Sunshine Coast Economic Development - British Columbia, Canada

Tourism

Tourism

Natural Assets

  • Over 800 kilometres of rainforest coastline with deep, placid sounds (fjords) and island archipelagos
  • Beaches and shoreline hiking
  • Lush rainforest, creeks and waterfalls
  • Marine and wetland ecosystems
  • Skookumchuck Rapids – natural “standing wave” phenomena
  • Hundreds of miles of forest trails including the Sunshine Coast Trail for hiking/cycling

Attractions

  • Picturesque seaside villages with specialty boutiques, restaurants, galleries
  • One of BC’s most popular boating areas with a dozen marinas and harbours
  • Ocean tours, kayaking, and fishing charters
  • Music and arts festivals
  • Art galleries, museums, theatres
  • Golf courses with extended seasons
  • Dakota Ridge Nordic ski facility
  • Six Provincial Parks and a dozen Marine Parks
  • Back country hiking, biking and skiing
  • Coast Gravity Park year-round mountain bike/downhill facility

Opportunities

The Sunshine Coast is an increasingly popular playground for the 2 million residents of the Greater Vancouver Area.  The 40-minutes ferry ride is part of the charm.  According to Colliers Hospitality reports, the global travel trend is toward shorter, more frequent vacations. With current exchange rates, Canadians are opting to travel within their own country, and visitors from the US are discovering great value in Canadian vacations as well. The Sunshine Coast is ideally positioned to tap the short-haul tourism market.

Small businesses may take advantage of these travellers by offering food, accommodation, rentals and guiding services.

There are fewer than 500 hotel/motel rooms on the Sunshine Coast and no national chain franchises. The whole Coast is ripe for a mid-sized hotel and convention centre.  A proposal for The George, a major waterfront marine resort and wellness centre (similar to the Sparkling Hills Resort outside Vernon) has recently received all required reviews and permits and construction is expected to begin in 2019.

Tourism marketing on the Sunshine Coast is coordinated by Sunshine Coast Tourism. The two key foci of their tourism growth strategy are leisure travel (especially outdoor recreation) and meetings/retreats. Market research shows that both have considerable growth potential.

For information on tourism opportunities, contact Sunshine Coast Tourism.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization

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