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On the west side of Sechelt Inlet, almost directly across from Kunechin Point, is Halfway Marine Park. This is one of the largest campgrounds in the inlet and can accommodate up to 15 tents. There is one pit toilet, a large group fire pit and water from a nearby stream. The pebbled beach is partially protected by Halfway Islet and has beautiful views looking up Salmon Inlet. You will get the early morning sun here but will also lose the sun in the evenings earlier than on the east side of the inlet. It is another good place to see wildlife and lots of harbour seals are usually hanging out on Halfway Islet. Unfortunately, this is another park that is opened to the winds so anchoring your boat is not advisable.
Located at the mouth of Salmon Inlet is Kunechin Point Marine Park which is one of our favourite boating, kayaking and camping destinations. The Park is divided into two camping areas. On the actual point there are two wood tent platforms and one pit toilet. No fires are permitted and there is no potable water. To the east of the point is Kunechin Bay that has two campsites with enough room for four tents. There is one pit toilet and fires are permitted but there is no potable water. We found a seasonal creek in the bay but decided against using the water. No camping or fires are permitted on the Kunechin Islets, two small rocky islands at the tip of the point.
We have spent a lot of time in Kunechin Bay which is great place for anchoring because it is sheltered in most weather. Our boat had a draft of three feet so we were able to go right into the bay, very close to the shoreline. We would stern tie with the bow pointing out giving us a beautiful view right up Salmon Inlet. Quite often we would be alone so we were fortunate to see some wonderful wildlife. We had one bear that, for three days in a row, arrived early in the morning and alternated between chewing barnacles off the rocks and sleeping in the sun. Ospreys and bald eagles were a common sight and seals would often swim around the bay looking for fish. There are lots of seals on the Kunechin Islets and basking on large boulders along the shoreline.
The entire point is a great place to explore by kayak with some fascinating geology – stress fractures, erratics, mineral seams, etc. all along the shore.
Just west of the point, heading up Sechelt Inlet is a popular diving site where the destroyer HMCS Chaudiere was sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of BC in 1992.
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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