Gibsons Heritage Walk
Purple Banner Self-Guided Tours - artist studios
Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival - June
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival - August
International Outrigger Canoe Iron Race - July
Sea Cavalcade - July
Elphinstone Pioneer Museum
Many coastal First Nations frequented the Sunshine Coastal waters for thousands of years but the most significant group to the Gibsons area were the Chekwelps of Squamish First Nations people journeyed to their summer village at nearby Armours Beach. Most tribes traveled to sources of food along the coast, due mostly to salmon migration and weather. The coastal cedar trees were perfect for creating hunting materials, shelter and deep canoes.
White settlers did not arrive to the area until around the time Captain George Vancouver, in the late 1970's. This area provided protective harbours all along the coast. Logs indicated Gower Point to the west was a point of access, but there wasn't anyone reported at Gibsons until a freak misdirection during a storm (in his hand-built sloop Swamp Angel) lead retired lieutenant George Gibson and his two sons for shelter at this small harbour in the late 1880's. He immediately claimed one over hundred and sixty acres for himself to develope - from Gibsons Landing outward. When the CPR was set out its first trip across Canada, his wife and six daughters journeyed to join them from Ontario. George and his wife were noted as being extremely intelligent and hard-working, taking advantage of local springs for gardening and the great fishing prospects. Fishing /canneries, agriculture (also assisted by Finnish settlers in 1905), and logging in part, are still contributors to the local economy.
Summer average 19 degrees Celsius
Winter average 3 degrees Celsius
Map of Gibsons
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