Destination guide

Outdoor adventures at the Sunshine Coast Regional District

Set along a rugged part of the coast, Sunshine Coast Regional District is ideal for rustic retreats, exploring the forest, inlets and unspoiled landscapes. During the summer months, Sunshine Coast Regional District vacation rentals are popular with families and groups who want to enjoy sailing on serene seas, finding little beaches and soaking up the mild sunshine. Surrounded by mountains that are covered in soft powdery snow during the winter, the area invites you to bring your skis and enjoy the crisp, sunny days and spectacular coastal views.

Things to do

Play farmer in the Sunshine Coast Regional District

Let your kids play farmer for the day at Farm Ventures. More interactive than your average zoo, kids can ride a pony, collect eggs and get up close to lots of friendly farm animals. Llamas and goats roam around, for you to feed, and there are smaller animals such as fluffy guinea pigs and rabbits to cuddle. Because the experience is booked in advance, groups are small, and you'll enjoy a tour of this serene farm that's hidden among dense forest. You can also book a longer pony ride along nearby mountain trails, which give you views across the coast.

Activities

Sail around the Sunshine Coast Regional District

Many Sunshine Coast Regional District vacation rentals sit along the waterfront with private jetties, so you can bring your own boat or hire one. This is a great way to explore the rocky coastline of the Sunshine Coast, where small stretches of sandy beach are to be found. Roberts Creek has sand and shingle beaches with shallow waters for swimming, and is surrounded by dense forests with trails to explore. At the south end of the Sunshine Coast, Gibsons has a number of isolated islands to discover, and is a great site for watching playful whales leap from the sea.

Weather

Sunshine Coast Regional District – sunshine and snow

The Sunshine Coast Regional District has sunny, mild summers, just right for enjoying the outdoors. There's a temperate rainforest climate, so although you might get days in the mid-80s, it's not too hot for hiking or boating. Heavy rain falls between November and March, but head inland towards the mountains and you'll find snow and sunny skies, with snow sometimes spotted on the trails as late as June. The area is sheltered from the Pacific winter weather, so although it can get wet, it's rarely freezing by the coast.

Natural features

Mountains and lakes near Sunshine Coast Regional District

With a jagged coastline that includes inlets, coves and tiny islands, the Sunshine Coast is full of isolated places to explore. Choose Sunshine Coast Regional District vacation rentals close to the waterfront, and you can sail along the coast at your own pace, birdwatching, fishing or simply enjoying the peace. Inland, the mountain landscapes are ideal for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing during the winter months, and the Dakota Ridge Ski Area gets a decent amount of powder, with a number of trails that offer views as far as Vancouver Island, as you zip down the trails.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Sunshine Coast

The nearest airport is in Pender Harbour, BC (YPT-Pender Harbour Waterdrome), located 17.6 mi (28.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Powell River, BC (YPW), which is 33.2 mi (53.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Sunshine Coast Regional District?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 387 vacation rentals near Sunshine Coast Regional District. From 210 Houses to 83 Cabins, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Sunshine Coast Regional District area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sunshine Coast Regional District?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sunshine Coast Regional District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sechelt: 247 vacation rentals
  • Gibsons: 219 vacation rentals
  • Halfmoon Bay: 172 vacation rentals
  • Roberts Creek: 166 vacation rentals
  • Madeira Park: 117 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sunshine Coast Regional District! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sunshine Coast Regional District?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sunshine Coast Regional District:

  • Sechelt: 247 rentals
  • Gibsons: 219 rentals
  • Halfmoon Bay: 172 rentals
  • Roberts Creek: 166 rentals
  • Madeira Park: 117 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Sunshine Coast Regional District?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Sunshine Coast Regional District are:

  • Pender Harbour Water Aerodrome Airport (YPT): 172 vacation rentals
  • Sechelt Aerodrome Airport (YHS): 258 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR): 1,300 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sunshine Coast Regional District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sunshine Coast Regional District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Porpoise Bay Provincial Park: 258 rentals
  • Pender Harbour Golf Club: 171 rentals
  • Williams Island: 165 rentals
  • Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park: 169 rentals
  • Baker Beach Park: 171 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sunshine Coast Regional District listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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