Gibsons is the commercial centre for the lower Sunshine Coast. It has two large shopping malls and several smaller malls.
Sunnycrest Mall has 111,651 ft² of retail space. The mall’s public areas were renovated in 2012. Lease space is occasionally available.
Gibsons Park Plaza has 81,402 ft² of retail space. Lease space is occasionally available. The mall was extensively renovated in 2012, and expansion is planned.
Commercial space is available at smaller highway-adjacent malls, including 1161-Hwy 101 with 30,000 ft² of retail and storage space.
The commercial occupancy rate for the Town is over 95%, with prime space along the main highway corridor and in the Lower Gibsons shopping district almost 100% occupied.
There are undeveloped highway-adjacent Commercial lands in the Town of Gibsons.
Although the Sunshine Coast Regional District does not issue business licences, zoning restrictions do apply. New business owners are encouraged to contact SCRD Planning staff to confirm that their business complies with the zoning.
West Howe Sound (Area F) encompasses densely populated rural areas proximate to the Town of Gibsons, and a large hinterland stretching up Howe Sound. Predominant land uses are residential and industrial, with very little commercial zoning.
Elphinstone (Area E) is a densely populated rural and suburban area adjacent to the Town of Gibsons. Some commercial land is available in Elphinstone. Industrial and civic services industries locate in Elphinstone due to favourable permitted land uses and the availability of appropriate land parcel sizes.
Roberts Creek (Area D) has a small commercial centre that serves local residents and tourists. Roberts Creek has integrated its commercial development into its village ambiance. The area is also home to many home based businesses.
The “industrial park” area bounded by Highway 101, Venture Way, and Payne Road is zoned for light industry, as are some small “grandfathered” parcels south of Highway 101.
The highest concentration of industrial land in the Gibsons area is in West Howe Sound. Over 300 acres of industrial land are developed, with 700 acres undeveloped. The Langdale BC Ferry Terminal and Howe Sound Pulp & Paper are located in West Howe Sound. Between 3-4 million cubic metres of logs pass through the Howe Sound log sorting yards.
Hillside Industrial Park is administered by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Of the approximately 300 acres zoned for development, about one third are sold and the remainder are for sale. Hillside is zoned for warehousing, light industry and heavy industry. It is adjacent to Howe Sound and only 30 kilometres from the City of Vancouver.
Hillside has a complete road system and is serviced with hydro and natural gas. There is available water for some industrial purposes. City Transfer’s container terminal is located here and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper’s Kraft pulp mill is adjacent to the site.
Hillside offers opportunities for many types of industries. Marine services and wood products are two prime opportunities. Industries that need relief from escalating land values or non-industrial encroachment may find Hillside to be an attractive new home.