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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.

Awe-inspiring scenery

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.

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Map of the Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound

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    Places near 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.

    • West Coast Wilderness Lodge, Egmont

      West Coast Wilderness Lodge


      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.

    • Kayaking at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

      Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

      First Class

      Located on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, Painted Boat Resort affords a wonderful position near the pristine islands and waters of Pender Harbour.