Sechelt Inlet is one of the most beautiful protected waterways in BC. Tall green snow-capped mountains tumble majestically into the clear blue ocean waters and the luxuriant green shoreline vegetation reflects off calm, tranquil waters creating a lush, tantalizing visual feast. Two long standing Sunshine Coast tour operators have recently come together to provide a set of unique options for exploring Sechelt Inlet, the inland sea of the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Marine Tours offers two scheduled tours daily in their new purpose-built 12-passenger boat. Their morning tour heads up the east side of Sechelt Inlet and within 15 minutes you are magically transported into a vast wilderness area and the traditional territory of the shíshálh Nation.
The run continues as far as Salmon Inlet, the first of two long arms branching off Sechelt Inlet. The tour joins up at Seal Cove with another group from Talaysay Tours who provide outdoor adventure experiences on our local waters with an aboriginal perspective. Talaysay offers a special one-way, morning guided kayak tour of the Inlet, providing stops along the way to view ancient shíshálh rock paintings.
The shíshálh first occupied this area thousands of years ago and the rich resources of the land and sea supported an expanding network of both permanent and seasonal settlements throughout this waterway. Several pictographs still remain in the area and while their significance is still not completely known their presence provides a tangible link to the history of the area.
The two groups will go ashore at Seal Cove for a luncheon featuring cold-smoked salmon prepared in the tradition manner by the shíshálh peoples. After lunch, the kayaks are loaded onto the tour boat and both groups head home together, back to Sechelt. This set of tours offers a unique opportunity to get out on the waters of Sechelt Inlet in whatever way matches personal comfort levels and would be perfect for extended families.
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