SECHELT INLET: FAMILY PADDLING PARADISE
The 'Aquarium' at Tuwanek Point, courtesy of Pedals and Paddles Kayaking
It's hard to imagine a more magical, safe and exciting destination for family adventure than our very own Sechelt Inlet. Whether you are planning a short afternoon family getaway or an extended overnight adventure, Sechelt Inlet has it all - fantastic scenery, abundant wildlife, easily accessible wilderness beach parks and surprises around every corner.
The spectacular mountain ranges surrounding the Inlet rival the best coastal scenery to be found anywhere in BC. Tall green snow-capped mountains tumble majestically into the clear blue ocean waters that make up the Inlet system. The luxuriant green shoreline vegetation reflects off the generally calm, tranquil waters creating a lush, tantalizing visual feast.
Wilderness beach parks dot the shoreline providing excellent playgrounds for children and adults alike. The kids will spend hours hunting for intertidal life under rocks and in tidal pools, while parents can join in this typically west coast form of recreation, or steal a well deserved rest on these private beach retreats. Such luxuries as year-round water, tent pads, outhouses, fire rings and picnic tables make these secluded wilderness campsites ideal for extended family outings. With no road or trail access, these beach parks offer a unique brand of coastal serenity seldom found so close to home.
As one explores the countless bays and coves along the Inlet shore, startled blue heron squawk noisily as they flap their huge wings in sudden flight. Bald eagles perch on the highest limbs of weathered, craggy trees keeping watch over their chosen territory or soar high overhead in search of food. A dozen varieties of waterfowl swim, dive and glide along the shallow shore waters. Curious seals appear out of nowhere and accompany paddlers in quiet exploration.
Safety is always a key issue with young families. Sechelt Inlet is protected from the wind and waves that are common in most west coast marine environments. The shore is always close by, allowing less experienced paddlers to enjoy its wilderness appeal without over-extending their abilities, and the longest crossing is only about 1.5 km. There is virtually no tidal current to worry about either. These ideal conditions make Inlet paddling perfect for families of all ages and experience. Beach parks are spaced about an hour's paddling time apart, and many other undeveloped beaches along the way make shore access easy.
Ocean kayaks and canoes, as well as paddling gear, maps and other resources, are available year-round from Pedals and Paddles, at Tillicum Bay Marina on the east shore of Sechelt Inlet.
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