There is strong demand for marine services on the south coast of BC. Sunshine Coast boaters must travel to the Fraser River or Vancouver Island. There are a dozen marinas and small craft harbours between Gibsons and Egmont. Most have waiting lists. Additionally, the Sunshine Coast is close to the thousands of boats in the Vancouver area and we are on the main route north for recreational boaters.
Across the region there may be opportunities for adventure and education marine tours.
In 2013 the Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority opened a sea plane float and a drive-on concrete float with a commercial grade ramp at the main wharf. This is the first phase of a planned harbour expansion with additional floats and a breakwater which will create opportunities for additional marine services, tourism and retail enterprises. Gibsons Harbour is home to commercial fishing craft, charter tour operators, pleasure craft, and a ferry shuttle to Keats Island – a working harbour by every definition!
Gibsons is home to several internationally-renowned aluminum boatbuilding operations, including Jasper Marine and Coastal Craft, both in Gibsons Industrial Park. A number of marine businesses for sales, service and transport operate in or near Gibsons Harbour.
Sechelt’s harbour on Porpoise Bay is home to floatplane services, Porpoise Bay Harbour Authority, several private marinas and a chandlery. Protected waters and a series of Marine Campgrounds attract kayak tourism. Stand-up paddleboard recreation and instruction are popular. Several business profit from the high interest in world-renowned Skookumchuck tidal rapids at the mouth of Sechelt Inlet
Smuggler Cove at Halfmoon Bay attracts recreational boaters to its two privately-owned marinas.
Pender Harbour is another “working” harbour, with marinas, marine repair services and chandlery lining the shores of its many bays. Commercial fishing vessels moor at private residential wharves and at the Government Dock in Madeira Park. Water taxis, charter tour operators, and private vessels all operate from this busy marine hub.
There are many opportunities for any marine service business on the Sunshine Coast, especially for any requiring deep-water access. Hillside Industrial Park has serviced waterfront lots for sale or lease; contact the Sunshine Coast Regional District for more information.
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