Posted by: cherylyoung | March 11, 2012

There isn’t anything you can’t do on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast

 

Fishing: So successful has the rearing program been

at nearby Chapman Creek that it is the only stream

on the Sechelt Peninsula where anglers can keep coho

and chinook salmon.

 

It’s still best to check local regulations beforehand.

 

While the hatchery has been experiencing good

returns, fish stocks in the Strait of Georgia and

Malaspina Strait have been steadily declining

in recent times.

March is one of the few months on the fishing calendar

when anglers get to stay home and tidy their tackle

boxes, or tie on a fly and try for surface-feeding trout at

Trout Lake on the north side of Hwy 101, 6 miles

(10 km) north of Sechelt.

 

 

The Sunshine Coast is a maze of mountain-bike paths,

the result of a progressive attitude towards mountain

biking South of Sechelt, the area around Roberts

Creek is a great hangout for the serious mountain biker.

Three major loop trails – Roberts Creek, Clack Creek, and

the Brodie Race Trails – will wear the tread off any tire and

introduce riders to shorter technical routes, all accessed

from B&K Road (Roberts Creek Forest Road), just east of

Roberts Creek Provincial Park.

 

All trails begin a short distance up the road at the

BC Hydro power line.

 

In Sechelt, an area with some good intermediate/expert

trails is the Angus Creek Bike Loop, between the Sechelt

landfill and the Gray Creek Forest Road.

 

A number of interconnected forest service roads will

lead you to the singletrack

The Angus Creek route is marked with a biking symbol and

orange paint.

 

The steep approach on the Sechelt-Crucil Forest Road

will test your ability to ride clean.

 

North of Sechelt, the area around Trout Lake has a plethora

of trails for all skill levels to choose from.

 

Look for trails such as Little Knives (also called the Trout

Lake Trail; easy; 7.5 miles/12 km return) and Redrooffs

to the south of Hwy 101, as well as Shakecutters,

Hydroline, Crowston, Wormy Lake, and the Microwave Tower

Trails to the north.

The trailhead for routes on the north side of Hwy 101 is on

Trout Lake Road about 6 miles (10 km) north of Sechelt.

 

The Trout Lake Loop Trail is marked with biking symbols

and yellow paint.

 

Trails on the south side of Hwy 101 begin at the south end

of Trout Lake.

 

An alternative approach to Little Knives (Trout Lake Trail)

is from Redrooffs Road in Sargeant Bay Provincial Park.

The trail begins opposite the yellow gate that marks the

entrance to the beach.

 

 

The Sunshine Coast’s long suit is brightness, which, when

combined with winter whiteness, produces a dazzling effect.

Cross-country skiing is the choice of winter recreation

pursuits.

 

Snow often remains in the forest well into June, by

which time most visitors have wisely headed for

the beaches.

 

The best winter recreation is near Sechelt, where you’ll

find 12 miles (20 km) of well-developed cross-country ski

trails on Mount Steele in Tetrahedron Provincial Park.

 

The Tetrahedron Ski Club built the trails as well as the four

sturdy, 12-person, first-come-first-snooze cabins that lie at

a variety of locations throughout the park.

 

Cabins with wood-burning stoves are located at Batchelor

Lake, Edwards Lake, McNair Lake, and near the summit of

Mount Steele.

 

All but the expert 3.8-mile (6.2-km) return trail to Mount Steele

are rated as intermediate runs.

 

Bring your skins, as many of the approaches climb the

steep-sided, clear-cut hillsides to Gilbert and Edwards Lakes.

Trails lead from the cabin at Edwards Lake up to the

Mount Steele cabin above or down to the cabin near

McNair Lake.

 

A popular loop route runs from the parking lot to Edwards

Lake and then returns via the cabin at Bachelor Lake.

The Tetrahedron Ski Club is a good source of information.

For experienced, avalanche-prepared skiers, there’s

backcountry ski touring in the Panther Peak section

of the park.

 

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park has vehicle/tent campsites, including

double units, north of Sechelt on East Porpoise Bay Road.

There are also 6 bike-in sites for those who are cycle-touring

the region.

Porpoise Bay Park is an excellent base for canoeists to explore

Sechelt Inlet Marine Recreation Area.

As you’d expect from a park of this size, rows of picnic tables

dot the beach, which is sheltered by wistful willows.

Mount Richardson Provincial Park on the east side of Sechelt Inlet

protects ocean shoreline and Mount Richardson.

The summit of Mount Richardson (986 metres/3,205 feet)

offers  great views of Sechelt Inlet, the Sechelt Peninsula,

and the town of Sechelt.

 

Access is by 4-wheel drive to the mountaintop hiking

area and Richardson Lake with its rustic campsites.

 

The park shoreline includes three of the boat-accessible

camping sites on Sechelt Inlet, at Oyster Beach,

Nine Mile Point and Tuwanek.

 

This blog is brought to you courtesty of

Cheryl Young, REALTOR

 

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

Victoria, B.C     www.cherylyoung.ca

 

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