As summer sadly slips away...we decided to soak up the remaining rays with a perfect little getaway to Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. As their website says, Sechelt is as laid-back as it is scenic, full of artists, and surrounded by mountains. That it is!
September tries its best to have us forget summer. – Bernard Williams, Philosopher.
Layla and I were kindly invited by a Vancouver friend, who along with her husband, just finished building a second home in the area.
It’s all scenic from here. Even though it’s a short drive from Vancouver to the ferry in Horseshoe Bay, then a short ferry ride over to the coast, it had been a long time since my last visit. Long overdue actually.
Since covid it appears that many people are exploring regions closer to where they live and re-discovering places they’ve not visited for some time.
In British Columbia we’re surrounded by beauty with a surplus of outdoor activities to take advantage of.
In Sechelt we walked along the rugged coast, visited a sandy beach, did two hikes, went to a local pub on the water for dinner, met some artists, hung out at home and laughed a lot. We also visited a longtime friend of mine who relocated there recently and lives with a talented artist. The vibe they made in their home is splendid.
On the last day we drove to Pender Harbour and hiked Skookumchuck Narrows, a popular attraction where the powerful rapids and whirlpools of the changing tidal waters can be seen that flow between two inlets – Jervis Inlet and Sechelt Inlet. Layla did the hike with us as it was not very hilly.The trail is about 8km roundtrip and passes through a scenic west coast rainforest before reaching the viewpoints at either North Point or Roland Point. These rapids are a fairly unique occurrence as the water flow can reach speeds of 30km/h as about 200 billion gallons of water passes through the narrows during a tide change.
On the advice of a friend/photographer we had to stop and eat a cinnamon bun from the local Skookumchuk Bakery & Café. You cannot help but notice the bakery either at the beginning or end of your hike. Everything at the bakery is made from scratch using fresh local ingredients. The bun came fresh out of the oven and it was to die for.
If you want to know more, the following was taken from the Sunshine Coast official website:
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.
If you want to visit a true water-centric community, Pender Harbour is a must.
This unique harbour community is all about the water. Experience the true Pender Harbour Spirit, or just enjoy the 5 freshwater lakes scattered around the ocean harbour.
One day you turn around and it’s summer
Next day you turn around and it’s fall
And all the winters and the springs of a lifetime
Whatever happened to them all? – Lyrics from “September of my Years” sung by Frank Sinatra