We want to inspire you to explore your own backyard. Rediscover your favourite places and activities, support local business owners (your neighbours!), and feel the love for where you live. There are endless ways to explore a little closer to home this summer.
We’re all visitors on the traditional territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, shíshálh, and Skwxwú7mesh nations. While exploring the Sunshine Coast, please remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful.
How To Explore Safely and Responsibly During COVID-19
Here are some tips for how to safely and responsibly explore your backyard on the Sunshine Coast.
- Practice 2 metres physical distancing at all times.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Regularly wash your hands.
- Reduce your contact in communities by bringing essentials with you.
- Explore with your family or immediate cluster only.
- Book activities, dining, and accommodation in advance and plan ahead.
- Respect the safety procedures enacted by the businesses you visit.
- Adhere to any local closures or restricted access to communities.
- See more best practices for exploring the outdoors below.
Follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and keep up to date on changing guidelines and regulations.
If you would like to know how local businesses are keeping customers safe, check their website, social media, or give them a call to inquire. Be sure to check on cancellation and refund policies.
Coast Love Travel Deals
Book these travels deals to rediscover your own backyard.
Let Nature Rejuvenate Your Spirit
Take some time to revive your spirit by paddling on calm waters, hiking ancient groves, and discovering new bike trails. Get some fresh air while working on your golf game, head out on the water for a fishing adventure, or take a scenic tour by boat or floatplane. Discover outdoor adventures close to home.
Rediscover Hidden Gems
When was the last time you wandered Powell River’s Historic Townsite or strolled Gibsons Landing? What about a paddle through Desolation Sound or along the Powell River Canoe Circuit? Your own backyard is full of surprises.
Get Outdoors: RV and Camping on the Coast
Our backyard is full of great places to camp for the weekend or take the RV. Check out the options at private campgrounds, BC Parks, or Recreation Sites and Trails.
Take a Staycation
Support Your Local Brewer
Outdoor tastings room, patios with a view, beer farms, apple orchards, and distilleries have opened their doors to welcome you back. Discover the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail to explore and support the breweries, cideries, and distilleries on the Coast.
See your local community chambers and downtown business associations for how you can support businesses in your community.
Gibsons: See list of businesses in Gibsons from the Gibsons Chamber.
Sechelt: See downtown businesses from the Sechelt Downtown Business Association. Or join in their gift card program to buy now, shop later.
Pender Harbour: See full list of downtown business in Pender Harbour.
Powell River: See ways to buy local in Powell River.
Find a restaurant close to home where you can treat yourself to a night out. Grab a locally-sourced meal on a patio, head to an outdoor tasting room at your local brewery or cidery, or order take-out and enjoy sunset at your favourite beach.
Since the Sunshine Coast is comprised of many small communities, be sure to check all operating hours of the businesses you would like to visit. Plan ahead and book all accommodation and activities in advance. Some businesses may not be ready to open their doors just yet, please be calm and be kind.
Read Our NEW Travel Guide
Show some love for where you live, explore your backyard, and support local businesses.
Note: Check with each business on the status of their operating hours, reopening plans, and safety procedures.