Drink Up the Sunshine Coast!

Nov 15, 2020

Nestled in the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia and considered one of the most majestic parts of the region lies the Sunshine Coast, a 180 kilometer stretch of heaven on earth that boasts a mossy rainforest, a beautiful shoreline in the Salish Sea and is adjoined at the Coast Mountains from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. 

A BC Ferry making its way through a narrow passage on a foggy day along BC's Sunshine Coast.

Now that you have an idea of the region, what you can expect once you reach it is also beyond your best dreams. Up first in this journey to the Sunshine Coast?

Allow HomoCulture to take you on a tour of the area…

A pair of tulip beer glasses from Townsite Brewing in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast.

Townsite Brewery

Townsite Brewery is located along the beautiful Sunshine Coast and is a perennial favorite when it comes to microbreweries, located in the historic Townsite district of Powell River. To say that they are passionate about beer and the process would be an understatement and doing it against the backdrop of the beautiful Salish Sea only adds to the experience for visitors. Their Brewer Engineer, Cédric, is from a part of the world where beer reigns supreme – Belgium – and visitors to the microbrewery will quickly see why the nation excels at producing great beer. Plus, it is easy to see that he is happy to bring his enthusiasm and Belgian flair to the west coast of Canada.

Flights of beer from Townsite Brewing in Powell River, BC.

What can visitors to Townsite Brewing expect? Well, an award-winning craft beer tasting session that is second to none is an absolute. As British Columbia’s only Belgian Brewmaster on site, you are sure to get an unparalleled experience that stands by their ‘heads down, boots on’ motto that strives to prove that their beer is worth the trip and the sip. There is also an informative tour of the entire brewery which is in the historic district of Powell River and if you make a weekend of the visit, you are sure to leave with more than a few stories to tell that will be the envy of all your comrades. 

Townsite Brewery encourages you to stop by and see what’s new!

Persephone Brewing Company

Next up is the Persephone Brewing Company, another destination for fresh craft beer tasting on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Situated on an 11-acre farm and microbrewery in the Gibbons community in BC, PBC is run by a small, dedicated team of staff committed to maintaining the company’s vision of supporting the local agriculture, social interactions and community connectedness, partnerships, and capacity building for those with developmental disabilities. 

Flights of beer from Persephone Brewing Company on BC's Sunshine Coast.

Visitors will see firsthand their passion through the production of the finest quality craft beer (Gold medal winner, 2012 BC Beer Awards), the PBS farmhouse approach integrates onsite farming of hops – one of the main ingredients in beer – and other food crops in support of local food security, otherwise known as the farm to table and farm to barrel.

More Options to Drink Up on the Sunshine Coast

Of course, there are just two of the great microbreweries in the area. There are others, including Bricker Cider CompanyBatch 44 at Sechelt, and Bruinwood Distillery at Roberts Creek. Choose any of these and tempt your taste buds!

Stay at The Old Courthouse Inn

For those that are interested in staying for a few days or across a weekend, HomoCulture suggests The Old Courthouse Inn, a fan favorite that has the perfect feel for the area and is close to everything you need for the perfect vacation. And if you are looking for your next great adventure on the Sunshine Coast, we have a few suggestions that can really make your trip unforgettable.

The Old Courthouse Inn in Powell River, British Columbia.

Continue Planning Your Trip to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of the top regions to experience the west coast. It’s where the lush green forests meet the Pacific Ocean waters. Getting to Powell River is a wonderful journey, taking two quick ferry crossings on BC Ferries from Vancouver, and a drive up the scenic coastline, where you can discover markets, artisans, and craft brewers.

Two gay friends paddling in a kayak near Lund, BC.

Powell River was founded as the home of the world’s largest pulp and paper mill, supplying 25% of the world’s newsprint. Today, Powell River offers a new legacy as an adventure paradise with ocean and nature adventures in a peaceful setting. There are annual festivals and concerts, top-teir restaurants, and world-class art galleries. 

Start planning your trip to the Sunshine Coast today: http://sunshinecoastcanada.com

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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