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

GALLERIES

Gibsons Landing Area

Blackberry Shop — Artist and artisan co-op features art photography, metalwork sculpture, woodcraft, hand-painted ceramics, art glass, soaps and lotions, candles, jewellery and first nations wearable art. 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.

Mark Benson Photography — Gallery features Mark’s landscape and art photography

One Flower One Leaf Gallery — Paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodcraft, jewellery, art cards, and beadwork by Coast artists and artisans. Will ship items for purchasers.

Sa Boothroyd Studio — Work by painter Sa Boothroyd, reproduced as prints, art cards, fridge magnets. Unusual and often humorous souvenirs.

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

BOUTIQUES

Gibson’s Landing Area

Ladies Wear and Accessories
  • Fay Wray Boutique
  • Flourish Boutique
  • Landing Clothing Co.
  • Molly’s Lane Emporium
  • Swish
  • Trading Post
  • Zocalo
Children’s Wear and Accessories
  • Peggy Sue’s – Children’s wear, shoes, dancewear for ages infant to 16.
Décor
  • Cherrish Vintage
  • The Blackberry Shop
  • Trading Post
  • Whimsy

Upper Gibsons Area

Ladies Wear and Accessories
  • Chemistry
  • Passionista
Children’s Wear, Toys and Accessories
  • Giggle ‘n’ Bloom
Décor
  • B&K Garden Supplies
  • Cur8ed Home Fashions
  • Dave Coyle Antique Reproductions
  • Embellish Emporium
  • Kern’s Furniture Gallery
Toys for the Galley
  • Seasoned Kitchen

Dining — Lower Gibsons

DINING

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.

Beachcomber Coffee – Locally roasted coffee and coffee drinks. Try coffee in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone for a new take on take-out! Locally baked treats, sandwiches and light lunch fare.

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.

Buono Osteria – Family-style Italian bistro dining with a breathtaking view of the harbour. Wood-fired oven for authentic pizza, delectable pasta, charcuterie and more. Excellent wine list and craft beers. Highly recommend their cocktails to start. Open for dinner; closed Tuesdays.

Gibsons Tapworks – Local craft brewery with limited food service. Gibsons’ award-winning water makes all the difference in these on-tap selections.

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.

Leos Taverna and Tapas – Mediterranean cuisine. Licensed. Family-friendly. Air-conditioned. Outdoor patio.

Lunitas Mexican Eatery – Open noon until 9pm daily except Wednesday (closed) and Thursday (open 5 – 9pm). Highly rated innovative Mexican cuisine. Probably the most beautiful cocktails on the Coast. Try their weekend brunch menu!

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. If dining on the patio, expect to be part of the background as tourists photograph this iconic setting for CBC’s “Beachcombers” TV series (1972-1990, still airing in syndication).

Smittys 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.

Sweetwater Bistro – Fine dining. Licensed. Outdoor balcony patio with view of harbour, Keats Island.

Dining — Upper Gibsons

DINING

Upper Gibsons Area

A&W – Family-friendly burger chain; indoor seating, outdoor patio, drive-through take-out.

Absolutely Thai – Take-out or delivery of authentic Thai cuisine.

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 at nearby Gibsons Plaza IGA mall.

Friendly Thai – Gibsons’ newest authentic Thai restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. Indoor and patio seating, take-out. Family friendly; licensed.

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. .

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. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings.

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.

Patras Pizza – Take-out, delivery, dine in (large indoor seating area). Pizza by the slice, pasta, and particularly savory Indian menu items.

Plow’s Pizza – Take-out or delivery. Phone or order online. Very limited indoor seating.

Sheer Bliss Bakery Cafe – Bakery and café offers inside seating or take-out. Desserts baked in-house, daily house-made soup and hot entree specials, sandwiches made to order.

Sima Sushi – Family-friendly dining. Standard Japanese menu items. Indoor seating. Take-out and delivery.

Starbuck’s – Family friendly coffee shop. Indoor seating, outdoor patio, drive-through take-out.

Subway – Family-friendly sandwich shop location. Indoor seating, take-out.

Uptown Eatery – Family-friendly restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Extensive diner-style menu. Licensed for wine and beer. Newly opened in June 2018.

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.)

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).

Gibsons Landing

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.

Gibsons Coffee, Tea & Herbs – Extensive selection of locally-roasted coffee blends; black, green and herbal teas; quality herbs and spices. Coffee and tea-making paraphernalia. Very knowledgeable staff will demo equipment, offer samples and explain their wares.

Gibsons Public Market – Adjacent to Gibsons Marina. Like Granville Island Public Market, only smaller. Greengrocer; fish market; butcher/deli; cheesemonger; chocolatier (with frozen treats in summer); florist. Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or happy hour at Emelle’s Cafe. Visit the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre and find out what lies beneath our portion of the Salish Sea. Closed Mondays.

Grammas 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

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

Paddling

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

GOLF COURSES

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

TENNIS COURTS

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

Events

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

Hiking Tours

FUNtastic Hikes & Tours, 778.994.3317. www.hikesandtours.com

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

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)