Sunshine Coast Bike Tour

A sneak preview of my solo bicycle tour on the Sunshine Coast, BC

In two days, I’m leaving for a week-long solo bike tour. Surprise!

The route starts out my front door and takes me in a loop from Nanaimo to Vancouver, then up the Sunshine Coast and back down to Nanaimo on the east side of Vancouver Island.

Here’s the rough map for my Sunshine Coast Bike Tour for all you visual types.

My first port of call will be Vancouver where I’ll stay with some of my best friends. They love to bike, so we’ll probably do a local ride (if the weather forecast is wrong). They also love to eat as much as I do, so vegan Vancouver here I come!

I’m excited to try the ride from the Horseshoe Bay ferry through downtown Vancouver and over to Main Street. Don’t worry, locals, I’m going to stay off the highway and avoid the (by all accounts hellish) Lion’s Gate bridge by jumping on the SeaBus instead.

SeaBus in Vancouver

Vancouver and the SeaBus. Photo by Jim on Flickr

You’ve gotta love a bike tour that involves two boats on the very first day.

When I leave Vancouver, I’ll cycle back to Horseshoe Bay (it’s uphill all the way) to grab yet another ferry across to Langdale, my entry point to the Sunshine Coast. Though it’s called the Sunshine Coast, the forecast is for rain, so I’m a little anxious about being cold and bedraggled for the entire week.

Everybody pray to Helios for me, please.

Though it’s only a ferry ride from Vancouver, where I lived in younger years, I’ve never visited the Sunshine Coast. Crazy, right? The area is dotted with little fishing villages…

Gibsons BC, Sunshine Coast

Gibsons, BC Photo by Adam Kahtava on Flickr

…and adorned with eye popping ocean views on the left and mountainous vistas on the right.

Sunset on BCs Sunshine Coast. Photo by Ross2085 on Flickr

Sunset on BCs Sunshine Coast. Photo by Ross2085 on Flickr

(If you see mountains on your left, you’re facing the wrong way.)

There’s camping, hiking, and kayaking aplenty. Now if only we can do something about that weather forecast!

Porpoise Bay in the mist. Photo by Ken McMillan on Flickr.

Porpoise Bay in the mist. Photo by Ken McMillan on Flickr.

If I don’t see any whales or dolphins, I’ll deem the whole trip a massive failure. (Not really, but I really want to spot some Orcas.) I will also almost surely see some waterfalls, a deer or two (or 300), and some cool caves.

Are you excited?

That’s OK, I’m excited enough for both of us.

Related: If you’re not into cycling, you can also take some great hiking trips on the Sunshine Coast. Check out Taryn’s Backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail Trip Report for inspiration and to find out how!

Sunshine Coast Bike Tour

My ride should take me through Gibsons (home of The Beachcombers), Sechelt, and all the way north to Powell River. From Powell River, yet another ferry will float me back to Vancouver Island, and I will ride south through Comox, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, and finally home to Nanaimo.

It’ll be great feeling to end a tour in my own bed.

I’ll be blogging on the road as often as I can (daily?!?), so stay tuned. Also, if you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, I’ll be updating with lots of pretty shots along the way.  

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  1. Comment by Andrée

    Andrée April 23, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jane,
    I am very interested in this route. We might add this to our trip next year, who knows?
    Have fun!

    • Comment by Jane M

      Jane M April 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

      If it is half as beautiful as the pictures make it look, it’ll be very worthwhile. I’ve heard some stories of big hills, but am hoping this is from someone who has never ridden up a mountain. We shall see.

  2. Comment by Geoff Langridge

    Geoff Langridge April 23, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Have a whale of a time, Jane – we’re busy wishing some good weather your way!

    • Comment by Jane M

      Jane M April 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Geoff. Current weather – bucketing down with rain. Tomorrow (the day I set off) is supposed to be thunder and lightning storms, so it looks like Mother Nature is greeting me with a big show (and I might do less camping and more hostelling than I want to).


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