The Sunshine Coast is a region of the southern mainland of British Columbia just NW of Greater Vancouver. While populous and frequently visited by tourists it can be reached only by using BC Ferries, boat or sea plane; because of the steep rugged terrain no access roads have been built from the rest of the Province. The Sunshine Coast stretches along the NE shores of the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. The Powell River region of the Sunshine Coast is a year round sea to mountain recreation area and offers an array of experiences for travelers of all kinds, no matter the season. Cultural amenities include world-class art galleries, and memorable events and festivals.