Gibsons

Town of Gibsons

Gibsons is a seaside town located just north of Vancouver near the Strait of Georgia. It has a population of about 4,000 people and a land area of about 1,000 acres. It’s part of the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the town is divided into two; Upper Gibsons and Lower Gibsons.

The Upper Gibsons is mainly the Sunshine Coast Highway covering the town centre that is mostly about commercial buildings, schools, parks and shopping centres. The Lower Gibsons is the seaside part of the town that best offers summer events, waterfront activities and services. 

History

The first recorded people inhabiting the area is the Squamish people. During the indigenous Squamish people’s settlement, they heavily rely on the fresh water and food supplies provided by nature.

Non-native settlers began arriving in the 1880s, bringing with them a new set of challenges. Fisheries and logging, as well as small-scale farming primarily for self-sufficiency, were the primary occupations of the early settlers.

The area is named after its first resident George William Gibson, a British Columbian immigrant who arrived in the 1850s and lived in the area in 1886. In 1905, a large number of settlers arrived resulting in the establishment of the community’s first post office and store and it was officially established as a village in 1929.

The waterfront area was then called by the locals as Gibson Landing though it is not officially by the local government.

Since the discovery of the area up until now, the Squamish Nation still lives in the area and traditions and customs that are closely tied to their ancestral homeland are still practiced by them.

Town Centre

The shops, galleries, restaurants, and services in Gibsons offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Customers can enjoy locally brewed coffee, locally made products and coastal-inspired merchandise.

Gibson Landing area has boutiques with trendy clothing and accessories – Landing Clothing Co., Swish, Zocalo, and Peggy Sue’s. For interior decorations, Ikhaya and Whimsy stores have it.

On the Upper Gibsons Area, Chemistry, Mark’s Wearhouse, Passionista offer trendy clothing and The Kube for art enthusiasts. Home decorations are also brought by B&K Garden Supplies, Dave Coyle Antique Reproductions and Kern’s Furniture Gallery.

If you love cold beer, wines and other liquor, visit Gibsons Gramma’s pub and liquor store, and Blackfish pub. For their locally brewed coffee, check out Beachcomber CoffeeBlack Bean Café, and More Café.

The town also has Asian treats – Won (Japanese Restaurant), Sima Sushi (Japanese Restaurant), Friendly Thai (Thailand Restaurant), Baik Mi (Korean Restaurant), and Sushi Bar Nagomi (Japanese Restaurant).

For kids, the town has Enchanted Toys & Games and Nevermore Toys & Games.

There are also community facilities or centre that hosts events and offer sports lessons and fitness programs – Gibsons Area Community Centre, Gibsons & District Aquatic Centre and Gibsons Curling Club.

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Parks and Trails

The town of Gibsons has many recreational areas for everyone offering sports facilities, play areas, stages for live performances, camping and picnic areas, walking and biking trails and of course, the natural scenery.

Parks

  • Headlands Pocket Park(330 Headlands Road)
  • Winegarden Waterfront Park(474 South Fletcher Road)
  • Arrowhead Park(Harmony Lane)
  • Chaster Park(1577 Ocean Beach Esplanade)
  • Charman Creek Lands(between Shaw Road and Stewart Road)
  • Cedar Meadows Park(1441 Bonniebrook Heights Road)
  • Maplewood Lane Park(near Cochrane Road)
  • White Tower Lands(Park and Trail) (Mahan Road)
  • Brother’s Memorial Park(Park Road)
  • Inglis Park(School Road)
  • Dougall Park(Gower Point Road)
  • Georgia Park(Georgia Drive)
  • Gibsons Ravine Park(North Road)
  • Grandview Heights Park(225 Grandview Heights Road)
  • Holland Park(Gower Point Road)
  • Pioneer Park(417 Marine Drive)
  • Mariner’s Lookout Park(near Gibsons Elementary)
  • Shirley Macey Park(930 Chamberlin Road)
  • Sunnyside Park(1101 Sunnyside Road)
  • Soames Hill Park(639 Bridgeman Road)
  • Sprockids Park(1235 Stewart Road)
  • Hackett Park(1462 North Road)
  • Maryanne West Park(1224 Chaster Road)
  • Whispering Firs Park(1603 Sunshine Coast Highway)

Trail

  • Inglis Trail(from Shaw Road to Stewart Road)
  • Parkland Trail(from Park Road to Payne Road)
  • Whispering Firs Trail(Part of Whispering Firs Park near Oceanview Drive)

Events

Gibsons continuously expand year after year, so there is never a shortage of things to do.

  • Music in the Landing– a summer weekend concert series on a park of talented local bands of all kinds of music. All liver performances are free and open to the public.
  • Gibsons Public Market– the Gibsons Public Market is a local initiative that serves to enliven and strengthen the local economy. The Sunshine Coast’s public market is a gathering place for locals and visitors to learn, eat, drink, and be entertained.
  • Gibsons Landing Sunday Market– a market happening from mid-May to mid-September featuring local artisans’ work, agriculture fresh produce, baked goods and much more.
  • BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run– a marathon run that has been held annually in early April since 1978. It attracts hundreds of runners and walkers from all over Canada and the world.
  • Annual Father’s Day Car– a fathers’ day event held in KIN Club featuring a car show and family-friendly activities.
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Other Interesting Places

More interesting places for every travel goal and places worth visiting.

  • Gibsons Public Art Gallery– the Gibsons Public Art Gallery showcases a diverse range of art forms in a variety of exhibitions and events. The art gallery is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike, who come to make new friends and appreciate the diversity of artistic expression.
  • Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre– a marine education centre promoting the importance of local aquatic life in maintaining healthy ocean life. The Center’s mission is to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem along the coast and inland waters as a whole through education and outreach.
  • Daffydowndilly Gallery and Gifts– a gift shop with coastal artists and artisans’ paintings, ceramics, and Health and beauty products.
  • One Flower One Leaf Gallery– display of arts including almost everything from paintings to sculpture to jewelry to ceramics to handcrafts to glass craft made by local artists.
  • Heritage Playhouse– a historical building built in 1929 converted into a state-of-the-art theatre constructed by and for the local community in 2000. It’s a 146-seat venue well-known for its adaptability and excellent acoustics.
  • Armours Beach– a fine beach once occupied by the Squamish Nation that is now a perfect place to go picnic and unwind with its oceanic scenery and water sports activities.
  • Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives– located at 716 Winn Road, a historical museum situated among the Squamish Nation’s land. It’s home to wide-ranging archives including thousands of pictures and records visitors can explore. It also hosts events such as workshops, movie screenings, and other events related to the town’s history.
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Gibsons remains one of the best places to live in the lower mainland of Vancouver. It’s a quieter, calmer and more sustainable community near Vancouver, with a wide range of recreational opportunities, retail options, and other services.

Another perfect place to visit or stay for good.