Welcome to The Community of Tuwanek
and Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of BC
The Tuwanek community on the Sunshine Coast
is located on the eastern side of Sechelt Inlet at the foot of Mount
Richardson. The name is derived from one of the original four "septs"
(division of the Sechelt Nation) located around Narrows Arm. The
area still retains a cottage 'feeling', with many of the homes, cottages and B&B's overlooking Sechelt Inlet.
Tuwanek is the eastern gateway to the Tetrahedron
Plateau and Provincial Park. The park is great
for summer hiking and walking as well as snow shoeing, cross
country skiing and winter activities. Visit the Tetrahedron
page under the activity section for more information and
In the summer the area is know for it's cute cozy cottages
that meander along the shorelines. It is a favorite getaway
for cottage owners and tourists alike who long for the
peaceful quiet relaxation. The envy of many, about 50% of
the area is now home to full time residents which are able to
enjoy the beauty of the area year round.
Located at the end of the road, this residential community is the starting point for
some of the most beautiful Sea Kayaking in the world. The Sechelt
Inlet Marine Parks are just a short ten minute paddle
and there are 9 locations on the Sechelt Inlet with
numerous areas to explore. Be sure to pack out any garbage as these
marine parks are boat access only and many are only serviced a few
times per year. Most have fresh water drinking creeks but in the
summer months when flows are low you should either pack water in
with you, or make sure you have a good filtration system. Each of
the marine parks has outhouse facilities and many have food hangers.
Parking is limited but you can park on the side of the
access road to Lambs Bay. Please be respectful of the local neighbors
and the tranquility of the area.
If you like to dive, this area is rated in 101 dives as one of the
best on the West Coast. Shore diving is accessible from the small
spit at the end of the road. There are two nice shore
dives from the local spit / beach which are great for beginners
and experts alike. The sandy bottom from the main spit to the Lamb
Islet is about 40 feet in depth and great spot for newer divers
to practice their skills. Enjoy the view some of the fantastic marine life
that dots the inlet. Come visit the seals and Wolf Eels and you
might even spot the local resident octopus. Never been down below
before? Click here and go for a dive with
the seals courtesy of Geoff at H2o Productions. Need
dive gear, air or equipment? Sun Coast Diving is located in Sechelt
and can provide tours to the Chaudière and many
of the other great areas that dot the Sunshine Coast.
This community has a range of Sunshine Coast Accommodations. Everything from Cottages and Cabins
to Luxury 5 Star Waterfront bed and breakfasts. Visit our accommodations page
and find your perfect getaway.
We are located a short 10 minute drive from the village
of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of BC: view local map. Sechelt is a small village of approximately 8000
people sitting on a sandbar. The narrow Sechelt isthmus is less
than 4 blocks wide separating Sechelt Inlet from the Strait of Georgia
and the open ocean.
The word "Sechelt" means land between two waters. Sechelt's central
location on the southern peninsula of the Sunshine Coast makes it
a natural hub for cottage industry, small businesses, culture and
Sechelt is home to many good restaurants. Be sure to check
our links section as we have added the current restaurant
menus for many of the local restaurants. Also there is a list of handy local phone
numbers and websites for other businesses.
The Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada is home to many artisans and you
can spend hours visiting local craft shops and galleries. Check
our links section for local artisans and gallery websites.
Looking for something to do on the coast while you are visiting?
The Sunshine Coast has hundreds of yearly events to partake in. The Festival of the Written Arts and the annual Show N Shine are local favourites. Click
here for an up to date list of events this month in our
The Sechelt area climate is characterized by mild, moist winters
and warm dry summers. Temperatures on the Coast range from just
above freezing in winter to highs of 30C (90F) in summer. The annual
rainfall is approximately 100cm (40in.) Although higher in Tuwanek
as we are closer to the mountains The Sunshine Coast is sheltered
from the open Pacific, and the milder weather patterns result in
very light snowfalls in the region.
This community portal has been designed to provide as much information
on the area as possible. If you would like to see something added
or have information you would like to share drop
us a line and we would be happy to include it.
We hope you enjoy our small Sunshine Coast Community
and all it has to offer.
Come Play by the Sea….