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Seeking sandy beaches, great hiking, fast-flowing rapids or quiet campsites in the Sechelt area?
The evergreen Sunshine Coast offers a bit of everything for outdoorsy types at its numerous provincial parks, regional parks, city parks, and marine parks.
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is the closest provincial park to Sechelt, directly north of town. Next to the forested bay at the south end of Sechelt Inlet, there's a campground with 84 sites, plus toilets and hot showers. Another campground designated for cyclists offers 40 more sites. Kayaking is popular here, as well as wildlife viewing.
Spipiyus Provincial Park
Nature lovers will appreciate Spipiyus Provincial Park, the oldest closed-canopy forest in Canada. The 3,000ha/7,413ac park is located in the Caren Range Mountains, and nearly one-third of it is ancient forest. Spipiyus Provincial Park offers habitat for a rare bird species, the marbled murrelet. Hike along old logging roads to Mount Hallowell, the site of a rare restored fire tower. The park is 11km/6.8mi north of Sechelt on Highway 101.
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This park provides trails & viewing areas for visitors wishing to experience the awesome power of incredibly turbulent tidal rapids. On a 3 metre tide, 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt & Jervis Inlet. This is a great location for hiking, kayaking & canoeing.