The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180-kilometre back country hiking experience that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. In 1992 a small group of people founded the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PAWS) and started building hiking trails that linked the remaining stands of old growth forests in the region’s front country.

The Sunshine Coast Trail traverses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal shorelines, along creeks and lakes, through old growth forests to panoramic mountaintops. It provides hikers with the opportunity to experience Powell River’s breathtaking back country with its rich fauna and flora.

Attracting hikers from around the world, this epic hiking trail now boasts 15 huts with one more planned next year, making it Canada’s Longest Hut-To-Hut Hiking Trail – and the only free one. This is the best outdoor adventure vacation value in North America!

What are you waiting for? Come see for yourself…


We are always looking for people to come and help out with trail maintenance, building projects, and for people who are interested in behind-the-scenes work like marketing, publicity and organizing events.

For information on upcoming opportunities and events, visit our Volunteer With Us page.

Donations are always welcomed and go towards the maintenance and enhancement of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Now you can make donations to PRPAWS or pay your PRPAWS membership dues using PayPal.