Studded with rugged headlands, sandy beaches and quiet lagoons, British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.
It is reached by a delightful drive from Horseshoe Bay in North Vancouver to the little village of Lund, crossing two rivers by ferry and with plenty of opportunities to explore en route. The Vancouver ferry arrives at Saltery Bay, where the Provincial Park protects a forested area first exploited by trappers.
The pristine waters of Desolation Sound, just ten kilometers north of Lund, are surrounded by steep evergreen mountains that teem with wildlife. Through the summer months these waters are easily warm enough for swimming and snorkeling.
The scenery is less severe — but just as dramatic — as many of the other sheer-sided waterways along the central coast, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains that soar to heights of 2,400 meters above the tideline.
Map of the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound
Places & hotels on the map
Places near the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound
- Campbell River 22 miles away
- Vancouver Island 43 miles away
- Northern Vancouver Island 50 miles away
- Tofino 78 miles away
- Whistler 81 miles away
- Vancouver 88 miles away
- Salt Spring Island 101 miles away
- Victoria 125 miles away
- Port Hardy 132 miles away
- Bella Coola 188 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 232 miles away
- The Cariboo 237 miles away
- Wells Gray Provincial Park 258 miles away
- Princess Royal Island 270 miles away
- Prince George 286 miles away
Photos of the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound
Accommodation choices for the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located on the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast, West Coast Wilderness Lodge is tucked amidst cedars and firs, with spectacular views of the Pacific coast and an excellent restaurant.
Located on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, Painted Boat Resort affords a wonderful position near the pristine islands and waters of Pender Harbour.