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Sunset on the beach
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Sechelt

Geography

Sechelt is centrally located on the lower Sunshine Coast, occupying a narrow strip of land between Sechelt Inlet to the north and the Strait of Georgia to the south.

From Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, it's just a 40-minute ferry ride to Langdale, followed by a 27km/17mi drive to Sechelt. Highway 101 connects Sechelt to other notable communities on the lower Sunshine Coast, such as Gibsons, Madeira Park (at Pender Harbour), and Egmont.

Sechelt comprises nine different neighbourhoods: the village/downtown area, plus Selma Park, Davis Bay, Wilson Creek, West Sechelt, East Porpoise Bay, West Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, and Tuwanek. Parks abound near Sechelt. To the west lies Sargeant Bay Provincial Park, and to the southeast are Roberts Creek Provincial Park and Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park.

Landscape and Wildlife

The area surrounding Sechelt is diverse and scenic. The Pacific Ocean, Coast Mountains, rocky and sandy beaches, old-growth forests, fertile farmland, creeks, waterfalls, and hiking trails are among the trademark the area's features. The elevation is 8m/26ft. Just off the shores of Sechelt, there is abundant marine life, such as seals, otters, and porpoises. Deer, cougars, and black bears roam the Sunshine Coast, while salmon and trout can be found in local lakes and rivers.

Climate and Weather

Like the rest of the Sunshine Coast, Sechelt has a mild temperate rainforest climate. Summers are warm but comfortable, and winter rains from November to March keep the scenery green. Temperatures drop to freezing point in the winter and peak at about 30°C/86°F in the summer. Sechelt receives approximately 2,400 hours of sunshine a year. The average annual rainfall is 114cm/45in.