Posted by: cherylyoung | March 29, 2013

More about Sechelt and the wonders that are The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia

 

 

Sechelt Day 2

  • East Porpoise Bay includes a mixture ofindustrial

  • and residential areas, including the new subdivision

  • of Porpoise Bay

 One of the highlights of the neighbourhood is Porpoise

Bay Provincial Park, located on the west side of East

Porpoise Bay road.West Porpoise Bay and Sunshine

Heights features spectacular views of Sechelt Inlet,

and the relatively flat, serviced land.

  •  Residents also have easy access to the Village of

  •  Sechelt,  Kinnikinnick Park, the Arena and the 

  •  Sechelt Golf &  Country Club.

  • Initially developed for summer cottages, Sandy

  • Hook grew substantially after 1963 when a

  • development company started to build permanent

  • homes and cottages in the area.

  •  The name, Sandy Hook, was named after sand was

  •  placed on the waterfront area to make it more

  •  attractive.

  • The area still retains a cottage ‘feeling’, with many

  •  of the homes overlooking Sechelt Inlet.

  •  Additional features of the area include a children’s

  •  park, and a boat launching facility.

  • The residential community of Tuwanek is located

  •  on the east side of Sechelt Inlet at the foot of Mount

  •  Richardson.

  •  The name is derived from one of the original four

  •  ”septs” (division of the Sechelt Nation) located

  •  around Narrows Arm.

  • Tuwanek is the eastern gateway to the Tetrahedron

  •  Plateau and Provincial Park.

  •  Attractions include  the Tillicum Bay Marina and the

  •  Gray Creek  Fish Hatchery.

  • Wildlife: The marshland around Sargeant Bay

  •  Provincial Park is an important stopover for

  •  waterfowl such as harlequin ducks, Canada geese,

  •  and trumpeter swans, as is the upland area for a host

  •  of migratory songbirds.

  •  Local volunteers have undertaken an ambitious

  •  project to restore wildlife habitat around the bay.

  • Some of the oldest yellow cedar and western hemlock

  •  in western Canada grow in the Caren Range, northwest

  • of Sechelt.

  • Home to the marbled murrelet, a drab, starling-size

  •  seabird whose numbers are in as precipitous a decline

  •  as the old-growth western hemlock on which it

  •  depends, these mountains form the backbone of the

  •  Sechelt Peninsula.

  •  Although most murrelets nest in cliffs and rock walls

  •  the marbled murrelet, having evolved beside the

  •  majestic, ramrod-straight, temperate old-growth

  •  forest, lay their eggs on the hemlocks’ broad,

  • moss-draped limbs.

  • Caren Range Old Growth Forest in the Caren Range

  •  has been the scene of much conflict and despair,

  • when some of the oldest trees in Canada – in excess

  •  of 2,000 years old – were cut by logging companies,

  • then left to waste!!

  •  You’ll have to drive a long way through open hillsides

  •  (also called clearcuts) before you reach the shade

  •  of the park, but the tranquillity you’ll experience

  •  there will be a grand reward.

  • California and Steller’s sea lions and harbour seals

  •  gather during winter months at the mouth of

  •  Chapman Creek south of Sechelt.

  • Walk out onto Mission Point for the best views.

  •  The best approach to the point is from the beach

  •  at Davis Bay.

  • Snickett Park and Pebble Beach in Sechelt are good

  • places to head to once you’ve packed the picnic

  •  hamper full of goodies.

  •  In case you’ve forgotten anything, you’ll find it

  • at one of the shops on the Boulevard just off Hwy 101

  •  in downtown Sechelt.

  •  If you’re in a hurry (a contradiction if there ever

  •  was one in this laid-back environment), park yourself

  •  on Snickett’s Pebble Beach on Trail Bay adjacent

  • to the Boulevard.

  • If not, head 3 miles (5 km) north of Hwy 101 on

  •  E Porpoise Bay Road to the sandy shores at Porpoise

  •  Bay Provincial Park on the Sechelt Inlet.

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

  •  tables dot the beach, which is sheltered by

  •  wistful willows.

  • Golf: Sechelt Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole,

  • Par 72 golf course (6,553 yards) located in the heart

  •  of the Sunshine Coast and open to the public every

  •  day for a memorable round of golf.

  •  Golfers will enjoy the generous fairways and large

  • gently sloping greens.

  • Golf Vacations in British Columbia.

  • Boat launch locations around Sechelt include public

  •  ramps at Chapman Creek, Sechelt, and Cooper’s

  • Green Regional Park in Halfmoon Bay, and private

  •  ramps at Halfmoon Bay and Secret Cove.

  • Sechelt Inlet offers excellent dive spots accessible

  •  only by boat.

  •  The premier dive site is the HMCS Chaudiere, a

  • 118-metre retired Canadian Forces destroyer escort

  •  that now serves as an artificial reef off Kunechin Point

  •  in Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Recreation Area.

  •  Kunechin Point is also the site of a marine park

  •  campground and can be reached by boat from either

  •  Sechelt or Egmont.

  • Another popular dive site in Sechelt Inlet is at

  • Tuwanek Point Marine Park, where fish are so varied

  •  and numerous that you may think you’re snorkelling

  •  in Hawaii.

  • The chill of the waters in the inlet will quickly

  •  disabuse you of that notion.

  •  Access to this aquarium is by water only.

  •  The closest suitable public access points are Porpoise

  •  Bay Park and Tillicum Bay Marina.

  • Note that there is no access from the community

  •  of Tuwanek.

  •  Coopers Green Regional Park on Redrooffs Road is

  •  also a popular spot for diving.

  • The relatively shallow water on the east side of the

  •  bay provides good beginner and intermediate diving

  •  as well as snorkelling.

  • Cycling: Although shoulders on the winding highway

  •  can be narrow, cyclists will find that Highway 101

  •  is a challenging but often scenic route.

  •  Avoid peak traffic times, such as the surge that

  •  follows the arrival of a BC Ferry, and you’ll have

  •   long stretches of the highway to yourself,

  •  particularly  as you pedal north of Sechelt.

  •  One consideration: You don’t have to cycle Hwy 101

  • all the way, all the time.

  •  There are a few backroads, such as Lower Roberts

  • Creek Road, that travel in roughly the same direction

  •  while providing a more tranquil ambience.

  •  Lower Roberts Creek Road loops away from Hwy 101

  •  north of Gibsons and rejoins it north of Roberts Creek

  • CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

  • SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

  • SIDNEY BC.  www.cherylyoung

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