In 1914, Harry Roberts painted the name “The Sunshine Belt” on the side of the charging station of the first dock built in Roberts Creek and, apparently, the name was used to promote Roberts Creek as a summer tourist destination. Kalpilin was in those days one of the great shopping centers on the coast of the entire west coast, from the Columbia River to Alaska. Legend has it that Tibrogargan noticed that the sea was rising and asked Coonowrin to help his pregnant mother round up the young children so that the family could flee from rising sea levels. This was the one called kla-uhn-uhk-ahwt and could be said to be the Capitol or the Parthenon of the Sechelt Nation.
There was no indigenous name for the Sunshine Coast, probably because it was divided between three nations that did not see it as a single territory. Artists soon became attracted to the area and a large arts and crafts community developed in the Sunshine Coast interior. This has continued to this day, however, Sunshine Coast is still known for its fresh local produce and its iconic artisans and creatives. By the 1980s, the Sunshine Coast was becoming one of Australia's fastest-growing regions and the most popular tourist destinations.
He blames a “young man” from the Gibsons real estate agency for getting carried away and spreading the inappropriate name to cover the entire coast, from Port Mellon to Egmont, and for trying to fool the world into believing that there was actually some truth in it. Wooden logs felled in the Sunshine Coast region played a decisive role in creating a significant amount of Australia's former infrastructure, especially in the area surrounding Brisbane. When you talk about the history of the Sunshine Coast region, you realize that it has come a long way in such a short time compared to other regions in Australia. Fast forward to 1770, when explorers aboard Lieutenant James Cook's ship recorded the first sightings and observations of the Sunshine Coast.
The rapid felling of trees and the clearing of rich volcanic soil for agricultural and grazing purposes allowed for the even faster establishment of settlements that were prolifically dispersed throughout the surrounding interior and coast. Returning to whether Sunshine Coast is a fairly legitimate name for a place that receives 1,250 millimeters of rain a year, I want to make it clear that I have personally done everything possible to set the record straight. These attributes make the Sunshine Coast increasingly frequented by a mix of tourists and people seeking to establish permanent residence; the region has been especially popular with artists and artisans. And it must have struck a chord, at least among the people who live here and love it for what it is, because Raincoast Chronicles has continued to publish for four decades, adding that tropical coast neologism to the lexicon of British Columbia, to be invoked by anyone who wants to give a name that sounds authentically coastal on a ship, a book distribution company or a line of expensive party cookies.