The Sunshine Coast Trail is a massive grass-roots achievement that took decades to complete. It reached its culmination with the creation of 14 unique and handcrafted backcountry huts, which link each section of the trail together. This means you can hike for days and days in this beautiful wilderness without even bringing a tent!
The trail is 180km in length, running from from Saltery Bay on the south of the peninsula to Sarah Point in Desolation Sound in the north. The Sunshine Coast Trail has the distinction of being the longest (and completely free to use) hut-to-hut hiking trail in Canada!
Moreover, it is easily accessed at over than 2 dozen separate points along the way. This makes it perfect for day hikes, multi-day excursions, or even multi-week adventures at any time of year.
Those that want to hike the trail in full will usually start at Sarah Point in Desolation Sound. They head south all the way to the ferry terminal at Saltery Bay, along coastal paths, through ancient forests, and along the shore of serene lakes and mountain passes.
Visit the Sunshine Coast Trail website to read on for maps and additional information.
Another great resource for route planning is this Canadian Geographic article which highlights 7 not-to-miss spots along the trail.