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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on June 15, 2009 at 11:54 am

Sunny Sechelt

Whether for a day trip or a leisurely weekend, the Sechelt Peninsula (see map link)is one of the west coast’s loveliest destinations.   Just a short ferry trip from Vancouver via Horseshoe Bay, you’ll spend a day or week exploring the little towns and beaches, hike in the mountains, go fishing, or simply relax.  Starting from the little town of Gibsons (made famous from the old Beachcomber TV series which was filmed there), you’ll go through Roberts Creek, Sechelt and on up the coast by car, bus or bicycle.  There’s lots to see and do and it makes for a quick, inexpensive holiday not too far from the big city.

It’s called “the Sunshine Coast” because it really does get lotsof sunshine, and it’s a seaside paradise.  When you disembark from the ferry at Langdale, you’ll begin a scenic drive through the villages of Hopkins and Grantham’s Landing arriving at Gibsons, a scenic seaside village located on the shores of Howe Sound. Farther along, Roberts Creek is the heart of the Coast’s laid-back lifestyle with a casual rural ambience, the perfect place to kick back and relax.  Just minutes away is Wilson Creek, home of the Chapman Creek Fish Hatchery where you can take a free tour. At Davis Bay check out the sandy beach, a mecca for swimmers, skim boarders and sun worshippers.  A few miles farther and you’re at Sechelt located on a peninsula separating the Strait of Georgia and Porpoise Bay.  This is a community of artists, writers, painters and natiuralists and boasts a number of galleries and theatres.  It’s home to the annual Sechelt Writer’s Festival held every summer.

The Sechelt Peninsula is also the home of the Coast Salish First Nations including the local Sechelt Band.  The House of hewhiwas (House of Chiefs) located on Hwy 101 has a Native gift shop and tems swiya (Our World) Museum where you can see displays of artifacts and information about the history of the Sechelt Nation.  For guided tours at the museum and longhouse call 604-885-4592.

If you have time to spare, carry on up the coast to Pender Harbour (see map link) which includes Irvines Landing, Garden Bay and Madeira Park. This area is known as “The Venice of the North” because of its complex waterways.  You can rent or moor your boats here and go on fishing excursions.  The Pender Harbour School of Music Performance Centre is located in Madeira Park.

There’s lots more to see and explore on the peninsula with excellent accommodations provided for holiday travelers, as well as resorts where you can relax and unwind.  The Sunshine Coast also offers a variety of sialing and boating opportunities and cruising destinations and marinas easily reached from Vancouver, the Gulf Islands or U.S. waters.

PHOTO CREDITS: W. Ruth Kozak

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