The Sunshine Coast Highway (Hwy 101) stretches from the Langdale Ferry Terminal to Lund, 150 km north of Gibsons on the Powell River peninsula. This road is maintained by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The highway is a major truck route for goods arriving by BC Ferries or by barge (off-loaded at Hillside Industrial Park on the Port Mellon Highway). Port Mellon Highway connects the Langdale Ferry Terminal with the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper facility at Port Mellon.
BC Ferries offers car, truck, passenger and freight service from West Vancouver via Langdale (5 km east of Gibsons), with sailings at least every 2 hours. BC Ferry service also connects Hwy 101 to the Powell River peninsula via Earls Cove, 80 km north of Langdale.
BC Ferries offers special rates for commercial service aboard its vessels travelling from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale (5 km east of Gibsons). Using BC Ferries’ Experience Card, walk-on and private vehicle passengers can also enjoy travel discounts on this route. Note that fares paid at Horseshoe Bay or Saltery Bay are “return” fares (you don’t have to pay to leave the ‘Lower’ Sunshine Coast – but you will be charged to get here). From March through November, reservations are recommended. Sailing schedules vary; please check online for service times, alerts, and overload notices. BC Ferry service also connects Hwy 101 to the Powell River peninsula (‘Upper’ Sunshine Coast) via Earls Cove, 80 km north of Langdale (approximately 1 hr 15 minute to drive).
Gibsons is less than 40 km by water from the Port of Vancouver, the largest port on the west coast of North America, and terminus for both national railways. Goods can be trucked or barged to destinations on the Sunshine Coast.
City Transfer provides barge and trucking services between metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. Major barge shipments are off-loaded at Hillside Industrial Park on the Port Mellon Highway. There is also a commercial grade ramp at the main wharf in Gibsons.
Marine water taxi service to Vancouver, nearby islands and the rest of the coast is offered by a number of private operators based in Gibsons, Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, and other coastal harbours. Short and long term moorage for private boats is available at Gibsons.
Harbours and marinas are located across the Sunshine Coast and are overseen by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Locations in Gibsons, Sechelt (Porpoise Bay), Pender Harbour (3 locations), Egmont, and other areas across the Sunshine Coast are part of the Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia.
Boating is part of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle and tradition. These working harbours are home to pleasure craft, water taxis, towboat operators, and fishing boats. Several private marinas operate on the Sunshine Coast. For information about moorage access and amenities, please click on the links below:
BC Transit provides bus service between the Langdale ferry terminal and Sechelt via Gibsons and Roberts Creek, with additional service to West Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, and West Porpoise Bay (Arena) communities. Transit buses are wheelchair accessible and carry bicycles. As of April 1, 2016, fare is $2 per person (regardless of age). Monthly passes and discounted fare ticket packages are available. See BC Transit website for details.
Vancouver International Airport, (YVR) Canada’s second busiest airport and a major Pacific coast transportation hub, is readily accessible from the Sunshine Coast. Harbour Air provides float plane service between YVR’s South Terminal, Vancouver harbour or Nanaimo harbour to Sechelt harbour. Sunshine Coast Air provides scheduled float plane service between Sechelt harbour and Nanaimo harbour or Narrows Inlet, with charter service to Patricia Bay at Victoria International Airport (YYJ).
Gibsons and Sechelt have multiple household and commercial storage facilities, and there are also facilities in Madeira Park and Wilson Creek. The larger facilities offer climate controlled, secure units. Gibsons has a United Van Line depot, and there is a U-Haul Canada location in Sechelt. Trucking services include Pemberton Transport and Squamish Freightways.
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