I (Lindsay) had the pleasure of joining Elaine of Local Wanderer on the BC Ale Trail! The best breweries along the Sunshine Coast teamed up with Destination BC and created this brilliant Brewery Tour. I was so thrilled to visit of these rad breweries BC had to offer on this self-guided tour, it was the perfect getaway. I highly recommend heading out to explore the Sunshine Coast - I have lived in Vancouver for 5 years and had never been to the majority of the places this tour took us. It's so great to know we've got such incredible places to escape to, and they are just a short ferry ride away. Island vibes all around as well. Local Wanderer round up all the places you will want to go to, as well as the tips and tricks for exploring the Sunshine Coast.
* Thanks to Elainery for capturing the majority of these beautiful photos!
One of our first stops was at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville BC. These woodsy cabins were absolutely adorable. We each had two cozy rooms nustled in between rustic logs and a fireplace to keep us warm and cozy. How adorable!! We enjoyed a night swim in the indoor pool nearby, and ran back to our cabin tucked in the forest with the ocean just a few steps away. We enjoyed ordered in breakfast, made some coffee, and enjoyed the crisp morning on our picnic table outside our cabin. We had such a lovely time and it was definitely hard to leave this place. I HIGHLY recommend sneaking away for a weekend and booking one of these. So fun.
Check out Local Wanderer's post on this resort for more cozy cabin photos!
We then headed to Powell River, and got an incredible tour of Townsite Brewing . This was hands down my favourite brewery on the tour. Their friendly staff reflected the lovely hearts of their community, and we felt so inspired by their warmth. It was cool to see the brewery be a family friendly place, with a kids zone and video games, encouraging their customers (who all seemed to be best friends) to drink responsibly and respect the community.
I fell in love with their sours, and enjoyed tasting a couple of their Belgian Triples and even their Belgian Quad. I was the biggest fan of their seasonal saison, and loved that they change it up every 4-6 weeks. It keeps you coming back for more.
Right beside the brewery was the most incredible Old Courthouse Inn where we stayed for the evening. The owner was so jolly and one of the most friendly people EVEN though he was sick with shingles, he still showed up to take care of us and show us around his inn. I loved this old building and all of the decor was so quaint, quirky and magical.
We had some fun exploring the nearby shops and farmers markets as well :) Also be sure to check out 32 Lakes coffee in Powell River! Margot and Nathan are a lovely couple who moved from North Vancouver to Powell River, bringing with them a bright new touch to the specialty coffee scene. They recently opened up their own coffee shop roasting their own beans, right near Townsite. Find out more about them here!
We sadly had to leave Powell River, and continue the tour. We were pleasantly surprised to drive up the Persephone Brewing Company in Gibsons. Holy moly, this place was beautiful! The beer was so good, my favourite was their Golden Ale. The farm was lovely, filled with live music, an outdoor wood fire oven beside an airstream, and a very lively family-friendly atmosphere with blankets on the lawn. You are free to roam around and check out the growing hops nearby, as well as wander their garden and back porch for some big wood slab seating.
We then explored more of Gibsons and grabbed a bite to eat at Gumboot Cafe - Please do yourself a favor and if you can't do the whole brewery tour, at least checkout Gibsons and Persephone Brewery, it will be well worth your trip!
Thanks for tagging along! Be sure to read up on Local Wanderer's full feature on the BC Ale Trail, and continue to follow their adventures as they travel the world and find the BEST and most inspiring places for you to enjoy.