Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC
Day 1 at 6:00am
Drop off Time:
Day 6 – End of Day
Sunshine Coast Trail, 38km
Skookumchuck Narrows Trail, 8km round-trip
Sunshine Coast Trail, 400m
Skookumchuck Narrows Trail, 40m
This tour is for beginner-moderate fit people. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping and cooking equipment.
The terrain during this adventure is diverse and has rolling hills. There will be a few steep, but short climbs along the way.
Food: All meals will be included for the duration of the adventure, except breakfast on Day 1. It is recommended to eat breakfast before pick-up on Day 1. On Day 2, all meals will be distributed at the trailhead to all adventurers.
Accommodation: We will be sleeping in tents along the trail in a comfortable group-camping setting and we will teach you how to use our camping equipment like a pro. The last couple of nights of this adventure we will spend at a rustic, hand built, Canadian style cabin.
Day 1: Vancouver to Upper Sunshine Coast
Pick-Up Day! Meet your guides and fellow adventurers at our meeting spot, downtown Vancouver. This morning we get to enjoy some breath-taking views from the ferry that is going to take us to the Sunshine Coast of BC. For local Vancouverites it is a true gift to be able to travel to the Sunshine Coast by ferry as the scenery is absolutely priceless. Make sure to keep an eye out for whales. While enjoying a delicious home-cooked snack on the ferry we will go through the logistics of this week and share some exciting information about the area and the adventure awaiting us.
Once we arrive at the Sunshine Coast we will make our way to a lookout point to enjoy our lunch and take in views of the ocean, Vancouver and Texada Island. Once we have taken in the scenery and enjoyed a peek of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer, we have a short drive left to the 2nd ferry that takes us to the Upper section of the Sunshine Coast. We will spend our first night together at a local campground close to Lund and we will make sure to spoil you with your very first camp-cooked dinner prepared by Sjef Camping.
To end the day we invite you to hang out at the fire to share stories or just listen to the crackling sound of burning wood. If it’s a clear night you also have the option to do some stargazing. Make sure to get a good night rest so we’re all ready for our adventure starting tomorrow.
Day 2: Sarah’s Point to Wednesday Lake 12km
ADVENTURE DAY J Are you ready? After we pack up camp and enjoy our wonderful breakfast we have a ten-minute drive to get to the historical town of Lund. Drop off will be at the Water taxi that is going to take us to Sarah’s Point, where we will start our hike.
You can leave your Backpacks at the Water taxi drop off while exploring the picturesque town of Lund. Lund is a small-craft harbour on the Northern end of the Sunshine Coast. The community is still unincorporated and it is famous for offering a peaceful get away for anyone that enjoys the spectacular climate of the Sunshine Coast, with a desire to get away from crowds. Nancy’s bakery is the cute local bakery and is worth checking out.
Once at Sarah’s Point we will start todays hike that totals about 12km. It is going to take us through a lush green forest with tons of ferns. Our destination today is Wednesday Lake where we can jump in the water to refresh before we put up our legs and start a bonfire.
Day 3: Wednesday Lake to Plummer Creek 14km
This morning we start with a 4km hike up to Manzanita Bluffs. Here is where we find our first Ocean View lookout. We will stop here to take in the peaceful view before adventuring further. We have an additional of 10 kilometres to go today. Along the way we will pass an area with pretty wildflowers, as well as, some rocky areas where we can stop to enjoy views of Okeover Arm and Desolation Sound, also known as “Heaven on Earth”.
Our destination for today is Plummer Creek. This is where we will set up camp for the night. At about 4km before we reach our destination we pass an area called Fern Creek, quite obviously named after all the Ferns growing in that area. We know of a lovely “secret” place where we will enjoy the sunset. This is one of Richie’s favourite views.
Day 4: Plummer Creek to North Lake 12km
Rise and shine! We will have an early morning today, as this is our longest day, as well as, our last full day of hiking. The trail starts of with us being surrounded by lush green forest. Not to be missed! Today is probably the day with the most beautiful scenery. We have a stop at Gibraltar Lookout Point that provides us with another one of those magnificent views.
After this we pass Riviera Pond and Appleton Creek. We keep walking alongside the Creek until we reach Gorge Falls. The falls are a uniquely refreshing viewpoint after hiking through the forest for a few days. We keep following the creek and get a few more views of smaller size waterfalls before reaching the end of our hike. From here we’re slowly going to make our way back to North Lake where a rustic, hand-built, family-owned cabin is waiting for you to enjoy the last couple of days surrounded by peacefulness.
Before you sit back to relax you can jump in the lake or have a warm shower. Yes, that is right, you can have a shower here if you wish. Tonight we will cook up a storm so hopefully you’ve worked up an appetite over the past few days. Enjoy the simplistic luxury.
Day 5: Skookumchuck Narrows, 8km round-trip
Wake up slowly and enjoy the smell of appetizing breakfast lingering in the living room. We encourage everyone to go for a morning dip in the lake. It is the most refreshing way to wake up body and mind. We have a few options for you today. At only a short drive from the cabin we can find the famous Skookumchuck Narrows. “Skook”, as it is affectionately named, is one of the great white-water wonders of the world.
Twice daily, nature puts on a show as the tide changes and the flow of saltwater switches, reversing the direction and power of these incredibly turbulent rapids. The Sechelt Rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and, for their attraction to extreme kayakers and divers.
However, if you would rather stay at the cabin to take out a canoe and go for a paddle around the lake or to relax and maybe read a book, that is also an option. For those who decide to join us to Skookumchuck Narrows, there is a short hike that takes us to the actual viewpoint. The hike goes through a lush green forest, the last option to take in the fresh smells that our rainforest has to offer. Our last evening together won’t be spent without a mouth-watering meal, some shenanigans and story sharing.
Day 6: Return to Vancouver
All good things come to an end. Today will be the last day of our adventure together. We will slowly make our way south along the gorgeous Sunshine Coast back to Vancouver and say our final goodbye’s. We will drop off everyone back in downtown Vancouver.