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Sechelt area
Sechelt Inlet
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Sechelt is a coastal community of 10,200 (2016) on the lower Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada.


Sechelt is a seaside community with approx. 35 kilometers of Pacific Ocean shoreline that extends primarily along the coastline of the Sunshine Coast, and is bounded to the west and east by the unincorporated communities of Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek, respectively.

Sechelt has several distinct neighbourhoods; from east to west they are Wilson Creek, Davis Bay, Selma Park, the original Village of Sechelt, and West Sechelt. Several neighbourhoods around Sechelt Inlet were also included in its district limits; these include West Porpoise Bay, East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tillicum Bay and Tuwanek. The municipal government of the Shishalh First Nation, which contains a substantial commercial district, is immediately east of Sechelt's "downtown" village.

The name Sechelt is derived from the Sechelt language word, shishalh, the name of the First Nations people who first settled the area thousands of years ago.

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Sechelt is approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Vancouver, it is accessible from mainland British Columbia by a 40-minute ferry trip between Horseshoe Bay (in West Vancouver) and Langdale (near Gibsons), and a 25-minute drive from Langdale along Highway 101 (Sunshine Coast Highway).

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Sechelt is known for its natural beauty, and is a popular destination for outdoor activities that include kayaking, diving, snowshoeing and skiing, hiking and backpacking, camping and mountain biking. There is an 18-hole public golf course, and a number of small marinas are available around Sechelt Inlet. Sechelt has several municipal parks, and larger provincial parks are nearby. Scuba diving at Skookumchuck Narrows, at the entrance of Sechelt Inlet, are highly rated by diving magazines and the Cousteau Society.

  • Hidden Groves, 7000 Sechelt Inlet Road (6 km from downtown Sechelt and 2 km from Porpoise Bay Provincial Park), +1 604-885-3797. The Hidden Groves area of old growth forest adjoins the Sandy Hook neighbourhood. It has trails for walkers and hikers of various abilities, from easy walks of around 15 minutes to more strenuous treks of 3 or 4 kilometres. A wheelchair-accessible trail of 480 metres into the Ancient Grove area is also suitable for people with walkers, mothers with strollers, and those not so fit. A second 400-metre accessibility trail loops from the entrance kiosk through pristine forest and back.
  • 1 Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (4 km north of downtown Sechelt). Daily 11AM-2PM (lunch), 5-9PM (dinner). Located on the east side of Sechelt Inlet. It is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches. Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (Q2104496) on Wikidata Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on Wikipedia


Cowrie Street in Sechelt's downtown hub has multiple locally owned shops, boutiques, and galleries, is the perfect place to shop for local art & handcrafted goods, books, beads, sporting goods, and clothing.





  • Sechelt Visitor Information Centre, 5790 Teredo Street, +1 604-885-1036, toll-free: +1-877-885-1036, . May-Sept 2019: Daily 9AM-5PM; Oct-Dec 2019: W-Su 10AM-4PM. The Sechelt Visitor Centre is operated by Sunshine Coast Tourism via the District of Sechelt. Drop by or call ahead and our travel counsellors will give you personal attention and up-to-the-minute tips to make your trip to Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast the best we can be. Here you’ll find maps, trail & beach access guides, brochures for local accommodations, activities, tours, restaurants, artists, museums, and more.

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Routes through Sechelt
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