Our family is enjoying a lovely hot spell in Vancouver, and we’re spending as much time as we can “stay-cationing.” Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world to feel like you’re on vacation when in reality you’re only a short bus/skytrain/car ride from home. We’ve been hitting our favourite beaches, hiking the local mountains, picking blueberries and wild blackberries and hitting up summer festivals.
This weekend we’re headed a wee bit farther afield, to BC’s Sunshine Coast. Sounds like a perfect place to head when the forecast is for continuing dry, warm weather. A 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver takes us to Gibsons, the start of the Sunshine Coast. Drive off the ferry and a half-hour up highway 101 will see us arriving in beautiful Sechelt, an inviting town tucked into a strip of land between Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia. Sechelt is one of those quintessential West Coast communities that offer a quirky, laidback, artistic vibe, surrounded by the natural splendour of sparkling coastline, green mountains and lush old and second-growth forests.
We’ll be camping at Porpoise Bay, swimming and hiking as much as our children’s 4- and 6-year old legs can handle. People with more time (and fewer children!) on their hands have an incredible array of recreation choices, from world-class salmon fishing and golfing to sea-kayaking and mountain biking.
This is our family’s last summer “hurrah!” Once we return home I imagine I probably won’t be as quick to toss the “back to school” flyers – or at least I won’t cover my eyes while I’m doing it.
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