The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast actually has two distinct parts, separated by Jervis Inlet, each having its own unique character. The lower portion runs from Port Mellon to Earl's Cove and the upper from Saltery Bay to Lund. My intention here is to provide extensive information about trails (and over time, other amenities) on the lower SC.

Also, if you love the outdoors then this website is being built with you in mind. Maybe you already live here and just want to find some awesome new trails to explore, or you may be planning to come here for a visit and want to plan some great outdoor adventures.

The lower (and upper) SC has some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the world and a particularly enthusiastic community of mountain bikers who, along with other trail builders, have created some world class trails. Although many of the trails were built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, hikers are welcome to use them as well - just keep your head up (and I would avoid hiking the downhill biking trails - particularly on weekends!).

Photo of rider on DNZ in Roberts Creek

We are home to a couple of unique programs. The first is called Sprockids and was started in 1990 by a teacher named Doug Detwiler as a Self Esteem/Anger Management Program for elementary students. It has evolved into an amazing multi-faceted, world renowned program that has helped thousands of young people develop skills, values and strategies to succeed in life. In 1993 Sprockids built the first officially recognized mountain bike skills park in North America. Check out the awesome trails at the Sprockids Bike Park.

The second is Capilano University's Mountain Bike Operations Certificate Program. This one of a kind program is offered at Capilano University's Sunshine Coast campus located in Sechelt. It has attracted students from all over Canada, the United States, Scotland and England who have completed projects designing and building trails in the Sprockids Bike Park, Big Fir Regional District Park and Kinnikinick Park in Sechelt.

We are so lucky to be able to reap the benefits of these two amazing programs and the legacy of fantastic trails they have provided.

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I began this site as a labour of love and in response to what I believed was a need to have one comprehensive website with detailed information about all trails on the Sunshine Coast.

So here it is several months later and I've had so much fun hiking, biking and gpsing nearly every trail on the Sunshine Coast. Along the way the site has gained some loyal followers and we would love to know your thoughts about this page, site and/or the Sunshine Coast...

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Photo of Sunshine Coast ferry.

The lower Sunshine Coast is just a 40 minute ferry ride away from West Vancouver.