To celebrate our 1-year anniversary (yes, already!), the Artist and I left the city for a few days and nestled into the charming marine community of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. We used Air B&B for the first time and greatly enjoyed waking up to this view from our studio suite by the sea.
The last time I was in Gibsons, I was a child and don’t remember anything. So it was fun to be back and experience more of the culture of this artsy 4200-person town that almost seems like it has as many boats as people.
Tourism is the main economy here. Not a huge surprise when you read (all over the town) that this small coastal community became popular thanks to the longtime hit Canadian TV show The Beachcombers, which first aired in 1972 and ran until 1990. It was filmed in Gibsons, where Molly’s Reach restaurant and Molly’s Lane featured prominently (Molly’s Reach was a cafe in the show— it only opened as a restaurant after the series ended). We ate dinner one night at this iconic landmark decorated with newspaper clippings and photos of the cast on location.
Persephone is the main character’s boat in the show, now sitting outside in a small park outside the restaurant. I have never seen an episode, but now I want to watch one after being immersed in this piece of Canadian television history. Crazy to think how CBC could make the longest-running Canadian comedy/drama about a log salvager who made his living travelling the BC coast looking for logs that had broken away from barges and booms and selling them back to lumber companies. “Beachcomber” means “a vagrant who makes his living by searching beaches for articles of value and selling them.” Small town coastal life in a nutshell, eh?
Lower Gibsons (by the wharf) contains a variety of home and clothing stores, restaurants with great patios overlooking the water, a great gelato ice cream shop, the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, a visitor centre, and some professional offices. I loved their unique street signs and their wooden bird feeders decorating the street posts. So much charm and colour in this place.
And what would a post on Gibsons be without a few shots of the fabulous scenery?