Olympics will come to Vancouver BC, Canada, in 2010.
opinion, that makes the mellow, coastal fishing villages of British
Columbia’s “Sunshine Coast” one of the most endangered travel destinations
on the North American continent!
Sunset at the End of the World
Restaurant, Lund BC
The villages, inlets and Islands are located an easy drive and several
beautiful, island-studded ferry crossings north of Vancouver along Hwy
101. We flew into Vancouver from the Midwest, rented a car at the
airport, boarded our first ferry at Horseshoe Bay, and meandered along
the 110 mile Sunshine Coast for a week, following Hwy 101 to Lund and
Desolation Sound. We planned accommodations at secluded B&Bs priced from
$130 to $180/night and enjoyed delicious fine dining that often rivaled
the scenery for being memorably presented.
In January 2010 the mountains north of Vancouver, including the popular
Whistler Ski Area, will host most of the Olympic events. The seaside
villages will become “Olympic Villages”, each housing athletes for the
various winter sports. We tried to imagine how
these gem-like destinations might be transformed by Olympic fever and a
great influx of visitors from around the world. Surely the word will
filter out to travelers everywhere, and one of the great destinations for
scenic solitude will be no more.
My suggestion is to visit
soon, before Olympic visitors overwhelm the harbor at Gibson’s Landing,
and the hiking trail to Skookumchuck Narrows. Stop for a nap on a deserted
ocean beach. Visit one of many artist studios marked by a purple banner. Hike among old-growth giant western red cedar. Enjoy fresh fish and chips
at a leisurely pace on the sun-spilled dock of a fishing
village. The fjord-like scenery of the BC coast will always be fabulous,
but I predict these comfortably warm-water beaches will never again be
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Beaches along the strait are referred to as "bars".
Most were nearly
empty, except for driftwood.
Map of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
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Steveston on the Fraser River
Estuary (about 20 minutes south of Vancouver)
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