A June 2004 trip
to Sechelt by *cartgirl*
Quote: British Columbia's Sunshine Coast is a true gem and a definite must see! If you remember the CBC television series The Beachcombers, this is where it was filmed! Oh, the joy of Canadian television!!
Hotel | "Porpoise Bay Provincial Park"
We arrived Friday evening; Porpoise Bay has a separate area for cyclists to set up camp. According to the website, this area holds up to 40, but I didn’t see that many sites, the area that we were in, held five individual sites. Each campsite does not come with a private fire pit; instead you have access to a communal campfire (which is located on one of the campsites in your area). All campers in your section will have access to the campfire pit between 8am-10pm. Anyways, when we arrived, there was only one other couple in our section and they were there for one evening, so the remainder of the weekend we had the section to ourselves.
From where we set up the tent, we were within 300 yards to the beach, and about 100 or so yards to the washroom/shower facilities. I have to admit; this is the first time for me to camp in a provincial park, so the washroom and shower facilities were a definite treat! They were clean, with running hot water, oh and the showers, they were free. The beach was great with a lot of big cedar trees for shade, and the water was refreshing.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2004
Porpoise Bay Driftwood Motor Inn Ltd
Sechelt, British Columbia
So, that being said, as we coasted into Secret Cove on our bikes, we came across a sign for the Jolly Roger Inn; it boasted the best view in Secret Cove. Not that I have anything to compare the view to, but I truly can’t imagine a more beautiful vista that opened up before us: mountains, islands, big trees, brilliant blue skies and distant beaches.
The service was very, very slow; thankfully we were seated inside by a huge picture window that overlooked the marina (there is a patio, but we desperately required a break from the sun). So we were able to pass the time watching boats sail by, and eagles flying overhead!
The menu was full of typical pub munchies—burgers, nachos, and soup/salads. The price was average; you can get a burger for under $10, the food was mediocre, and as I already mentioned, the service was slow, and at times we were completely ignored. When our bill came, we noticed that we had been overcharged more than $10, when we brought this to the attention of our waitress, she seemed put out that we wanted her to correct the bill. The only reason why I would recommend this restaurant, or even return to it myself, is for the view.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 21, 2004
Jolly Roger Inn
10163 Mercer Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
The menu is primarily comprised of pasta and gourmet pizza. The pizza comes in one size and one price—$12/pizza. We ordered the grilled chicken and feta pizza (which I highly recommend!), which was enough for the 2 of us. What a deal!
The service that we received was fantastic; our waitress was very attentive and friendly. The prices ranged anywhere from under $10 to up to $20.
Old Boot Eatery
5530 Wharf Street
Sechelt, British Columbia
Before I get started, I would like to make mention that this was my first (of hopefully many) bike trip. So if you are an experienced cyclist, then this may not be your cup of tea. According to many cycling guides to BC, they rate the trip from Langdale to Sechelt on a scale from 0-5 (zero being easy, 5 being extremely difficult) a big 0. When I think of a 0 rating, I think of a lot of flat terrain, maybe a nice paved bike path . . . it isn’t like that at all.
First off, when you exit the ferry in Langdale, you look up (and I do mean up) a monster hill. It is an incline that goes on for at least 2 km; with a fully loaded bike, it was pretty brutal. In addition to the steep incline, you are cycling along the highway (though you have a very wide paved shoulder) with no shade. Anyways, this will be the nastiest hill that you will have to encounter. For the remainder of the 27km to Sechelt, you will find that the terrain very rolling, with a gradual incline. Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is located another 5km north of Sechelt, and this last section has a couple of fairly big hills for you to contend with.
For the entire trip, you follow Highway 101. The shoulder varies from being wide, to non-existent, and in many areas completely covered in gravel. So if you feel uneasy about riding along busy roads, then you should rethink this trip. Though I am sure if you spent some time looking at a map of the area, there are other routes to take. But to be honest, I felt very safe along the highway, the drivers seemed to be very aware of cyclists, and are extremely considerate. There were many opportunities for cars to make a turn in front of me, and they waited until I passed them by.
Along the way, you will pass Gibsons (the home of Molly’s Reach for all you Beachcomber fans out there), and Robert’s Creek (where you will find private camp grounds). You really don’t see much in terms of ocean views until you reach the District of Sechelt, but you pass by country homes, giant cedar and fir trees, and beautiful rocky outcrops.
On our second day, we decided to cycle to Secret Cove, which in located north of Halfmoon Bay. Following the Sunshine Coast Hwy, the terrain is similar to what we encountered during Day 1 of our trip (though there are two hills that I was very thankful to be going up without my gear).
Vancouver, British Columbia