This article has links to products and services we love, which we may make commission from.
Sechelt, BC is one of the larger towns in Canada’s glorious Sunshine Coast. With size comes responsibility and Sechelt certainly put out a healthy serving of restaurants, accommodation and things to do. So let’s head along the Highway 101 to see what Sechelt has to offer visitors and locals alike with our (Gemma and Craig) things to do in Sechelt guide.
» Check out our ultimate guide of things to do on the Sunshine Coast, BC
Things to do in Sechelt
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Sechelt waterfront and enjoy the calm of the Sunshine Coast.
Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market
From April to September, over 60 vendors meet in all weather conditions to sell their local stock and crafts.
This is the biggest outdoor market on the Sunshine Coast and has been running for a quarter of a century ever Saturday morning.
» Like more farmers’ markets? Here’s our list of 47+ things do in on the Coast
shíshálh Nation tems swiya Museum
Discover artefacts and materials belonging to the shíshálh Nation and learn about the native culture.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking on the Sunshine Coast
Tucked out the way of the main drag, Paddles and Pedals puts on a variety of outdoor experiences from boat cruises to board rentals.
We enjoyed a two-hour paddleboarding afternoon at Sechelt Inlet, a difficult spot to find without a car.
We had a very heated discussion and mild fallout trying to get to the Inlet from the bus stop, eventually dumping our bikes in the woods and hitching a ride to avoid being late. Apologies to the owner of the $50K Audi who was left with our sweat in the back seats.
It was worth the tiff, for these views and access to a private beach!
I managed to fall off the paddleboard, twice, while Craig aced it executing Instagram-worthy headstands to show off.
This was my first paddleboarding attempt, it felt different to kayaking, less strenuous and restrictive.
Paddles and Pedals offered us waterproof phone covers, which was handy for taking snaps!
Don’t want to paddleboard? You can also hire kayaks.
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Local forest trails and grassy park at Sechelt Inlet.
Secret Cove, Suncoaster Trail
The Suncoaster Trail is 37K in length and includes 6K of the Secret Cove hike.
This is a great trail to do on a hot day because there are swimming areas for cooling down. I jumped in, Craig didn’t.
See a Movie
One of the Sunshine Coast cinemas can be found just as enter Sechelt from Robert’s Creek. Raven’s Cry Theatre shows popular and niche movies throughout the year. The movie house has a shop for cinema snacks and air conditioning for comfort.
Grab a slushy at the grocery store. Make it a hard one, the liquor store is just over the road.
Yoga in Sechelt
Join in a yoga session at Blissful Yoga Studio. Public and private classes available.
Straight Up Climbing Wall
If it’s raining outside, you could be climbing inside! Straight Up Rock Climbing is suitable for big and wee kids. Daily passes and group classes available.
Endless Trails marked on a map for you to follow. Big fan with dog walkers.
Start the Morning…
With a Daily Roast coffee, Sechelt’s first coffee shop.
Grab a Taco
Looking for a light bite? Head to the Taco Republic for tacos, burritos, nachos or salad.
Eat Some Sushi
Choose between Sima Sushi or Sushi Bar 5517. How do you roll?
Head to Shift Kitchen for brunch and frozen bellinis.
We enjoyed a date night here. Try the pankados fried avocado stuffed with spicy tuna. Nom.
Grab a Cheeky Cupcake
Cheeky cupcakes, cake pops, Oreo cheesecake bars, parfait cups, need I go on?
GF and vegan options too.
One of the best ways to spend a lazy lunch is at the Lighthouse Pub while watching the seaplanes take over and enter.
This is a live music venue in Sechelt too.
Rogue Arts Festival
Three-day music and art festival in Sechelt. The event includes shows, workshops and installations on Clarke Farms on Tyson Road in Wilson Creek, BC.
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts
Every summer, writers and reader gather in Sechelt to network, learn and have fun. This is Canada’s longest-running summer gathering of writers.
Just outside of Sechelt is a secluded stoned beach.
Smugglers Cove Marine Provincial Park
Take an easy stroll through Smugglers Cove. Take in the views and maybe a dip?
Sechelt to Smugglers Cove is a 20-minute drive.
A fan of fishing? Join the locals as they catch their dinner at Davis Bay.
We were very fortunate to see a whale put on a show here while Craig was fishing.
Catch a live music show, check out the Mandela or take an easy hike through Cliff Gilker Park.
Sechelt to Roberts Creek is a 15-minute drive or 30-minute cycle.
How to get to Sechelt
Although the Sunshine Coast is easier to navigate by car, the 101 highway bus service is pretty frequent between Sechelt, Roberts Creek and Gibsons.
Vancouver to Sechelt – Enjoy the forty-minute ferry from Horseshoe Bay. Take the bus from Gibsons along the 101 highway.
Thanks to Shift Kitchen & Paddles and Pedals for their generosity, honest review as always
33 thoughts on “Sechelt, BC: Things to Do + Where to Eat”
I also tried standup paddle boarding for the first time this summer when we were in BC and I loved it. There’s something very peaceful about it all, although I did get a bit of a fright when a seal popped his head up (too many Jaws movies) – probably not as big of a shock as when you saw Dita though!
That’s very cool that you saw a seal! BC is just immense eh?
Seems like a fun day, doing paddle boards and then entertained by whales. Such a good experience.
Super, Natural BC!
What beautiful place! Love it!
I´m a big fan of SUP, my first lesson was in the Philippines and never stopped. But actually, I was more interested on the food item you tried than on the water sports. Yummy!
Cheers guys, as always great travel tale and tips!
I was thinking about the deep fried avocado and tuna today…
Paddle boarding is such a big thing in Van. ahah did you have the best time? Sore muscles?
I wasn’t sore, surprisingly. I’ve attempted to start running again, now that’s next day pain. Trying to fit in with the fit crew of Van!
My husband and I love to kayak and surf the waves in them!
It’s such a thrill!
This sounds a lot like what we did (or had planned to do before the weather went to shit) in the San Juan islands! Now I’m ready to write mine up 🙂 Won’t be nearly cheeky enough, I’m sure.
I love saying San Juan. I think it’s because it rhymes! Looking forward to reading it, hope you fell off too. Mwahahaha.
Our SUP got cancelled because of the weather! We rescheduled it… for next season?! 🙂
Nice! I can’t believe it’s still sunny in Van. Another scorcher of a day.
Right? Same here in Seattle… where’s that beautiful autumn I seem to remember from last year?!
I just spent $45 in the thrift store buying A/W collection 2016! Not pushing the sun away or anything…
I am going to try SUP, it looks like fun. Not sure how long I could last though- a couple of hours seems a long time for a newbie.
I think it depends on your surroundings. Two hours was enough for us. The weather helped!
Another cracker guys. Loved the intro. No better way to start an adventure than with a domestic 😉
With 0 balance or elegance, I feel your pain of falling in. Don’t you hate it when you do an activity like this and whoever your with excels whilst you clamber on for dear life?
Loved the look of lunch. Tapas is always a winner and both myself and James are very jealous your saw a whale too! As if this didn’t already look like a great day then you go and spot a whale. Thats just too jammy!
Jammy we are! Honestly feel blessed (oh dear, went all North American on you) that we spent the summer on the Coast. Never done anything like it before.
Hmmm, that opening exchange sounds a lot like Sarah and I.
But still, I always seem to get us there.
Still never tried the SUP thing, maybe I’m waiting for it to be a little less of a thing that the cool kids do 😉
Talking of less things the cool kids do – roller blading is still a think in Vancouver! We hired some last Monday and skated around Stanley Park. Very cool (or not cool, who knows!)
I live on the coast in CA and I’m so grateful because there is so much to do!!! The first time I went stand up paddle boarding with my sister she looked like all of the people in the IG pics while I fell in twice!
You’re my kinda girl Julie! So much to do on the #gocoastal as they say.
I love to SUP! I learned in a cold water place too, but fortunately I didn’t fall in. Was the water unbearable up there?
It was actually really decent. I think because the summer has been consistently so hot. We went camping to Lake Jones this weekend and the water was icy!
Haha! Keep it up with the names! They’re awesome! Poor Audi driver though. I did something similar, but it was mud. He was pretty upset! Gave extra to help with the cleaning, but you could see him swearing under his breath!
Oh no! The kindness of strangers eh?!
Loved how you described the journey to the event. Paddle-boarding sounds like a lot of fun. Can you do this without being great at swimming? I think not…
I think you might panic if you fall in but in all honesty if you have good balance, you shouldn’t be falling in!
What a nice activity! Glad you had fun! Xx
Love the cheeky lemonade…that sounds really good! I know I would be falling into the water over and over again with paddle boarding but need to try it anyway. My kids are dying to do it. Enjoyed the post.
Thank you. Kids have no fear, suddenly things can break as an adult!