You have lots of places to be, things to do and people to see this summer. We have planes, pilots, and plenty of solutions to make it all happen! To help you explore more of the best of coastal B.C., we are offering some of our very best fares on our seasonal Tofino, Sechelt, and Powell River Routes.
Land of pristine beaches, endless surf, and the best and freshest west-coast fare, Tofino is a dream destination for both locals and travelers around the globe (it’s no wonder it recently ranked in the top 10 of Canada’s 50 Most Loved Destinations). Put on your best walking shoes and head to Long Beach for 16 km of endless ocean bliss. Then head to the forest and see some of the oldest trees in Canada while walking on a beautiful boardwalk through the Rainforest Trail.
The ocean beckons…nothing says experiencing Tofino like a local then hitting the waves with a board. If your skills don’t quite match that of the pros, it’s time to head to school (that’s surf school of course). Local surf shops such as Tofino Surf School, Pacific Surf School and Surf Sister offer lessons for all skill levels. If surfing isn’t your thing, you can still make a splash! Explore the calm inlet waters of Clayoquot Sound by booking a whale watching or bear watching experience with Tofino Resort & Marina.
Once you’ve worked up a hunger, there’s no shortage of equally trendy and tasty spots. Finer dining restaurants like The Wolf and the Fog and 1909 kitchen offer up mouth-watering tastes of the west-coast. If you’re after a quick bite to continue taking in the sights, grab a bowl from Shed or famous fish taco from Tacofino, and head back to the beach to take in a jaw-dropping sunset.
Home to breathtaking mountains, crystal blue lakes and nature at every turn, a trip to Whistler is this summer’s ultimate lift ticket. The mountain village with a vibe, within moments of arriving in Whistler Village prepare to be immersed in the West Coast alpine culture. Packed into the pedestrian-only streets of the village are dozens of trendy shops, restaurants, and bars, all with a beautiful mountain backdrop of course!
No trip to Whistler is complete, without soaking up the nature outdoors! Hiking in the Whistler valley is a must, with ancient glaciers, alpine lakes, wildflower-filled meadows, and an expansive network of trails for all skill levels! For a family-friendly favorite, try the 5 km Lost Lake Hike. To opt for a more adrenaline-racing experience, head to ZipTrek Eco Tours and experience the longest zipline in North America with over 2km of spectacular views at 7,000 feet.
To get even higher, hop aboard our Alpine Lake Landing Tour for a true bucket-list experience! Take in jutting alpine peaks and hanging blue glaciers from above, before landing on a remote alpine lake. Could we dream of a better picnic spot?
A quaint waterfront gem with laid-back charm, the seaside town of Sechelt is the perfect spot for a coastal getaway. Home to plenty of local shops, cafes and restaurants – a visit to Cowrie Street is in order, the perfect place to pick up one-of-a kind jewellery, vintage finds and craft lattes alike. To fully embrace the arts scene, head out on the Sunshine Coast’s Purple Banner Tour, a self-directed studio and gallery tour, with 11 stops in Sechelt.
With 35 kms of shoreline, lush trees and mountain vistas, there are no shortage of outdoor explorations to be had. Stop at the Basting Baker, a foodie favourite, with gourmet coffees and delicious baked goods and take your sweet treats to Davis Bay Beach to take in the salty air and seaside sights (Tip: the sunset views here are remarkable to say the least). Located just outside of Sechelt, Chapman Falls or Burnett Falls are two beautiful hikes with impressive waterfall views.
The perfect stop to embrace coastal bliss, Powell River is an adventurer’s paradise home to endless outdoor explorations, historic culture and eclectic cafes and restaurants. While the town of Powell River has plenty to explore, it also acts as a terrific gateway to exploring other Northern Coastal towns and the beautiful Discovery Islands.
Experience marine life and head out onto the waters with Powell River Kayaking, a must-do item is one of their tours into Desolation Sound. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, after a long day of paddling stay at the Cabana Desolation Eco-Resort, their all-inclusive eco resort located in the heart of Desolation Sound.
Home to endless hiking trails for every level, a family favorite is the Willingdon Beach Trail which tells the tales of the history of Powell River through an array of interesting logging artifacts and info-boards along the walk. For avid hikers, a bucket-list item is The Sunshine Coast Trail, the longest hut-to-hut hiking route in Canada with 180 km of pure wilderness bliss.
A full day of adventure deserves a proper send-off. For those who enjoy brews, no visit to Powell River is complete without a stop at Townsite Brewing (They won the first annual best brewery experience award, and for good reason!). Located in a federal building rich with history and with a Belgian Brewmaster at the helms, a flight or a pint is never a bad choice. Cheers to that.
There’s no place like the west coast of B.C.! No matter the type of travel you’re looking for, you’re bound to find a memorable adventure while you’re here. The only question you will find yourself asking is where to next?