How To Celebrate The Holidays On The Sunshine Coast
We’re on the cusp of the holidays, and what better time than to plan your escape from (or with) your family! The pristine string of communities that make up the Sunshine Coast have got something for every merry maker and Grinch alike.
Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski
on Dakota Ridge
Ample opportunity to get mountainside without the chaos of some of the busy city mountains [Dakota Ridge].
Open mid-December until the snow melts
Embrace a welcome break from the crowds that you find on popular mountains. Get your 4×4 and chains and head toward Dakota Ridge, a winter paradise waiting to be explored. Choose from tobogganing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, only a ferry ride and day trip away from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The trails wind through old growth forests and open areas and include amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island, and Salish Sea. Check their page here for opening day details.
*You can also get the shuttle up through Alpha Adventures in Wilson Creek Park Mall. Please purchase ahead of time to confirm availability.
Sing Carols at The Festival of Lights and Santa Parade
Sechelt | Linger longer under twinkle lights, sip hot chocolate, and hang where the carol singers dwell in Sechelt with the official kick off to the holidays, Saturday November 30th. Kids crafts at Trail Bay Centre at 2:30pm, Light the Lights at Rockwood Lodge at 5:00pm, Parade of Lights on Cowrie Street at 5:45pm.
Powell River | “Santa! I know him!” Bring a non-perishable item for the food bank to drop into shopping carts placed along Marine Avenue for the Powell River Santa Claus Parade. Gather on Marine Avenue between Westview Ave and Alberni St at 3pm, Sunday December 1st. Stick around for the Santa Train December 6th and 7th.
*Check out one of our craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries after the parade.
Hike Tin Hat Mountain
Strap on your snowshoes and get mountain high. A round trip trek will take you 3ish hours [5km] and is steep but rewarding, with The Tin Hat hut fully winterized with a pellet stove ready for warming you at the top. It’s situated along the legendary Sunshine Coast Trail [180km of coastal bliss] and boasts one of the best mountaintop views in the region.
Unique Gift Giving From
A Winter Market
Powell River | The Uptown Winter Market
Every Saturday until April, rain or shine.
Roberts Creek | 50th Annual Christmas Craft Fair
November 22nd – 24th
Sechelt | Winter Market every Sunday
November 24th – March 22nd
Pender Harbour | Serendipity Christmas Craft Fair
Gibsons | The Kube’s 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Ceramics, textiles, vintage apparel, jewelry, art, food, more.
If you don’t know, The Kube is the Coast’s collective art gallery and boutique, a perfect spot for something uniquely crafted and thoughtful.
Submerge Yourself In
The Nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories.
The Christmas classic is back in it’s 8th year with Opening Night Saturday, December 14th and the Final Show Tuesday, December 17th. Crack open a new or an annual family tradition as you celebrate the holidays on the Sunshine Coast.
Five Kegs ‘Till Christmas Crafternoon
Take a break from holiday hustle and get crafty with some craft brews. Townsite Brewing in Powell River is making spirits bright with their Five Kegs ‘Till Christmas Crafternoon. Every Sunday starting November 24th until Christmas, they’ll feature a different, special holiday keg created by Assistant Brewer Elliot which is best enjoyed over board games, crib, and crafts.
Embrace The New Year with a
Polar Bear F̶r̶e̶e̶z̶e̶ Swim
Enjoy an extended holiday and stay until the next decade!
There are several options for the frost seeking dippers on New Year’s Day [dressing up, or down, encouraged]:
Powell River | Willingdon Beach 12pm
Sechelt | Davis Bay Beach 12pm
Gibsons | Armours Beach 11am