Located on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, Sechelt is as laid-back as it is scenic, full of artists and surrounded by mountains.
Getting to Sechelt is just a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, followed by a 27km/17mi drive up Highway 101. Sechelt is the name of a town, a peninsula, an inlet, and a people. The town is a small community sitting on a sandbar; the narrow Sechelt isthmus which separates Sechelt Inlet from the Salish Sea. Named after the original First Nations people of the region – the shíshálh – the word Sechelt means “land between two waters.”
Aboriginal legend has it that the creator gods were sent by the Divine Spirit to form the world. They carved out valleys leaving a beach along the inlet at Porpoise Bay. Later, the transformers – a male raven and a female mink – added details by carving trees and forming pools of water. The raven is an integral part of the shíshálh Nation culture and is often seen in their carvings.
Things to Do
Grab a gelato and take a stroll along the Davis Bay shoreline, watching the eagles. Take the time to reconnect over a pastry and latte at one of our local coffee shops. Or visit the unique shops and galleries on Cowrie Street for handcrafted items, local artwork, books, beads, sports gear and clothing. Finally, treat yourself to a relaxing spa visit.
Looking to celebrate the great outdoors? There’s a lot of it to celebrate here! Located mid-way up the southern Sunshine Coast, Sechelt is an ideal home base for exploring. Sechelt Inlet (and adjoining Salmon & Narrows Inlet) offers sheltered waters for kayaking, fishing, & boating, complete with free, marine access only campsites. Enjoy a swim in Trail Bay, Davis Bay or at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Fish in Davis Bay, or one of the many lakes north of Sechelt. Or experience our world class scuba diving sites, renowned mountain bike trails, and multiple golf courses.
Visitor Information Centre
Sechelt Visitor Centre
5790 Teredo St
Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 3A0
Toll Free: 1-877-885-1036