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B.C.’s Sunshine Coast stretches 180 km., from Langdale to Lund, offering first-class accommodations; cultural options, such as art gallery tours; and outdoor activities galore.


B.C.’s Sunshine Coast stretches 180 km., from Langdale to Lund, offering first-class accommodations; cultural options, such as art gallery tours; and outdoor activities galore. By Don Douloff, April 20, 2011

Kayaks on the shore in Desolation Sound

Kayaks on the shore in Desolation Sound

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s Tenthouse Suite

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s Tenthouse Suite

Sunset in Powell River

Sunset in Powell River

Starfish line the Sunshine Coast beaches

Starfish line the Sunshine Coast beaches

Fast Facts

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Average Hotel Room Rate: $100-$150 (hotels); $125-$175 (bed-and-breakfast); $150-$250 (resorts).

Getting There: By ferry: BC Ferries provides service to the Sunshine Coast, from Vancouver and Vancouver Island. By air: A number of airlines serve the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver and other departure points: Pacific Coastal Airlines, Tofino Air, Westcoast Air, Saltspring Air and KD Air.

Convention Facilities: Powell River Town Centre Hotel features a 3,500-sq.-ft. ballroom that holds 360, theatrestyle; 250, banquet; and 450, reception. Meeting rooms range from 280 sq. ft. to 1,650 sq. ft.

Pillow Talk

Boasting views of Malaspina Strait, Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s unique Tenthouse Suites take private-tent accommodations to luxurious heights, offering king beds, hydrotherapy deep-soaker tubs, propane fireplaces and private verandas.

Painted Boat Resort, in Madeira Park, features 31 luxury, two-bedroom villas, some with dens and lofts. Seek refuge in the on-site spa’s seven treatment rooms, hydrotherapy room, Glacial Clay Room and outdoor spa garden.

At the Coast’s upper end, Desolation Sound Resort offers 12 spacious, fully furnished oceanfront chalets (some with private hot tubs on the deck), perched on a hillside surrounded by cedars and firs, overlooking Okeover Inlet.

Attractions + Distractions

Alpha Adventures specializes in four-season adventures, ranging from kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and biking to snowshoeing, and cross-country and back-country skiing. Tours and lessons are offered for all skill levels.

Terracentric Coastal Adventures creates leadership retreats and workshops using a combination of group challenges, ropes course and wilderness-travel experiences.

On tranquil Welcome Beach, Halfmoon Haven retreat offers spa treatments; private yoga classes; a multipurpose sports court; a sand volleyball court; and an 800-sq.-ft. multi-purpose yurt perfect for small business retreats.

À la Carte

David Bowes’ bold cuisine rules at Laughing Oyster Bistro, in Powell River. Post-dinner, Bowes croons folk and classic-rock favourites.

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s inventive food, anchored by the freshest B.C. ingredients, satisfies mightily.

Sleek and modern, The Restaurant at Painted Boat serves up creative West Coast cuisine. Private dining for groups of up to 70.



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