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Community Profile

Community Profile

Gibsons and Area

Located only 30 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, Gibsons has all of the advantages of small town living: no traffic jams, low crime rates, preservation of a natural setting, and a community that fits on the landscape. At the same time, we have an urbane, highly educated population and excellent cultural amenities, and we are close to a fabulous city that we may easily visit, but which will never encroach. Many local residents commute to work in downtown Vancouver via ferry from the Gibsons area.

The Town of Gibsons is a very compact municipality of just over 4 square kilometres and 4,500 residents. It is also the commercial and services centre for over 13,000 people and a rural region of 550 square kilometres.

Recognized as one of the world’s most liveable communities (2009 UN LivCom Award – Communities Under 20,000), Gibsons offers a picturesque harbour with a spectacular ocean-rainforest-mountain backdrop, and a culture of caring. We have a strong commitment to the environment, outstanding social and community services, support for culture and a determination to balance quality of life with a thriving economy.

Residential options range from apartments and townhouses to cozy cottages, modern executive homes, and even small farmsteads.

The Town is served by the newly-built Gibsons Elementary School. Elphinstone Secondary School draws students from the entire Lower Coast with a rich curriculum of academic and technical subjects. Coast Cable’s local access television channel broadcasts from Elphinstone, where students participate in all aspects of program production – jump-starting their career in a growing and competitive field.

Gibsons is also a leader in sustainable development, regularly attracting national and international attention for its initiatives. The Town implemented one of the first residential neighbourhood geothermal heating projects in Canada (in Parkland subdivision).

The Town of Gibsons pure, unchlorinated and unfluoridated drinking water is mainly supplied by its own aquifer. Its quality was recognized with a 2009 Best Drinking Water award. The Town’s groundwater mapping project also won worldwide attention as a model for resource management. And in the summer of 2014 the David Suzuki Foundation hailed Gibsons as “the first municipality in North America, and possibly in the world, to consider nature as an asset and give natural assets the same consideration as traditional capital assets.” The Town of Gibsons’ groundbreaking commitment to operate, maintain and replace its natural assets, such as wetlands and forests, just as it does traditional capital assets, such as roads and sidewalks emphasizes that nature comprises its own distinct asset class central to the town’s municipal asset management policy.

Rural Areas

West Howe Sound (Area F)

Area F is set against a stunning backdrop of ocean and mountain, stretching along Howe Sound and including Keats and Gambier Islands. The area has many public docks and waterfront properties. The neighbourhoods of Port Mellon, Williamson’s Landing, Langdale, Granthams and Hopkins qre connected to Gibsons by the scenic Port Mellon Highway and Marine Drive. Area F offers a number of industrial parks along the Port Mellon Highway, is rich in agricultural land, and also home to several modern upscale residential developments. Langdale Elementary School serves the area.

Elphinstone (Area E)

The smallest and most densely populated of the SCRD’s rural areas, Elphinstone is connected to Gibsons by walking, cycling and riding paths as well as roads. Housing options are diverse, with conventional subdivisions, mixed neighbourhoods, farms, waterfront homes and country estates. Elphinstone has some of the most affordable housing prices on the Sunshine Coast and the most young families. Cedar Grove Elementary School serves the area.

Roberts Creek (Area D)

Roberts Creek has a reputation for eccentricity and character. The charming village has an eclectic set of shops, offices, and restaurants, including the landmark Gumboot Cafe. The internationally-renowned Inside Passage School of Woodworking draws students from around the world to design and produce elegant one-of-a-kind furnishings. Sun Haven Waldorf School provides education for preschool through to elementary grades, and Roberts Creek Elementary School provides a rich curriculum that recognizes the area’s commitment to the arts. The annual Roberts Creek Arts Festival opens diverse area home studios to the public each spring, showcasing innovative work by potters, painters, and sculptors.

With many large acreages and working farms, Roberts Creek has a strong equestrian culture as well. The annual Roberts Creek Hunt (in which no fox is harmed, or even present) opens the Lower Mainland hunt season each October. Regular competitions in dressage and riding are held at the Equestrian Grounds on B&K Road.

Roberts Creek hosts the Sunshine Coast’s only year-round Farm Market, each Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. at Roberts Creek Hall, corner of Roberts Creek Road and Highway 101.

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