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How to Make the Most Out of Your Journey to Sunshine Valley

Travelling to Sunshine Vallely? Whether it's a one-night stopover on the way to wine country or one week spent relaxing and enjoying the beautiful nature Sunshine Valley has to offer, you'll definitely want to make the most out of your drive to the valley. The drive to Sunshine Valley takes about 2 hours if you're starting from Vancouver. The highway is maintained and open year-round and requires no Ferriers or borders but the roads do require winter tires between October 1 and April 30. If you're up for making a fun adventure out of the drive, here are a few recommendations of places to stop and visit along the way.

The first stop on your drive to Sunshine Valley should be Langly. A must-see attraction while you're there, is the Fort Langley National Historic site. With its reconstructed buildings and costumed interpreters, this old historic site is a great spot to stop and get an idea of what life would have looked like during the fur trade and gold rush throughout the 1800s. If you happen to be driving through on a Saturday be sure to check out the Fort Langly Village Farmers Market. It runs every Saturday from 9 am-3 pm between April and December and is located in the parking lot of the 130-year-old St. Andrews Chapel. The market is a great spot to grab a morning coffee and fresh baked goods that you can enjoy while browsing the stands of pesticide-free fruits and veggies. The market is also a spot that showcases local artisans and makers so you never know what kind of gems you'll be able to find!

If you're interested in learning about the evolution of aircraft technology or aviation history in Canada, a must-see while you're in the city of Langly is the Canadian Museum of Flight. The space showcases over 25 aircraft and is also used as a restoration site so you might get lucky and observe a talented team fixing an aircraft for flying conditions.

The next major town on the way to Sunshine Valley is Abbotsford. If possible, I would recommend waiting until you get to Abbotsford before filling up on gas. The gas prices are usually the cheapest you'll find between Vancouver and Sunshine Valley. If you're short on time, the stations right off the highway are super convenient, however, if you don't mind driving a little further into the city, the stations are less busy and always a few cents cheaper than the stations right off of the highway.

Once you’ve topped up on gas in Abbotsford, Chilliwack should be your next destination. This is where you'll find Local Harvest Market. This large market is located just off the highway on Lickman rd so it's a super convenient spot to grab some last-minute groceries and delicious baked goods before you reach your final destination. Local Harvest farms without using pesticides or synthetic fertilizer. If you have the time and are interested in learning more about their farming practices, the farm offers great tours during harvest from May to October.

Bridal Falls is a wonderful spot to get out and stretch your legs. Located 1 hour and 30 minutes from Vancouver, just off the Trans Canada Highway, this stop offers a short, 30-minute, easy hike with views of a 60-meter waterfall you won't want to miss. The trail is dog friendly and has a nice picnic area along the creek making it a super relaxing spot to regroup before the last little stretch of your journey.

The last town on the journey to Sunshine Valley is Hope. If you're staying in Sunshine Valley for any amount of time, Hope will be your go-to spot for a grocery and liquor restock or a top-up on gas. If you're interested in discovering some unique places to see in Hope, Check out this blog post with a list of my top places to visit while you're there.

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Sunshine Valley is located beautifully in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia. Sunshine Valley is just 15 minutes from Hope, a quick 2-hour drive from Vancouver, no ferries, borders, or long and tedious drives. The Valley is 1,300 acres surrounded by local highlights such as Silvertip Mountain, Cedar Lake, The Sumallo River and Manning Park. Sunshine Valley offers access to activities for everyone including, ATVing, snowmobiling, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, dirt biking, fishing, ice skating, and off-roading. 

Sunshine Valley is located just 20 minutes away from Manning Park, which features downhill and X-country skiing, a tube park and horseback riding. Further, enjoy day trips to the Similkameen Valley filled with eateries and wine tasting. Hope, just a 15-minute drive from the Valley also has a lot to offer including, the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, the Eaton Lake Trail, the Flood Falls Trail, Gold Panning, Kawkawa Lake Beach and Water Sports and the Fraser River Tours: Hope to Hell's Gate. For families, Hope also has the HMI Skate park, the Rambo Tour, Centennial Park, the Hope Community Center, the Hope Curling Club, Bowling at the Kingpin Lounge and the Hope Golf & Country Club. Visit for more activities. Additionally, The Sunshine Valley Community Recreation Society also provides access to an outdoor pool, an indoor hot tub, tennis and pickleball courts, an auditorium for special events, free wifi, free parking in the society's parking lot and a discount on special event tickets for $40 per month. Sunshine Valley has been called one of BC's most accessible and affordable recreational and residential resorts. 

Recreational and residential acreage is for sale on a 999 Year Prepaid Registered Improvement to Land Lease starting from $147,900. Lot sizes range from just under 4000 sq ft up to just over 10,000 sq ft in three different neighbourhoods. Sunshine Valley's newest release is nine lake mountain view lots ranging from 5500 to 6700 sq ft, on which you can build up to 3500 sq ft with an additional three-car garage. The lake mountain view lots will be fully serviced with hydro, water, and TELUS high-speed fibre optic internet, septic to be installed by purchaser. The second neighbourhood is Sunshine Valley Estates featuring quarter-acre lots in the woodlands. The majority of the Sunshine Valley Estate Lots are larger than 10,450 sq ft and allow for a building up to 3500 sq ft plus a three-car garage. Infrastructure for the Estate Lots including, water, septic, hydro, cell and wifi, is currently being installed for an additional cost. Finally, the third neighbourhood is the Sunshine Valley Grove, featuring fully serviced south-facing lots around 4000 sq ft and up. The Grove lots allow for homes up to 1300 sq ft plus a garage. Although these are the lots currently available for reservation or sale, we are happy to discuss larger parcels of property available to lease. 

Sunshine Valley is the perfect place to build your first or even your second home. Use a custom builder, a prefab, kit or tiny home to create your dream outdoor four-season retreat and experience cottage living. Make Sunshine Valley your retirement location or where you choose to live off the grid to achieve sustainable living. Additionally, there is the option to Airbnb or VRBO your Sunshine Valley property for up to 6 months per year, making it the perfect property for those who wish to use their property part-time while still earning rental income. 

Register now to learn more about our newly-released lots and to book a tour. Visit Sunshine Valley to see where you could build your dream custom cabin, prefab house, or tiny home.

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