Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lund, BC: Sunshine Coast town is Mile 0 of Pacific Coastal Highway


While visiting BC's Sunshine Coast last October, I was sorry not to be able to spend more time in Lund. Located 22 km (14 miles) north of Powell River, it was founded in 1889 by the the Thulin brothers who named it after their home town of Lund, Sweden.

Although I'd heard of Nancy's Bakery, famous for its cinnamon buns and other tasty treats, I didn't realize Lund was the northern terminus (Mile 0) of the Pacific Coastal Highway. The highway runs all the way from Lund, approximately 15,202 km south to Quellon, Chile. Locally, it's known as the Sunshine Coast Highway. The town has erected a Mile 0 Marker just across the street from the historic Lund Hotel, built by the Thulin brothers in 1905.

There is plenty to do in the area, and autumn is a lovely time of year. I went on a morning guided hike to Hurtado Point with Terracentric Coastal Adventures. The company is conveniently located above Nancy's Bakery, so no question about where to have breakfast first. The tour company also gives one-hour historical interpretive walking tours of Lund, plus offers water-based adventures. When the weather's nice, go kayaking or take a water taxi to nearby Savary Island. This year's Sunshine Coast Art Crawl from Langdale to Lund is Oct. 21-23, 2011. Book a room at the Lund Hotel, or consider Desolation Resort's special discounts in September and October.

Photos by Sue Frause