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150 B.C. Places: Gulf Islands & Sunshine Coast

sandstone formations on beach Gabriola Island
The wave-like sandstone formations along the beach on Gabriola Island, known as the Malaspina Galleries, are No. 114 on our list.

Numbers 109 to 117 on our list of great B.C. places

109. Gibsons Tapworks

A Kickstarter campaign launched Gibsons Tapworks, where craft beer, live music and ceviche shrimp tacos from the Nomadic Kitchen food truck combined to make this place a must visit. And if you're up to it, there's a weekly trivia night.

110. Talewind Books, Sechelt

Offering the perspective that only an independent bookseller can offer, Talewind Books has been a local gem for nearly three decades, offering delightful choices for kids and adults alike, including an intriguing collection of books about food and wine.

111. Francis Point Provincial Park, Madeira Park

Purple starfish and stunning oceanside views make the Francis Point Trail in this Sunshine Coast park a five-star hit on TripAdvisor.

Kayaker in Desolation Sound
A kayaker paddles over glassy waters in Desolation Sound, B.C.

112. Desolation Sound Provincial Park

If you spend much time sailing on the B.C. coast, eventually you make your way to one of the most intriguing spots in the province. A riot of marine life, from sea lions, to dolphins, to hummingbirds, awaits you, which makes Desolation Sound a great spot for kayaking, camping, and scuba diving.

113. Salt Spring Island Cheese Company farm

You can't go wrong with a place that serves up otherworldly cheese, chutneys, and olives on what one visitor described as "a quaint farm filled with surprises." The Salt Spring Cheese Company's cheeses, such as the Ruckles goat milk cheese, aren't just delicious, they're works of art.  

114-116. Malaspina Galleries, Drumbeg Provincial Park, Gabriola Island

A short ferry ride from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island and a short drive or cycle on the island gets you to the trailhead for what's known as Malaspina Galleries, an easy hour-long hike to surf- and frost-eroded sandstone formations that look like a frozen wave. Make this part of a day on Gabriola to include Drumbeg Provincial Park and inventive pizza at Woodfire Restaurant & Catering.

117. Halibut burger at Stand, Pender Island

You're waiting for the ferry and you're hungry. You're in luck - if you have cash - at The Stand, which is basically a shack cranking out menu items led by a near-famous halibut burger and all-day breakfasts.