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The Sunshine Coast hugs the Pacific Ocean between Howe Sound and Desolation Sound within day-tripping distance of Vancouver. Although it’s technically part of mainland BC, the jagged coastal mountains make road travel impossible, so you reach this region by ferry or float plane. From Powell River, the largest community on the northern Sunshine Coast, you can go hiking, kayaking, boating, or watch the sunset over the ocean. Camp oceanfront at Saltery Bay Provincial Park, or near town at private RV parks with full-service campsites, hookups, and tenting sites. Haywire Bay Regional Park, on Powell Lake, is another option for RV and tent campers.
Hike Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, a 180-kilometre backcountry hiking route, which leads through old-growth forests, along the ocean, and past inland lakes from Saltery Bay to Sarah Point in Desolation Sound.
On BC’s largest Gulf Island, you can explore the hiking trails or mountain bike routes through the forests, kayak the inland lakes, or go for a swim. Campers can pitch their tent or park their RV near the beach in Shelter Point Regional Park, which has 52 campsites, flush toilets, showers, and a sani-station. BC Ferries travel between Westview in Powell River and Texada Island’s Blubber Bay in 35 minutes.
Known for its white sand beaches and unexpectedly warm waters, this quiet island is only 7.5 kilometres long and one kilometre wide. It’s a good spot for biking, and for campers, there’s a privately run camping area with 10 tenting sites. Water taxis can take you to Savary Island from Lund, north of Powell River.
Boaters or kayakers can explore the inlets, bays, and small islands off the coast north of Powell River is this backcountry park, which has 11 wilderness campgrounds. A number of operators offer kayak tours here, if you don’t want to organize your own paddling trip.
Powell River and the Sunshine Coast are year-round destinations. The weather is warmest, driest, and most comfortable for campers from April through October. The busiest season is the mild summer, between late June and early September, but spring and fall are both lovely, if cooler and damper. Winters are mild, compared to other destinations in Canada, with temperatures normally above freezing. Just prepare for plenty of winter rain—better for cuddling around the fire than camping on the beach.