Sechelt Sea Wall
The seawall in front of Sechelt is one of my favourite walks and I visit it throughout the year. I captured this image during a set of repeated early morning visits a few years ago. I love the intense colours of a winter sunrise and the sun was rising just far enough to the south-east to light up the entire sky over Trail Bay. The winter sun rises a little later in the morning so it wasn’t too much of a struggle to get to the seawall, each morning with enough time to get set up and watch this magical light show take place.
More often than not, however, the real attraction of the Sechelt Seawall for me is the opportunity to get in a very pleasant half-hour’s exercise with an interesting and incredibly scenic walk. My walk usually starts at Snickett Park with its beautiful large-rock outcroppings and views of the Trail Islands. There are a few heritage cottages at this end of the seawall. Killarney Cottage and Kwitcherkicken were built almost a century ago when Sechelt was a stopping point for the old Union Steamships that travelled up and down the coast
photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Tourism
Halfway along the seawall is the grand Tori Gate, built in 2002 by the Timber Framers Guild of North America as a gift to the community. The Tori Gate serves as an entrance to the Sechelt Pier which provides a great vantage point to look back at Sechelt. There’s an interesting set of pictures depicting how the shoreline looked during the Union Steamship days, and includes a historical description of the various buildings.
The seawall continues along through the Sechelt Indian Band Lands, where you’ll often see fishing nets hanging up to be repaired. There are a few small totem carvings along the way but the real treat can be found at the end of the seawall. There you’ll find five majestic totems staring resolutely out to the ocean.
The totems were carved in the mid 1980′s to honour each of the four tribes which came together to form the Sechelt Nation, and the fifth to celebrate their achievement of self-government status, one of the first Indian Bands in Canada to do so. The Sechelts have carved over 25 totems over the past few decades and these five are fine examples of this beautiful west coast art form.