Sunshine
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Explore the Brewers Coast

This is the West Coast beyond compare: deep sea inlets and coastal bays to explore by kayak or sailboat; interconnected lakes and rivers ideal for canoeing; rugged cliffs to climb and trails to bike; beaches and swimming holes for family relaxation. Wash all that down with beer from some of British Columbia’s most distinctive craft breweries on the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail.

On BC’s southwest coast lies a hidden paradise of coastal geography awaiting discovery. The Sunshine Coast is less than 30 km (18 miles) from downtown Vancouver, but getting there requires a ferry, making it seem like an island unto itself. Or maybe two islands because another ferry in the middle leads to the Upper Coast. Sure, it’s possible to drive straight through from Gibsons at the bottom to Lund up top in a day, but who would want to when there is so much to discover and experience along the way? 

Some of British Columbia’s most distinctive breweries make their homes on the Sunshine Coast. Persephone Brewing, named for Nick’s boat in The Beachcombers, CBC’s long-running TV show set in Gibsons, is based on a farm with four acres of hops that are harvested at the end of summer. Award-winning beers are poured in the tasting room where you can fill a growler to take outside to a picnic table right next to the outdoor pizza oven. Maybe plan to stay awhile…

Nearby is Tapworks Brewing Company, founded by three friends who wanted to make their brewery a community hub in the heart of Gibsons. And not too much farther down the Sunshine Coast Highway is The 101 Brewhouse & Distillery, a welcoming spot that offers craft beer, small-batch spirits, and locally inspired food. Sechelt is home to the Batch 44 Brewery & Kitchen, a new brewery founded by a family with a long history in the Sunshine Coast restaurant scene. Take your ale-venture to the air with FLIGHTS to FLIGHTS. This combination Ale and Air Tour introduces you to the Coast’s finest tasting rooms and tops it off with a majestic flight of Sechelt Inlet.

Then there is Townsite Brewing in Powell River on the Upper Coast, named for the distinctive Townsite neighbourhood that became a National Historic Site in 1995. With a Belgian brewer at the helm and an eclectic style that embraces PowTown’s folksy urban ex-pat mentality, there really is no brewery quite like it. 

Explore the Brewers Coast.

 

Day 1

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Travel Info

Ferry from Vancouver to Sunshine Coast to (Horseshoe-Langdale)
Ferry from Vancouver Island to Sunshine Coast (Little River-Westview)

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Explore the Gibsons Public Market
473 Gower Point Road, Gibsons, BC

A destination for Sunshine Coast visitors and residents of all ages—everyone is welcome to convene and learn, enjoy local food, fresh produce, art and entertainment. The public market hosts seven local merchants and offers activities, workshops, a marine education centre, a community kitchen, and a bistro.

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Connecting Flights - Craft Beverage Tours

Bringing the art of craft beer, cider, and spirits, and connecting them with visitors and locals of the Sunshine Coast is their passion. Pick-ups can be arranged at your hotel or Air BNB within 5km (ish) of upper Gibsons or downtown Sechelt, or anywhere along Highway 101 corridor that connects Sechelt and Gibsons, including Davis Bay and Roberts Creek.

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Soames Hill
639 Bridgeman Rd, Gibsons, BC

Located just above Gibsons, “The Knob” can be summited in a short 40 minutes–but don’t forget to leave some time for a water/snack break at the top. Take in stunning views of Gibsons Harbour, the coastal mountain range, Keats, Gambier, Bowen and Vancouver Island.

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Smoke On The Water BBQ
611 School Rd, Gibsons, BC

Situated in the heart of Gibsons, B.C. right on the wharf, Smoke On The Water BBQ Shack provides our diners with finely crafted cuisine, sourced from local farmers and suppliers for the freshest meats and vegetables. All meat products are smoked on site with real hardwood to create the authentic southern flavours for our signature pulled pork, chicken, fish and brisket sandwiches. Open for lunch and dinner.

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537 Cruice Lane, Gibsons, BC

A community hub where locals and visitors can gather to enjoy beer and a snack in a comfortable, welcoming setting or up on their roof-top patio.

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1053 Stewart Rd, Gibsons, BC

Explore the Beer Farm. Enjoy a beer in the tasting room or outside at a picnic table, perhaps with some pizza prepared in the outdoor wood-fire oven. It doesn’t get much better than this.

538 Pratt Road, Gibsons, BC

Banditry Cider reflects all the endearing aspects of the Sunshine Coast community. Surrounded by 40 varietals of heritage fruit trees producing delicious, clean, and simple cider. Assemble your own charcuterie board with their rich and delicious cheeses, cured meats, olives, artisanal jams, and biscuits, and head over to the picnic area!

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1009 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC

Founded by locals with a passion for the Coast, the 101 epitomizes the Gibsons lifestyle — it is a community hub where people gather together to enjoy well made craft beer, small batch spirits, and locally inspired food.

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Find places to stay on the Sunshine Coast

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Craving time on the water? Rent a kayak or canoe and explore the waters off Gibsons Harbour, venturing over to local islands like Keats Island and Gambier Island. Alternatively, kayak up Sechelt Inlet, watching out for dolphins and deer.

For your cultural fix, head to  Sunshine Coast Museum or one of the numerous art galleries around Gibsons Landing. Better yet, time your trip to attend one of the annual festivals, including the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival and the annual Sea Cavalcade, or the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Festival.

Day 2

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Travel Info

Drive or bike to Sechelt (23 km).

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Basted Baker
5685 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC

Located in the heart of downtown Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, Basted Baker is an award-winning brunch destination serving delicious pastries, craft coffee, and next-level breakfast/brunch food.

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Flights To Flights Ale & Air Tours
5987 Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt, BC

Sunshine Coast Air in partnership with Sunshine Coast Art Tours, proudly present ‘FLIGHTS to FLIGHTS’. This combination Ale and Air Tour introduces you to the Coast’s finest tasting rooms and tops it off with a majestic flight of Sechelt Inlet. This exclusive 5-hour beverage tour includes visits to 3 tasting rooms, a 25 minute flight over Sechelt Inlet, historical commentary, a delicious one-hour lunch and snacks throughout. Let Sunshine Coast Art Tours show you and your crew all the stops while enjoying the incredible beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

1632 Sunshine Coast Highway, Gibsons, BC

Fine and far-out, award-winning craft cider made with 100% fresh pressed BC apples. Enjoy a glass on the grass in our friendly picnic area, surrounded by a West Coast forest and heritage apple trees.

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5559 Wharf Ave, Sechelt, BC

Brewer David Macanulty brings a wealth of experience from decades of working in the BC craft beer industry. His beers are perfectly accompanied by solid pub fare: burgers, wings, and — in the finest Greek tradition — gyros. This emphasis on food makes Batch 44 the perfect spot to fuel up on your journey up the Coast.

6642 Norwest Bay Rd, Sechelt, BC

The Sunshine Coast original working cidery located in West Sechelt. Enjoy their 3-acre apple orchard, tasting room and lounge and a food truck on-site. We serve tastings and glasses of our delicious dry apple ciders, as well as a rotating guest beer tap.

tap-house
5764 Wharf Avenue, Sechelt, BC

This unique waterfront location welcomes all with a great menu and stunning Sechelt Inlet views all year long.

tap-house
16660 Backeddy Road, Egmont, BC

With local and seasonally inspired menu items, Chef Mike Denomey and his culinary team highlight the pacific northwest heritage in modern gastropub style.

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Backeddy Resort and Marina
16660 Backeddy Rd, Egmont, BC

With 600 feet of remote shoreline on the beautiful Sechelt Inlet, the Backeddy Resort and Marina is a water-front playground. The area is only minutes from the lush rain forest of the Skookumchuk Narrows Provincial Park and it is home to abundant marine life, hiking trails, ocean kayaking, and loads of relaxation. 

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Enjoy a self-guided walking tour through Sechelt’s historic sites, public art, mural, and shishálh totem poles.

Sechelt is full of opportunities to explore the outdoors. Enjoy a swim in Trail Bay, Davis Bay or at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Fish in Davis Bay, or one of the many lakes north of Sechelt. Or experience world-class scuba diving sites, renowned mountain bike trails, and multiple golf courses.

Day 3

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Travel Info

Drive to Earl’s Cove (about 1 hour) and then take the ferry from to the Upper Coast (Earls Cove-Saltery Bay).
Drive to Powell River (about 30 minutes).

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Basecamp
4548 Marine Avenue, POWELL RIVER, BC

Top-notch coffee with great local and seasonal food. A warm and welcome place to meet before going out on your journey.

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TerraCentric Coastal Adventures
1451B HIGHWAY 101, LUND, BC

Explore Sunshine Coast’s awe-inspiring natural environment with a sea kayaking adventure tour.

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Townsite Public Market
5831 ASH AVENUE, POWELL RIVER, BC

This beautiful new space in Townsite boasts 15+ businesses (and still growing) including artisanal Basecamp coffee, fine art, reimagined furniture and decor, a fresh fruit and vegetable market, a vegan cafe, a bakery, clothing boutiques and more! You'll find BC's largest climbing co-op housed in the building as well with a 35-foot climbing wall and a large bouldering gym. Individual store days and hours vary.

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Duck Lake Trails
6919 Hammond Street, Powell River, BC

Along the Duck Lake gravel logging road are many trails and other adventures for both the hiker and mountain biker like the Blackwater Trail and Holly Branch Trail. All within a close driving distance. Look for big cement block monument trailhead markers.

101-7074 Westminster Street, Powell River, BC

Welcome to the Seasider Bistro – Powell River’s destination dining room and only oceanfront patio!
Relax around the fireplace with family and friends while enjoying the view and a drink or two. The Seasider Bistro wine and craft beer list is exclusively Canadian and represents the best in local breweries and wineries. Our lounge boasts breathtaking views of the coast and Malaspina Strait.

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5824 Ash Ave, Powell River, BC

An iconic brewery in a historic neighbourhood in a unique and interesting BC community. 2018 winner of the BC Ale Trail Best Brewery Experience Award. Relax in their cozy tasting room or enjoy their new outdoor backyard oasis.

tap-house
4553 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC

We have 10 taps that always include 1 rotating craft cider, 1 kombucha, and the remaining 8 are rotating craft beers. Happy hour M-F 2-5 pm, includes happy beer prices and appetizer deals.

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The Old Courthouse Inn
6243 WALNUT ST, POWELL RIVER, BC

A seven-room boutique heritage hotel in the historic Townsite also houses a full day spa and a furniture store. The inn is half a block from Townsite Brewing and The Patricia Theatre (Canada's oldest continuously running theatre). Antiquities decorate the halls and each of the different rooms. Full complimentary hot breakfast of each guest's choice is offered in Edie Rae's Cafe on the ground floor.

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The North Coast is dotted with lakes, rivers and hiking trails. Intrepid canoers take note — the Powell Forest Canoe Route (57 km, roughly 5 days) includes 8 lakes and 5 portages.

For culture junkies, Powell River loves a good festival so there always seems to be something fun happening.  Powell River is also home to Canada’s longest-running movie theatre: The Patricia Theatre (built in 1913!).

Take a drive up to Lund. Lund (Klah ah men) is a small, picturesque community located at the north end of BC’s Sunshine Coast, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, and Homalco First Nations. It’s known as the “End of the Road” due to its location at Mile 0 of Highway 101, which is part of one of the longest highway networks in the world, running along the coast from Canada to Chile. This seaside village is the epitome of small-town vibes and plays host to boaters on their way to Desolation Sound, road trippers reaching the terminus of Highway 101, and those who come just to buy a famous blackberry cinnamon bun or a Pollen sweater.

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Explore the Gibsons Public Market (Day 1)
473 Gower Point Road, Gibsons, BC
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Connecting Flights - Craft Beverage Tours (Day 1)
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Soames Hill (Day 1)
639 Bridgeman Rd, Gibsons, BC
restaurant
Smoke On The Water BBQ (Day 1)
611 School Rd, Gibsons, BC
brewery
accommodation
Find places to stay on the Sunshine Coast (Day 1)
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Basted Baker (Day 2)
5685 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC
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Flights To Flights Ale & Air Tours (Day 2)
5987 Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt, BC
1632 Sunshine Coast Highway, Gibsons, BC
tap-house
tap-house
16660 Backeddy Road, Egmont, BC
accommodation
Backeddy Resort and Marina (Day 2)
16660 Backeddy Rd, Egmont, BC
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Basecamp (Day 3)
4548 Marine Avenue, POWELL RIVER, BC
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TerraCentric Coastal Adventures (Day 3)
1451B HIGHWAY 101, LUND, BC
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Townsite Public Market (Day 3)
5831 ASH AVENUE, POWELL RIVER, BC
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Duck Lake Trails (Day 3)
6919 Hammond Street, Powell River, BC
101-7074 Westminster Street, Powell River, BC
brewery
tap-house
4553 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC
accommodation
The Old Courthouse Inn (Day 3)
6243 WALNUT ST, POWELL RIVER, BC
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Paddle to an offshore islet, browse for locally made treasures or relax on a white sand beach: BC’s Sunshine Coast, with its sheltered coves and artsy seaside villages, has all the scenic charm and laidback vibe of an island getaway. The difference is that this sunny shoreline is actually part of the mainland and just 40 minutes by ferry from West Vancouver, or 1.5 hours from Comox on Vancouver Island.

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Synopsis

With six unique breweries on Brewers Row, beer lovers agree that Port Moody is anything but sleepy—it’s a craft beer destination.


Duration
2 Days
Towns & Communities
Port Moody
Breweries
Moody Ales & Co., Brave Brewing Co., Parkside Brewery, Rewind Beer Co., Yellow Dog Brewing, Twin Sails Brewing

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