On the east side of the Porpoise Bay, a very short cruise on a slow boat brings us to the Blue Heron Inn where restaurateurs Manuel and Gail Mederios serve up some of the best meals on the Sunshine Coast. The views up Sechelt Inlet are as spectacular as the meals. On this particular evening our table was a stone’s throw from the ocean. On the pier three young turkey vultures perched on the railing, every so often flying onto the beach to snack on something only vultures would eat. Above us, in a tall fir, sat a boisterous bald eagle obviously upset by the presence of the trio. Now and then the eagle would swoop down and try to scare the turkey vultures off but they held fast. Later a mother common merganser came swimming by with her eight chicks, some taking rides on her back in order to have a bit of a rest. For the finale a large flock of Canada geese paddled past and sailed off into the golden sunset – a great show and a perfect end to the evening.
I guess the best place to start is from where Jazz Age used to be moored at the Lighthouse Marina. I say used to be because we sold the boat last year in order to spend more time playing on our acreage.
The marina is located at the head of the inlet within the town of Sechelt and this area is called Porpoise Bay. The photograph is looking up the east side of Sechelt Inlet. On the left is a seaplane just about to take off. There is a seaplane base at the dock and the planes fly to and from Vancouver and Vancouver Island. To the left of center is Mount Richardson.
The east side of the inlet has a 6 mile (9 km) road paralleling the shoreline and the west side has about a 3 mile (5 km) road. Beyond those points there is no road access to the Inlet and you leave civilization behind.
I’m going to start this series with a tour of Sechelt Inlet which my family and I have explored by kayak and on our 1930’s wooden boat, Jazz Age. The head of the inlet is just a couple of kilometers from our home and the entire inlet is an amazing body of water. It extends north from the town of Sechelt BC, through the Skookumchuck tidal rapids to Egmont, a distance of about 20 miles (32 km). Branching off the right side of the inlet are two other inlets, Salmon (14 miles – 23 km long) and Narrows (9 miles -15 km long).
I’ll be sharing photos of our explorations during the past several years and I hope you enjoy the experience as much as we did.