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Strollable Sechelt
Shortcuts – Sechelt Village Lanes




Strollable Sechelt emphasizes walkability but this includes more than just pedestrians and sidewalks. Besides people strolling, there is a real, year- round  'Festival of the Rolling Arts' ... parents with baby strollers; toddlers on tricycles; all ages on bicycles; youth on skateboards or longboards, and other folks using walkers and Motorized Mobility Device (MMD) scooters.

Besides its streets, sidewalks, and pathways, the Sechelt Village features 11 walkable lanes. Many of these lanes are primarily for residential access lane, but can still make for pleasant pedestrian alternatives to sharing the roads with vehicle traffic. However, some of  Sechelt Village's lane surfaces make them unsuitable for smaller baby strollers, MMD scooters, skateboards, etc.

Half of  Sechelt Village's lanes are paved with asphalt – Lamprey, Medusa, Periwinkle, Sherlock, Teredo, and Wharf Lanes. The remaining lanes have gravel surfaces. The locations of all Sechelt Village's lanes are listed below along with notes on surface types and their relative interest for strolling.



Paved Lanes in Sechelt Village

Lamprey Lane: T-shaped lane accessed from Wharf Ave or Ebbtide St
 – Lamprey (southern leg) runs between Wharf and Inlet Avenues
 – Lamprey (northern leg) runs between Wharf and Hightide Avenues
  – Northern Lamprey is the most pleasant of Sechelt Village's walking lanes

Challenges: Beware of  fast-moving traffic on a blind corner where Lamprey Lane's southern leg 90° bend (this is also a nexus of entries for the parking lots of the Community Garden/Food Bank and Community Services).

Medusa Lane: Deadend, south off Medusa Street (west of Green Court)
 – Of no strolling interest, Medusa Lane is a short suburban cul-de-sac*
  – Probably named Medusa to match Medusa Place (which turns north)

Periwinkle Lane: Connects Dolphin to Cowrie (between Wharf and Inlet)
 – A back alley for businesses on busy Wharf Ave, limited strolling interest.

Challenges: At its southern end, Periwinkle comes to an awkward terminus requiring pedestrians to dog-leg to crosswalks at either Wharf or Inlet. For strolling, it's better to stick to the sidewalk on the western side of Inlet Ave.

Sherlock Lane: Connects Inlet Avenue to Trail Avenue (north of Dolphin)
 – Sherlock Lane features a well-treed pocket park suitable for picnics.

Challenges: Watch for drivers exiting the Seniors Activity Centre parking lot or fast-moving vehicles cutting along Sherlock to the car wash on Inlet.

Teredo Lane: Connects Trail and Inlet (between Cowrie and Teredo)
 – Teredo Lane functions as a linear parking lot/access to private parking.

Challenges: Watch for inattentive drivers exiting parking spots. Access to Teredo Lane from Cowrie Street is via a mid-block cut-through ... but this turns into a rutted footpath (instead, cut through a parking lot to either side). Teredo Lane can't be viewed as a truely safe or welcoming pedestrian stroll.

Wharf Lane: Connects Wharf Avenue with Xenichen Avenue on SIB Land
 – A handy cut-through from busy Wharf Avenue to quieter Xenichen.

Unpaved Lanes in Sechelt Village

Sandy Lane: Connects Osprey Street and East Porpoise Bay Road
  (Sandy Lane heads east off Wharf Ave, connects to East Porpoise Bay Rd)
 – Of little strolling interest, Sandy Lane is strictly a residential access lane.

Seiner Lane: Connects Ocean Avenue to Trail Avenue (at Sechelt Firehall)
  (Seiner Lane runs between Mermaid and Cowrie Streets)

Challenges: Walkable but intended for vehicle parking access for businesses and residents of Cowrie. Mermaid or Cowrie both make for better strolling.

Windward Lane: Connects Trail and Ocean, then deadends west of Ocean
 – The deadend section west of Ocean Ave is a residential access back alley.

Challenges: An alternative to Teredo but why not choose Boulevard instead?

Unnamed lane -- Connects Spindrift and Pebble Cresent (off Ocean Ave)
 – Of no real strolling interest, this is strictly a residential access back alley.

Unnamed lane -- Connects Neptune and Ebbtide (west of Trail Avenue)
 – Of no real strolling interest, this is strictly a residential access back alley.

Unnamed lane -- Leading off Surf Circle (running parallel to Trail Avenue)
 – Of no real strolling interest, this is strictly a residential access back alley.


Stretching the definition of  'lane', Sechelt Village could be said to have 12 lanes - if the pathway through Snickett Park was included. In the Yorkshire dialect, a snickett is a back alley or lane (although narrow country lanes like the trail running through Snickett Park are more likely to be called a ginnel). District of Sechelt  lanes outside of Sechelt Village will be listed separately.


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