Happy Holidays Motorhome Vacations is located on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of BC. The area is a popular vacation destination for many people, including Vancouverites seeking a quick getaway. It’s so close to the city, yet it feels worlds away with its rugged wilderness beauty and small, charming towns dotting the coastline.
There are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds along the Sunshine Coast, some with full hook-up, some with basic services, and still others that offer simple, level camping spots. Hiking, mountain biking, water sports, shopping, dining out, or just being a “beach bum”— here on the Sunshine Coast it’s all within proximity no matter where you choose to camp the RV.
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is one example of a superb provincial park campground. (For our international visitors, a provincial park is an area designated for preservation and managed by the government, set aside for the public to enjoy. There are also municipal parks and campgrounds in various towns throughout Canada.) Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is located in the Sechelt area on the east side of the Sechelt Inlet. The RV services are basic, and you must make reservations in advance of your stay. You can make reservations through the link provided above if you wish. The park grounds follow a lovely stretch of beach (great swimming!) and include trails through forest and wetland habitat. Nearby are other hiking trails suited to various levels of fitness. Some trails are wheelchair accessible, others require hiking boots and plenty of stamina. Ideas for things to see and do on the Sunshine Coast will appear in a future blog post, but you can have a look here for more information on the hiking and mountain biking trails the Sunshine Coast has to offer: bigpacific.com/play/hiking.html
The Sunshine Coast extends all the way to Lund, BC, which is “Mile 0” of Highway 101. A ferry, located at the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula in Earls Cove, takes you to Saltery Bay and the “other half” of the Sunshine Coast. There are some great beaches to be found along this part of the coastline, as well as ferry access to Texada Island, “Jewel of Georgia Strait,” Vancouver Island, and water taxi service to stunning Savary Island with its warm ocean waters and abundant white sandy shores.
Willingdon Beach Campground is a scenic, seaside municipal campground in the Powell River area. It offers full service RV campsites as well as tenting sites and sites with basic services. There is a very enjoyable 1.2km beachside interpretive trail which is well-groomed for easy walking or bike riding, a sandy swim beach, children’s playground, barbeque area, and is close to shopping, dining and various outdoor recreational opportunities.
For locations of other provincial parks, visit env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/map and zoom in to the Sunshine Coast area. (Please note that not all provincial parks have camping provisions for RVs.)
For a list of other campgrounds along the Sunshine Coast, most of host RVs with services from full to basic, visit: sunshinecoastcanada.com/stay/campgrounds
Be sure to take a look at “Things to See and Do on the Beautiful Sunshine Coast Part 1"