BC's Sunshine Coast Shelters Trails Best Travelled

Posted Friday, August 17, 2012

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, Outdoor Adventure / Ecotourism, Parks & Wildlife

With its myriad of trails that twist along shorelines, snake through forest and skim lakeside draws, BC's aptly named Sunshine Coast promises to sizzle with summer adventure of the two-footed variety. Not to mention the two- and four-wheeled sort. Take the Suncoaster Trail, for example; this favoured stretch spans some 37 kilometres (23 miles) from Earls Cove down to seaside Halfmoon Bay — a pretty pathway that welcomes hikers, bikers, horseback riders and, in designated areas, ATVs. Veer off the beaten path at any number of exit points and your options will be varied: secluded lakes and forested and mountain-backed expanses will be cause for pause, while roadside grills dishing homespun menus will fuel the fire; come nightfall, you can pitch a tent for lakeside camping or overnight in luxury at a nearby resort. Should you crave even more challenging track, the revered Sunshine Coast Trail is a haven for hard core backpackers and the like. Established in 1999, this well-loved trail sets out from Saltery Bay, stretching 180 kilometres (112 miles) to the furthest reaches of the Sunshine Coast at Desolation Sound. This day- or multi-day hike is primed for packers, and may just inspire frequent stops, what with its host of hut-to-hut hiking, walk-in campsites and wharfs promising seaside swims. A refreshing splash sure to have you back on your feet in no time. www.sunshinecoastcanada.com/to-do/hiking

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