Sechelt Photo Province of BC

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Sechelt

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The District of Sechelt is a grouping of several communities along the lower Sunshine Coast. The name of the region is derived from the Sechelt language word, shishalh, that name of the First Nations people who initially settled the area thousands of years ago. The area is known for a wide variety of wildlife, and the Sechelt Marsh is a perfect example of this. The marsh is a sanctuary and breeding ground for waterfowl. The region has populations of buffleheads, red winged blackbirds and mallards.

Davis Bay Seawall, Sechelt Photo Province of BC

Davis Bay Seawall, Sechelt Photo Province of BC

Davis Bay and the Porpoise Bay Provincal Park are great locations for swimming, or relaxing on long sandy beaches. The area is also great for sailing, boating, or even kayaking, and canoeing. There are several guided tours of the area, that show all the natural beauty the region has to offer. The area is rich in the history of the Shishalh First Nations, and their totem pole art work can be seen on display in the area.

Location

Sechelt is located 26 km (16 mi) north of Langdale ferry terminal on the Sunshine Coast. From Vancouver, take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry in West Vancouver to Langdale and drive Highway 101 to Sechelt.

A Step Back in Time

The Shishalh tribe settled the Sechelt area thousands of years ago, taking advantage of its ideal location between Sechelt Inlet (providing access to Jervis Inlet) to the north, and the Strait of Georgia to the south. The first Europeans moved here in 1862 when Catholic priests arrived to set up a mission. By the 1880s, Sechelt had become an active centre for the logging and fishing industries, with the construction of sawmills and wharves.

The natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast however soon began to attract tourists, who arrived at the wharves at Trail Bay via steamship. The construction of the main Highway 101 in 1952, and the commencement of ferry service to both Horseshoe Bay near Vancouver to the south and Powell River to the north, accelerated tourism and residential growth, which continues today.

The original Village was incorporated on February 15, 1956. Sechelt later expanded its boundaries in 1986 with the inclusion of a number of adjacent unincorporated areas.

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Bayside Campground & RV Park

Bayside Campground & RV Park

Sechelt

This campground offers full and partial service RV sites and private tent sites. Satellite TV, hot showers, playground, volleyball, horseshoes. Convenient to Sechelt Inlet, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, beaches, hiking, biking trails, golf, galleries, villages and services. ... Read more
Langdale Heights RV Par 3 Golf Resort

Langdale Heights RV Par 3 Golf Resort

Gibsons

Located in beautiful Sunshine Coast, only an hour from downtown Vancouver, Langdale Heights RV Par 3 Golf Resort is surrounded by lush forests and a beautiful golf course. Start your day with some morning coffee before hitting up the course for some unlimited golf. We are proud to offer a serene cam ... Read more
Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

Madeira Park

Seeking an intimate resort with gorgeous water views? Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina is the ideal destination for hosting family gatherings, small weddings or romantic getaways to the Coast. We have less than 20 accommodations, which allows for exceptional service and luxurious amenities. Our ... Read more
Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Madeira Park

Each Villa at Painted Boat Resort offers upscale, Canadian-designed and made furnishings and a large patio or balcony with a water view, as well as a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two bathrooms. ... Read more
Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Garden Bay

Welcome to Pender Harbour Resort, where we offer a wide range of accommodation choices with 600’ of oceanfront. Vacationing with a large group? Our chalet is perfect to accommodate up to 8 guests with a full kitchen and four bedrooms. We have waterfront cottages overlooking scenic Pender Harbour, ... Read more
Ruby Lake Resort

Ruby Lake Resort

Madeira Park

Surrounded by the Caren Range Mountains and beautiful Ruby Lake, Ruby Lake Resort is a true piece of paradise to escape urban life. Our resort is ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations, so stay in our Safari Tent or well-appointed cottage suites to enjoy a relaxing retreat. The Safari Tents ... Read more
West Coast Wilderness Lodge

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Egmont

Our packages are the best way to experience as much of the scenic beauty as possible during your stay with us. Each package has something special bundled in, so you can enjoy options such as kayaking tours, or guided nature hikes at great prices. Whether you’d like a quiet, romantic getaway with c ... Read more
Backeddy Resort & Marina

Backeddy Resort & Marina

Egmont

Situated on 600 ft of pristine shoreline on the stunning Sechelt Inlet, Backeddy Resort & Marina is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Surrounded by lush forests and gorgeous waters, we encourage guests to discover marine life, hiking trails, and unwind to the beautiful sounds of nature. ... Read more
Kent's Beach Resort

Kent's Beach Resort

Powell River

Enjoy year round waterfront cabins and camping at Kent’s Beach Resort. Situated on the beautiful west coast of BC, guests are spoiled to breathtaking oceanside views. Our self-contained cabins are furnished and feature fully equipped kitchens, perfect to fix meals. Our campground is nestled on the ... Read more
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