Playing or exploring either in, on or under the water is easy on the Sunshine Coast.
Besides the clean unpolluted ocean surrounding every bit of the Coast, myriad lakes offer great fresh water swimming too. Water temperatures are refreshing especially in the warm dry summer months.
Launch a canoe or kayak and explore the coastline. Secret beaches, coves and inlets offer hundreds of picturesque vistas.
Observe marine life up close and personally. Trail a fishing line or cast a crab trap overboard. The trick is keeping your balance when the time comes to check the trap. Best attempted from a canoe or small boat rather than a kayak. For slightly longer expeditions, the Trail Islands, Merry Island Lighthouse or Halfmoon Bay are easily accessed from the Pointhouse.
Sechelt Inlets Marine Park offers three inlets: Sechelt, Narrows and Salmon. All are ideal for kayaking. Sandy beaches provide safe pull-outs for finding that perfect campsite. Talasay Tours offers multi-day rentals and unique interpretive paddling tours.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)is another new way to get around on the water. Negotiating the islets in Sargeant Bay and paddling along the shoreline is not only a good workout but gives a different perspective.
Use our complimentary guest kayaks around Sargeant Bay, bring your own craft or rent equipment at several locations on the coast. Tours are available from most rental operators and several can transport kayaks to any location to begin your own self-guided paddling adventure. Advance reservations advised.
The Sunshine Coast of Canada is renowned for some of the best diving in the world, earning praise from Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic.The clean, unpolluted waters of the Sunshine Coast enjoy great visibility year round and colourful and abundant marine life. You may even catch sight of a large octopus or a wolf eel,
Most popular dives on the more protected waters of the Sechelt Inlet include Skookumchuk narrows, Tzoonie, Chaudiere , Tuwanek Point and Kunechin Point.
Close to the Pointhouse, Sargeant Bay ,and Coopers Green offer easy shore dives with lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore around off shore islets. The Trail Islands offer a great dive as well with lots of marine life.
There is also a new artificial reef which was created using the wreck of the HMCS Chaudière.
Cooldives.com is a good resource. There are diving outfits on the Coast that offer diving charters, guided dives and lessons, and a dive shop in Sechelt will equip you with everything you’ll need for your diving experience. In addition, the Sechelt branch of Capilano University offers a Professional Scuba Diver Instructor program.
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