“North of Town” is a term locals use to describe the region located north of the Historic Townsite. This includes Wildwood, the First Nation territory of Sliammon, to Okeover, the village of Lund, and beyond to Desolation Sound.
THE SHINGLE MILL
Crossing what was once the world’s second shortest river is Wildwood Bridge, the gateway to North of Town. Just past the bridge is the old Shingle Mill site, which was established in 1913 to roof the Townsite’s growing number of homes. The mill operated for over 50 years alongside business pioneer Sam Sing’s family grocery. The Shingle Mill is now a pub and bistro where diners can enjoy the sight of boaters heading “up the lake” to their floating log cabins.
Wildwood is perched above Powell Lake just north of the historic Townsite. The area was clear-cut by loggers serving the Townsite’s paper mill, eventually turning the land to a fertile plain suitable for farming. The elevated Wildwood area boasts miles of hiking trails with sweeping views of Malaspina Strait. Don’t miss the Sunshine Coast Trail’s Scout Mountain trek in this rural setting.
Okeover Inlet, on the east side of the peninsula stretching from Toquenatch to Sarah Point, is a kayaker’s and beach comber’s paradise. The area is sheltered and ideal for paddlers setting out to Desolation Sound. The area also boasts a Provincial Park and beaches with ancient Coast Salish archaeological sites. The Sunshine Coast Trail borders on the edge of Okeover Inlet – hikers can expect spectacular views.
Tla A'min Nation
The Tla A'min Nation, or Tla’amin community of B.C.’s West Coast, is located just north of Wildwood. The community makes up one of 20 Coast Salish tribes and has existed for thousands of years. The Tla’amin people traditionally thrive on the area’s natural resources, including fish, berries, and red cedars. Many archaeological sites (e.g. shell middens) have preserved such cultural practices in the area. While in Sliammon, take a tour at the Fish Hatchery, hike the nearby Appleton Canyon trail, paddle Sliammon Lake, or visit the Sliammon Cultural Centre to experience traditional arts, crafts and heritage.
Welcome to Lund, the beginning (or the end) of the 15,000 km Pacific Coastal Route. Founded by the Swedish Thulin brothers in 1889, Lund is the home of the Historic Lund Hotel, quaint restaurants, shops, adventure tours, campground, bakery, and a welcoming community. From Lund you can ride a water taxi to the warm waters of Savary Island, kayak the nearby Copeland Islands Marine Park, or boat into beautiful Desolation Sound.
Visiting Savary Island is like visiting Canada’s very own Hawaii - the island is positioned among unusually warm water currents and was shaped into a long strip of sand by a glacier. Savary boasts kilometers of dreamy sand beaches, a beautiful meadow on its south side, a natural spring, and several unique galleries. This gem of an island makes an ideal day trip by kayak or bike (both can be rented there) to explore our 7-km long sliver of paradise.
Don’t let the name fool you! Desolation Sound is a stunning provincial marine park with sheltered coves and warm waters ideal for holidaying boaters and paddlers. Steep mountains with the occasional waterfall rise out of the Sound, undisturbed islands dot the water, and various coves offer hikes to inland lakes. The Sound is also one of the best diving locations in the region, and many adventure tours are offered in the area.
Sarah Point is your gateway to Desolation Sound. Resting at the tip of Okeover Arm, Sarah Point can be recognized by its tent platform. “Why such an obscure place for tenting?” you might ask, seeing it perched on the edge of a rock bluff that can only be accessed by boat or 4x4 vehicle (quad). In fact, Sarah Point serves as kilometre-zero of the 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail, the only free hut-to-hut hiking route in Canada.