Sunshine Coast is a large coastal region to the north west of Greater Vancouver! It actually stretches about 100km from north to south. But for purposes of our weekend trip and where most people will visit, I will define it as from Gibsons to Sechelt. There are other amazing parts to sunshine coast but the northern portion will require multiple ferry trips from Vancouver.
How to get in?
Take the BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay terminal. A return trip with one vehicle and two adults will be approximately $85. The good thing is that there’s a ferry leaving almost every hour. We left downtown at 5pm on Friday, got to Horseshoe Bay at 5:30pm but just missed the 5:50pm ferry cut off.
How much time to spend?
We went on a Friday night and left Sunday early afternoon. I would say you could get on a Saturday morning ferry and leave late Sunday afternoon. One and a half days is probably the perfect amount of time!
How much to budget?
Accommodation: $150-$200 is the average nightly rate of a hotel/cabin. We found ours on AirBnB for about $100 and it was such an awesome experience (see more below)
Food: The price is pretty comparable to Vancouver with lunches around $15 and dinners around $20.
Activities: We didn’t spend any additional money on activities but you some things that would cost extra might be kayak rentals, fishing tours, and other water sports.
What weekend trips do you usually take from Vancouver or your city? If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment below! You can also check out my other weekend trip ideas!