In January, we partnered with our friends at All About Adventures to try out the “dream” winter itinerary for an escape to the Sunshine Coast.  While most think of the Coast as a summer destination, the winters on the Sunshine Coast are mild, relaxed, and and full of great opportunities to escape the crowds, all the while sitting within quick and easy reach for a getaway from busy Vancouver.

This winter itinerary was built for the adventurous; those who aren’t afraid to get a bit wet and maybe even a little cold before getting cozy.  We think it’s worth the pay off – but no worries if you’d rather just soak it up in a spa with a luxury suite, the Sunshine Coast is great for that, too.

4 Days/3 Nights – All About Adventures Winter Itinerary

Before you go – the *disclaimer*

The following itinerary has suggestions for backcountry, winter snowshoeing and hiking.  Snowshoeing and hiking in winter conditions can be hazardous.  If you are travelling through avalanche terrain, you and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient– carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training.  BC Adventure Smart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.  Remember the three T’s– trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.

What to Pack

The weather on the Sunshine Coast can change daily. Bring layered clothing, camping gear, overnight packs, snowshoes, hiking poles (if preferred), matches & lighter (must), a light cookstove (propane or white gas), sleeping pads and bags, waterproof gear, etc.  Pellets and a fire starter for wood stoves are a must if you plan to spend the night in the hut as suggested below. The Sunshine Coast Trail has recommendations for backpackers on what to bring, but it’s not an exhaustive list so be sure to do your own planning as well.

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Dakota Ridge
Errin Casano, @errincasa

Day 1

Travel to the Sunshine Coast – if you’re coming from Vancouver and beyond, you can start here.  If you’re coming from Vancouver Island, you may want to travel this itinerary in reverse!

Activity

Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing
at Dakota Ridge
Rentals, shuttle, lessons, and tours available:
Alpha Adventures
#2-4330 Sunshine Coast Hwy
Sechelt, BC
604-885-8838
www.outdooradventurestore.ca

Eat & Drink

Strait Coffee
#1-4330 Sunshine Coast Hwy
Sechelt, BC604-885-3793
www.straitcoffee.ca

Wobbly Canoe
4774 Sunshine Coast Hwy
Sechelt, BC
604-885-4444
www.wobblycanoe.com

Stay

Backeddy Resort
16660 Backeddy Rd,
Egmont, BC
604-883-2298

 

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Snowshoeing Dakota Ridge
Errin Casano, @errincasa
backeddy resort
Backeddy Resort
Brayden Hall @braybraywoowoo

Day 2

After a cozy night in a seaside cabin, its time to wake up and see it from the air!  If you make arrangements ahead of time, Harbour Air will pick you up at the dock at Backeddy Resort and take you on a float plane flight-seeing tour over Hotham Sound and Friel (Harmony) Falls.

Activity

Flight-seeing tour over Hotham Sound

Harbour Air
*can pick up at the Backeddy
1-800-665-0212

Eat & Drink

Backeddy Pub
16660 Backeddy Rd,
Egmont, BC
604-883-2298

 

Mad Park Bistro
12808 Madeira Park Rd,
Madeira Park, BC
604-883-2223

Stay

Backeddy Resort
16660 Backeddy Rd,
Egmont, BC
604-883-2298

Harbour Air

Flightseeing with Harbour Air
Matthew Massa, @thismattexists

hotham sound

Hotham Sound
Brayden Hall @braybraywoowoo

Day 3

Stock up on supplies, because its time for an overnight backcountry adventure.  The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, with multiple sleeping cabins along the way.  At the higher elevations, the huts are winterized and have pellet stoves.  The Tin Hat Hut boasts 360 degree views around the mountain, including lakes, inlets, and ocean, and makes the perfect destination for a winter adventure.

When you check out of the Backeddy, you are only a short 10-15 minute drive away from the ferry terminal in Earls Cove, where a 50 minute crossing on BC Ferries will take you to Saltery Bay, south of Powell River.

Activity

Snowshoeing to Tin Hat Hut

Sunshine Coast Trail shuttle,
transportation, and logistics:

Sunshine Coast Shuttle
604-483-6374

Eat & Drink

As with any overnight camping, you’ll want
to pack your own food & supplies.
Shop ahead of time at the IGA in Madeira Park,
or Save-On-Foods in Powell River.

Stay

Tin Hat Hut on the Sunshine Coast Trail is a free,
first come first serve backcountry cabin.
You’ll need to bring your own food,
cooking supplies, and pellets for the stove,
plus your sleeping bag/mat and other
camping supplies (first aid, etc).
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Tin Hat Hut
Matthew Massa, @thismattexists
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Tin Hat Hut
Brayden Hall @braybraywoowoo

Day 4

Enjoy your morning at Tin Hat Hut before hiking down.  If you have time or want to extend your trip, here are more suggestions for exploring Powell River and Lund.  Otherwise, begin your journey home south on Highway 101 to return home to Vancouver and beyond, or take the ferry from Powell River to Comox on Vancouver Island.

Totem at backeddy
Totem at Backeddy Resort
Brayden Hall @braybraywoowoo

Need help planning your trip?  Send us a message on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or email, and we can help! Be sure to tag #SunshineCoastBC and #AllAboutAdventures during your winter adventure.

Sunshine Coast winter
Views from Tin Hat Mountain
Brayden Hall @braybraywoowoo

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