You need not venture far to begin your Happy Holidays Motorhome vacation. A magical adventure awaits the moment you turn the key in the ignition of a Happy Holidays recreational vehicle. The Sunshine Coast of BC is one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada, and home to many parks that cater to motorhome vacationers. If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out the previous blog postfor more information.
British Columbia's Sunshine Coast is an outdoor adventure playground, with activities year-round. From scuba diving, kayaking and sailing, to hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, various outdoor adventure companies can provide you with equipment rentals. There are different guided tour packages available as well. Here are a few samples to get you started:
The Sunshine Coast, with its mild climate, is sometimes referred to as the Mediterranean of the north. The following excerpt is taken from this website: www.sunshinecoastcanada.com (another great reference for information on outdoor activities on the Coast, as well as a few other tidbits of Sunshine Coast trivia).
The Sunshine Coast area climate is characterized by mild, moist winters and warm, dry summers. Temperatures on the Coast can range from a damp cold and wet 0C (32F) in winter to highs of 30C (90F) in summer. The annual rainfall is approximately 100cm (40in.) The Sunshine Coast remains sheltered from the open Pacific. Winters on the Sunshine Coast are mild enough that it’s possible to snowshoe on the Knuckleheads or Dakota Ridge in the morning and golf that afternoon. Depending on the activities you have planned and time of year we recommended packing the following basics: bring layered clothing, t-shirt, sweater, rain jacket, comfortable shoes/boots, hat, sunscreen, and casual evening clothing and shoes.
There are also a few hiking trails accessible year-round which are easy to get to with a motorhome, and can be done on your own without a guide. Some provide ample parking, although parking may be challenging in the summer season at a few spots. For example, Cliff Gilker Park in Robert's Creek has plenty of parking and is conveniently located adjacent to Hwy 101, but you may want to arrive earlier in the day to find a parking spot to accommodate an RV if you visit Smuggler's Cove in Halfmoon Bay, or the Skookumchuck trail in Egmont.
For the more strenuous hikes in the wilderness areas, a guide is recommended as they can be difficult to access without a 4WD vehicle. As well, guides are wilderness and wildlife savvy, and can add another dimension you wouldn't experience otherwise, by sharing their knowledge of history, plant and animal life, and interesting points of view. For a list of hikes and accompanying maps, check out: sunshine-coast-trails.com
Watch for the next installment: Things to do on the Sunshine Coast Part 2