Sechelt, on the Sunshine coast, is blessed with kayaking, mountain biking, and nearby hiking. The ocean kayaking in particular is ideal for three reasons (besides the fact that it is a fairly well kept secret). Firstly, Sechelt is very close to Vancouver, and only a short ferry ride from Horsehoe bay, and then a small drive from Langdale to Sechelt. Secondly, the Sechelt Inlet is a long stretch of ocean, however, being an inlet it is somewhat more protected than the open ocean waters. Thirdly, some of Canada's oldest trees are available for small hikes if one uses a kayak along the inlet to reach these forests, some trees 1700 years old.
Once you depart from the inlet (a great place to depart is the Pedals and Paddles rental shop just 5km past Porpoise Bay Prov park), you can find a nice beach (rocky but nice) every 3 or 4km along the inlet, which is otherwise undeveloped. The road stops just past where you kayak from, so this is still pristine territory. The inlet is the traditional territory of the Sechelt First Nations band, and you will pass former village sites that have been reclaimed by nature, the wind, and the waves. The friendly folks at Pedals and Paddles are available to give a more interpretive tour, and they have lots of information and mini-destinations to suggest for you.
ACCESS: At the main traffic light in Sechelt intersecting Wharf Road and Hwy 101, turn north on Wharf Road. After 600m, turn right onto Sechelt Inlet Road and proceed for another 4km to the Porpoise Bay Prov Park, and keep going past that anoyther 5km or so and look for the sign for Pedals and Paddles.
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Posted By: SJB Barney
- Fri Aug 02 05:05:39 UTC 2013
QuestionIs it possible to get 2 kayaks boated up &/or down to Narrows Inlet? & if so, how much will it cost?ANSWERS are in this forum: Narrows Inlet
Posted By: rkwitkoski
- Fri Mar 27 14:57:23 UTC 2009
UpsideGorgeous place to paddle and camp! Sea life, oysters, fishing, bird watching, side hill hikes, photography. The wilderness is so close! DownsideThe wind. Watch out for winds that kick up a roar and you will be trapped for a while. CommentI have done this in a canoe three times back in the early 90's. The first time with my brother all the way to the end of Narrows Inlet - 3 days. The second time with wife and two little kids to Nine Mile point - 6 days. And once by myself to Nine Mile point and Halfway Islet - 4 days. This last time I got caught in the wind crossing the inlet. Scary paddling in over 1 metre waves.
Posted By: adventure girl
- Thu Aug 21 21:11:32 UTC 2008
UpsideYou can rent Kayaks at Porpoise Bay on the beach (for the day(s) or hourly). Great Camping at Porpoise Bay Provincial Campsite. Lots of sealife (crabs, jellyfish, seastars) DownsideNo CommentI found this area and activity to be extremely family friendly. I took my kids out in the Kayak and they enjoyed it. It was an easy paddle for a beginner with options for a longer trip. Probably due to great weather and lack of wind on our outing.
Posted By: dwatts
- Wed Jul 25 03:21:50 UTC 2007
UpsideAbundant sea life, great campsites Downsidecan be crowded on weekends CommentDid this trip with my Scout Troop in Canoes! You really need to watch for the winds, we had planned to canoe up one side of the inlet and cross and down the other side, but the winds created at least a 2ft chop, so we thought better of it!. Tzoonie narrows is a hoot to go through. You do need to be a bit of an acrobat to get to the fresh water here though. Be prepared, take plenty of water bottles and fill up when able.
Posted By: gemineye
- Thu Jul 20 21:06:09 UTC 2006
UpsideLots of sea life. Bring a camera. DownsideWatch for the winds. They picked up for us at 9:00 (6:30am one morning) or earlier until 6:00pm. Lots of time reading on the beach. CommentWorth it just for the easy get away
Posted By: meganadam
- Sat Sep 10 03:46:16 UTC 2005
UpsideWe just did this trip as a 5-day canoe to Narrows Inlet (and through Tzoonie Narrows). Lots of marine life, lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, and waters calm enough to canoe. Also, lots of shellfish to gather particularly at nine-mile campsite and tzoonie campsite (oysters, clames & cockles). Exploring Narrows Inlet beyond the Tzoonie Narrows is a must (particularly if you run out of water at that campsite, the creek is dry in summertime there, but freshwater is not far away among the many creeks further up the arm). DownsideLots of clearcuts along the way, particularly if you look up the Sechelt Inlet past the powerlines or up Salmon Inlet. Even moderate winds made for some hard paddling, particularly in the small tidal rapids at tzoonie narrows - timing the days paddle is important to save wear and tear on the arms. CommentPosted lots of pictures from this trip at http://gallery.mahost.org/secheltinlet of the three campsites we stayed at, marine life and scenery along the way.
If you rent from pedals and paddles you can park at the marina for free.They also provide advice and laminated maps - I found them very helpful.
Posted By: evileye
- Tue Sep 07 18:33:08 UTC 2004
UpsideWaters in the inlet are warmer then in Strait of Georgia which makes for a abundance of jellyfish swimming about. By far the best place to camp is at Kunechin Marine Park located at the point where the Sechelt Inlet meets the Salmon Inlet. Its a rocky bluff, with wooden tent pads, with a great southern view down the inlet and recieves the most sunlight. Night paddling is fantastic because of all the phosphorecences in the water! DownsideAbout a 3 hour paddleto this point. Moderate southernly winds can kick up at noontime. CommentI recommend lauching your own kayaks from Tuwanek beach (at the end of Sechelt Inlet Rd. Parking here is limited, but your very close to the waters edge. I recall that you have to pay to park at Pedals & Paddles.