Chapter 13 - Sunshine Coast

Locals claim that the sun shines 300 days a year on the Sunshine Coast. But the weather isn’t this area’s only claim to fame. Miles of scenic views, inviting coves, sandy beaches, picturesque fjord-like inlets, spectacular rapids and tranquil marine parks (including the piece of paradise known as Princess Louisa Provincial Marine Park) combine to create a popular playground for boaters. The coast has a remote, secluded and unspoiled feel about it, yet destination resort comfort and services are found here along with activities to please just about everyone. Golf courses, legendary fishing grounds, good diving sites, and hiking and biking trails are easily accessed from Secret Cove Marina, as well as Pender Harbour marinas like Garden Bay Marina and John Henry's Marina and Resort. The nearest commercial centre, Madeira Park, has marine supplies and services, a large supermarket and other stores near moorage at Madeira Marina and the public floats. Powell River is another great stop for stocking up on supplies or having fun. Beach Gardens Resort and Marina with onsite kayak and dive rentals, also runs a summer shuttle to town centre shops. Summer is festival time in Powell River and the Seafair Festival, Blackberry Festival, and the Sunshine Music Fest are all popular events. Lund is the last stop along the Sunshine Coast. The Historic Lund Hotel, built over a century ago, is a local landmark. Several small stores are found in the village, including Lund Auto & Outboard, a general store, a bakery and an artisan gallery. Lund and Powell River are both perfect jumping off points for boaters exploring the Copeland Islands and Desolation Sound Marine Park.

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Beach Gardens Resort & Marina

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Now in its 39th year, Northwest Boat Travel is a unique cruising guide containing twenty geographically arranged chapters presenting descriptions and useful information about the ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services, and things to see and do along coasts and islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.