We've been blessed with such beautiful sunny, warm weather this whole year here in in Vancouver, B.C. and now we are also lucky enough to be having an Indian Summer! YAY! Makes for a perfect time of year to pack up my furry son DeeOgee, load up my bike and head out to one of the most beautiful parts of our province 🙂
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect getaway from the Lower Mainland, it's so peaceful and tranquil. The ferry ride is a relatively short, relaxing 40 minute ferry ride with BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale, which is near Gibsons.
I love the friendly people and all the windy roads --with very little traffic! There's a lot of small cafes and cute shops all along the Sunshine Coast, as well as great hiking and beautiful beaches. I love being in nature --it's paradise for me!! 🙂
I stayed a few days in cute cabin on the ocean in Sechelt. DeeOgee & I spent a lot of time walking on the beaches and making a fires at night. Making sure that we ate gourmet dinners consisting of roasted veggie dogs, baked yams, marshmallows and popcorn. Mmmmmmmmm 😛
After a LOT of riding, one of the days I was in Sechelt, I treated myself to an incredible 90 minute relaxing massage & Reiki treatment at Lily Peace Day Spa. Michelle was fantastic! Great energy, super friendly, highly recommended 🙂
While in Gibsons, we walked around the marina, along a beautiful garden walkway that had HUGE flowers (check out my pics)
Walking along the main street, I found the Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Company. The owners, Matt & Fiona were awesome. Super informative...they educated me in the fine art of producing quality oils and vinegars. I got to sample pretty much EVERYTHING in the whole store. It's a beautiful store that features 60 (YES, 60!!!) different varieties of balsamic vinegars and infused extra virgin olive oils.
I bought a bunch of different flavours (limited room in my motorcycle luggage) and they were kind enough to send me off with a pairing card and a recipe pamphlet to maximize yumminess 😉 Make sure you check them out when you are in Gibsons.
We made our way up north along the Sunshine Coast Highway, which is surrounded by lush forest and enormous trees. We spent a few more days and visited and/or stayed at Halfmoon Bay, Madeira Park, Pender Harbour, Egmont (where there was no gas station only an VERY old gas pump, check out the pics!) and then the end of the road, just a mile past the turnoff to Egmont on the Sunshine Coast Highway is Earls Cove. It's a tiny little place on Jervis Inlet at the end of the line on the lower Sunshine Coast, and is the location of the BC Ferries terminal. I had a super yummy lunch at the little restaurant there. The BEST chick pea soup and grilled cheese!
The week went way to fast! After a week on the Sunshine Coast I feel recharged, YAY!
Took "a few pics" along the way 😉 ...