Into the Sunshine

23 May 2019 – Let me sort out my prepositions. Not into, but up. Up the Sunshine Coast.

Out of Vancouver, and up the 180-km stretch of mainland that — thanks to those convoluted mountain ranges — is only accessible by air or water.

I choose water.

Love those BC Ferries  Away we go from Horseshoe Bay, starting the 40-minute ride that will weave around some intervening islands in Howe Sound and deposit us all at the Langdale Ferry Terminal.

Then it’s pavement again and a local bus. I’m off at the next community along the route, Gibsons, a town of some 4,600 people just 6 km down the road. My plan? To mooch about.

And I do.

And I have a good time.

I hear great snippets of conversation. “Had a bear in my back yard yesterday,” says one woman to another as she buys some stamps. “Three hundred pounds. Totally destroyed my bird feeder.”

I see delightful things. Places to park while charging your e-vehicle …

and places where you better not park at all. Unless your name is Ribbet.

Mostly, I head for the waterfront, walking the pathway that borders crowded marinas, with pleasure and working boats both, and a long, busy public wharf.

Over here, a float plane …

and, over there, a couple of houseboats, gloriously smothered in plants.

I see tiny shells, carefully arranged on a weathered log …

and an old boat, its hull still bright, the interior bleached and collapsing.

Kiddies hurl stones at a convenient jetty …

kayakers diverge, as gulls converge …

a jaded fish swims into a parking lot …

while much happier fish swim across the community centre wall.

Of course they’re happy! These are rockfish with a purpose. On June 7, Gibsons’ inaugural World Oceans Day Festival, they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the local Marine Education Centre.

Locally created, with local resonance, for local benefit.

I’m happy too.

 

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  1. Great post 🙂

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  2. Were you in Gibsons or Sechelt? I love that area. Great photos. 🙂

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    • I stayed and spent most of my time in Gibsons, but was briefly in Sechelt to see a riend. She & I also drove down to Davis Bay, to eat at The Wobbly Canoe, which I recommend.

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  3. Love the gorgeous houseboats.

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  4. I’m jealous, Penny. had to look it up on the map. And this also brought back fond memories of simply sitting in the little park at Horseshoe Bay one summer day with an ice cream or sandwiches, or maybe it was both, and watching the ferries. It was glorious. But oh, next time I see that one doesn’t have to go far to get the experience of those small communities, that’s good to know. I love the photo of the float plane with those mountains in the distance, the house boats, the old boat…the kids. Sorry I’ve been absent – I am still not at all caught up on blogs, oh well!

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