By Sarah Hughes
The Sunshine Coast is a stunning region of southeast British Columbia, stretching from the southern town of Gibsons to Lund in the north, on the edge of Desolation Sound. Including Savary, Keats, and Texada islands, the area offers a rich outdoors lifestyle with countless hiking trails and seafaring adventures, as well as an emerging local food culture.
Nancy’s Bakery, Lund
An old-time favourite of locals and a designated stop for tourists, Nancy’s Bakery offers freshly made goods, from thin-crust pizzas and salads to burritos and bagels and lox. Nancy Bouchard and husband Ben started the bakery in a small space next to the Lund Water Taxi in 1991 and moved to the harbour in 2004. If you find yourself at the end of the road on the Sunshine Coast, be sure to fuel up with a famous blackberry cinnamon bun.
Townsite Brewing, Powell River
The West Coast is well-known for its terrific craft beer, and Townsite Brewing in Powell River is no stranger to the game. Located in the historic Townsite district, up the street from one of the world’s largest paper mills, the brewery is housed in the red-brick building that once functioned as the post and telegraph office.
Cédric Dauchot and Chloe Smith opened the brewery in 2012 and anticipated shipping 80 per cent of the product to Vancouver, but they were pleasantly surprised when an onslaught of support from locals kept up demand. The Zunga Golden Blonde, Perfect Storm Oatmeal Stout, and Suncoast Pale Ale are all Powell River favourites that will quench the thirst of any Sunshine Coast hiker.
Base Camp Coffee, Powell River
Base Camp is a contemporary café that opened up in 2014 on Marine Avenue, owned by Colin MacRae. Offering top-notch fare for hungry travellers and residents of Powell River, the coffee house is bright and modern.
Handcrafted wood and steel architecture decorated with funky local art create a warm yet quirky ambiance. The friendly, energetic staff makes sure everything is made with seasonal ingredients from farms in the region. The coffee is roasted at 32 Lakes Coffee, a Powell River roasting company. Definitely worth a stop if you’re headed through town.