The Sunshine Coast lived up to its name yet again. This past weekend I made the short trek over to the Sunshine Coast specifically for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl – an event where 130 artists open up their studio to the public. 

The Sunshine Coast is known for its artistic community, but as an outsider, it’s a little bit tough to know where to go. Well, this was an extremely organized event, with a map, excellent signage, and such an engaged, supportive community. It’s honestly one of the best ways to discover the Sunshine Coast if you’re new because everybody opens up their doors to the public and you get to see places you might not have had access to, or even known about, otherwise.

We first made a pit stop at Persephone Brewing to fill up a growler. We explored galleries in Gibsons and throughout Roberts Creek, and visited with old family friends. A highlight was visiting the exhibits and longhouse at the shíshálh First Nation where we were welcomed warmly by the community. 

At the Roberts Creek pier, we met Brynn, a local artist practicing his cello. He invited us to check out his studio, Kindred Spirit Drums, where he makes beautiful steel-tongue drums. But the most magical part of the weekend was witnessing the salmon run in Roberts Creek. The actual Roberts Creek. Is there a better way to spend a weekend in October on the Sunshine Coast? I don’t believe so. 

Persephone Brewing. Photo: Robyn Hanson

Gibsons in October. Photo: Robyn Hanson

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Persephone in Gibsons

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