Sunshine Coast – North Lake

From: $1,449.00 CAD + Taxes

6 Days / 5 Nights

This adventure begins with a thrilling boat ride to the most Northern point of the Sunshine Coast where you step out onto a remote rocky shore. From start to finish, dramatic ocean views penetrate through lush old growth forests, calm lakes sparkle and the sun sets psychedelic reds and oranges – A true hidden gem!

Why is The Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Trail so special?

The smell of old growth forests, the continuous sound of wildlife, the taste of salty ocean views, the warmth of the sun on your body, witnessing the earths colours change as day becomes night is why this area is often referred to as “Heaven on Earth”. The Sunshine Coast gets the most sun-hours per year in BC. The mild year-round climate also provides great opportunities for backpacking in the low seasons fulfilling a feeling of complete remoteness. Hiking passed an abundance of clean drinkable water sources and waterfalls along the Sunshine Coast makes this no better place to revitalize your mind and journey back to your true self.

Highlights

  • Ferry ride with magnificent views
  • Hike the Sunshine Coast Trail
  • Abundance of wildlife
  • Lush green old growth forest
  • Wide variety of landscapes
  • Wildflowers
  • Indefinite ocean views
  • Gorge Falls
  • Meet the locals
  • Getting away from the crowds
  • Visit the historical town of Lund
  • Fresh water dips in local lakes
  • We stay a couple of nights in a Hand-Built Canadian style cabin
  • The famous Skookumchuck Narrows

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Next Dates:

SUMMER 2020 DATES COMING SOON

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Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

Pickup Time:
Day 1 at 6:00am

Drop off Time:
Day 6 – End of Day

Trail Length:
Sunshine Coast Trail, 38km
Skookumchuck Narrows Trail, 8km round-trip

Elevation Gain:
Sunshine Coast Trail, 400m
Skookumchuck Narrows Trail, 40m

Fitness Level:
Beginner-Moderate

This tour is for beginner-moderate fit people. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping and cooking equipment.

Hiking Difficulty:
Moderate

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.

Sunshine Coast North Lake Packing List

  • Comfortable Transportation (including pick up & drop off)
  • Home-made prepared nutritious meals and snacks to last for the duration of the trip
  • Food Allergies or preferences? We have a questionnaire for you to fill out before you join us
    on your adventure
  • Professional & Fun guides that are looking to share their passion with you
  • Guided hikes
  • Information about wildlife
  • Permits & Camping Fees
  • Tent Rental
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics
  • First Aid Supplies & Blister Plasters
  • Sunscreen & Bugspray
  • Compressed Toiletpaper
  • Airfares
  • Expenses before and after tour
  • Rental of Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat, Backpack
  • Single Tent Upgrade
  • Gear – we will send you a specific gear list once you’ve chosen your adventure
  • Personal alcohol
  • Applicable Canadian Taxes (GST – 5%)
  • Trip Cancellation/ Extended Medical Insurance
  • We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as extended medical insurance to
    cover life and health care risks
  • Personal property insurance
  • To insure your personal belongings against loss
  • Staff appreciation gratuities

Additional information

Dates

July 15-20, June 3-8, May 16-21, May 26-31

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