While the Sunshine Coast is only accessible via ferry or seaplane, you don’t need a car to enjoy what the Coast has to offer. How do I know? It’s how I roll.The truth of it is, you can save big bucks by ditching the car on the Vancouver side and enjoying the benefits of public transportation on the Sunshine Coast side for a weekend getaway.
To get to the Sunshine Coast, the #257 (Horseshoe Bay Express) and the 250 (Horseshoe Bay) departs from downtown Vancouver (in front of the Bay at Granville and Georgia) throughout the day. The bus terminates right at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.
TIP: If you are not in a rush, board the #250. It is a slightly longer route through West Vancouver, only adding about 10 minutes to the commute. But the ride is less crowded.
On the Coast, BC Transit provides local bus service for foot passengers with a bus stop right at the ferry terminal. The #1 (Local) and the #90 (Express) shuttles passengers from the terminal to Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Davis Bay and terminates in Sechelt.
TIP: If you are going to be here for a day or two and plan on taking the bus a few times, I recommend purchasing a day bus pass ($5.50) or bus tickets (book of 10 for $20). They save you money and you don’t have to worry about the exact change thing. Here are the locations where you can buy them!
While the bus service isn’t as frequent as downtown Vancouver, it will get you where you want to be. From Langdale Terminal to Half Moon Bay, a large portion of the lower Sunshine Coast is accessible via bus. About every hour there is a bus heading in the direction you are wanting to go. It’s just a matter of getting to the stop and hailing the next one.
When I first moved here two years ago, I thought my days as a carless resident were numbered. Mostly due to the steep hill that Gibsons was built on. I was wrong. Most days I can be seen hiking up the hill or flagging down a bus for my longer commutes to the ferry or Sechelt.
Is the Sunshine Coast doable without a car? Oh, absolutely. Besides, riding the bus will get you in touch with the laid back islandesque charm of the coast . . . and its residents!
See you on the bus!