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Area E - Elphinstone

Population: 3,883 (2021 Census)
Growth rate: 6.0% (2016 Census)
Dwellings: 1,608 occupied private dwellings
Area: 21.6 sq. km.

Elphinstone is a small, but populated area surrounding the north, west and south of Gibsons. The southernmost area in the SCRD, Elphinstone is home to an agricultural plateau where early farm settlements are still operational. Elphinstone also includes large tracts of undeveloped land, small businesses, residential areas, parks and a pioneer cemetery.

There are several public beaches, parks, greenways, major creek corridors and ravines running throughout the area, which are linked together with walking and bicycle trails. The Ocean Beach Esplanade is a waterfront area that serves as a recreation focal point for the entire community; another major attraction along the Esplanade is Chaster House, a popular waterfront rental place for community and private events.

Click here for the Elphinstone Official Community Plan.

Director donna mcmahon

Donna McMahonDonna McMahon was elected as Director for Area E - Elphinstone, in October 2018. She was re-elected in October 2022 by acclamation. On November 10, 2022, she was elected as Vice Chair of the SCRD Board of Directors.

A native of North Vancouver, Donna McMahon moved to Elphinstone in 1996. She holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and has a background in communications and journalism that includes two years as the reporter for The Local Weekly newspaper. She writes business plans for a national company and was the Executive Director of the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce from 2012 to 2015.

Her extensive volunteer portfolio includes eight years on the Gibsons and District Public Library board (two as chair), two years on the Loans and Investments Committee of Community Futures Sunshine Coast, and two years on the board of the Self Employed Women's Network (SEWN). She is a founding member of the Coast Community Investment Co-op and a volunteer with the Coast Car Co-op.

McMahon is a dedicated cyclist and hiker. She sits on the Sunshine Coast Trails Society and is a member of Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast. She maintains a constituency website at

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