Most people first set foot on the Sunshine Coast at Langdale, after a 40 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Many think they have arrived on an island, because of their pleasant excursion aboard BC Ferry’s Queen of Cowichan. Their confusion is understandable, but a look at a Provincial map shows that the Sunshine Coast is not an island. Rather, this populated strip of beach land is barricaded from the rest of the Mainland by the rugged Coast Mountains. The only practical way of getting here is by boat or plane.
Water and mountains are two of the defining features of this place. Another is the extra quota of sunshine which gives this 80 kilometer section of coastline its name. Finally, there is the Coast’s proximity to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. All these ingredients produce a mix that is attractive to tourists, commuters and a growing number of full-time residents.