A stone’s throw from Vancouver, BC’s Sunshine Coast is a 110-mile stretch of beach-dotted, mountain-backed, fjord-cut shoreline along British Columbia’s southwest coast.
A decidedly laid-back locale – so named because it attracts more solar action than many other parts of the lower mainland – the Sunshine Coast is a haven for artists, and the festivals that celebrate them.
Keep an eye out for the flutter of purple banners, stretching from Langdale to Lund – a high flying invitation to visit an artist in their studio, workshop or gallery. Beyond the banners, this is a coastline big on festivities, with gatherings that run the gamut from thought-provoking to tasty. There’s even an opportunity to embrace textural arts and crafts, or take in the smooth sounds of international talents.
The country’s longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers, readers and literary stars, August 12 – 15
Powell River’s Blackberry Festival, August 14 – 20
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival, August 19 – 21
The ever-popular Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, September 17 – 19
The Sunshine Coast’s 1st Annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, October 23 – 24.
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