Email Us: info@wildernessresort.ca
Booking phone number: (604) 800 7862
Onsite Resort phone number: (604) 670 5699

Experiences at the Resort

Astronomy

Astronomy

With no lighting or human activity for many kilometers, we enjoy incredible skies on most days we are open at the resort. Local astronomers do come and stay at times to make the most of the spectacular visibility and are available to bring along their telescopes and host astronomy evenings for around $300 per evening.

Bird and Wildlife Watching

Bird and Wildlife Watching

Guests really need not leave Wilderness Resort to see wildlife. At any moment we have 15+ bird species, squirrels, chipmunks, seals, sea otters, occasional black bears, coyotes, dolphins and orcas.
The Sunshine Coast is a wilderness and there is even more to explore in the area.

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Canoes and Kayaks

Kayaks and Canoes

We have a small fleet of equipment available for guest use to explore the immediate area. If you or your group would like formal lessons and/or a guided tour we can connect you to excellent kayak rental and tour operators in our area.

 

Fishing Tours

Fishing Tours

Half or full day guided saltwater fishing tours are available for amateur or avid fishers. The waters right in front of the resort are favourite spots for catching ling cod, rock cod, red snappers and flounder. Fishing trips also offer opportunities for crabbing and prawning.

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All available by arrangement – let us work with you to customize your optimal retreat experience

Foraging

Foraging

Our 125 acres have abundant edible plants for guests familiar with BC flora and fauna. Mushrooms are common in Spring and Fall. The shoreline has oysters, clams, prawns and crabs just a short paddle away. Living off the land is a real option at Wilderness Resort.

Hiking

Hiking

shore Wilderness Resort offers miles of trails, hand-cut through our 125 acre property.

While pictures may provide one with a sense of these majestic trees, seeing them in their rainforest environment is truly amazing.

Trails are private, and range from 20 minute easy strolls through our rainforest loop to half day hikes to the peak of the property for commanding views of the Inlet – we have something for everyone. Enjoy the views.

Please bring suitable hiking footwear, and boots for intertidal areas if preferred.

Meditation

Meditation

Wilderness Retreat is naturally relaxing, there are a few favourite spots but with 125 acres to explore you will find many special and personal spots to be yourself and take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi

Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi

Our custom built 1,600 foot yoga deck with sweeping inlet views is perfect for classes or individual sessions. Groups can request a guest instructor (must be arranged prior to your trip), bring their own, or do their own thing. Mats and equipment provided. No reservations required!

Connect yourself with yoga and nature. Explore the art of yoga and the ocean of being at peace. Take a deep breath…..and unwind.

 

Swimming and Snorkelling

Swimming and Snorkelling

A favorite activity for guests of all ages. Surrounded by water on three sides, including Sechelt Inlet’s only salt water lagoon, means that our rainforest camp site has numerous swimming, snorkeling and beach combing spots. Lots of low bank waterfront means easy access for swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy Wilderness Resort’s aquatic paradise. Water is warm(ish) and calm in summertime. Please bring your own snorkeling gear.

Shoreline Exploration

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One mile of waterfront and Sechelt Inlet’s only saltwater lagoon means Wilderness Resort can keep you enthralled for days (most guests say they did not plan for enough time on their trip).
Marbled murrelets from the nearby Caren Range old-growth forest visit the shores, bombing into the water haphazardly; oyster-catchers, with their distinctive red beaks and gimlet yellow eyes peck and hunt along the water’s edge; herons fish serenely; eagles call out and watch for fish from high in cliffside treetops.
Curious seals bob in the bays, watching humans watching them while early mornings provide glimpses of coyotes, rambunctious river otters and occasionally our area resident bobcat.

Low tide reveals pools filled with baby crabs, fish and starfish. Find treasures of shells, drift wood and rocks of all shapes and sizes.

 

Crabbing and Prawning

Crabbing and Prawning

Guests are welcome to paddle out and use the crab and prawn traps to catch lunch and dinner, or charter our local fishing boat to take you fishing and drop some traps on the way.
We have the most delicious ‘spot prawns’ in the world, just 100m off shore. You will require a fishing licence and strong arms to haul the traps up from 350 feet 🙂

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Wilderness Resort makes the perfect for dive masters and diving companies to hold a dive camp, with enjoyable diving right off the dock suitable for all levels. Close by we have an artificial reef which was created using the wreck of the HMCS Chaudière. The Sunshine Coast of Canada is renowned for some of the best diving in the world, earning praise from Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic. Clear water, varied dive sites, and the opportunity to catch sight of a large octopus or wolf eel, draw divers to the area.

NOTE:  We do not offer diving as a part of normal guest activities. Please inquiry before your trip.

Individual guests wanting to dive the spectacular waters here during their stay should contact us us well in advance of their trip so we can put you in touch with BC Dive Masters who may be able to join you at the resort.

Sechelt Marine Park is renowned for some of the best diving in the world, earning praise from Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic. Clear water, varied dive sites, and the opportunity to catch sight of a large octopus or a wolf eel, draw divers to the area. There is also an artificial reef which was created using the wreck of the HMCS Chaudière. Dive trips can be organized through our partners at Sunshine Coast Tours or Porpoise Bay Charters. Minimum numbers apply.

This Video and photos are of the seabed 50 meters from our own dock

There are diving outfits on the Coast which 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.

Fishing Tours

Fishing Tours

Half or full day guided saltwater fishing tours are available for amateur or avid fishers. The waters right in front of the resort are favourite spots for catching ling cod, rock cod, red snappers and flounder. Fishing trips also offer opportunities for crabbing and prawning.

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All available by arrangement – let us work with you to customize your optimal retreat experience:

Guided Kayak Tours

Kayak Tours

kayakingWilderness Resort makes a natural base of operations for your kayaking trip because of location, comfort, storage and food. We can meet your group in Porpoise Bay, and transport your gear and coolers to the Wilderness Resort, while you enjoy a stress-free paddle through the Sunshine Coast’s Inland Sea, perhaps enjoying an overnight island stay before you arrive. Let us know if you would like us to arrange rentals for your group. We can help arrange for a group lesson at the start of your trip if required. Wilderness Resort area waters are rated Class 1, so very safe for novice kayakers.

Sechelt Inlet

The Sunshine Coast’s Inland Sea

Story courtesy of our Kayak Partner, Pedals & Paddles

Sechelt Inlet is a paddler’s paradise and only two hours from downtown Vancouver. While most visitors to the Sunshine Coast follow Highway 101 up the rugged and beautiful east shore of Georgia Strait, surprisingly few are aware of the solitude and natural beauty that awaits them on the Inlet side of Sechelt Peninsula.

Sechelt Inlet is protected from wind and waves that are common on open ocean waters by high surrounding mountains. Mornings and evenings are typically calm and peaceful with lush green mountains reflecting off of the tranquil blue ocean surface. As there are no roads beyond the village of Tuwanek, wilderness and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities are just minutes away.

Sechelt Inlet is blessed with many sand and gravel beaches, which are the result of alluvial deposits left by streams flowing from high in the mountains. Eight of these river estuaries have been designated Wilderness Marine Parks and offer excellent rustic overnight camping facilities with such “luxuries” as year round fresh water, clear tenting areas and tent pads, outhouses, fire rings, and warm swimming beaches. There are eight designated Wilderness Marine Parks, as well as many unserviced beach areas. Finding a secluded sheltered and easily accessible spot to camp is seldom a problem. Campers on the east shore of the Inlet are treated to spectacular evening sunsets while west shore campers enjoy the warming rays of early morning sun with their coffee.

Novice kayakers and canoeists will appreciate the fact that the shoreline is always close by; the longest crossing being only about one kilometer. This also makes Sechelt Inlet an ideal place for families to paddle and camp. Wilderness Resort is a great destination with its tent cabins and centralized showers/cooking building, or you can rent the Wilderness Resort Main House for your group of up to 8.

While paddling on Sechelt Inlet, you can expect to find an excellent example of B.C.’s West Coast natural beauty. The tall, green mountains with their snow-capped peaks tumble into the clear waters below. Mornings and evenings are typically calm and peaceful, offering a time for quiet reflection. During mid-day, thermal winds often blow from south to north creating a more challenging and active paddling adventure.

As you experience Sechelt Inlet and the various smaller inlets, bays and reaches that are to be found up and down its length, you can expect to be entertained by an abundance of wildlife. Spectacular blue herons grace the shoreline while magnificent bald eagles soar high above in search of food or perch in the trees that line the shore. Curious seals appear out of nowhere and accompany most paddlers while a dozen varieties of ducks and other waterfowl fly, swim and dive for food all along the shore. In the evening, loons glide gracefully over the water as their eerie call haunts the still evening air. With a sharp eye, visitors can observe mountain goats high on steep mountain terrain and occasionally glimpse cougars and bears in the thick shoreline brush. Below the water’s surface, many species of fish and various marine creatures create a complex ecosystem in a near pristine environment.

For those who enjoy dining on fresh seafood, the Inlet offers gourmet fishing. Snapper and rock cod are abundant. Oysters, clams and muscles are available at various locations along the Inlet shore. With a little advance preparation, dungeness crab can be trapped for a tasty evening treat, and with a little local knowledge and some patience, lingcod lie waiting in the deeper rocky grottos.

Dotting the shoreline of Sechelt Inlet are many settings that give this area its unique personality. The occasional derelict cabin from another era, with the inevitable collections of abandoned machinery and sundry household items, serve as silent reminders of the area’s industrial past. These glimpses into history allow for hours of exploration and retrospection. As one continues to explore the Inlet’s bays and reaches you will also encounter the occasional fish or oyster farm, remote wilderness cabins nestled in the tranquil scenic bays and, for the very keen observer, rock paintings, or pictographs, painted by the Sechelt Indians over 150 years ago