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A Sunshine Coast Art & Culinary Crawl

A relaxing Highway 101 road trip lined with intriguing communities, breathtaking scenery and a full-serving of creative and delicious pit stops.

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“Although it’s on the mainland, the Sunshine Coast feels to me like an island jaunt: time seems slower; there are lots of artsy, friendly locals; and there are jaw-dropping woodland and ocean views around almost every corner.”

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John Lee is an independent writer whose work has appeared in more than 150 outlets around the world. A craft beer fan with a deep love for nature, he has recently discovered the joys of birding.

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A Sunshine Coast Art & Culinary Crawl


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Discover a Grassroots Art Scene

After a superbly scenic 40-minute BC Ferries hop from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, hit Highway 101 (aka the Sunshine Coast Highway) and drive up to Gibsons. The town’s brightly-painted Gibsons Landing storefronts include browse-worthy boutiques and artisan businesses, but I always start with the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Marine Drive. It serves up a lively roster of exhibitions by regional artists and the staffers are always happy to chat about the local creative scene. It’s a two-minute walk from here to the waterfront’s Government Wharf. Snap some artsy photos of the colourful boats bobbling alongside, then nip into the shack-like Sa Boothro

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Discover a Grassroots Art Scene

Check out the art exhibit

Hosted by Sa Boothroyd Gallery

Visit a Unique Covered Market

A short walk along the gently curving shoreline delivers you to the rust-coloured heritage building housing the Gibsons Public Market. I never miss a chance to grab coffee and a quick natter with the foodie-forward vendors here, typically gravitating to the fresh-baked pastries at Crazy Red’s (apple turnover recommended) and the tempting cheeses at Fromagerie De Baie. Live music often adds to the festival-like vibe (especially on weekends), but there’s also a surprising additional feature that’s unique among B.C.’s public markets: an onsite aquarium. The brilliant Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre includes dozens of illuminated tanks bristling with B.C. o

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Visit a Unique Covered Market

Hosted by Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre

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Plot Some Creative Pit Stops

Departing from Gibsons on Highway 101 is a chance to check out the Sunshine Coast’s brilliant Purple Banner initiative. Dozens of participating artists and artisans throughout the region use purple flags alongside local roads to show you where they are and invite you in to check out their work (some still ask that you call ahead first). You’ll find chocolatiers, watercolourists, woodworkers and many more as you plot pit stops among some of B.C.’s most welcoming creatives. One of my favourites is in the Roberts Creek area, the next community along Highway 101 from Gibsons. Creek Clayworks showcases the beautiful yet functional stoneware of potters Elaine Futterman

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Hosted by Gumboot Cafe

Shop for Coastal Crafts

One of the Sunshine Coast’s largest communities, Sechelt has plenty of shops to browse plus enticing spots to dine (consider a gourmet biscuit sandwich to-go from the Basted Baker). Hungry for arts and crafts? Every corner of downtown’s Fresh from the Coast boutique is packed with locally-sourced creativity. Give yourself plenty of time to check out everything from driftwood bowls to nature-themed paintings to hand-blown glass ornaments here. And if you’re visiting on a Saturday between April and September, you’ll find even more to browse at the huge and highly-welcoming Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, which radiates outdoors along main drag Cowrie St

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Shop for Coastal Crafts

Check out local deli

Hosted by Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market

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Be Inspired by Nature

Past Sechelt, the landscape of the Sunshine Coast becomes more rugged and many communities are smaller and more intimate. I love this area’s darkly towering trees and silvery glimpes of ocean flashing between the leaves. If the outdoors is suddenly calling your name, pull over and plunge in at Sargeant Bay Provincial Park. A kind of B.C. in miniature, it combines beaches, dense woodlands and wide marshes that are popular with in-the-know birders. Noodling along the tranquil trails here, it’s easy to see why so many Sunshine Coast artists regard nature as their main muse. Back on Highway 101, continue on towards the charming Flying Anvil Studio and check out the flor

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Be Inspired by Nature

Nature`s Love

Hosted by Flying Anvil Studio

Indulge in Local Flavours

Continue along Highway 101 to Earls Cove and drive aboard the one-hour BC Ferries service to Saltery Bay. It’s a 30-minute weave from there to Powell River, often regarded as the Sunshine Coast’s coolest community. Many of the older buildings in its historic Townsite area have been preserved or creatively adapted over the years, including the covered Public Market. It’s home to an enticing array of artisan vendors specializing in everything from jewellery to fibre arts. It’s also just a few steps from Townsite Brewing, a celebrated craft beer maker that occupies the old post office––sampling Suncoast Pale Ale in the tasting bar here is recommended. But my fa

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Indulge in Local Flavours

Shop for local goods

Hosted by Coastal Cookery

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