For our 5th anniversary the weekend before last, my boyfriend and I visited the Sunshine Coast of BC. It’s a region about an hour from Vancouver. Though it’s connected to the mainland, it’s cut off by mountains with no roads so it’s only accessible by ferry. I felt like I was on a secluded island the whole time, surrounded by nothing but ocean and mountains.
It was my first time there, and I loved it! I can’t believe I hadn’t been earlier (it’s only a 40 minute ferry from the city). It really felt like its own little, peaceful world with all the nature and tiny seaside towns scattered throughout. It was the perfect anniversary. We’ve done the fancy dinners and the romantic hotel getaway but it was so nice to just explore a beautiful new place together.
I did want to dress up for the occasion, but a trip like this required practicality. We had a long hike planned and we were travelling by motorcycle, so skirts and dresses were out. I chose this cute side lace-up crop top from Sammydress (I actually forgot I had ordered another side lace-up shirt earlier, oops! I really like lace-up guys…), red shorts, and slip-ons so I could easily change in and out of my motorcycle boots.
Our first stop was the small town of Gibsons, where the ferry terminal is. We walked around the city centre (AKA one short street) and the harbour for a bit before lunch. We went to a cute small town cafe run by an old lady that had probably lived there her whole life. Her dog Dustin joined us outside and tried to play with Lady, it was adorable.
Please excuse my messy helmet/ferry hair.
After lunch, we hopped back on the bike to make our way further down the coast. We had read about a place called Skookumchuk Rapids, where two saltwater streams meet and flow against each other. That was the hike we had planned, and it took up most of our afternoon. The spot was so beautiful and it was really cool seeing the two streams competing with each other (and a poor kayaker trapped in the middle).
If you look closely, you can see that there are in fact two different streams in the above photo!
After the hike it was time to go back to Gibsons so we wouldn’t miss the ferry home. We totally would have stayed the night but unfortunately all the dog-friendly rentals were booked even though we had checked a few weeks in advance. That’s the downside of having your anniversary on a long weekend.
We took one last stop to stretch our legs in a town called Sechelt just as the sun was going down. It was such a beautiful sunset – everything was drenched in pastels. It was the perfect ending to our trip – that and the burgers we devoured on the ferry home.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this mini travel diary! If you’re ever visiting Vancouver and have time for a day trip I highly recommend visiting the Sunshine Coast.