You state: “Starting at Lund for a few days and then travelling back south is intriguing."
Lund is the end of the road - or rather the start of the road. It is Mile 0 of the Pacific Coastal Highway - ending in Chile. You would not be able to start there but you would finish there and then backtrack to get to your starting point. Or you could travel there non-stop and take your time backtracking.
“From Langdale to Lund is supposedly 160 km or 3 1/2 hours. Is that true and what shape is the highway?”
Sort of true. About 180 KM. If you are travelling without stops and all travelling conditions are excellent you could do it in 3.5 to 4 hours but pulling a 26 ft trailer I would plan on 5.5 to 6 hours to get there/back. Considering the journey from Langdale to Lund involves another ferry (your timing needs to be right on) and the traffic flowing well on a mainly curvy single lane highway without many passing opportunities - I don’t think you should strive to make the 4 hr challenge.
Without pulling a RV & Perfect conditions: The distance from Langdale to Earls Cove is about 85 KM and takes about 1.5 hours. The highway does not become really curvy until you arrive in the Madeira Park/Pender Harbour areas (about an hour in). Madeira to Earls Cove takes under half an hour. The Earls Cove ferry to Saltery Bay takes 50 minutes then you have approx. 1.5 hours to Lund. Total time is about 4 hours.
If you are pulling a trailer traveling on a curvy unfamiliar single lane highway - I suggest you probably plan on 5.5 to 6 hours. If you want to make a few stops along the way - more time will be needed.
Here is the BC ferries schedule (be sure to select the correct dates/route in the dropdown lists). bcferries.com/schedules/…sepr-current.html
You will need to time your Langdale ferry crossing giving yourselves enough time to drive along the Secehlt Penisula to the Earl’s cove ferry dock. Maybe catch the 1st ferry in the morning (7:20) and strive to make the early noon ferry in Earls cove? Also keep in mind: there is no reservation service available for the Earl’s Cove/Saltery Bay route. Plus there is no fare collection at the Earls Cove or Langdale terminals as your return fare is included in your purchase price from the other side.
I can provide further information regarding campsites but most go for now. I hope this helps your travel planning. The Sunshine Coast is amazingly scenic with great hiking trails, kayaking and plenty of beaches. I am sure you will enjoy your time with us.
Edited: 03 May 2012, 1:24