xwesam / Stelḵáya
Roberts Creek (xwesam / Stelḵáya) is a funky artist community of about 3,553 people, located between Gibsons and Sechelt. It reaches from the ocean up into the forests of Mount Elphinstone and Dakota Ridge, and there are many cultural and natural attractions in the area such as the Roberts Creek Mandala and the waterfalls at Cliff Gilker Park.
The “Heart of the Creek” is the area surrounding the junction of Roberts creek road and Lower Road. This central hub is a great starting off point for any Roberts Creek adventure. Roberts Creek is a short drive from both Gibsons and Sechelt, making it a quick trip for anyone already visiting the Sunshine Coast or a convenient day trip from Vancouver.
Roberts Creek is located in the traditional territories of both the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and shíshálh (Sechelt) Nations.
Things to Do
Many artists call Roberts Creek home, and there are several art studios open to the public. They are scattered all throughout Roberts Creek and can be found on the self-guided Purple Banner Tour or explored via a custom guided tour with Sunshine Coast Art Tours. You can also visit the Roberts Creek Mandala, a community art wonder right at the base of Roberts Creek Pier.
Looking for some relaxation? There are wellness and relaxation experiences on offer such as spa services, stone massage, and fitness classes on the beach.
When it comes to the outdoors, Roberts Creek is surrounded by impressive rainforest, creeks, and beaches. Lucky for you, there are many ways to explore this terrain. Forest bathers and adventurers have several appealing options including the waterfall paths of Cliff Gilker Park and the mixed-use trails of the B&K trail system (found up Largo Road). Mountain bikers can explore the many trails that crisscross over creeks and through the forest of upper Roberts Creek. These trails are packed with character, taking full advantage of the slope of Mount Elphinstone, with many handmade bridges and other exciting features scattered throughout. And Roberts Creek beach is easily accessed by foot, bike, or car straight from the ‘Heart of the Creek’. It is a scenic and convenient beach for lounging, swimming, and paddle sports like kayaking or SUP, and it’s located within walking distance of a restaurant, cafe, and an ice cream shop.
Where to Stay
While most accommodations in Roberts Creek are B&Bs, there are a variety of accommodation styles available ranging from a hostel to spa suites.
There are also camping options both for vehicles and tents at Roberts Creek Provincial Park, located between Roberts Creek and Sechelt, just off Highway 101.
Food and Drink
There are a few quaint dining opportunities in the Heart of the Creek. Stop by the Gumboot Café which has been serving Roberts Creek for over 25 years. Don’t miss the Roberts Creek Community Farm Market, a weekly, year-round market where you can find locally made goods as well as produce and food trucks.
You’ll also find a unique distillery in Roberts Creek. Visit Bruinwood Estate Distillery’s tasting room to pick up craft spirits such as gin, vodka, and liqueurs.
There’s always something going on in Roberts Creek. At least once a week, you can expect a concert at the local Legion. During the summertime, Slow Sundays in the Creek brings more live music to the outdoor stage next to the Roberts Creek Community Library, as well as local food and craft vendors.
Annually you can look forward to a couple of late summer festivals. These include Creek Daze, a street festival which features live music and local vendors, the Higgledy Piggledy Parade, and the repainting of the Roberts Creek Mandala by anyone who attends the event.