Soames Hill

If you’re going to be spending even a little time on the Sunshine Coast, I highly recommend checking out Soames Hill. Jutting out just on the border of Gibsons, it offers fantastic views you wouldn’t expect for being such a short little hike.

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The stairs are pretty killer, but the best thing about them is that they’re near the beginning so everything after is easy.

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There are two viewpoints, one directly after the stairs and another at the very top. Don’t skip the first viewpoint, which is nothing to sniff at.

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The entire hill is full of my favourite tree, the arbutus (or Arbutus menziesii, sometimes known as madrone). It’s Canada’s only native broadleaf evergreen.

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There’s a short scramble near the top. It can be a bit slippery if it’s been raining, but overall it’s not treacherous.

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The entire hike takes about 45 minutes. One of the great things about a short hike like this is that you can head up to enjoy the start of a sunset and still make it back before dark.

If you need more convincing, here’s another shot of the sunset with a view of Keats Island and one of the smaller islands behind that.

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Soames is perfect to hike year-round, and it’s especially good if you can’t dedicate a huge amount of time to hiking but still want to see some great scenery.

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