Highway 101 – aka the Sunshine Coast Highway, is the main highway to all communities in the region.
If you have your own vehicle, travelling within the region is a simple as putting wheels to the pavement. Our highway is suitable for all vehicle types, from motorcycles to large commercial trucks. Current conditions can be viewed on DriveBC, which includes highway web cams, construction and incident notices.
The following are distances from the Langdale Ferry Terminal to:
|Gibsons:||5 km – 5 minutes|
|Sechelt:||24 km – 22 minutes|
|Halfmoon Bay:||41 km – 38 minutes|
|Madeira Park (Pender Harbour):||58 km – 52 minutes|
|Earls Cove – Egmont:||80 km. – 1 hr. 13 minutes|
The ferry from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay (to access Powell River, Lund, Texada Island and *Savary Island takes 50 minutes.
Distances from the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal to:
|Powell River:||31 km – 26 minutes|
|Lund:||60 km – 1 hour|
Public Transit & Car Sharing
BC Transit offers regular bus transit service between the BC Ferries terminal in Langdale and Halfmoon Bay, including many stops in between in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, & Sechelt. BC Transit also provides service on the North Coast, with service throughout the town of Powell River, and limited service to Lund, Stillwater, and occasionally Saltery Bay. Be sure to check schedules when planning your trip. Buses are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bike racks. You can find a bus route map below. A DayPASS for the bus can be purchased on the ferry at the gift shop, as well as a number of other locations.
*Please note that if you are planning a trip to the Coast without a car and are hoping to explore to the North Coast, there is no public transit past Halfmoon Bay. If you are without a car the Sunshine Coast Connector can help you on your way to the North Coast. There is public transit once you arrive in Powell River.
Another option for those travelling by bus is to take the Sunshine Coast Connector, which operates a convenient bus service between downtown Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast through to Powell River via select ferry sailings.
Harbour Air Seaplanes also now offers a shuttle service between Sechelt and Egmont – including multiple smaller stops along the way. This is a fantastic option if you are looking for affordable transportation, or if your destination is not included in a bus route. You can find their schedule and rates here.
Interested in car sharing? The Coast Car Co-Op car sharing service on the South Coast has membership options for regular visitors and roaming options for other car sharing organizations like Modo. Save the ferry fees and pick up a car when you’re here, just when you need it. Ride sharing is also available via Share-There, especially for events and festivals on the Sunshine Coast.
If you’re looking for a more unique way of exploring the Sunshine Coast, rent a scooter or e-bike from Scotty’s Rentals Inc. in Gibsons and enjoy an unencumbered view as your explore coastal communities.
If you plan to explore the Sunshine Coast on two wheels, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind to ensure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible! If you are disembarking with your bike from the ferry, you will be riding on the road alongside the cars. It is often a good idea to pull to the side and wait until the bulk of the vehicles have offloaded, especially if you are not comfortable riding in close quarters with cars and trucks. This is true regardless of the ferry you are on.
Once you have firmly arrived on land, there are many opportunities to explore. Check out our Cycling page for more info on routes and bike shops. You can also rent scooters/e-bikes directly in Gibsons from Scotty’s Scooters, adding some extra excitement to your travels. Some of the roads can be quite narrow, so please make sure to wear your helmet and familiarize yourself with some safe cycling tips from Bike Sense.