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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 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.

Quick Facts

Length: Sechelt Inlet – 5469.8 ha / Sechelt Marine Parks – 140 ha.
Season: Year round – Weather dependant
Style: Ocean
Difficulty: Beginner day paddles and Intermediate to Advanced Multi-Day Trips
Access: No Access considerations Sechelt Inlet
Experiences: Guided Experiences Offered


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 Inlet

  1. Sechelt Boat Launch
  2. Kontici Beach Access
  3. Willow Point Beach Access
  4. Boat traffic is low to moderate
  5. Winds- Be aware especially if a crossing to the other side is planned.
  6. Tuwanek Beach Access
  7. Piper Point
  8. Tuwanek Beach Marine Park
  9. Skaikos Point Site
  10. Halfway Beach Site
  11. Kunechin Point Site
  12. Currents – Tzoonie Narrows
  13. Tzoonie Narrows Point Site
  14. Tzoonie Narrows
  15. Currents – Skookumchuck Narrows
  16. Sechelt Islets
  17. Skookumchuck Provincial Park

Paddle pros

Here are the experts who will help perfect your paddling trip.

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Columbia Wetlands Outpost

Located between the scenic Rocky and Purcell Mountains, Columbia Wetland Outpost offers self guided tours to explore the surrounding nature.

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Egmont Adventure Centre

Come to Egmont Adventure Centre for kayak tours or rentals.

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Halfmoon Sea Kayaks

Explore the Sechelt Inlet on and kayak or paddleboard with Halfmoon Sea Kayaks.

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Metta Eco Experiences

Immerse yourself in nature with a tour from Metta Eco Experiences.

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Palli Palli Mobile Ebike & Paddle Board Rentals | Powell River

Rent a paddle board with Palli Palli Mobile Ebike & Paddle Board Rentals.

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Pedals & Paddles

Explore the beautiful Sechelt Inlet with Pedals & Paddles.

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