It was nearly one Celt in Sechelt (Sea-shelt). I was ready for killing Craig. He had one job to do, find out how to get to Pedals and Paddles for 2pm to paddleboard. Confidently, we took the highway 101 bus with the bikes; we even cockily had an ice cream before hitting the road as Craig’s directions showed that our destination was close. Thirty minutes later we were still cycling in 25 degrees heat. After a fall out, I dumped the bikes and hitched us a ride. The poor driver didn’t expect sweaty back seats in his $50K Audi but that’s what he got.
Paddles and Pedals – ‘SUp?
Paddleboarding was exactly what was required to cool down that heated situation. It is a peaceful water activity especially with the Sechelt Inlet as your backdrop. Although Paddles and Pedals is tricky to get to without a car, it’s worth the journey as the company has its own private beach!
We were taught how to get on the board and how not to fall off.
Obviously I still managed to fall in twice whilst Craig was executing headstands like the yoga buffs on Instagram. There was a nice breeze, which I blame for me falling in! It had nothing to do with me being inept…
For two hours we paddled around the islands and past the big fancy houses. This wasn’t my first water sport based activity but it felt different to kayaking, less strenuous and restrictive but you obviously couldn’t carry a bag of beers like we did in Gibsons! Paddles and Pedals did offer us waterproof phone covers, which was handy for taking snaps!
Website: Paddles and Pedals
Address: 7425 Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt BC V0N 3A4
Cost: $30 / £14.79 per person / 2 hours
Where We Ate In Sechelt
Sechelt is not shy on what it has to offer food wise but restaurants do vary in quality. Shift Kitchen, a newby on the street, has the right mix of class and edge. I was automatically drawn in by its clean cut bachelor-esque decor and then hook, lined and sinkered by the menu.
Shift is a city quality restaurant in a small seaside town.
I dined on three plates from the tapas menu, way too much, textbook tapas mistake! I chose the vegetable rolls which included tofu delicately wrapped in rice paper ($7 / £3.46), deep-fried avocado and tuna ($9 / £4.44) and then yam fries (couldn’t resist – $7!) Craig went for the larger plate menu of carbonara ($17 / £8.39), this came with interesting marble garlic bread which broke up the monotony of a beige dinner – feed the eyes before the belly!
We both had a cheeky grown-up lemonade ($5 / £2.47), which consisted of vodka; cranberry and lemonade slush. We met a waitress from a popular Sechelt restaurant who chose Shift over her work because she preferred the menu there. Kudos to Andreas and his team at Shift.
Having a Whale of a Time
The Coast has had a couple of visitors this summer and I don’t mean us Two Scots! Craig decided to take up fishing so we’ve spent some time watching the sun set over Davis Bay, the small town in between Roberts Creek and Sechelt. One night, as the sun melted away into the sky, we heard the unmistakable noise of a whale blowing its sinuses! The whales have been entertaining Coasters for the whole summer. Such a pleasure!
Thanks to Shift Kitchen & Paddles and Pedals for their generosity, honest review as always