Today is a Saturday activity and is the third in my series of blogs in which I unlock the secrets of the Sunshine Coast, sharing some of my best insider tips to help you get the most out of your getaway. Sechelt is close to home and offers a variety of choices in the things to do category – the choice is yours, a little or a lot
The Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is the largest on the Sunshine Coast, taking place every Saturday morning, and it’s a very popular venue for locals and visitors alike. It’s always very satisfying to be able to find locally grown ingredients, picked that morning, to prepare a meal .
To inspire you, here’s a recent meal we prepared, using all ingedients we found at the market. Our starter was a fresh Camembert made from local goats milk, followed by a simple green salad, freshly picked that morning, dressed with a tasty vinegrette. I bought a little jar of pesto made from wild nettles and cashews, and it was a perfect compliment to go with some fresh asparagus and nugget potatoes. I was also able to find some Halibut which we cooked very simply in a little brown butter. Dessert was simple – a medley of freshly picked berries with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
But the market isn’t just about food. The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest per-capita populations of artists in Canada, and several of them are set up every Saturday at the Market. The artistic quality is very high and includes potters, photographers, and jewelry makers.
After the market, you have a couple of great options for walking tours. The first is a tour of the Public Art Sculptures that are immediately adjacent to the Farmers Market. Follow this link to read more.
There are several First Nations Totem Poles in the area. Walk toward the ocean and pick up the sea wall walk… you’re in for a real treat as the view is outstanding. I like to do a circular route, walking first to the right and then retracing my footsteps and continuing on until I reach these magnificent totem poles. follow this link for more information about a Walking Tour of the Totems of Sechelt.
You’re probably ready for lunch by now and there are lots of good choices in Sechelt – Ty’s Fine Food and Wheatberries are my favourites. But if you want to do some more exploring head down the highway to Wilson Creek. Strait Coffee has been a leader in creating a coffee culture on the Sunshine Coast and they’ve created an environment that simply allows you to savour that perfect cup.
After all this activity it’s time to head back to Coracle Cove. Pick up a nice bottle of wine at the Lighthouse Wine Store and enjoy your fresh, locally sourced Sunshine Coast Dinner on your favourite waterside deck.