Just north of Vancouver lies the Sunshine Coast, a 180 km stretch of charming waterside communities, ancient forests, inlets and mountains. Despite being part of mainland British Columbia, the Sunshine Coast feels like a remote cluster of islands. In fact, many visitors reach this beloved getaway via a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to the town of Gibsons which served as the setting for the legendary Canadian TV show, The Beachcombers. Whether you stay in Gibsons, Beaver Island (shown here), Pender Harbour, Halfmoon Bay or Powell River, an array of hospitable guest houses, inns, cottages and B&Bs await your arrival. Celebrate summer with swimming, kayaking and mountain biking. And be sure to take advantage of the unique shops, art studios and scrumptious restaurants that add to the coast's welcoming atmosphere