The Fairview Bay Hut was the first to be built in the fall of 2009, and is the prototype for all the other open, or partially open, shelters on the Sunshine Coast Trail.
This is a two-hour marine hike from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal to the Fairview Bay shelter. This can also serve those paddling the BC Marine Trail. It is located in a beautiful, serene spot with a magnificent ocean view. A nearby sandy beach makes a good location for swimming on hot days. Oysters can be found on the beach in season, but be aware of red tide blooms.
The beauty of this hike includes oceans views far and wide. The terrain follows the coast line somewhat closely so you won’t experience any significant changes in elevation. The hike takes approximately 2 to 3 hours each way. There are a couple of great beach picnic sites along the way at Rose Beach and Pirates Cove. Continue on headed northeast on the trail where you will find the Fairview Bay Hut providing shelter for Sunshine Coast Trail hikers. After taking in the stunning views at the beach, you can retrace the trail and head back to the Saltery Bay parking lot, or, for more adventure, you could continue on with the Sunshine Coast Trail and do the next leg which brings you to Rainy Day Lake.
- Don’t hike this without a Rec Map.
- Bring enough food and water for at least six hours of exercise.
- Make lots of noise to avoid wildlife encounters.
- Consider wearing pants as the trail gets very narrow at certain spots.
- This is a long hike and ideally you don’t want to start it too late in the afternoon, unless you plan to spend the night at the hut.
Directions to Trailhead
Head south on Hwy 101 towards the Saltery Bay ferry terminal. Before the pay booth a STOP sign will appear, turn LEFT to find parking. Continue up the gravel road until you spot “Sunshine Coast Trail”. Stay on the right and let the wide path take you to the ocean. When you see the water, look to your left and you will see the sign indicating the beginning of the Fairview Bay Trail. Stick to the right every time you get to any major Y road.
The trails of the Sunshine Coast offer a wide array of experiences for travellers of all levels and walks of life. Ranging in length, difficulty, and experience, the trails on the Sunshine Coast are the epitome of the pristine beauty and epic landscapes of British Columbia.