Cycling the Sunshine Coast
Ahh the Sunshine Coast. It’s one of those magical places we can’t get enough of. We’ve visited every month for the last three months and each time have been fortunate enough to have beautiful weather, not a cloud in sight! I guess that’s why they call it the Sunshine Coast, right? 😉
This week we had a couple free days so we loaded up our bikes with the help of our friends at Vedder Mountain Bike Co and took off for two days of cycling.
The ferry to get to the Sunshine Coast is fairly inexpensive and you only pay one way. It’s a quick 40 minute sail and the views are stunning.
We set off from the Langdale ferry terminal for Porpoise Bay in Sechelt where we would camp for the night. The hardest part of the ride was the nasty hill ahead of us to get up into Gibsons! Before we had a chance to warm up our legs we were heading up, up, up! The daunting hill ahead was made a bit more pleasant by taking the backroads. They had some nice switchbacks and beautiful views over the ocean, and hardly any cars!
On the way to Sechelt is a cute little town called Roberts Creek. We absolutely recommend stopping there! There’s not much in Roberts Creek; a cute little village, a general store, and a wonderful cafe called the Gumboot Cafe. We stopped for a coffee and a bit of dessert, and a walk around the village. If you visit, definitely check out the store ‘Eco Freako’. They make sustainable products for body, baby, home, and pets on the Sunshine Coast. They have the BEST all natural deodorant we have found. Check out their website here.
After leaving Roberts Creek we enjoyed taking a bike path parallel to the highway for a few kilometers. It was nice to escape the busy traffic of the Sunshine Coast Highway for a moment!
After cycling for 38 kilometers we made it to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. We were pleased to discover we had the entire park to ourselves! This was a nice change; the park was booked solid when we visited in August. For only $15 a night you can stay at a beautiful cyclist campsite complete with bathrooms, showers, water and several bike racks.
We enjoyed our dinner and sat on the beach until sunset and then retreated to our tent for a good sleep.
The next morning we relaxed at camp, spent some time on the beach and then packed up to head back to Gibsons in the early afternoon.
For lunch we decided to head to Davis Bay, just outside of Sechelt.
The ride back to Gibsons was really pleasant. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect; we could cozy up with a few layers and didn’t overheat when we had to make our way up a hill. The Sunshine Coast highway is really fun on a bike. We have driven it a lot and were expecting it to be a bit of a grind, but the hills were not nearly as bad as we thought they might be. There are fun up and downs along the highway and some tight corners to keep things exciting. Life is a little bit slower on a bike so we got to breath in the fresh ocean breeze and enjoy the views the entire way.
Before we hit the ferry we stopped at Persephone Brewing Company for a beer. This brewery is unique because there are hop fields, chickens and more on site! Also, the beer is really good. 🙂
Remember the big hill we mentioned after the ferry terminal? Well it’s all downhill on the way back! What seemed like forever on the way up took only 10 minutes on the way down! Such a thrill biking down beautiful winding roads with a view overlooking the ocean.
And just like that our trip was over. After 72 kilometers of gorgeous cycling we were heading home feeling happy and refreshed (and excited to see our sweet dog Sophie again). A little ocean therapy is so good for you!
All in all, we are seriously loving the Sunshine Coast lately. A couple other highlights from past visits: in August we drove the entire Sunshine Coast up to Lund over one week and camped along the way. We did some riding in Roberts Creek and West Sechelt. Roberts Creek was FANTASTIC and full of amazing trails. Our favourites were ‘Mach Chicken’ and ‘Twister’. West Sechelt was great too, but more technical cross country than we were used to. Lets just say it was humbling 😉
In September, we visited Coast Gravity Park. What a blast! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a small grassroots version of the Whistler Bike Park…kind of. They shuttle you up in an old flat deck truck with a trailer attached and there are plenty of trails to choose from.
The Sunshine Coast is truly an amazing place. Lots of adventure to satisfy bikers, hikers or paddlers. Good eats, breweries, and of course amazing ocean views. There’s something calming about the ocean. Definitely my happy place!
If you’re thinking of visiting the Sunshine Coast come by the shop. We’re happy to share some of the places we visited. If you’ve been to the Sunshine Coast, we’d love to hear your stories!
-Emma & Jared