to see a working Lighthouse.

North” is great for kayaking as the inner areas of the harbour are protected from the winds in Georgia


Straight. Dan Bosch Regional Park

Just 10km from Sechelt, the Coast Gravity Park welcomes riders of all experience

can be used to launch your kayak to

levels with trails built and designed by The Coastal Crew, world-renowned build-

explore the ultra-clear waters.

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Katherine Lake Campground

campsites; wheelchair accessible; reser-

the Sunshine Coast than sleeping under

26 RV hook-up sites; 10 tent sites; wash-

vations required.

the stars? Fully equipped Provincial

rooms and showers; day use picnic area;

Parks and completely removed wilder-

sandy beach; 2km hiking trail; reser-

Roberts Creek Provincial Park & Campground

ness campsites and cabins are available.

vations and camping permit required.

Location: 12km west of Gibsons on the

For more information on the follow-

4955 Garden Bay Road, Pender Harbour

Sunshine Coast Highway.

ing parks and campgrounds contact BC

Reservations: 604-883-9557

Amenities: 39 hectares of Douglas Fir

What better way to spend the night on

and Cedar forests; 21 vehicle/tent camp-


TENTING & RV-ING Bayside Campground & RV Park 20 sites with power, water and sewer hook-ups; 10 sites with power and water hook-ups; 16 tent sites; coin operated showers; toilets; children’s play area; volleyball court; group picnic area. Located at 6040 Sechelt Inlet Road in Porpoise Bay. Call 1-877-885-7444 for reservations. Creekside Campground & RV Park Open year-round; tent and RV sites with hook-ups; showers and sani-station; swimming pool; fire pits. Located in Wilson Creek, 4314 Sunshine Coast Highway. Call 1-800-565-9222 for reservations.

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Klein Lake Campground

sites including one double site; picnic

23 sites for tents or small RV’s (no hook-

area; nearby pebble beach; sani-station

ups); day use picnic area; wheelchair

(no flush toilets or showers); wheelchair

accessible; first come first serve. Follow


Egmont Road to North Lake Road and travel 3.6km to campsite entrance.


Sargeant Bay Provincial Park Location: Left on Redrooffs Road, 5km north of Sechelt on Sunshine Coast Highway.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park & Campground

Amenities: Day use only; salmon spawn-

Location: Four kilometres north of Se-

ing grounds; boat launch; walking trails;

chelt along East Porpoise Bay Road, at

sandy beach.

the southern end of Sechelt Inlet. Amenities: 61 hectares of forested walk-

Smugglers Cove Provincial Park

ing trails; Angus Creek, spawning ground

Location: West on Brooks Road off the

for Chum and Coho salmon; 84 large

Sunshine Coast Highway, 16km north of

vehicle/tent campsites; picnic areas;


sandy beach; adventure playground;

Amenities: Hiking trails; five wilderness

showers; flush and pit toilets; cyclist only

campsites; toilets; seasonal park host; vehicle and boat access.


BEACHES PARKS See ads on pages 1, 53 & 81

Pebbly and sandy beaches and shorefront and forested public parks adorn the unique landscape of the Sunshine Coast. Almost every neighbourhood has a well-maintained green space or stretch of beach to enjoy. These are just a few of our favourites - contact the SCRD Parks and Recreation Division for a more comprehensive list,, 604-885-6802.

SECHELT Davis Bay Beach: One of the largest stretches of sand on the entire Sunshine Coast is revealed during low tide. It attracts skim boarders and windsurfers and is perfect for flying a kite or building a sandcastle. Picnic tables, showers and washroom facilities are available. Located on the Sunshine Coast Highway


just past Wilson Creek – you can’t miss it!

Bonniebrook Beach: This is a rocky beach but is highly popular

Pebbles Beach & Snickett Park: Sechelt’s waterfront boasts a

for windsurfing and fishing. Located on Ocean Beach Esplan-

long stretch of pebbles and driftwood, smoothed by the tides.

ade beside Chaster Park, a little grassy area for picnics.

Ideal for swimming, picnicking and watching cruise ships go by.

Soames Hill: One of the best views you can find on the Southern end of the Coast. A moderate hike brings you to the top of the round feature you see as you come in to Langdale on the ferry. From North road, turn right on to Reed Road and then left on to Chamberlain. Watch for signs to turn right on Bridgeman.

In the adjacent Snickett Park you can enjoy a picnic, take in the spectacular views or beach comb amongst the pebbles.

HALFMOON BAY Connor Park: This park has a large grass playing field with two baseball diamonds, a tot playground and washrooms. Short trails connect to extensive hiking and mountain biking trails


that wind through the Halfmoon Bay area.

Cliff Gilker Park: In this forested park you’ll have access to


a network of walking trails, playing fields, a playground and washroom facilities. Located just south of the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.

Pender Hill: This trail is all about the magnificent view from the top, though the hike up through the dry, rocky Arbutusdominated ecosystem is scenic as well.

The Coast’s natural environment is ideal for viewing a variety of bird species. Both mountainous and forested areas, as well as fresh water and ocean coastline attract a


wide assortment of birds, some of the most common being bald eagles, hawks, wood peckers, blue herons, loons, hummingbirds, mallards and Canadian geese. Ideal viewing areas include Sechelt Marsh, where a natural interaction of fresh and salt water creates an attractive environment for birds. Iris Griffith Wetlands in Pender Harbour provides watchers with a boardwalk path that extends above the wetlands, providing optimal viewing opportunities. Langdale Creek Trail is also a popular route for watchers as it winds amidst the Coastal forest and along Langdale Creek, where Coho and Chum salmon return to spawn. 2017/2018 • newCOASTER Magazine • 85



SNOWSHOEING Dakota Ridge Originally used as a sacred

1800 metre elevations. A wide

area for the Sechelt First Na-

network of trails provides ideal

tions, Dakota Ridge is definitely

conditions for hiking, mountain

a magical place. The unique

biking, and ATV-ing, snowshoe-

bowl shape, elevation and as-

ing and cross-country skiing.

pect make it a “snow catcher”

Wildlife enthusiasts will have

with snow coming earlier and

the unique opportunity to view

staying later than most other

bald eagles, deer, mountain

peaks on the lower coast. The

goats, cougars and black bears.

scenic plateau features 20km of

Caution should be taken at all

groomed cross-country and 7km

times around wildlife. See Bear

of snowshoe trails that wind

Awareness on page 55.

through scenic forest and alp-

Four public cabins are avail-

ine landscapes to a max of 1200

able on a first come-first serve

metres, allowing for panoramic

basis. They are located on Bach-

viewpoints of the Georgia Strait.

elor Lake, Edwards Lake, McNair

Dakota Ridge is located at the

Lake and on Mount Steele. It is

end of Field Road in Wilson

easier to reach these cabins in

Creek. The road is restricted to

the Spring and Summer months

4-wheel drive vehicles.

as they often become buried by

On-site facilities include a

snow in the Winter. Packing in,

warming hut with fireplace, an

and out any supplies is recom-

outhouse and a detailed trail

mended as the cabins simply

map. There are no garbage fa-

provide shelter.

cilities on-site. The minimal user

The Tetrahedron Provincial

fees contribute to keeping the

Park Trail is the primary route

facilities open and maintaining

through this large area, and is

the network of trails.

clearly marked by painted or-

Tetrahedron Provincial Park This vast parkland covers 6000 hectares of rugged terrain encompassing nine lakes, marsh wetland, creeks, rivers and for-

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ested mountains reaching 900-

ange markers and trail signs. This route will reach the cabins and the lakes, however there are many offshoot trails leading to viewpoints, so having a map (available from the Sunshine Map Company is recommended.



The Coast can be a very active place,

martial arts are some of the activities

existed. For example, did you know that

which is especially true when it comes to

that are commonly asked about. We en-

the Coast has a Roller Derby team or

sports! From acrobatics to yoga, you’re

courage you to ask your neighbours and

that we have an indoor tennis facility?

pretty much guaranteed to find a team,

community/recreation centre staff for

league or group taking part in your sport

recommendations. Chances are you’ll

or activity of choice.

either find the group you’re looking for or find the support to start it.

YOUTH SPORTS If you’ve got an active family, chances are that you’ll be getting to know the various organizations fairly quickly. If you’re looking for a particular sport or activity – you can start in our online directory – or stop by your local recreation centre where the staff can give you great advice. You can also keep an eye out for signs along the highway, as many organizations practice the Coast tradition of road-side signage to let you know when it’s time to register. Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate in their sport(s) of choice on the Coast. It’s a great way for the whole family to get acquainted with your new community and stay active!


SCHOOL TEAMS Many sports are offered through school programs at both the elementary and high school levels. Basketball is a good example. There isn’t a local youth basketball league but the schools have teams that travel locally and off-coast to play. The school teams are often looking for help in a variety of capacities, from fund raising to coaching, so if your children are taking part in these programs, ask the school to see how you can help support the team.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Sunshine Coast has an excellent Special Olympics team who travel to compete in a variety of sports. The organization is volunteer based and largely funded through a variety of activities including raffles. Getting involved or making a contribution is easy and your support goes directly to the local team.

COACHING & REFEREEING All of the local leagues and teams rely on the support of parents and community members to make these activities possible. Even if you don’t have children involved in youth sports, the leagues can always use community support. Refer-

Adult sporting opportunities aren’t

eeing or coaching is a great way to get

as numerous as youth sports, but there

involved, so keep an eye out for oppor-

are plenty of choices all year round.

tunities to lend a hand.

Winter is dominated by hockey and soccer where summer sees slow pitch/fast pitch softball and ultimate frisbee on the

youth to be active outside of the “team”

fields. That being said, the Coast is also

sport offerings. Golf, tennis, dance,

home to many sporting options that you

gymnastics, swimming, ice skating and

may not have thought of or didn’t know

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The Coast also has opportunities for

THE ART SCENE Part of the Sunshine Coast’s unique culture stems from the plethora of talented artisans that reside here. In fact, there are more artists and crafters per capita than almost any other area in Canada; each benefiting from the serene and stunning environment, using it as an ideal backdrop for creating their masterpieces. Visitors are often surprised by the variety and quality of art produced in the Coast’s many studios, galleries and workshops, as well as the artists willingness to invite them in to watch them work and view their creations. The Coast’s diverse community of artists create often oneof-a-kind works of art using everything from glass blowing, ceramics and painting to carpentry, fibre arts and even digital multi-media. Visit any local artist and guaranteed, you’ll find the masterpiece you didn’t even know you were looking for.

PURPLE BANNER TRAIL Purple Banners wave from the sides of the road. They are part of a self-guided arts tour, organized by dedicated particpating members of the Coast Cultural Alliance, a local non-profit arts organization. Visitors and residents love discovering galleries, studios and shops that offer hand-made pieces from local glass blowers, fibre artists, jewelers, painters, potters, weavers and more, and are continually impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of the treasures they find. The studios and galleries offer a glimpse of coastal heaven, perched right beside the ocean or quietly off the beaten track, nestled deep in the woods. To find these galleries and studios, look for the brightly coloured Banners, or pick up a copy of the Purple Banner Studio & Gallery Guide available at local Visitor Centres, BC Ferries, participating galleries, bookstores, numerous other outlets and at Plus, in October, the Coast Cultural Alliance presents its annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl


Coast ART

See ads on page 89


The Coast Cultural Alliance is a non-profit group of volun-

from Lund to Langdale. Join the curious and creative. Take

teers brought together in 1998 to promote the breadth of Sun-

home a piece of the magic of the Sunshine Coast. Visit www.

shine Coast artists and to partner with them to raise aware- for more information.

ness of local talent and culture. For more information or to

Courtesy of Deanne Mineau, Coast Cultural Alliance

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get involved visit or call 604-740-8288.


IRIS GRIFFITH Field Studies and Interpretive Centre


pender harbour chamber music festival

20 7 Promoting Wildlife Conservation & Education

15386 Sunshine Coast Hwy., Madeira Park


August 18 – 20 School of Music | Madeira Park, BC 604.989.3995 |

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Eco-friendly interpretive centre offering guided nature walks, education programs, workshops and various displays and exhibits.



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This is the longest running festival on the Coast and hosts a talented group of local performers at various locations across the Coast, including the Sechelt Arts Centre and Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. A number of events are happening throughout April and May. Visit for more information.



Make sure to visit Downtown Sechelt on Canada Day for a variety of festive events. The day begins with an amazing pancake breakfast served by members of the Lions Club and children’s bike decorating at Trail Bay Centre. At 11am the parade begins, followed by a variety of events including cake-cutting, live music and a beer garden.



The Sunshine Coast’s celebration of summer for 45 years! The Sea Cavalcade offers great fun for the whole family. Treasure hunts, a parade, fireworks, live performances and logger sports are just some of the festivities that make up this great event. For


more information visit



If you love cars, this three day event held in Sechelt should not be missed! Also known as the Festival of the Rolling Arts, this event draws hundreds of spec-

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tators to view classic cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles. For more information visit



Photo by John Farrer

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Canada’s longest-running summer gathering of Canadian writ-

Our 13th season will mark Canada’s 150th birthday with the

ers and readers takes place annually at Rockwood Lodge. This

return to our stage of audience favourites, James Campbell and

Festival attracts hundreds of people so purchase tickets early

The Gryphon Trio plus seven other acclaimed artists. Canadian

and don’t miss a great opportunity to meet your favourite

compositions will be featured throughout the three-day festi-

writer. For more information visit

val. Enjoy remarkable Chamber Music in an intimate ocean side venue. Tickets and information:


SUNSHINE COAST ART CRAWL October 20 to 22, 2017


Submitted by the PHCMF

THE NUTCRACKER December 16 to 19, 2017

This holiday tradition, performed by local dancers from the

ance, takes participants on a scenic coastal tour to more than

Coasting Along Theatre Society, is the Coast’s first full-length

145 galleries and artist studios all across the Coast. A great op-

professionally produced ballet! This popular event is held every

portunity to meet local artists, enjoy art demonstrations and

year at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt and should definitely

take part in exciting events. For more information visit

not be missed this Christmas! For more information visit 2017/2018 • newCOASTER Magazine • 91


This fun weekend event, presented by the Coast Cultural Alli-


Index A Accommodation Airlines (Local) Art Assisted Living ATM’s Attractions (Local) Auto/Driver Services Drinking & Driving Licensing Purchasing Rentals Repairs

6 5 88 39 52 78 60 60 60 60 6 60

B Banking/Financial Services Accounts ATM’s Banks Borrowing Credit Unions Mortgages Online Banking Beaches Bear Awareness Biking Birding Bottle Return/Recycling Building a Home Building Permits Business Support Buses & Shuttles Buying a Home

52 52 52 52 42 52 42 52 85 55 83 85 55 44 44 35 5 40

C Cable (see Utilities) Camping 92 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

51 84

Cars (see Auto) Car Rentals Car Sharing Chambers of Commerce Children BC Healthy Kids Program Childcare Subsidy Daycare Having a Baby Nannies & Babysitting Youth Centre Clubs & Associations Coast Community Builders Association Coast Cultural Alliance Coast Living Community & Recreation Centres Conferences & Meetings Cost of Living Cross Country Skiing Culture, Sports & Events Cycling

60 6 6 35 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 76 44 88 31 62 36 31 86 76 83

D Davis Bay Daycare Dining Dog Etiquette Drinking & Driving Driver Services (see Auto)

12 64 80 75 60 60

E Education (see School) Egmont Electric Vehicles ElderU Emergency Numbers Preparedness

62 19 54 72 56 56 56

Employment Business Support Finding a Job Self Events (Local, Annual) Extended Health Coverage Eye Care

34 35 36 35 90 70 68

F Farmers’ Markets Ferries Financial Services (see Banking) Finding a Home Finding a Job Finding a Pet Fire Departments Protection (Home) First Aid Training First Time Home Buyers’ Program Flooring French Language Education Furniture & Bedding

80 6 52 38 36 75 56 56 56 56 40 49 63 49

54 49 50 62 8 68 82 74

H Halfmoon Bay Having a Baby

16 64

70 70 56 70 70 70 82 28 44 40 39 39 42 63 56 50

I Insurance Internet/Cable/Satellite

52 51

K 83


G Garbage Collection Garden Gas (Natural, Household) Getting to Know Your Community Gibsons Glasses (Eye) Golf Government (Local)

Health Extended Health Coverage Hospital Medical Services Plan (MSP) Medical Travel Expenses Health & Wellness Hiking History (Local) Home Building Buying Rentals Retirement Sales Home School Hospital Hydro Electricity & Natural Gas

L 54 49 74 31 74

Landfills Landscaping Libraries Life on the Coast Local Government

M Making Your House a Home Malls Maps

48 66 21

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Index Medical Services Plan (MSP) Medical Travel Expenses Meetings Mobile Phones Mortgages Moving (Household) Expenses Preparing Museums Music (Events)

70 70 36 51 42 32 32 29 90

N Newcomers Club


O Office Supplies & Services Outdoor Living

60 49

P Paint (Home) Parks Pender Harbour Permits (Building) Pets Dog Etiquette Finding a Pet Impounding Licenses Lost & Found Veterinarians Phones Home Mobile Police Postal Services Power Outages Preparing to Move 94 • newCOASTER Magazine • 2017/2018

49 85 18 44 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 51 51 56 60 58 32

Private Schools Property Assessments Building Market Purchasing Public Transportation Purple Banner Trail

63 38 44 38 40 5 88

R Real Estate Agencies Mortgages & Borrowing Property Market Recreation Recycling Rentals Home Vehicles Residential Areas Restaurants Retirement Residences Senior Living Roberts Creek

42 42 42 38 82 55 39 6 8 80 39 72 10

S Satellite Saving Energy Saving Water School Alternative Learning Daycare/Preschool College/University Early Learning Elementary French Language Education Private

51 55 55 63 64 63 63 63 63 63

School Buses Secondary Sechelt Self Employment Senior Living Settling In shíshálh Nation Shopping Centres Skookumchuck Narrows Social Insurance Number (SIN) Sports & Group Activities Adult Sports Biking Birding Camping Coaching Golf Hiking Kayaking Refereeing Skiing/Snowshoeing Special Olympics Youth Sports

62 63 12 35 72 50 30 66 79 35 87 87 83 85 84 87 82 82 83 87 86 87 87

T Taxis Telephone (Home/Mobile) Television Tours Transportation

6 51 51 77 5

U University Utilities Billing Cable Internet Home Phone Service

63 50 50 51 51 51

Hydro Electricity Mobile Phone Services Natural Gas Satellite Water

50 51 50 51 52

V Veterinarians Visitor Information & Services Volunteer Services

75 5 73

W Waste Collection Household) Water Household Saving Water Welcome Services Wilson Creek Working on the Coast

54 52 52 55 2 10 34

Y Youth Centre Youth Sports Yard, Garden & Food Waste

64 87 55



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Online Directory for Local Business Listings

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ACCOMMODATION/DINING Ruby Lake Resort Stonewater Motel

20 7

ART/CULTURE/ATTRACTIONS Iris Griffith Field Studies & Interpretive Centre Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival Purple Banner Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

89 89 89 89

BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION/HOME IMPROVEMENT AJ Pumps & Water Management 53 Alternative Power Systems (APS) Inside Front Cover Custom Flooring Centres 15 & 43 Gibsons Building Supplies Ltd. 45 InstaGlass 45 Olson Electric Ltd. Back Cover Swanson’s Ready-Mix Ltd. 46-47 Sunshine Coast Fire Protection 57 CHILDREN Giggle n’ Bloom Peggy Sue’s COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEERING Child Care Resource & Referral Program Habitat For Humanity SPCA Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OpenDoor Group FINANCIAL SERVICES Sunshine Coast Credit Union GOVERNMENT/CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE District of Sechelt Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce shíshálh Nation Sunshine Coast Regional District Town of Gibsons HEALTH/WELLNESS Gibsons Chiropractic, Health & Wellness Centre InSightful Visions

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65 65 65 73 61 57 37 41 & 53 1 37 1 1, 53 & 81 1 71 68-69

McEwen Denture Clinic Pender Harbour Health Centre Pharmasave Rifa Hodgson

73 71 71 71

HOME/GARDEN Canadian Tire Dreamland Sleep Shop

45 41

INSURANCE Sechelt Insurance Talbot Insurance Services Ltd.

57 53

MOVING SUPPLIES & SERVICES Len Wrays Moving & Storage


OFFICE/PRINTING/SIGNAGE/MEDIA Coast Copy Centre Westcoast Phoneman Vital Signs & Graphics ZOOM

61 61 33 81

REAL ESTATE Brynelsen O’Reilly Gina Stockwell John McKenzie Julie Hegyi Rhonda Gossip Sladey Hunsche Mackay

41 37 33 20 45 7

SHOPPING Pretty Natty Duds Sunnycrest Mall Trail Bay Centre Wilson Creek Plaza

65 9 13 11

SPECIALTY FOODS Sechelt Fish Market


SPORTS/ADVENTURE Trail Bay Source For Sports


STORAGE Tyee Heated Storage




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We had so many entries in our Coast Capture Contest this year, that we narrowed it down to four amazing finalists and had our followers vote for their favourite. This beautiful shot by Brent Nichols overlooking Ruby Lake was voted our well-deserved winner. This truly represents what being a Coaster is all about!

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