Sunshine Coast Economic Development - British Columbia, Canada

Tourism

Tourism

Natural Assets

  • Over 800 kilometres of rainforest coastline with deep, placid sounds (fjords) and island archipelagos
  • Beaches and shoreline hiking
  • Lush rainforest, creeks and waterfalls
  • Marine and wetland ecosystems
  • Skookumchuck Rapids – natural “standing wave” phenomena
  • Hundreds of miles of forest trails including the Sunshine Coast Trail for hiking/cycling

Attractions

  • Picturesque seaside villages with specialty boutiques, restaurants, galleries
  • Marinas / government docks with transient capacity
  • Ocean tours, kayaking, and fishing charters
  • Music and arts festivals
  • Art galleries, museums, theatres
  • Golf courses with extended seasons
  • Dakota Ridge Nordic ski facility
  • Six Provincial Parks and a dozen Marine Parks
  • Back country hiking, biking and skiing
  • Coast Gravity Park year-round mountain bike/downhill facility

Opportunities

With outstanding natural beauty and cultural charm, the Sunshine Coast is just 40 minutes by car ferry, 25 minutes by water taxi / foot passenger ferry, or 10 minutes by float plane from Metro Vancouver with its population of over two million. According to Colliers Hospitality reports, the global travel trend is toward shorter, more frequent vacations. With current exchange rates, Canadians are opting to travel within their own country, and visitors from the US are discovering great value in Canadian vacations as well. The Sunshine Coast is ideally positioned to tap the short-haul tourism market.

There are fewer than 500 hotel/motel rooms on the Sunshine Coast and no national chain franchises. The whole Coast is ripe for a mid-sized hotel and convention centre. A proposal for The George, a major waterfront marine resort and wellness centre (similar to the Sparkling Hills Resort outside Vernon) has recently received all required reviews and permits from the Town of Gibsons and is expected to begin construction in 2018.

Tourism marketing on the Sunshine Coast is coordinated by Sunshine Coast Tourism. The two key focuses of their tourism growth strategy are leisure travel (especially outdoor recreation) and meetings/retreats. Market research shows that both have considerable growth potential.

For information on tourism opportunities, contact Sunshine Coast Tourism.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization

District of Sechelt Sechelt Indian Government District SCRD   Gibsons

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