The First Nations have lived in this area for thousands of years. The Coast Salish people fished and hunted and were noted for their totem poles and cedar canoes.
In 1886 George Gibson and his two sons, were blown from Vancouver Island to the Strait of Georgia in his boat and took refuge in the protected natural harbour. A true pioneer, George immediately claimed 160 acres of land and became the first resident of what was to be known as Gibson's Landing. By 1892, 100 settlers had moved here.
In the early 1900s, the Union Steamship Company connected the communities along the coast, providing mail service and supplies. A dock was built in 1951, joining the coast to Vancouver by ferry.
Gibsons is located 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Langdale ferry terminal on the Sunshine Coast. From Vancouver, take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry in West Vancouver to Langdale and take Marine Drive into Gibsons.
Gibsons Landing is the historic seaside part of Gibsons where the town began. Today it is a charming, vibrant village with art galleries, delightful stores and cafes and all set against a backdrop of mountains and water. The Winegarden Waterfront Park lets you sit and relax and appreciate the stunning views.
Molly's Reach Restaurant was the setting for the CBC TV series The Beachcombers in the 1980s. A popular seafood restaurant today, fans will want to stop in for a bite and look at some of the memorabilia. Molly's Reach is close to Gibson's harbour and the funky shops of Molly's Lane.
Just a few steps away from the pier, the seawalk skirts the harbour and winds around to the Gibsons marina with spectacular views of the water and Coast Mountains.
The museum explores the history of the Sunshine Coast and Coast Salish life and houses the Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum.
There are over 100 popular dive sites on the Sunshine Coast. Sechelt Inlet is rated one of the world's top 20 recreational dives by Scuba Diving Magazine. A popular dive site is the 366-foot wreck of the HMCS Chaudiere at the mouth of Salmon Inlet, which was scuttled in 1992 by the Artificial Reef Society of BC.
The Sunshine Coast offers many wonderful opportunities for both saltwater and lake fishing, whether on your own or on a guided tour. The Strait of Georgia is a migratory route for salmon and the deep waters of Pender Harbour are excellent for lingcod. Shellfish in the area include prawns, oysters, crab and clams. Lakes are full of rainbow, steelhead and cutthroat trout.
Sailing or boating in Howe Sound provides endless days of relaxation and pleasure. Kayaking is popular in the sheltered bays along the coast where you can see plenty of wildlife. Day trips to Gambier and Keats Islands are fun as is beachcombing and swimming along the many beaches.
Golfing is a favourite pastime in this area. The 18-hole Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Roberts Creek (between Gibsons and Sechelt) is carved from the rainforest and accessed east of Highway 101. Located close to Sechelt, the Sechelt Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole course with amazing views of the Sechelt Inlet and mountains. The Langdale Heights Par 3 Golf Course is close to the BC ferries dock in Langdale.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and winter hiking can be found in unspoiled mountain settings with spectacular oceans views. Dakota Ridge, Tetrahedron Provincial Park and Knuckleheads are three areas to check out.
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