Visitor Info » What to Do
There's so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast you'll want to arrive early and plan on staying for a while after the race, too. Check out this slide show by Duane Burnett for a glimpse of the Sunshine Coast.
See Sunshine Coast Tourism's To Do page for lots of ideas on what to do here.
If you'd just like some easy strolling and sight-seeing, here are our suggestions:
In Gibsons Landing, take a stroll down the public dock to the impressive Wharfinger building, along the pier to the gazebo with views of harbour, mountains and seaside village. Have a bite to eat at historic Molly's Reach (especially if you grew up watching The Beachcombers), then stroll and browse the village shops for unique and interesting giftware and clothing. Don't miss the galleries with works by local artisans, or the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives. Everything's within a short distance so your running legs won't get tired. The Gibsons Visitor Centre is open 10am–4pm Wednesday to Sunday, located in Pioneer Park opposite Molly's Reach.
In Roberts Creek, take a peaceful walk through the well-marked rainforest paths of Cliff Gilker Park, where cascading waterfalls, old growth trees, interesting plants and birds abound. An escape from civilization, just 10 minutes from Gibsons. After working up an appetite in the trails, head down to the cozy Gumboot Garden Café or the Gumboot Restaurant, both in the heart of Roberts Creek (you'll be running by them near the half-way point of the race) for some made-from-scratch organic food—nothing microwaved! Gaze at the interesting people and local art on display in the café while you imagine yourself cruising through 13-14km. Take some time to explore Roberts Creek Village, where you'll also find Yoga By The Sea, the Inside Passage Woodworking School, a health food store, and more. A short walk down the hill at the bottom of Roberts Creek Road takes you to the fascinating giant mandala painted on the road (a new one is created every year), and the beach and pier — a relaxing stroll and beautiful view.
In Davis Bay, follow the seaside promenade (parallels the highway) down to Mission Point Park where you can visualize your glorious finish on Sunday. Back at the pier you can grab a snack or coffee at Pier 17, then walk a little further towards Sechelt to check out the Mosaic Market's eclectic local treasures and gifts.
In Sechelt, the waterfront path stretches from the pier at the end of Wharf Street to Snickett Park at the other end of town. Enjoy the ocean views, then head over to Trail Avenue / Cowrie Street / downtown Sechelt where you'll find many shops and cafes, including Ty's Bistro — sponsors of our terrific post-race soup. Another popular walking spot in Sechelt is Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, just 4km from downtown. Starting from the right side of the grassy beachfront area, the trail takes you through the lush forest beside Angus Creek, where salmon return to spawn every fall. A bridge over the creek leads to the mudflats of the estuary where a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds can be observed. Harbour seals and bald eagles may be seen year-round. Continue along the main trail into the campside roadways and back to the beach. It's a great place for a pre-race jog too.