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Sechelt, British Columbia

Sechelt, with about 10,000 residents, is situated on the eastern shore of the Sechelt Peninsula, which is part of the larger Sunshine Coast. It is approximately 50 miles northwest of Vancouver and is accessible by ferry from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver, or by driving along the Sunshine Coast Highway.

Parks and recreational areas close-by include Hidden Grove, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park.

Sechelt History

The Shishalh Nation has lived in the Sechelt area for thousands of years.

European explorers, including Spanish and British sailors, came to the waters of the Sunshine Coast in the late 1700s, and began the process of mapping and exploring the region.

In the late 1800s, European settlers arrived in the area, to exploit the abundant timber resources, and logging quickly became a significant industry. The town of Sechelt itself began to take shape in the early 1900s, with the establishment of businesses and services to support the local population, including those involved in the logging industry.

The Shishalh Nation experienced challenges during the colonial and early Canadian periods, including the imposition of the reserve system.  The Shishalh Nation continues to play a vital role in the region.  In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of Indigenous history and heritage in the Sechelt area.

The town acknowledges its history, including both the challenges and contributions of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Sechelt-Siyaha Reconsiliation COmmunity Totem Pole Carving by Tony Paul-Destination BC-Dolf Vermeulen
Sechelt-Siyaha Reconsiliation COmmunity Totem Pole Carving by Tony Paul-Destination BC-Dolf Vermeulen

Sechelt Attractions

Chapman Creek Hatchery

4381 Parkway Drive, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A1
(604- 885-4136
Website

The Chapman Creek Hatchery is dedicated to salmon conservation. Visitors can learn about the lifecycle of salmon and the efforts to preserve local fisheries.

Downtown Sechelt

The town’s downtown area features a mix of shops, restaurants, cafes, and services. It has a relaxed atmosphere, and visitors can explore local businesses while enjoying views of the waterfront.

Hidden Groves

A at the main traffic light in Sechelt turn west onto Wharf Road and then right after 600 meters to Sechelt Inlet Road. Follow Sechelt Inlet Road for 6 kilometres to the head of the trail marked along this road.

Hidden Groves is a125 acre forested area with walking trails, offering a peaceful escape into nature, and a popular spot for hiking.

Porpoise Bay Marina

604-885-1986 (604-740-6588 after-hours)
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The marina at Porpoise Bay provides boating facilities and is a hub for marine activities. It adds to the coastal character of Sechelt.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

6428 Marmot Rd, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A4
604-885-3714
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This provincial park offers a sandy beach, picnic areas, and scenic views of Porpoise Bay. It’s a family-friendly location for outdoor activities. The park is separated from the Strait of Georgia by the isthmus at Sechelt. It is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas, and sandy beaches.

Sechelt Arts Festival

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Sechelt hosts an annual arts festival featuring local artists, performances, and cultural events. Check the schedule (typically in late October each year) for artistic showcases and community engagement.

Sechelt Heritage Hidden Tour

The Sechelt Heritage Hidden Tour allows you to explore historic sites and landmarks in the town, providing insights into its cultural and historical background.

Sechelt Inlet

Sechelt is nestled along the shores of the Sechelt Inlet, a stunning fjord-like body of water surrounded by forested mountains. The inlet provides a scenic backdrop to the town and offers opportunities for boating and kayaking.

Sechelt Marsh

5741 Wharf Avenue, Sechelt Village
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The Sechelt Marsh is a wetland area with walking trails, providing opportunities for birdwatching and enjoying the natural surroundings.

Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden

5941 Mason Road, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
604- 740-3969
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The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden showcases a variety of plants, flowers, and themed gardens. It’s a tranquil place for nature enthusiasts.

Sechelt-evening flight over Sechelt with Fly Coastal-Destination BC-Dolf Vermeulen

Sechelt, British Columbia Area Map