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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Sechelt

Sechelt
Sechelt is located 23 km (14 miles) north of Gibsons and 51 km (32 miles) south of Egmont on Hwy 101 on BC's Sunshine Coast.

Hwy 101
Sechelt has had quite a colourful history along the Sunshine Coast. Past descendants relied on the marine industry to help loggers or the tourist trade coming from Vancouver along this section of the BC coastline. Only since 1952 when Hwy 101 was completed did vehicles have access from Vancouver using the BC Ferries into Langdale.

Sechelt Peninsula
Sechelt is located about halfway up the Sunshine Coast at the southern end of the Sechelt Peninsula. Sechelt is at point that forms a bridge created by a sand isthmus separating the Strait of Georgia from the Sechelt Inlet. The word 'Sechelt' comes from the local First Nation meaning 'land between two waters.'

Close to the Ocean Water
What you'll find has been created for Sechelt by this natural bridge is a community where you can be so close to water and all the recreational choices that go along with it. Kayaking, ocean fishing, hiking, water sports, scuba diving and cruising - it's all really close at hand.

Waterfront Parks
The District of Sechelt has made the community very accessible to the ocean with the tremendous amount of parks along the water. The district has also produced a very informative brochure on the local parks so make sure you look at it to find areas for sun bathing, swimming and beach combing.

District Parks
Some district parks that always seem to come to mind for some great exploring that you might consider having a look at are the sunsets at Selma Park, the beach and creek at Sandy Hook, the trails at Kinnikinnick Park and the walkway and wharf at Davis Bay and the bird watching at Sechelt Marsh near Porpoise Bay.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Located only 4 km (2.5 miles) north of Sechelt just off Hwy 101, this provincial park is well suited if you enjoy relaxing near the ocean. For the family, the park has a nice sandy beach really great for outdoor fun, swimming, kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Porpoise Bay also has a campground with 84 sites plus a small cyclist-only area.

Trail Bay
The business district of Sechelt is centred around a shopping zone called the Trail Bay Centre which is located just off Hwy 101. Then, circulating out from town, are newly built condominiums extending out to the waterfront. Next to the ocean is Trail Bay Waterfront/Boulevard Park which has a walkway meandering next to a local beach with benches along Trail Bay.

Trail Islands
Located off the coast of Sechelt across Trail Bay are the Trail Islands. If you enjoy ocean kayaking, the trip over to these islands can be a lot of fun. There is usually lots of natural wildlife and things happening along the waters' edge include getting the odd view of a cruise ship going to Alaska.

Sargeant Bay
There is some scuba diving on the west side of Trail Islands but you can also find an area for diving and anchorage at Sargeant Bay, a five-minute drive north from Sechelt on Hwy 101. Located near Sargeant Bay, there is also a hiking trail to Triangle Lake, Sargeant Bay Provincial Park, mountain biking through Connor and Welcome Beach Parks. Halfmoon Bay another popular spot is just north of here on Redrooffs Road.

Exploring by Boat
If you love cruising and boating, Sechelt is the community for you. You can explore Simson and Buccaneer Bay Marine Parks on South Thormanby Island, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove, Pender Harbour, Egmont, Princess Louisa Inlet, Schokumchuck Narrows, Powell River, Lund and around Desolation Sound. You would be literally able to plan a thousand different trips and still discover new places.

Sunshine Coast Wooden Boat Festival
If you're a fan of everything to do with the ocean including boating and exploring BC's coastline, try to make the Sunshine Coast Wooden Boat Festival. Old wooden classic vessels from BC's past are proudly on display at various dock locations on the Sunshine Coast and is held during the BC Day August long weekend.

House of Hewhiwus
The House of Hewhiwus (Chiefs) operates as the administrative centre for the Shishalh (Sechelt) First Nation people. Located at 5555 Hwy 101 on the eastern edge of Sechelt, the centre contains historical artifacts and traditions representing the Sechelt Band such as carvings, canoes, baskets and old photos plus the Raven's Cry Theatre.

The Sechelt Indian Band
The local First Nation, the Sechelt Indian Band, has been very proactive with the Canadian government for self-government control over traditional lands. The Sechelt Band made Canadian history when they were the first to be granted self-government and the authority to manage their own lands under the provisions of the Indian Act.

Driving Force for Economic Development
The Sechelt Indian Band is very evident in Sechelt's local economy and is very important as a driving force for sustainable economic growth along the Sunshine Coast. New developments such as Extra Foods and Starbucks are being designed and built for the future population living in Sechelt and on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Forest District
The Sunshine Coast Forest District, encompassing 1,555,088 hectares (3,842,569 acres), is located all around the Sechelt area. There are quite a few areas for you to explore especially on the back hills with the excellent western views of the distant coastline and Vancouver Island.

Pender Harbour
If you happen to be in Sechelt, another area that is close by and worth visiting, is Pender Harbour. Comprised of four small villages called Irvines Landing, Garden Bay, Kleindale and Madeira Park being the closest at 31 km (19 miles) away, you will surely be inspired by the coastal beauty.

Malaspina Peninsula
Depending on your time, other areas also close by to Pender Harbour and worth visiting include travelling north to Egmont, visiting and then catching the BC Ferries from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay. From here, there is a whole other coastline along the Malaspina Peninsula to explore, including the communities of Powell River, Lund plus Savary Island and Texada Island.

Information on Sechelt

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Map of Sechelt
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Sechelt
Sechelt

 

Davis Bay Regional Park
Davis Bay Regional Park

 

Sechelt
Davis Bay just south of Sechelt

 

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

 

Trail Islands
Trail Islands

 

Porpoise Bay
Porpoise Bay

 

Sechelt Marsh Regional Park
Sechelt Marsh Regional Park

 

Sechelt Starbucks
Sechelt Starbucks

 

Sechelt Pharmasave
Sechelt Pharmasave

 
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