Here on the Sunshine Coast, you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds during the winter season. Whether you’re an outdoor aficionado or prefer the cozy comforts indoors, there are tons of great activities to enjoy on the Coast this winter. It’s the perfect time to get away from the city and roam, relax, and reconnect.

Head outside to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving. Or, stick to experiences that cater more to the “indoors crowd,” such as relaxing spa treatments, shopping, visiting art galleries, and enjoying seasonal drinks and delicious food. Time your trip to attend one of the charming seasonal events happening throughout the winter, such as the Powell River Film Festival in early March—visit our events calendar for details.

So what are you waiting for? The ultimate winter getaway is just a 40-minute ferry ride or a scenic flight away from Vancouver!

Where to Stay

The Sunshine Coast is full of unique places to stay. You’ll find everything from B&Bs and resorts to cabins and campgrounds here on the coast.

Browse Accommodations

Looking for getaway packages? Check out:
Sunshine Coast Art Tours

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

At higher elevations on the Sunshine Coast you’ll find plenty of snow to enjoy. Book a guided tour, or head out on your own—just be sure to plan ahead and be prepared.

Check out:
Alpha Adventures
Dakota Ridge – Season starts Dec. 15
Tetrahedron Provincial Park – Open for day use
The Knuckleheads

Spas & Relaxation

Book a cozy place to stay and a spa treatment (or two) for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Check out:
Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina
Seabreeze Spa at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Shades of Jade Inn & Spa
Beyond Bliss Spa

Boating, Fishing & Scuba Diving

Get out on the water this winter! Book a custom boat tour, reel in a big one on a winter fishing charter, or plan your own scuba diving adventure—water visibility is best in the winter.

Check out:
Sunshine Coast Tours
Fishing
Scuba Diving

Shopping & Galleries

Browse through carefully-curated boutiques, shop for the best of the season at our winter farmers’ markets, and search for the perfect piece of art at local galleries on the Purple Banner Tour.

Check out:
Shopping on the Sunshine Coast
Powell River’s Uptown Winter Market
Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ and Friends – Winter Market
Art Galleries on the Purple Banner Tour

Hiking

There are plenty of trails to explore below the snowline. Winter rain helps keep the scenery green and the waterfalls flowing.

Check out our hiking page for ideas on where to hike in each community on the Sunshine Coast. Plan ahead and be prepared; and be sure to respect trail rules and closures.

Delicious Drinks

The Sunshine Coast is full of distinctive restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and cideries that are serving up delectable seasonal drinks.

Don’t miss:
An extensive menu of holiday cocktails & mocktails at Lunitas Mexican Eatery
The winter beer & new cocktail menu at The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery
Seasonal drinks like the Sugar Plum Latte at River City Coffee Roasters
A new winter food menu & seasonal ciders at The Bricker Cider Company

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bikers can typically hit the trails year-round on the Sunshine Coast. Check out our Best Mountain Biking Zones blog post for inspiration and details on local riding groups.

Best Mountain Biking Zones on the Sunshine Coast

Foodie Experiences

Looking for seasonal comfort food and cool dining experiences? Sunshine Coast restaurants have you covered.

Enjoy:
Cooking demos at Sechelt’s Jamjar Canteen
Dinner in a heated outdoor dome at Costa Del Sol
The winter salad and pot pies at Monks on Marine
Sunday brunch on the heated patio at Tapworks Brewing Company


Plan Your Trip

The Sunshine Coast is accessible by ferry, boat, or plane. Click here to learn more about how to get here—and keep in mind that BC Ferries is offering a Sunshine Coast Saver Fare until January 5, 2022.

Visit our Know Before You Go page for details on safe and responsible travel. You can also reach out to our Visitor Information Centres for recommendations and assistance, or check out our Coast Blog for more trip inspiration.

 

Video: Experience Winter

Click the “play” button below for a glimpse of winter on the Sunshine Coast. Please note this video was filmed prior to Covid-19.