Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC
Drop off Time:
End of Day
46km in 4 days
This specific tour is for intermediate fit people due to terrain conditions and duration.
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!
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!
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.