Sechelt Inlet is a paddler's dream in British Columbia
Offering calm waters, stunning coastal scenery, and abundant wildlife. Beginner to advanced paddlers alike will be enthralled by the tranquillity and ecological diversity of this coastal gem.
With hidden coves, waterfalls, and ancient rainforests lining the shores, there are endless opportunities for exploration and camping. Sechelt Marine Park roughly 20 kms north of the town of Sechelt offers many spots to stop or camp at and provides endless options for short paddles to multi-day adventures. Please see https://www.sechelt.ca/en/arts-and-recreation/beaches.aspx for a full list of beach access locations.
Sechelt Inlet boasts a vibrant and diverse array of wildlife. In the clear waters, you’ll find various fish species like salmon, herring, and rockfish. Seals and sea lions bask on rocky outcrops, while bald eagles soar above. The kelp forests offer refuge to sea stars, sea urchins, and other marine invertebrates. Along the shoreline, you may spot black bears, deer, and raccoons and the inlet’s tidal marshes attract migratory waterfowl and shorebirds forming this stunning coastal ecosystem.
This is open water paddling and ocean conditions can change rapidly. Please consult with local outfitters or experienced guides for up-to-date information regarding water levels, currents, and hazards. Local outfitters listed below.
Gear & Safety
This is ocean paddling so if not using the services of an outfitter, paddlers should bring the usual safety gear along with a communications unit such as an InReach, spare paddle, first aid and repair kit, and an extraction or pin kit.
- Sechelt Boat Launch
- Kontici Beach Access
- Willow Point Beach Access
- Boat traffic is low to moderate
- Winds- Be aware especially if a crossing to the other side is planned.
- Tuwanek Beach Access
- Piper Point
- Tuwanek Beach Marine Park
- Skaikos Point Site
- Halfway Beach Site
- Kunechin Point Site
- Currents – Tzoonie Narrows
- Tzoonie Narrows Point Site
- Tzoonie Narrows
- Currents – Skookumchuck Narrows
- Sechelt Islets
- Skookumchuck Provincial Park
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Columbia Wetlands Outpost
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