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Gibsons. British Columbia

Gibsons is a charming coastal town of 5,000 residents located on the southern part of the Sunshine Coast  on the Strait of Georgia, just northwest of Vancouver Accessible by a short ferry ride from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver to the Langdale Ferry Terminal in Gibsons. Known for its stunning waterfront, artistic community, and small-town charm. The town is best known as the filming location for the popular Canadian television series “The Beachcombers.”

Gibsons serves as a gateway to the broader Sunshine Coast, known for its coastal beauty, outdoor recreation, and a laid-back lifestyle. The surrounding area provides opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking at Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park and Soames Hill, kayaking around the harbour and shorelines, and exploring nearby parks. are popular hiking destinations.

Gibsons History

The area now known as Gibsons has a long history of Indigenous occupation by the Squamish Nation, a Coast Salish people.

In the late 1700s, Spanish and British explorers arrived in the waters around what is now known as Gibsons.

In the second half of the 1800s European settlers arrived to exploit the area’s natural resources, particularly the timber. Logging grew to become a significant industry. Gibsons was named in the early 20th century, after George Gibson, a prominent area landowner. The town developed around the waterfront along Gibsons Landing

Gibsons gained widespread recognition as the filming location for the popular Canadian television series “The Beachcombers,” which aired from 1972 to 1990. Molly’s Reach, a restaurant in Gibsons Landing, was a prominent feature in the show.

Improved transportation links, including ferry services from Horseshoe Bay and the construction of the Sunshine Coast Highway, have made Gibsons more accessible, leading to increased tourism and residential development.

Gibsons Attractions

Dougall Park

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Dougall Park is a waterfront park offering open spaces, a playground, and beach access. It’s a family-friendly spot for outdoor activities and enjoying the seaside.

Gibsons Landing

The heart of Gibsons, Gibsons Landing is a picturesque waterfront area featuring a marina, artisan shops, galleries, and restaurants. It’s a great place for a leisurely stroll and to enjoy the coastal ambiance.

Gibsons Marina

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The marina in Gibsons is a central point for boating activities, with boat launches and moorage facilities. It adds to the town’s nautical charm.

Gibsons Public Art Gallery

431 Marine Dr, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0
604- 886-0531
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Located in the Gibsons Public Market, the art gallery showcases the work of local artists. It’s a great place to appreciate the vibrant arts community in Gibsons.

Gibsons Public Market

The Gibsons Public Market is a hub for local vendors, offering fresh produce, artisanal goods, and a variety of local products. It’s a great place to experience the local flavors.

Harbourfront Park

A scenic park located along the waterfront, Harbourfront Park offers green spaces, walking paths, and benches where visitors can enjoy views of the harbor and nearby islands.

Heritage Walking Tour

Gibsons has a rich history, and visitors can explore the town’s heritage through a walking tour. Heritage buildings, including the iconic Molly’s Reach restaurant, showcase the town’s historical charm.

 

Molly’s Reach

647 School Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0
604-886-9710

Famous for being the iconic restaurant in the TV series “The Beachcombers,” Molly’s Reach is a historic landmark in Gibsons. While it may not be open for regular dining, it’s a must-see for fans of the show. Rumour has it that it is up for sale and may be permanently closed until then.

Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives

716 Winn Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V9
604-886-8232
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Learn about the history of the Sunshine Coast, including Gibsons, at the local museum. The exhibits cover the Indigenous history, early settlers, and the development of the region.

Winegarden Waterfront Park

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This waterfront park offers green spaces, benches, and stunning views of the harbor. It’s a peaceful spot to relax, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the scenery.

Gibsons, British Columbia Area Map