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British Columbia

SUNSHINE COAST FOR NATURALISTS
 

 
Tour Date 24 - 28 July 2017 (5 days)
Cost $1650 CAD + gst (dbl occup)
Includes all meals except 4 dinners
Departs From Vancouver
Max. participants 10
Leader Tony Greenfield

 


Chatterbox Falls

 


Jervis Inlet

 


Sunshine Coast Sunset

 

SUNSHINE COAST FOR NATURALISTS

The Sunshine Coast is located on the mainland of British Columbia, just north of Vancouver. It can only be accessed by crossing the deep fjord of Howe Sound on an extremely scenic 40 minute ferry ride.

The Sunshine Coast is well named as it benefits from being in the rainshadow of Vancouver Island, resulting in higher hours of sunshine and reduced precipitation. The area is the product of the last Ice Age, which ended about 12,000 years ago. The great glaciers flowing to the ocean scoured out the river valleys which were subsequently flooded by the rising sea level, creating the fabulous fjords of Howe Sound and Sechelt, Salmon,  Narrows, Jervis and Princess Louisa Inlets. The rising sea level also created the labrynthine landscape of islands, bays and coves that today give the Sunshine Coast its uniquely beautiful geography.

After the retreat of the ice the whole complex mess of mountains and islands was revegetated by the great, green cloak of the temperate Pacific rainforest. Today, the forests of Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar envelop all, except at the water’s edge, where the rocky bluffs are decorated with the complex arabesques of arbutus trees, an aberrant  species that is both deciduous and evergreen, loses its bark rather than its leaves, and when it does shed leaves it is in the summer rather than winter. (A strange beast this!).

On the Sunshine Coast land and water are inextricably linked together wherever you go.  Consequently, we will spend part of each day on the water, including outings to Princess Louisa Inlet, Jedediah Island, Thormanby Island and a sunset cruise to Hotham Sound. Princess Louisa Inlet is one of the world's great beauty spots, Erle Stanley Gardiner, creator of Perry Mason, once famously said of Princess Louisa “There is no use describing that Inlet. Perhaps an atheist could view it and remain an atheist, but I doubt it”.

During our days on the Sunshine Coast we will be staying at the Driftwood Inn on the waterfront in Sechelt, a perfect location for an early morning walk beside the ocean or an evening stroll at sunset.

The meals on the tour will be one of the highlights you will remember about your Sunshine Coast experience. Breakfasts will be at Driftwood Inn, lunches will be gourmet picnics, dinners will be taken at the best of local restaurants to afford a sample of the culinary delights available on the Sunshine Coast. Our evening dining experiences will be at Rockwater Resort, Ruby Lake Resort and the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

All meals, except for four dinners, are included in the tour price.

 

 

  Itinerary - Sunshine Coast for Naturalists

The tour price $1650 + gst (double occupancy) includes all accommodation, transportation, guiding and four separate boat trips.  The price includes ALL MEALS EXCEPT FOR 4 DINNERS.
 

  24 - 28 July 2017
 
Day 1  Pick up in Vancouver, or Horseshoe Bay
Visit Sargeant Bay PP & Smugglers Cove Provincial Park
Day 2 Jedediah Island Provincial Park
Day 3 Hike to Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park
Sunset cruise to Hotham Sound (and Harmony Falls)
Day 4 Cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet
Visit various locations in Jervis Inlet
Day 5 Thormanby Island
Arrive Vancouver early evening.
 

For more information or to reserve your space:

click here to email

phone: 604 885-5539

Box 319,  Sechelt, British Columbia, V0N 3A0, Canada

 

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Updated May 8,  2017

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