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.
This charming seaside town serves as a central hub for exploring the southern Sunshine Coast, where it’s easy to go sightseeing and take day trips to the neighboring communities of Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Pender Harbour, or Egmont. It’s also the perfect launching point for boating & paddling excursions to the surrounding fjords, including Narrows, Salmon, and Sechelt Inlet.
Things to Do in Sechelt
Shop & Dine
Pick your favourite pair – a heaping waffle cone of gelato & a seawall stroll in Davis Bay, a pastry and a latte from one of the many local coffee shops, or a fresh plate of fish & chips & a local craft beer while sitting on a waterfront patio – and you’re sure to find it in Sechelt.
With plenty of locally owned shops, boutiques, and galleries, Cowrie Street in Sechelt’s downtown hub is the perfect place to shop for local art & handcrafted goods, books, beads, sporting goods, and clothing. Round it out with a peek inside one of the vintage shops and you’re sure to find that one-of-a-kind item to take home with you.
Explore the outdoors
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.
Festivals & Events
The community is also the central hub to many fantastic annual festivals and events on the Sunshine Coast. Plan your trip to coincide with the Festival of the Written Arts, the Sechelt Arts Festival, the Canada Day Parade, Rogue Arts Festival, or the Sleepy Hollow Rod Run for all the car lovers out there.
Sechelt Visitor Centre
Looking for more info? Chat in-depth with a professional visitor information counsellor at the local visitor centre.
Sechelt Visitor Centre
5790 Teredo St
Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 3A0
Toll Free: 1-877-885-1036