Snickett Park, located in the heart of Sechelt, is an easy access, wide, and mostly paved path along the Sechelt waterfront. Offering gorgeous, panoramic views of the Strait of Georgia as you walk alongside the beach, this is a trail the whole family can enjoy. A nearby resident and world renowned blue poppy expert, Bill Terry, has planted several beds of Himalayan blue poppies, and each spring they put on a beautiful show of striking sky blue flowers. According to Terry Barker, author of a Walk in Snickett Park, the park was named by Annie Whitely, a Yorkshire woman who lived near there in the early 1900’s. “Snickett” is a Yorkshire term for ‘narrow path’.
The entrance to the park is located on 5440 Shornecliffe Ave at Hwy 101, just across from the Sechelt Courthouse. As you walk into the park, the trail leads to stunning rock outcroppings that provide excellent views. Follow the trail to your left which after a short distance goes out of the park and simply becomes the Boulevard, the wide sidewalk that wraps around the beach. You can follow this for quite a distance down the coastline until you reach the gravel conveyor belt that extends into the water.
Don’t miss the impressive Salish totem poles that look out over the water—they recount the history of the shíshálh nation, the first in Canada to gain self-government in 1986.
The trails of the Sunshine Coast offer a wide array of experiences for travellers of all levels and walks of life. Ranging in length, difficulty, and experience, the trails on the Sunshine Coast are the epitome of the pristine beauty and epic landscapes of British Columbia.