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Old 04-09-2019, 09:00 PM   #1
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Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island loop

I've been searching to no avail. I'm positive there have been informative posts on camping the loop up the Sunshine Coast and over to Vancouver Island.

Can anyone direct me to previous posts or recommend campgrounds?
This would likely be a two trailer caravan, this spring or fall.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:11 AM   #2
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I think the issue maybe the nomenclature "sunshine coast" in the search feature, I had little success myself. Maybe others will chime in.
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Glenn is this the post you’re looking for, I googled Powell River.

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Sunshine Coast is another great drive.
Starting off with a 45 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Gibsons and Sechelt area. Most of the road is inland from the coast but good road. Lots of twists and turns but easy to navigate with trailer (have not actually towed our trailer up there).
Further up the coast you catch another ferry (this one is free) at Earls Cove to Saltery Bay connecting to Powell River. It traverses Jervis Inlet, a very scenic ride throught the Coast Mountains.

There is a Provincial campground 4 km north of Sechelt on Hwy 101 called Porpoise Bay. Another campground between the Saltery Bay ferry terminal and Powell River called Saltery Bay. Further up Hwy 101 north of Powell River, near the end of the road, is another cammpground called Okeover Arm Provincial Park. That is near the town of Lund.

There are no doubt some private camp grounds available but I have no experience or knowledge of them.

Skoomchuck Narrows is an attraction to visit. It is accessed from the area near Earls Cove. A narrowing in Sechelt Inlet which has some incredible tidal currents popular with the kayaking enthusists. Not so much with the sailing community unless you time it just right!

From Powell River you could do a circle route onto Vancouver Island landing near Comox and Courtney.

Taking a ferry to the Sunshine Coast involves only one fare which is a return fare. There is no other place to go from the Sunshine Coast so you have to come back!! The ferry from Powell River to Comox would therefore already be paid when you boarded at Horseshoe Bay. (Likewise if you returned back the way you came to Horseshoe Bay.) Of course you would then have to pay for ferry to get off Vancouver Island back to the mainland.

This is a great trip to make in September when the holiday traffic has died down and families have returned back to school. Takes the pressure off getting a camp site and catching ferries.
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I've been searching to no avail. I'm positive there have been informative posts on camping the loop up the Sunshine Coast and over to Vancouver Island.

Can anyone direct me to previous posts or recommend campgrounds?
This would likely be a two trailer caravan, this spring or fall.
Thanks in advance.
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As I live in Powell River, I can give you a few pointers for camping on the “Upper Sunshine Coast”.

South of town is Saltery Bay PP. Isolated location on the Jarvis Inlet. No services.

One of my favourite sites is Inland Lake PP, located 7km east of the city. The campground sites were recently upgraded. Warm lake suitable for swimming and paddle sports. A 17km hiking/biking trail circumnavigates the lake. Reservations available. No local services.

North of town, in Lund is a private operator SunLund and nearby Okeover Provincial Park. Interesting area to explore for a few days.

In town, Willingdon Creek Municipal Campsite is busy over the summer months and usually needs reservations. Beautiful setting in the heart of the city. Sites are not that private.

On Texada Island, Shelter Point Municipal Campground is a gem of a park with west-facing views of Vancouver Island. Reservations available. Limited services. Further along is Shingle Beach forest service campsite, if you prefer solitude.

There are numerous backcountry forestry campsites frequented by the “locals”. However, access is only available on weekends when the roads are open to the public.

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This time I am watching and making notes, as some time in the future, though likely a few years away, I plan to do this trip, leaving spring and being on the northern part of Vancouver Island for much of the summer.
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Many thanks guys. That was what I was looking for.

First two words in John B's post are "Sunshine Coast" so I wonder why a Google search of "Sunshine Coast" failed to turn it up.
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Try John Henry's resort and Marina. Only 4 sites backing on to the marina. Great for kayaks. A pub within walking distance and a great store with fresh baked goods. You will need to make a reservation, about $50 a night. Clean washrooms. These sites are small back into spots. With a grass area with table and view. Not very private but the view and entertainment on the water make up for it.
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sunshine coast . pendar harbour

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Try John Henry's resort and Marina. Only 4 sites backing on to the marina. Great for kayaks. A pub within walking distance and a great store with fresh baked goods. You will need to make a reservation, about $50 a night. Clean washrooms. These sites are small back into spots. With a grass area with table and view. Not very private but the view and entertainment on the water make up for it.
I should have said thst this is pendar harbour on the sunshine coast
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John Henry's appeals to me. Can't handle a 17km hike at Saltery Bay, but our friends might.
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