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Blog: Top 5 Dog Friendly Activities on the Sunshine Coast

For many, there is no traveling without your furry four-legged friend.  The Sunshine Coast is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, and that is no exception for the dog in your life.  Here's our Top 5 Dog Friendly Activites for you and your pup to enjoy on your next visit to the #sunshinecoastbc.

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#5 - Go for a hike -- There are almost endless trails on the Sunshine Coast-- whether you are looking for a short stroll or a multi-day trek.  While almost all the trails allow for pets-- some require dogs on leash and others do not.  Check out the off-leash parks in Sechelt or in Gibsons.

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#4 - Hit the beach  Beaches are plentiful on the Sunshine Coast and many allow for well-behaved dogs to be off-leash.  Pay attention to signage but otherwise enjoy!  Lots of driftwood makes for a great game of fetch on the fly and if your pup enjoys a swim this will be the perfect spot to play.

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#3 - Go snowshoeing! Thinking of visiting this winter?  The Sunshine Coast is home to excellent snowshoe trails.  If you're staying on the Northern end of the coast, check out the Knuckleheads trail network.  On the Southern end of things, Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Area allows on-leash dogs on the snowshoe trails.

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#2 - Stay at a pet-friendly accommodation - Finding a place to stay when out of town with your pet can be a challenge-- but not to worry-- there are many pet friendly accommodations on the Sunshine Coast.  Try using the advanced accommodation search tool and be sure to check Yes on the "Accepts Pets?" option to see a list of accommodations that are able to welcome you and your furry friend for the night.

#1 - Townsite Park in Powell River -  A fenced in, off-leash dog park in Powell River's Historic Townsite district, this park offers a great place for dogs to socialize-- and their owners, too.  Sunday lunchtime is one of the popular pooch hang out times, with upwards of 50 dogs.  Here's a handy map to find the park.

Please use your best doggy etiquette at all times.  There are some simple rules for owners to follow:

• Make sure your dog is wearing a current license tag on their collar and that their vaccinations are up to date.
• Always pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in a garbage bin.
• Owners must obey all park and trail rules and relevant parking requirements.
• Ensure you have control of your dog and are in sight of your dog at all times.
• Owners are personally liable for any damages or injury inflicted by their dog.
• Do not allow your dog to dig holes, chase wildlife, or damage the environment in any way.

Enjoy your pet-friendly vacation to the Sunshine Coast, BC!

We love hearing about your adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, too! Get outside, get active, and enjoy everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer!  Tag your travels-- #sunshinecoastbc.
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Blog: The Art of Living Well

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For many, the art of living well includes eating well, shopping local, enjoying the outdoors, and supporting local artisans.  Look no further than one of the many Farmers' Markets on the Sunshine Coast.  With 15 markets at different days and times throughout the spring and summer season, you'll surely find what you're looking for-- especially if that includes fresh produce, seafood, delicious home baked breads and goodies, plants, or any number of crafted goods, from pottery, knitting, toys, leather goods, carvings, bath & beauty products, furniture, and more.    While the list could go on, better yet find a market near you on your visit to the Sunshine Coast (and don't forget to check out what's in season).

July is #MeetMyMarket month in BC. Post a photo of your favourite market with #MeetMyMarket and tag @BCFarmersMarket and enter to win great prizes. bit.ly/meetmymarket 

Weekday Months Open Open Close Name Location Address  Connect
Tuesday July-Aug 11:00 AM 3:00 PM Savary Island Farmers' Market Savary Island Savary Island  
Wednesday April-Oct 3:00 PM 6:00 PM Roberts Creek Farm Gate Market Roberts Creek Hall Hwy 101 & Roberts Creek Rd Facebook
Wednesday May-Sept 4:30 PM 6:30 PM MidWeek Market Community Resource Center 4752 Joyce Ave, Powell River Facebook
Thursday July - Aug 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Gibsons Night Market Gibsons 626 Shaw Rd, Gibsons Facebook
Friday May 15-Oct 9 1:30 PM 6:00 PM Gibsons Farmers' Market Gibsons Public Market  473 Gower Point Rd, Gibsons Facebook
Friday May-Sept 18 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Kelly Creek Garden Market Kelly Creek 2341 Zilinsky Road, Powell River Facebook
Friday July-Aug 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Lund Farmers' Cooperative Lund Lund  
Friday July 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Powell River Farmers' Market Townsite Brewery 5824 Ash Ave, Powell River Facebook
Friday Year Round 12:00 PM 3:00 PM Manson’s Landing Friday Market Manson's Hall Mansons Landing, Cortez Island  
Saturday April - Sept 9:00 AM 2:30 PM Sechelt Farmers' & Artisans Market Downtown Sechelt  Cowrie Street (north end) Facebook
Saturday May-Sept 10:30 AM 12:30 PM Powell River Farmers' Market Exhibition Grounds 4365 McLeod Road, Powell River Facebook
Saturday July-Aug 11:00 AM 2:00 PM Gorge Harbour Marina Farmer’s Market Gorge Harbour Marina Gorge Harbour, Cortez Island  
Sunday May-Sept 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Gibsons Landing Sunday Market Holland Park   Facebook
Sunday May-Sept 12:30 PM 2:30 PM Powell River Farmers' Market Exhibition Grounds 4365 McLeod Road, Powell River Facebook
Sunday Jun-Sept 12:00 PM 1:30 PM Texada Island Farmers' Market Gilles Bay Gilles Bay Ball Park, Texada  


We love hearing about your adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, too! Get outside, get active, and enjoy everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer!  Tag your travels-- #sunshinecoastbc.


 

Blog: The Art of Living Well

Wildlife Spotting


On your next visit to the Sunshine Coast, experience the "art of living well" -- this time, with camera in hand and eyes peeled- to hopefully catch a glimpse of the local wildlife!

1) Sechelt Marsh

5714 Wharf Ave, Sechelt, BC
Meandering trails run full circle around this bird sanctuary and breeding ground, popular with bird watchers and families seeking to interact with nature.  Currently there are several sets of goslings (baby geese) so its a great time of the year for a visit.geese

2) By Ferry


The ferries are a part of most trips to the Sunshine Coast (unless you arrive by plane!) and provide a great opportunity to look for wildlife. Seabirds, eagles, and harbour seals are quite common sightings.  And while maybe not an everyday occurance, it isn't out of the ordinary to catch a glimpse of a pod of pacific white sided dolphins, harbour porpoises, stellar sea lions, or even a few orcas.
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3) Fish Hatcheries

There are several fish hatcheries on the Sunshine Coast, dedicated to sustaining and building salmon and trout stocks in local waterways. These hatcheries offer self-guided hatchery tours and you can see the fish at various life stages in the large tanks.

Chapman Creek Fish Hatchery
http://scsalmon.org/
4381 Parkway Dr. RR1
Sechelt BC
604-885-4136
Lang Bay Fish Hatchery
Powell River Enhancement Society
7050 Alberni Street
Powell River, B.C.
604-485-7612
Tla'amin Fish Hatchery
Hatchery Department
5073 Hwy 101.
Powell River, B.C
604-483-9646


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4) By Guided Tour

Any chance to be on the water in more wilderness areas is sure to bring about wildlife sightings.  The best way to do that while on vacation?  Book in a guided tour!  Go sea kayaking, cruise on a sail boat, buzz along in a zodiac or motorboat, or take to the air with a seaplane tour.  Get the local expertise and take out the hassel of doing it yourself.

Kayaking and Sea Lion


We love hearing about your adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, too! Get outside, get active, and enjoy everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer!  Tag your travels-- #sunshinecoastbc.


 

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