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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Gibsons

Gibsons
Gibsons is a small community located on the south edge of the Sunshine Coast north-west of West Vancouver just across from Keats Island in Howe Sound. Gibsons is located 5 km (3 miles) from the BC Ferries terminal at Langdale and is part of the Sunshine Coast Regional District

Take BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale
If you have a vehicle, you have to either take the regular scheduled BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale or, if on Vancouver Island, you take the ferry from Little River near Comox to Powell River. The Powell River route involves another BC Ferry trip at Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove near Egmont, then travelling south on Hwy 101 through Sechelt to Gibsons - approximately two hours.

South-Westerly View
Gibsons is situated on a slight hill with a south-westerly view towards Howe Sound, Keats and Bowen Islands. The area of Gibsons that is on the waterfront is referred to as Gibsons Landing whereas the area going up the hill on Hwy 101 is called, 'The Centre' or 'Upper Gibsons.'

Molly's Reach and 'The Beachcombers'
While you're visiting Gibsons Landing, you may notice a café called Molly's Reach. This may sound familiar - Molly's Reach was the star attraction in a CBC TV series called 'The Beachcombers' which aired from 1971 to 1990. This series showcased Gibsons to the rest of Canada and the world. The atmosphere is friendly and the food good.

Wide Array of Eating Establishments
Gibsons Landing also has a wide array of cafés, specialty coffee shops, marine pubs and fine restaurants if you happen to be hungry. The selection of food choice is quite varied from ethnic to a wide selection of fresh fish along the waterfront. One is Gamma's Pub located next to the government dock and another favourite is the fish & chips at Gibsons Fish near Winegarden Waterfront Park.

'The Centre'
The Centre section of Gibsons situated on Hwy 101 has the majority of fast-food restaurants including a Tim Hortons, Starbucks and the Blackfish Pub. The Centre also has the majority of retail shopping outlets, including the Gibson Park Plaza. Also located on Hwy 101 going through the Centre is the Gibsons pool and recreation centre.

Waterfront Trail
For walkers and beachcombers there is the Waterfront Trail to take in which meanders along lower Gibsons throughout the Landing. The trail follows the beach area near Holland Park towards the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives, eventually tying into the Heritage Walk.

Armour's Beach
If you're here in the summer time another good place to take kids is Armour's Beach situated just off Marine Drive. Armour's Beach features a very safe swimming and beach area.

Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives
Highlighting the communities from Port Mellon to Egmont is the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives. The museum was established in 2002 with the amalgamation of Elphinstone Pioneer Museum and Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum and is located at 716 Winn Road.

Coast Salish First Nations
The museum's highlights are artifacts from the local Coast Salish First Nations and the relationships of European settlements in the area. Other displays include the Charles Bedford shell collection - one of the largest in Canada as well as great maritime information and photos regarding the Sunshine Coast.

Winegarden Waterfront Park
Situated right next to the museum is Winegarden Waterfront Park. This park is located near the waterfront and is easy to walk to from the downtown strip of Gibsons. For boaters, the Gibsons Marina is situated next to Winegarden Waterfront Park.

Trail and Cycle Network
Gibsons has developed an extensive trail-and-cycle network throughout the various parts of the community. Some of the routes are laid out so that you can take in panoramic views of the waterfront towards the south-west. If you like, there are three routes that you can take near the Landing: the Bay Walk, Heritage Walk and the Inglis Trail.

Gibsons Travel Info Centre
An excellent reference map you might consider is the Sunshine Coast Super Map available at the Tourist Info Centre located on Marine Drive in Gibsons Landing next to the statue of town founder, George W. Gibson. The volunteers are quite helpful assisting with directions, maps and locations to visit.

Soames Hill
If you enjoy a good hike, try the walk up to the top of Soames Hill which starts 2 km (1.25 miles) from Gibsons towards Langdale. The trail meanders through some incredibly huge trees on its way to an astonishing view. Once at the top, you can look towards Gibsons, Keats Island and Paisley Islands with West Vancouver way in the background.

Start of the trail
To get to the start of the Soames Hill Trail, travel on North Road towards the BC Ferries Terminal. When you see Reed Road turn right, then left on Chamberlin Road. Watch for the sign that directs you onto Bridgeman Road. Take Bridgeman to the Soames Hill parking lot and look for an information kiosk.

Mount Elphinstone
For another great view, try 1,266 m (4,154 feet) Mount Elphinstone. This hike is located close to Gibsons and is another spot to get an incredible panoramic view of the Strait of Georgia and surrounding Howe Sound. There are three main trails you can choose throughout the Mount Elphinstone Heritage system. They are K2, Tramway and Waterfall Trail.

Tramway Trail
To get to the trailhead of Tramway Trail, take North Road when going to Langdale from Gibsons. Once you're on North Road, turn left on Cemetery Road for 1 km until Keith Road. Turn right here and go up the hill until you see a sign for Boothill Ranch. Just before Boothill Ranch, turn left down a dirt road towards a yellow gate and parking lot next to the gate.

Chaster Creek
The Tramway Trail is great in the summer because there is a chance to cool off in the hidden swimming holes. Chaster Creek features small pools with waterfalls.

Langdale Creek Waterfalls
For another great hike and mountain bike area where you can see some more waterfalls is up Langdale Creek. Take North Road towards Langdale, once on Stewart Road, stay to the left just where the Hwy 101 Bypass starts. Take the left curve on Stewart, where at the end, you can find some trail information.

Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park
Access to Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park is located north of Gibsons off Highway 101 on the B&K Forest Service Road at Cliff Gilker Park in Roberts Creek. Once you're on the B&K, turn on the Roberts-Flume Forest Service Road.

Roberts Creek
If you're travelling north on Hwy 101 try and take the opportunity to visit the small community of Roberts Creek about halfway to Sechelt. Longtime a summer camp destination for Vancouverites, Roberts Creek has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with various shops displaying local artisans, craftspeople and artists plus a great local restaurant called the Gumboot.

Roberts Creek Provincial Park
There is a small rustic campground available at Roberts Creek Provincial Park located 14 km (9 miles) west of Gibsons. The park features a rocky beach set along a grove of hemlock, Douglas fir and some fairly large cedar trees. Access to the beach area is via a walking path 1.4 km (.9 mile) from the campsite.

Port Mellon - Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill
Located just 10 km (6 miles) from Langdale down the Port Mellon Highway is Port Mellon, home to the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill.

British Columbia's Oldest Pulp Mill
Historically, one of the largest employers in the Gibsons area, the mill has supported the economy since 1908. Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill conduct free tours during the summer months for visitors to learn about British Columbia's oldest pulp mill.

Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Parks
There are two Marine Provincial Parks near Gibsons. One is at Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park over on Keats Island, a short walk-on Gibsons' Harbour Ferry, by private boat or Sunshine Coast Water Taxi.

Halkett Bay Marine Park
The other is at Halkett Bay Marine Park located on Gambier Island also requiring water taxi or private vessel.

Sea Kayaking
Located just south-west of Keats Island is Pasley and Worlcombe Islands the site of some excellent sea kayaking. Pasley Island involves around eight small islands all closely grouped together with Worlcombe. You can leave Gibsons and do a loop through the islands with a chance to see some wildlife, including bald eagles and seals.

Drinking Water - 'Best in World'
A side note: One time Gibsons' drinking water was judged to be the best in the world by Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. Make sure when you go to a restaurant or café, rather than order bottled water, try taking it right out of the tap. The taste is absolutely refreshing with no after taste.

Langdale Heights RV & Golf
There is an RV Resort at Langdale Heights RV & Golf where they advertise, "Bring your RV and Play for Free." The resort is well-run, very clean and features a nice par-3 golf course and is close to the Langdale Ferry Terminal.

Wilson Creek
For people travelling through Gibsons on Hwy 101 who don't care for golf, try staying at The Creekside Campground and RV Park where the sites are private and where tenting is permitted. Located next to the campground at Field Road in Wilson Creek is a Canadian Tire, IGA Marketplace, Shell Service Station and a great coffee shop called Strait Coffee Traders.

Information on Gibsons

Information on Keats Island

 

 

Map of Gibsons
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BC Ferries to Langdale
BC Ferries to Langdale

 

Molly's Reach
Molly's Reach

 

Gibsons Fish for Fish & Chips
Gibsons Fish for Fish & Chips

 

Waterfront Trail near Gramma's Pub
Waterfront Trail near Gramma's Pub

 

Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum

 

Waterfront by Winegarden Park
Waterfront by Winegarden Park

 

George W. Gibson
George W. Gibson

 

Gibsons Harbour
Gibsons Harbour

 

View towards Keats Island
View towards Keats Island

 

Granthams Landing
Granthams Landing

 
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