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Central to the lower Sunshine Coast, the waterfront town of Sechelt (population 8,500) is known as the home of the Annual Festival of the Written Arts and the Sechelt First Nations. 

Arts and Culture

There is plenty to enjoy in Sechelt. The Sechelt First Nations offer the impressive House of Hewhiwus (House of Chiefs) and a cultural centre with a museum, art centre, gift shop and Raven's Cry theatre. The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre also offers local art shows and interesting programs.

Sechelt is home to two popular festivals. In July, the town hosts the annual Sunshine Coast Country Music Festival, known as Sunfest. In mid-August, the historic Rockwood Lodge (a Union Steamship resort built as a boarding house in 1935) hosts the annual Festival of the Written Arts. This is a popular celebration, so if you are planning to attend, prepare early.

Getting to Sechelt

To get to Sechelt, take the Sunshine Coast ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to the Langdale terminal. Sechelt is about 23km from Langdale on Highway 101. 

If you're coming from Powell River, take the ferry from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove at the north end of the Sunshine Coast and drive about 15km south along Highway 101. 

Outdoor Adventure

Snickett Park and Pebble Beach in Sechelt are two worthy picnic spots. You may also want to visit Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, which is located 5km north of Highway 101 off East Porposise Bay Road on the Sechelt Inlet. Here there are plenty of picnicking spots sheltered by willows. 

One of the sandiest beaches in the area, Davis Bay, is less than 3km south of Sechelt. Located just off Hwy 10, Davis Bay offers sweeping views, a pier and warm, shallow water. Watch for purple-hued sand dollars and clams. In the winter, sea lions and Harbour Seals gather at nearby Chapman Creek, best accessed from the beach at Davis Bay.

If you enjoy birding, visit the marshland around Sargeant Bay Provincial Park. This area is a migratory stopover for Harlequin Ducks, Canada Geese and Trumpeter Swans. The upland area hosts migratory songbirds. 

About 11km north of Sechelt is Spipiyus Park. Also known as the Caren Range, Spipiyus Park protects pockets of old-growth forest, the habitat of the threatened Marbled Murrelet. The park offers hiking trails to Mount Hallowell with spectacular views.

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