Sunshine Coast — NOW 25% OFF — (until March 31st)

From: $896.00 CAD + Taxes


INSTEAD OF $1,195.00

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5 Days / 4 Nights

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The smell of old growth forests, the continuous sound of wildlife, stunning 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”.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike the Sunshine Coast Trail
  • Abundance of wildlife
  • Lush green old growth forest
  • Indefinite ocean views
  • Historical town of Lund
  • Fresh water dips
  • The famous Skookumchuck Narrows

WHY SUNSHINE COAST?
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.

WHAT TO EXPECT?
A historical hiking trail consisting of soft forest floors with uneven roots, steady elevation gains and up-and-downs to enjoy the most incredible ocean views.

Day 1
Enjoy this lovely travel day over to the gorgeous Sunshine Coast. The views from the ferry are incredible. Make sure to keep an eye out for whales!
Day 2

Watertaxi to start of trail. Day 2 is a 12km day starting with a bit of an uphill and then rolling hills all the way to Wednesday Lake where we will set up camp for the night.
Day 3

This is the longest day out of the 3 hiking days. Today we will hike 14km starting with a 4km uphill to get a rewarding ocean view. The remaining 10km is rolling hills over soft forest floors as well as rocky surface.
Day 4
Our last day on the Sunshine Coast Trail. We hike another 12km today. This is probably the day with the most incredible scenery. We get to enjoy another incredible ocean viewpoint and we hike passed an incredible waterfall, some lakes and Appleton creek.
Day 5
Today is meant for relaxation and travel. On our way down the coast, back to Vancouver, we will make a final stop at the Skookumchuck Narrows. After a short, easy hike through lush forest we will get to enjoy the famous white water Sechelt Rapids.

Trail Breakdown:
Day 2 – 12km, 6-8 hours
Day 3 – 14km, 7-9 hours
Day 4 – 12km, 6-8 hours
Day 5 – 8km, 3-5 hours

Fitness Level:
This specific tour is for intermediate fit people due to terrain conditions and duration. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping- and cooking equipment.

Pick Up Location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

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Next Dates:

May                            June
15 – 19                        4 – 8
21 – 25                        11 – 15
28 – 1                          18 – 22 SOLD OUT

July                             August
2 – 6                             6 – 10 SOLD OUT
16 – 20                         13 – 17
23 – 27 SOLD OUT     27 – 31
31 – 4  

September
4 – 8
10 – 14
24 – 28

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Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

Pickup Time:
7:00am

Drop off Time:
End of Day

Trail Length:
46km in 4 days

Elevation Gain:

Fitness Level:
Intermediate

This specific tour is for intermediate fit people due to terrain conditions and duration.

Hiking Difficulty:
Moderate

There will moderate climbs on soft forest floors, roots and boulders.

Recommendations to prepare for this adventure:

  • Focus on cardio fitness – get your heart pumping for 20mins each day.
  • Leg strength – practice uphill hiking at the gym using “stairmaster” equipment.
  • Squats and Lunges work well for hiking uphill (train those knees and glutes)
  • Back strength – hike trails with a loaded backpack that include elevation gains and downhill descents.
  • Shoulder and core training exercises prepare for carrying a weighted backpack.
  • Walk-in your hiking boots to avoid nasty blisters on the trail!

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. All meals for the duration of the trip will be distributed at the trailhead.

Food is very important to us! The majority of your meals & snacks will be homemade and dehydrated using as many fresh, organic, healthy and nutritious ingredients sourced from local businesses.

Food creates energy within our bodies. Energy gives us the strength to live and experience the world around us. The key component in the process of dehydrating food is that it retains the maximum amount of original vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes. When hiking, dehydrated food is your best friend – it’s portable, reduces waste, extremely lightweight and super delicious!

Accommodation:
We will be sleeping in tents in a comfortable group-camping setting. We will show you how to use our camping equipment like a pro.

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! 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 Tomkinson Road 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 to our campsite for the last  night.

Day 5: Skookumchuck Narrows, 8km round-trip & Return to Vancouver
Wake up slowly and enjoy the smell of appetizing breakfast lingering above camp.

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. On our way back we will make a stop at 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. 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.

We will drop off everyone back in downtown Vancouver and say our final goodbye’s.

 

Sunshine Coast – 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

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