Welcome to Gibsons, BC
Gibson’s Landing became a village, officially, in 1929. The main business hub grew around the wharf, originally built by founder George Gibson and his sons with a handmade pile-driver. The wharf was eventually rebuilt to accommodate larger ships (and rebuilt again in the 1950s, then expanded in the 1990s and still evolving). The area ‘up the hill’ once known as ‘Gibson’s Heights’ was originally farmland. This changed in the postwar years, as demand for housing grew and the Super Valu opened near the present site of Sunnycrest Mall. Now, it is referred to as “Upper Gibsons” or simply “Upper.” It’s a steep 20-minute climb from “Lower Gibsons” (or “Lower”, or “The Landing”) up the 20% grade of School Road Hill. Regular bus service and taxis connect the two halves of the Town.
In the 1960s, with growth spurred by the booming forestry industries, the community became the Town of Gibsons. Stubbornly, the locals continued to refer to the waterfront commercial hub as “Gibson’s Landing” (although the apostrophe was eventually dropped.) It was Gibson’s Landing, and the forest-dependent economy, that served as backdrop for CBC’s long-running dramedy The Beachcombers — shot on location here and providing a welcome economic boost just as the downturn in the forestry industry was impacting local business. When the series ended in the 1990s, local entrepreneurs stepped in to capitalize on the continuing interest from series fans. The former general store that became the Molly’s Reach set in the series received a serious renovation and opened as a family-style restaurant in 1997. Ten years later, the former Smitty’s Marina chandlery got a similar bone-deep facelift to become the award-winning Smitty’s Oyster Bar.
Much like the early days in Carmel, Monterey or Sausalito, Gibsons Landing is home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and services offering a unique experience. The Landing offers locally-roasted coffee, locally-grown and made products, and merchandise chosen with an eye to the Coastal lifestyle: comfort with style.
Shopping — Galleries
Gibsons Landing Area
Blackberry Shop — Art photography, metalwork sculpture, objets d’art, woodcraft, hand-painted ceramics, pottery, soaps and lotions, beeswax candles from local Eastern Orthodox monastery, jewellery and other items from local artisans. Also good selection of locally-produced food items for the pantry.
Daffydowndilly Gallery — Paintings, pottery, soaps and lotions, candles, by Coast artists and artisans.
Gibsons Public Art Gallery — Rotating shows of work by Coast artists. Lectures and live performances noted in Events Calendar. Gift Shop. Free admission but donations gratefully accepted.
Sa Boothroyd Studio — Work by painter Sa Boothroyd, reproduced as prints, art cards, fridge magnets. Unusual and often humorous souvenirs.
The Landing Gallery — Artists Co-op features paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodcraft, jewellery, art cards, and beadwork by Coast artists and artisans. Will ship items for purchasers.
Upper Gibsons Area
Carola’s Quilt Shop — handmade quilts, quilting fabrics and supplies.
WoW! Gallery — Paintings, pottery, metalwork, jewellery, photography, books by local authors. A nice place to meet for coffee. Will ship items for purchasers.
Shopping — Boutiques
Gibson’s Landing Area
- A Stitch in Time – Located within the Trading Post, Rosa creates custom-made clothing, does alterations and repairs.
Ladies Wear and Accessories
- Landing Clothing Co.
- Molly’s Lane Emporium
- Starlight Vintage
- Trading Post
Children’s Wear and Accessories
- Peggy Sue’s – Children’s wear, shoes, dancewear for ages infant to 16.
- The Blackberry Shop
- Trading Post
Upper Gibsons Area
Ladies Wear and Accessories
- Fashion Box
Children’s Wear, Toys and Accessories
- Giggle ‘n’ Bloom
- B&K Garden Supplies
- Dave Coyle Antique Reproductions
- Embellish Emporium
- Kern’s Furniture Gallery
Toys for the Galley
- Seasoned Kitchen
Dining — Lower Gibsons
Gibsons Landing Area
Bayview Szechwan Restaurant – Take-out, delivery, eat-in. Large indoor seating, outdoor patio overlooks Keats Island. Standard Chinese menu items; lunch specials. Licensed.
Black Bean Café – House-roasted coffee (available packaged for purchase), home-baked pastries, home-made soups, generously-sized sandwiches made to order. Take-out or eat-in; indoor seating or limited outdoor patio seating. Licensed.
Codfather’s Fish and Chips – Take-out or delivery. Very limited seating indoors or sidewalk patio.
Gramma’s Pub – Adult-only dining in the pub; family-friendly service in the waterfront outdoor service area. Good selection of bottled craft beer, local craft beers on tap. North American-style brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Indoor fireplace. Glassed-in seating area overlooks wharf, Keats Island. Licensed; Cold Beer/Wine/Liquor Store adjacent.
Leo’s Taverna and Tapas – Mediterranean cuisine. Licensed. Family-friendly. Air-conditioned. Outdoor patio.
Mike’s Place – Gelato made in-house; coffee, pre-made sandwiches, baked goods. Take-out or eat in. Limited indoor seating; outdoor patio. Also convenience store.
Molly’s Reach – Family-friendly dining serving North-American breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites. Children’s and seniors’ menus. Licensed; good selection of craft beers on tap. Open daily, 8am – 9pm.
Saltwater Bistro – Fine dining. Licensed. Outdoor balcony patio with view of harbour, Keats Island.
Smitty’s Oyster Bar – Award-winning bistro serving fresh oysters and seafood flown in from local waters and Atlantic Canada. Indoor seating at tables or at oyster bar to watch those shuckers go. Outdoor picnic-style seating. Not recommended for children. .
Smoke on the Water BBQ Shack – Take out with very limited outdoor seating located on Government Wharf (beside the Wharfinger Building). Barbecue brisket, pulled pork, ribs, candied bacon, poutine featured items.
Sushi Bar Nagomi – Take-out or delivery; limited indoor seating. Standard Japanese menu featuring very fresh seafood and quality sushi.
Truffles Café – Take-out or eat-in. Limited seating indoors or sidewalk patio. Open for breakfast, lunch, snacks. Home-made soups, quiche, salads, sandwiches made to order, baked goods.
Waterfront Restaurant – Family-style dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner. North-American style menu. Children’s and senior’s menu selections. Notable homemade cheesecake. Licensed. View of wharf and Keats Island from whole indoor seating area. Outdoor sidewalk seating available (no view).
Dining — Upper Gibsons
Upper Gibsons Area
Angry Chef – Family-friendly dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Noteworthy breakfasts with generous portions. All menu items (including jams, jellies, marmalade) made in-house. Licensed. Indoor seating, outdoor patio. Cash only.
A&W – Family-friendly burger chain; indoor seating, outdoor patio, drive-through take-out.
Blackfish Pub – Adult-only pub with extensive menu open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Good selection of bottled craft beer, local craft beer on tap. Indoor seating ranges from intimate to open, with rooms available for event bookings. Gas fireplaces. Outdoor patio and garden seating. Licensed; Cold Beer/Wine/Liquor Store adjacent.
Bliss – Bakery and café offers inside seating or take-out. Desserts baked in-house, soup, sandwiches made to order.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 (Gibsons) – Licensed private club admits non-members as guests; adults only. Beer, wine, liquor service. . Set dinner (cash only) served cafeteria-style Fridays at 6pm.
Hong Kong Café – Known locally as ‘Jimmy’s’, offers standard Chinese menu items and set lunch specials, as well as diner-style burgers, fries and sandwiches. Licensed. .
More Café – Locally-roasted coffee, home-made baked goods, sandwiches made to order. Very limited indoor seating..
Panago Pizza – Take-out or delivery. Phone or order online. Very limited indoor seating.
Patra’s Pizza – Take-out, delivery, dine in (large indoor seating area). Pizza by the slice, pasta, and particularly savory Indian menu items.
Sima Sushi – Family-friendly dining. Standard Japanese menu items. Indoor seating. Take-out and delivery.
Sita’s Spag Shack – Family-friendly dining. Italian-style menu. Noteworthy house-made sausage (available for purchase at local IGA). Licensed. Large indoor seating area and private room for events. Open for dinner only.
Starbuck’s – Family friendly coffee shop. Indoor seating, outdoor patio, drive-through take-out.
Subway – Family-friendly sandwich shop location. Indoor seating, take-out.
Wendy’s / Tim Horton’s – Family-friendly chain outlet duo. Indoor seating, outdoor patio, drive-through take-out.
Wheatberries – Family-friendly local coffee shop chain offers fair trade coffee, desserts and bread baked fresh daily in-house, substantial sandwiches, soup, flatbread pizza by the slice. Indoor seating, outdoor patio. (Kiosk locations at Davis Bay, Sechelt Hospital and Langdale Ferry Terminal.)
Won – Wide selection of Japanese menu items. Family-friendly dining. Indoor seating. Licensed.
Groceries & Provisions
Unless otherwise noted, all merchants accept Visa, MasterCard and Interac. Generally, AmEx not accepted (unless specifically noted below).
Beldis Fish Boat – At Government Wharf, sells frozen-at-sea fish and shellfish, and fresh unfrozen spot prawns in season. Cash only.
Blackberry Shop – Locally-produced honey, jams, jellies, relish; canned seafood (sustainably-caught in local waters); smoked salmon; candles. Also giftware and souvenirs.
Fong’s Market – Wide selection of pantry staples, packaged dried ethnic food ingredients, frozen entrees (including Chinese dim sum), cold soft drinks, dairy products, soaps, cleaning products, cookware, toys, ice cream, newspapers.
Gramma’s Cold Beer / Wine / Liquor Store – Also sale of cold soft drinks, ice.
Mike’s Place – Convenience store offers limited selection of pantry staples, paper products as well as take-out foods, ready-frozen meals, cold soft drinks, dairy products.
Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. – Top quality extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oils and balsamic vinegars sourced worldwide from organic, fair trade, certified producers. Knowledgeable staff. Ships worldwide.
Upper Gibsons Area
1902 Tea House – Regular and herbal teas blended in-house. 1902 makes and bottles its own wildly-popular Kombucha beverage, available here and in select local stores. Also offers a selection of imported foods from UK and South Africa.
BC Government Liquor Store
Blackfish Cold Beer / Wine / Liquor Store
Coast Naturals – Organic food market with fresh and packaged food items including organic pet foods. In house pharmacy. Pharmacy section offers vitamins, supplements, first aid supplies, OTC remedies, personal products, etc.
Gibsons Pet Supplies – Wide selection of dry and canned food, bedding and toys for dogs, cats, birds, fish, and caged small animals.
Howe Sound Pharmacy – Pharmacy also carries typical over-the-counter medications and remedies, plus homeopathic and naturopathic products, first aid supplies, personal care products. Very knowledgeable staff offer personal service.
I-G-A Marketplace – Grocery store with in-store bakery, in-store deli with soup/salad bar, in-store fresh fish counter, excellent selection of organic produce (locally sourced when available), large selection of ethnic and specialty food items including clearly-marked gluten-free options. Books, magazines, newspapers.
London Drugs – Canned foods, cereals, pasta and sauces, snacks, soft drinks, some dairy products. Cleaning supplies, paper and personal products. In-store pharmacy. Pharmacy section includes vitamins, supplements, first aid supplies, over-the-counter medications. Store also carries electronics, cameras, baby supplies, toys, books, magazines, newspapers.
Oscar’s Pet Supplies – Food and bedding for fish, caged small animals, reptiles.
Seaweeds Health Food Store – Organic produce, vitamins and supplements.
Super-Valu – Grocery store with in-store bakery, in-store deli, plus selection of organic, ethnic, and specialty food items, fresh and frozen vegetables, fresh meat, seafood, frozen entrees and juices, etc. Newspapers.
The Bargain Store (TBS) – Small department store with section for canned and packaged pantry items, juice, cold soft drinks. Also carries men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, toys, kitchenware, linens, some hardware.
Wheatberries – Fresh-baked breads and desserts including gluten-free items.
Fishing Charters & Tours
BC Fishing Charters – Molly’s Lane, Gibsons. TF: 855.566.9760 / 604.886.9760. www.bc-fishingcharters.com (Transport Canada compliant)
Sunshine Kayaking / Howe Sound Tours & Charters – Molly’s Lane, Gibsons. TF: 855.566.9760 / 604.886.9760. www.sunshinekayaking.com (Transport Canada compliant)
Bonefish Charters (Rob Bone) – Located at Gibsons Marina. Group charters: 2 to 30 persons. T: 604.790.3474.
John Bryhn Salmon Charters / Eco Tours / Fishing Guide Service / Instructor. T: 604.741.7336. www.hookedonbc.com
Kayak / Paddleboard Rentals, Lessons, Tours
Sunshine Kayaking Ltd., Molly’s Lane, Gibsons TF: 1.855.566.9760 T: 604.886.9760 www.sunshinekayaking.com (Transport Canada Compliant)
Golf, tennis, hiking & biking
Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, Roberts Creek – 18-hole course features spectacular mountain and ocean views, surrounded by forest. Full-service pro shop, practice facilities. Restaurant/bar open for breakfast, lunch, and (in season) dinner. Seating in dining room or open-air patio. Available for private functions. 10 minutes from Gibsons Marina by car. www.sunshinecoastgolf.com
Pender Harbour Golf & Country Club, Madeira Park – 9-hole course open year round; all are welcome. Covered driving range, short-game practice area, power cart and pullcart rentals, Pro Shop, Back Nine Bistro open May – October. One hour from Gibsons Marina by car. www.pendergolf.ca
Blue Ocean Golf Club (formerly Sechelt Golf & Country Club) –18-hole course with pro shop, practice facilities. Restaurant/bar available for private events. 30 minutes from Gibsons Marina by car. www.blueoceangolf.ca
Dougall Park, Gower Point Road at South Fletcher Road (1/2 block from Gibsons Marina). Outdoor tennis courts.
Gibsons Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons (5 minute drive from Gibsons Marina) – Indoor racquetball / squash courts
Parkland Tennis Court, Woodsworth Road, Gibsons (5 minute drive from Gibsons Marina). Outdoor tennis courts.
Hackett Park, 5755 Dolphin Rd., Sechelt – Outdoor tennis courts (25 minute drive from Gibsons Marina).
Sunshine Coast Raquet Club, 6000 Lighthouse Ave., Sechelt – private indoor tennis courts. www.scrtennis.ca (30 minute drive from Gibsons Marina)
CYCLING / HIKING / RUNNING
COAST GRAVITY PARK
“Best Bike Park in Canada” ~ Redbull 2015 —
The challenging trails and wild beauty of Coast Gravity Park draws elite riders from around the world. Built by the legendary Coastal Crew – Curtis Robinson, and Dylan Dunkerton trails winding through the forests of Sechelt are carefully managed and maintained to offer a premium experience for everyone from beginner to elite. Driving up the logging road to access the base area is the first challenge. There are no gondolas, no chairlifts, no upscale equipment. In fact, the only equipment dotting the site are old logging and mining vehicles, some of which are doing new service as adjuncts to the trail system. True to the Coastal Crew’s laid-back ethic, there are few rules at Coast Gravity Park, and riders do not crowd the trails. Tickets are issued and access restricted to ensure all riders enjoy maximum access and minimum wait times on the trails.
Coast Gravity Park, open year-round, is reputed to offer one of the best trail-riding experiences in the world. Get the virtual experience at www.coastgravitypark.ca. Guest relations: 778.846.7545
BC Bike Race – Billed as “the ultimate single-track experience,” the seven-day BC Bike Race loops through the towns and backcountry of the West Coast, linking by ferry as they race from Cumberland through Powell River, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver’s North Shore, and terminating at Whistler. The race is usually fully-subscribed within days of registration opening. Over 500 racers and support team members bivouac on the grounds of Sechelt Elementary School, opposite Hackett Park, each July 3. The Sunshine Coast race segment consumes two days across some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in North America. Punishing uphill climbs are rewarding with exhilarating downhill air time, culminating with a 7 km. flying finish into the Langdale ferry terminal. www.bcbikerace.ca
The Sunshine Coaster – A two-day event usually held the first weekend in May features a cross-country marathon, downhill race, cross-country short course, kids’ bike races, and “The Works” – a combo of the XCM and DH races, using the same bike with no modifications. www.sunshinecoaster.net
BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run — Held since 1978 in early April, this half-marathon, relay, and kids run draws close to 700 athletes from all across Canada and beyond, to run or walk from Gibsons to Davis Bay. Part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. www.foolsrun.com
Bicycle Rentals, Equipment and Repairs
Spin Cycles, 604.886.4642. Clinics, group rides, classes. www.spincyclesbikestore.com
FUNtastic Hikes & Tours, 778.994.3317. www.hikesandtours.com
Bus: bctransit.com/sunshine-coast/schedules-and-maps (Route 1 or 90)
Taxi: Sunshine Coast Taxi: 604.886.7337
Sunshine Coast Shuttle, Limousine and Taxi: 604.989.8294
Car Rental: Prime Rentals – Sechelt. TF: 800.663.5534 www.primerentals.ca
Car Share: Coast Car Co-op – Gibsons. T: 778.374.3092 www.coastcarco-op.ca
Roaming agreements with Modo (Vancouver & Victoria); Nanaimo Carshare; Kootenay Carshare; OGO (Kelowna)