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Town of Gibsons[1]
Gibsons is located in British Columbia
Location of Gibsons in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°24′4″N 123°30′27″W / 49.40111°N 123.50750°W / 49.40111; -123.50750
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Sunshine Coast
Regional district Sunshine Coast
Founded 1886
Incorporated 1929
 • Governing body Gibsons Town Council
 • Mayor Wayne Rowe
 • Total 4.32 km2 (1.67 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 4,182
 • Density 970/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code V0N 1V0 - V0N 1V9
Area code(s) 604, 778
Gibsons Way / Highway 101 101
Waterways Howe Sound
Website Town of Gibsons

Gibsons is a coastal community of 4,200 located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada on the Strait of Georgia. It is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast.[citation needed]

Although Gibsons is on the British Columbia mainland, it is not accessible by road. Vehicle access is by BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, a 40-minute crossing. The town is also accessible by water, by float plane to the harbour, and by small aircraft to Sechelt Airport, approx. 20 km northwest of Gibsons.[2] Gibsons is best known in Canada as the setting of the popular and long running CBC Television series The Beachcombers, which aired from 1972 to 1990. The storefront "Molly's Reach", now a cafe, the restored tug Persephone, and a display about the series at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives are popular Gibsons attractions. Other movies that have used Gibsons as a filming location include Charlie St. Cloud (2010), starring Kim Basinger and Zac Efron (as a stand-in for Marblehead, Massachusetts), and Needful Things (1993), starring Max von Sydow and Ed Harris.[3]

In February 2005, Gibsons won the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest, coming first in the world.[4]

In October 2009, the town was declared the "Most Liveable Community in the World" (under 20,000 population) at the international Livcom Awards.[5] Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, the LivCom competition focuses on Best Practices for management of the local environment.[6]

In 2009 Gibsons also won an Energy & Climate Action Award for Community Planning and Development, awarded by the Community Energy Association. [1] A major factor in this award was a new housing development, which will be heated by the first publicly owned geoexchange system in Canada.[7][8]

The Sunshine Coast has seen a three-decade transition from a forestry and fishing based economy, to a more diverse economy with construction trades, business services, retail and tourism becoming prominent.[9]

Gibsons is a popular retirement destination, and has also attracted many artists and musicians, as well as professionals who commute by ferry into nearby Vancouver, or are able to work from home. Between 2001 and 2006, the population of Gibsons grew by 7.1% (faster than the overall British Columbia growth rate of 5.3%). The median age in Gibsons in 2006 was 50.2 years; significantly higher than the Provincial median of 40.8 years.[10]


The town was established in 1886 by George Gibson and his sons. It was incorporated in 1929 as "Gibson's Landing", and in 1947 the name was changed to "Gibsons" at the request of the residents. The town is now split between the seaside area known as "Lower Gibsons" and "Upper Gibsons. "Lower Gibsons" is mostly residential, but also includes Molly's Reach, a restaurant that achieved fame because of the show, The Beachcombers. "Lower Gibsons" also has shops and restaurants that cater mostly to vacationers. "Upper Gibsons", which is clustered along Highway 101, contains the commercial areas of town, including Sunnycrest Mall, the town's two major supermarkets, a variety of fast food restaurants, and the high school.

Gibsons is the first town in British Columbia to accept styrofoam at its recycling facility, the Gibsons Recycling Depot. The depot's staff has traveled widely to promote styrofoam recycling, including Buddy Boyd, who was invited to address an international Zero Waste conference in Florianopolis, Brazil.[11]


Gibsons enjoys a temperate coastal climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers.

Notable residents (past and present)[edit]

Gibsons Harbour, Sunshine Coast


Gibsons has won a number of awards:

  • World's Most Livable Community of under 20,000 (2009), United Nations-endorsed International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom).[13] Gibsons also received First Place among all world cities in LivCom's "Planning for the Future" category.[14]
  • Energy & Climate Action Award in Community Planning and Development (2009), awarded by the Community Energy Association for development of the Upper Gibsons Neighbourhood Plan.[15]
  • Communities in Bloom awards – 2008 Provincial Champions; 2007 Provincial Champions award for Environmental Awareness; 2006 Provincial Champions for best floral displays.[16]
  • Best in the World Municipal Water (2005) award, Berkeley Springs Winter Festival of the Waters.[17]
  • OCP award, SmartGrowth BC, 2007
  • National Research Council award for environmentally-sensitive development (2006)[18]


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
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  3. ^ Internet Movie Database: Gibsons as a Location,%20British%20Columbia,%20Canada
  4. ^ Author unknown (date unknown). Gibsons Best Water Web Site. Retrieved from
  5. ^ "World's best town: Gibsons, B.C." CBC News, October 13, 2009.
  6. ^ The International Awards for Liveable Communities official website.
  7. ^ "ICET sends grants to Gibsons", news article from Coast Reporter June 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "Gibsons’ geoexchange holds promise, risk" news article from Coast Reporter Sept. 1, 2010.
  9. ^ "People and Employment", from Best Coast Initiatives Sunshine Coast Economic Development website
  10. ^ Canada Census 2006 Community Profiles
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  12. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
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Coordinates: 49°24′10″N 123°30′13″W / 49.40278°N 123.50361°W / 49.40278; -123.50361