Lund is a small-craft harbour on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. The main landmark in the village is the Lund Hotel, established in 1905.
Lund was named after a town in Sweden where brothers Frederick and Charles Thulin originally lived and who settled here in December 1889. When they arrived, there were native homes around the harbour. The Thulins built a store and, in 1892, a post office was added, followed by the first licenced hotel north of Vancouver two years later.
Logging and fishing were the main source of income in the early years and transportation was by water. A paved road leading south to Vancouver was completed in 1954 and coastal steamer service ended two years later.
Lund is located on Highway 101, 26 km (16 mi) north of Powell River on the upper Sunshine Coast. From Vancouver, take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry in West Vancouver to Langdale, drive to Earls Cove (80 km/50 mi) and board a second ferry to Saltery Bay. Lund is 54 km (34 mi) northwest of Saltery Bay.
Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park was established in July of 1971 and consists of a small chain of islands, islets, and rocks in Thulin Passage. It is an excellent destination for kayakers, since it is a good stopover point between Lund and Desolation Sound. This area also provides opportunities for scuba diving, wildlife viewing, wilderness camping, swimming and fishing. There are limited anchorages for small vessels.
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park is a yachter's paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel. The park has more than 60 km (37 mi) of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays, and snug coves. The warm waters of the park are ideal for swimming and scuba diving; the forested upland offers a shady refuge of trails and small lakes and wilderness tent sites. The park can be split up into three major destination anchorages: Prideaux Haven, Tenedo's Bay and Grace Harbour.
The oceanfront, 1905 Historic Lund Hotel is located at the tip of the beautiful Sunshine Coast. The heart of the quaint village of Lund, the Lund Hotel underwent a major restoration in 2000 and now features 31 renovated guest rooms, pub, restaurant, and the decks feature breathtaking ocean views.
Savary Island is 8 km (5 mi) long and renowned for its sandy beaches and warm water. It is just a few minutes away by water taxi.
There are lots of excellent waters to explore by power boat, sail and especially by kayak, around Lund. The Ragged Islands, Savary Island and Okeover Inlet/Desolation Sound Marine Park all provide some of the best sea kayaking waters in British Columbia.
Jacques Cousteau claimed that the Georgia Strait's emerald waters were "second only to the Red Sea". Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine consistently ranks British Columbia as one of the "Best Overall Dive Sites In The World". The area around Lund offers dozens of dive/snorkelling sites, from huge vertical walls, to wrecks over 100 feet long, and shallow reefs teaming with marine life.
15 - 20 km South of Lund you'll find a lengthy hiking route along the Marathon-Appleton Trail. Some of the highlights of this route are: fine viewpoints at the Gibraltar and Gentle David lookouts, located off the Marathon Trail, as well as picnic sites at Rieveley's Pond and Appleton Creek. The Sunshine Coast Trail stretches from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal in the south to Sarah Point in the world-famous Desolation Sound. The 180 km (112 mi) trail offers stunning panoramic views. The Sarah Point to Malaspina Road portion of the Sunshine Coast Trail is an easier hike. Sarah Point is located 12 km (7 mi) north of Lund and is the start of the trail. The Hurtado Point Trail which is only 1 km (.6 mi) south of Lund, a short, very easy hike with an astonishing view of Savary Island, Georgia Strait, and Vancouver Island.
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