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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Day in the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

About an hour northwest of Vancouver is this sweet, Vitamin D-soaked region called the Sunshine Coast.  Although it is still part of British Columbia's "mainland," this 180 km coastal stretch is only accessible by ferries due to the mountainous terrain and fjords that separate the inland from the Strait of Georgia.  Literally named for the abundance of sunshine it gets annually - 2,400 hours as opposed to generally overcast Vancouver's 1,928 hours - this coast is, unsurprisingly, a hugely popular summer destination for tourists who flock to its picturesque towns, water sports activities (sailing, kayaking and fishing to name but a few,) waterfront cottages, and outstanding hiking and mountain biking trails in the national parks. 

Here are some of my favourite photos from my recent day trip to the Sunshine Coast.  I went in the spring when it was still relatively quiet and the wait to get on the ferries (which transport vehicles and passengers) for the 40-minute ride between Horseshoe Bay to Langdale wasn't too crazy long.

All photos by Weng Ho.

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