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Homeward Bound – Parting Shots

From Agamemnon Channel we turn about and head home, slipping safely through the Skookumchuck Rapids, winding down Sechelt Inlet to Porpoise Bay and the Lighthouse Marina.  This is the end of the tour and I’ll leave you with a few more photographs.

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Thanks for participating and following along.  I’ll soon be starting another blog a little closer to home – a photographic tour of our acreage.  I’ll post the information here once I’ve started it.

Thanks again – Ken

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Seven Mile Pictographs

Continuing north from Tuwanek Beach Marine Park about 1 mile (1.6 km) you come to Oyster Beach Marine Park that has 3 or 4 tent sites, a fire pit, an outhouse but no water.  It has the same problem of poor anchorage for your boat on windy days but great for day trips.

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Another .6 miles (1 km) – 7 miles from Porpoise Bay wharf – takes you past an oyster farm where you will see blue barrels anchored in rows.  At the northerly point of the farm you will find a pair of pictographs on a rock bluff.  These two paintings are fairly basic and I have heard two theories as to their purpose.  The first is that the paintings depict Tchain’-ko, the Sea-Serpent, god of the waters.  The story goes that this marks where a shíshálh (Sechelt) hunter was drowned by a porpoise that he had harpooned and when the people later passed by the area they noticed a fresh scar on the mountainside above the site, something only Tchain’-ko could do.

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The second thought is that these pictographs let others know that there was good fishing here. Not quite as dramatic.

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Paddling with the Dolphins

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One of the many great things about kayaking in Sechelt Inlet is the up close encounters with the wildlife that live there.  We had the opportunity to paddle with these Pacific White-sided Dolphins a couple of times and it was an incredible experience.  They spent quite some time with us, diving around and under the kayaks and seemingly having as good a time as we were.  For many years seeing dolphins in the Inlet was a rarity but in the last three or four years they have become a regular occurrence with large pods spending a good part of the Summer in the Inlet.  Hopefully a sign of increasing fish stocks and healthier water conditions.

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Piper Point Marine Park

Piper Point Marine Park

Piper Point Marine Park is one of nine marine parks in Sechelt Inlet.  It is located on the west side of Sechelt Inlet, 4.6 miles (7.4 km) from the wharf at the head of Porpoise Bay.  It is also almost directly across from the Tuwanek Spit, a short 1.6 mile (2.6 km) paddle by kayak or canoe.  There is a pit toilet and two or three campsites but, like most of the marine parks in the inlet, boat anchorage is iffy due to exposure to the wind.

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Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

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Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is a beautiful 150 acre (61 hectare) campground 2.5 miles (4 km) on the east side of Sechelt Inlet.  A favourite spot of ours, we would anchor just offshore and the kid’s would either swim or take the dinghy to shore to explore the estuary and salmon bearing stream that runs through the park.  The park is a great place to launch a kayak and explore the Inlet shoreline.

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The Blue Heron Inn

Blue Heron Inn Deck

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.

Blue Heron Inn Wharf

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Porpoise Bay

Porpoise Bay

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.