Sechelt, BC, incorporated as a district municipality in 1986, population 9291 (2011c), 8454 (2006c). The District of Sechelt is located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia north of Vancouver on the Strait of GEORGIA. The community is named for the Sechelt who inhabit the area. Non-native settlement in the area was sparse until the early 1900s, when Herbert Whitaker began to develop both the tourism and logging potential of the area. Whitaker built a number of resort properties including hotels and cottages, which he promoted vigorously. The Canadian Pacific Navigation Company also began to run excursions to Sechelt. In 1926 the Union Steamship Company purchased Whitaker's properties and coined the term "Sunshine Coast" to promote its seaside excursions and resorts.
Tourism is still a major part of the economy of the area, and the beauty and location of Sechelt have also attracted many retirees. Other sectors of the economy include pulp and paper, logging and forest products, quarrying and oyster and clam AQUACULTURE. In 1986 the Sechelt Indian Band Self-Government Act was enacted by the federal government, creating a separate jurisdiction for band members living in Sechelt and 32 other former Sechelt Indian Reserves.
Culture is centered in the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre that exhibits works of local artists. The tems swiya Museum, housed in the Sechelt Indian Band Complex, showcases native culture.