Sunshine Coast’s best resource at your fingertips
Tourism website a trusted site for visitors and locals
With miles of secluded beaches, mountainous valleys and shimmering emerald waters, the Sunshine Coast is one of the most picturesque coastlines in Canada, if not the world. Speckled throughout are hundreds of small seaside communities, stretching from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, each with its own unique local sights and tourism offerings. This area is home to renowned restaurants, artisanal boutiques and galleries, gear-rental businesses, plus an extensive collection of shops and accommodations for visitors.
These businesses are marketed worldwide by Sunshine Coast Tourism, a B.C. destination-marketing organization with more than 200 members from the local tourism industry. Managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and three full-time staff, the organization offers events, training and a variety of promotional opportunities. With thousands of followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, along with advertising campaigns in print, radio and online, the organization is able to offer far-reaching exposure that these small businesses could never attain on their own.
On the website, you’ll see a vast array of information on where to stay, what to do and how to plan your trip. For the tourist, everything you need to know is provided right here. The organization works with local restaurants, parks, the service industry and every type of accommodation to catalogue all this information for those who visit the region.
Using the website’s official trip planner, just select where you’re coming from, what you’d like to do—such as biking, fishing, or sampling local beer—and then choose your accommodation type before clicking “Plan My Trip.” From there, you’ll get a printable, ready-made trip guide complete with information on everything that you’re interested in for your stay, including the relevant businesses tailor-made to your needs.
Delving deeper into their website, you’ll find plentiful information on places to explore and things to do. From the north to the south coast, each area is catalogued with information on beaches, lakes, and parks. You can find out how long it takes to hike up to Langdale Falls, or what to watch out for when skiing Dakota Ridge.
Perhaps you’d like to get married in the Sunshine Coast. There is a section for that as well, complete with suggested wedding planning specialists and locations.
The website also offers full online search and booking functionality for accommodations, which helps you find the best rates for where you’d like to stay, and you can compare it with online specials and all-inclusive packages.
Many of these businesses and community events would normally be little known outside of their own communities, but with Sunshine Coast Tourism, for example, a farmer’s market draws international crowds. The up-to-date blog offers useful tips and information about upcoming events, plus trusted recommendations of shops and restaurants that let visitors know where to go when they’re in town.
By uniting business owners within one non-profit organization, Sunshine Coast Tourism is a trusted authority for tourists and locals alike. They’re bringing small communities the support, exposure and business that they need all year round, and promoting the Sunshine Coast Region to the world—creating economic growth in every local industry.