Transportation & Maps
Sechelt is located in the heart of the lower Sunshine Coast, a short trip northwest of Vancouver.
It's a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, followed by a 27km/17mi drive on Highway 101. Arriving on the Sunshine Coast by bus or air is also an option. Most travellers get around the lower Sunshine Coast by car, although the popularity of taking public transit, biking or walking is on the rise in this green-minded community. Biking along the Sunshine Coast is popular, although visitors should be aware that there are no bike rental shops.
Visitors can rent a car in Vancouver before catching the ferry, or get a rental car at the agency in Sechelt. Gibsons, which is 23km/14mi south of Sechelt, also has two car rental agencies. The main road that connects communities on the 180km/110mi Sunshine Coast is Highway 101, which offers a leisurely, winding drive with single-lane traffic. Contact Sunshine Coast Taxi for cab service, and Sunshine Coast Shuttle Service for vans, mini-coaches, and limousines. Some B&Bs and resorts will arrange to pick up guests.
Malaspina Coach Lines offers daily scheduled service from Vancouver (including Vancouver International Airport in Richmond) to Sechelt and the rest of the Sunshine Coast as far north as Powell River. To get around the lower Sunshine Coast, there are four public bus routes with limited service: #1 Sechelt/Gibsons-Langdale, #2 West Sechelt, #3 Sechelt Arena, and #4 Halfmoon Bay.
BC Ferries regularly travels between Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver and Langdale Ferry Terminal on the Sunshine Coast. The 40-minute cruise through Howe Sound amid green coastline and glittering waters is an attraction in itself. From morning till night, ferries depart about every two hours.
From Langdale, it's 27km/17mi to Sechelt. Langdale also has foot passenger ferry service to nearby Keats Island and Gambier Island. Those coming from Vancouver Island can take a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay and then travel from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.
BC Ferries also has daily service from Comox on Vancouver Island to Powell River on the northern Sunshine Coast. From Powell River, visitors can drive to Saltery Bay, take a short ferry ride to Egmont, and then make the 51km/32mi journey down to Sechelt.
Scheduled and charter floatplane service is available between the Sunshine Coast and the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), as well as Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. The majority of scheduled flights go into Sechelt. Visitors can also arrive by floatplane from Vancouver Island destinations like Victoria, Nanaimo, or Tofino, from the mainland ski resort of Whistler, or from Seattle.
Other Transportation Options
Water taxis are a great option for taking harbour tours, exploring local islands, or even traveling down to Vancouver. Among other companies, Coastal Water Taxi is based in Sechelt, and Sunshine Coast Water Taxi operates out of Gibsons. Boats can arrange to moor in marinas in Sechelt, Gibsons, and other Sunshine Coast communities.
Pick up maps of the Sechelt area at the Visitor Centre.