Gibsons Tourism, Canada

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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. 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. 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. In February 2005, Gibsons won the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest, coming first in the world. In October 2009, the town was declared the "Most Liveable Community in the World" (under 20,000 population) at the international Livcom Awards. Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, the LivCom competition focuses on Best Practices for management of the local environment. In 2009 Gibsons also won an Energy & Climate Action Award for Community Planning and Development, awarded by the Community Energy Association. A major factor in this award was a new housing development, which will be heated by the first publicly owned geoexchange system in Canada. 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. 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.


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Facts and Stats for Gibsons*

  • Pollution Statistics in Gibsons

    Know the pollution level of Gibsons before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.52 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.42 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.2 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.95 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.99 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.85 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15.95 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 13.3 (Very Low)
  • Gibsons: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Gibsons for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Gibsons.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.78 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.47 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.19 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.13 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.27 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 49.55 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 68.16 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.99 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 61.28 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.78 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.74 (Moderate)
  • Living in Gibsons - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Gibsons is 169.84 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 64.2 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.07 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 23.7 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.42 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 72.61 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 72.83 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.9 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 94.8 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Gibsons

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Gibsons

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.89 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.38 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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