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Located at the edge of the sea, you’ll find plenty to do in Sechelt and at the Festival. There are many cafes and restaurants, gift shops and services. We look forward to sharing three and a half days with you in August.
Ticket sales start WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 at 8 am by telephone or online.
However you buy tickets, you will need to pick up paper tickets, issued by the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Tickets can be picked up as of June 21 at the office and right up until the Festival in August.
Office location, hours and contact information
Please contact the office to make special arrangements to have your tickets mailed.
|Festival Pass (Events 1-21)||SOLD OUT|
|Day Pass — Friday or Saturday
|Day Pass — Sunday||SOLD OUT|
|Individual Events (each)||$ 16.00|
|Pebbles Restaurant Salmon Dinner (Sunday)||$ 25.00|
Please use our Festival Planner when ordering tickets in person or by phone. This will help to prevent errors and speed up the ticketing process.
Method of Payment
By telephone: Visa or MasterCard
Online: Visa, MasterCard, Debit
In person: Visa, MasterCard, Debit, cash, cheque
- There are no refunds unless an event is cancelled. A $5 fee is charged for ticket exchanges.
- Lost or stolen tickets are the responsibility of the purchaser and cannot be replaced. Tickets purchased by phone can be held in the office and picked up prior to or upon arrival at the festival.
Please read Important Info — The Fine Print, and other Guest Information below.
Venue & Accessibility
- Please note that for security purposes, the Pavilion will be cleared after each performance.
- Taping and recording any event is prohibited.
- Use of flash cameras and video recorders is not permitted in the Pavilion.
- Parents are requested to remove noisy or restless children from the Pavilion.
- Please, no cellular phones during events.
- Patrons with special seating needs are requested to call the office prior to attending the festival.
- Limited parking for patrons with physical disabilities is available on a first come first served basis.
- There is a drop-off and pick-up area at the Shorncliffe Avenue entrance to the festival site.
- No dogs are allowed on the festival site (with the exception of service dogs).
- The Sechelt Farmers & Artisans Market will be on Cowrie Street on the Saturday of the Festival until 2 pm. Please map out your approach in advance and call the Festival office for advice and directions if you’re not familiar with the area.
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During the day, the “Big Tent” (on the site of the former North Wing) is the place to browse and buy. You’ll find all kinds of literary goods, including autographed books (and others) at the book sales table, and a wide selection of Festival fashions and souvenirs.
You’re also invited to participate in daily contests at the Rockwood gardens. Look for contest details posted on the bulletin boards throughout the grounds.
Self-Published Authors Under the Big Tent
Sunshine Coast self-published writers have had a significant presence at the Festival for the past eight years. Returning and new-to-the-Festival authors, artists and poets offer a wide range of genres: humour, mystery, history and the legacy of family stories; picture books for and studies about children; books about self-realization, spiritual and physical fitness.
Travel & Lodging
How do I get to Sechelt?
Passengers and vehicles sail aboard BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay, in West Vancouver, to Langdale, approximately 15 miles (24 km) from Sechelt. Follow Highway 101 to Sechelt. Public transit and taxi are available between Langdale and Sechelt, and it’s a popular bike route, too.
If you’re travelling from central and northern Vancouver Island, or Powell River, travel with BC Ferries from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove. Then follow Highway 101 to Sechelt, a scenic drive that takes approximately one hour.
Find or offer a ride to the Festival at www.share-there.com.
- Ferry information including maps: www.bcferries.com or telephone 1-888-223-3779 or 604-886-2242.
- Visitor information: Sechelt Visitor Info and Volunteer Centre, telephone 1-877-885-1036 (toll free) or 604-885-1036, website www.secheltvisitorcentre.com
- Sunshine Coast Transit information: telephone 604-885-3234 or bctransit.com/sunshine-coast/
- For information about air travel and other transportation options, please see the Sechelt Visitor Centre website.
- Pacific Ferries: www.pacificferries.ca
- Sunshine Coast Connector Bus: www.sunshinecoastconnector.ca
- Click here for area map (map courtesy of Roger Handling / Terra Firma Digital Arts).
- Finding the Festival: see map of Sechelt and map of Rockwood Centre.
Places to stay
Sunshine Coast Tourism has listings for everything from campsites to resorts. There is limited accommodation within walking distance of the Rockwood Centre, where the Festival is held, so be sure to ask about location when you make your inquiry.
- B&Bs: For information about local B&B’s, visit the Sunshine Coast Bed and Breakfast and Cottage Owners Association website
- Driftwood Inn, telephone 604-885-5811
Weather & what to wear
Summer days in Sechelt are usually sunny with a refreshing breeze off the ocean. But sometimes, dare we say, it rains. Your best bet is to bring casual, layer-able clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please note that the Festival Pavilion is not heated.
Absolutely. For those who do not wish to attend Festival events, there are lots of activities in our region to keep them busy: sightseeing, beaching, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, boating, and more.
Please support our efforts to reduce waste. Bring your own refillable water bottles and coffee cups. Commercially bottled water is not sold on the festival site but drinking water will be available. All of our plates, cutlery, napkins and beverage cups are compostable. These items, as well as paper, cardboard and food waste, can be tossed into clearly marked collection bins instead of the garbage.
Jul 29/11: Quill & Quire article, Literary festivals set a green example
- Sunshine Coast Tourism www.sunshinecoastcanada.com
- Official site of Tourism British Columbia www.hellobc.com
- BC Ferries www.bcferries.com
- Sunshine Coast Transit information bctransit.com/sunshine-coast/
- British Columbia Provincial Parks www.elp.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
- Road reports www.gov.bc.ca/tran/
- Coast Cultural Alliance — non-profit organization promoting Sunshine Coast arts and culture www.suncoastarts.com
- Sechelt Visitor Info and Volunteer Centre www.secheltvisitorcentre.com
- Sechelt & District Chamber of Commerce www.secheltchamber.bc.ca
- District of Sechelt www.sechelt.ca
- Sunshine Coast Regional District official website — local government information and more www.scrd.ca
- Sunshine Coast B&B, Cottage Owners Association www.bbsunshinecoast.com
- Sunshine Coast BC Online: 1-888-517-WEST or www.bigpacific.com
- Arts Hotline 604-885-2ART
- Coast Reporter newspaper www.coastreporter.net
Important Info—The Fine Print
- All information is subject to change without notice.
- Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved.
- A minimum number of participants is required to operate each event. The Festival reserves the right to cancel an event at any time, in which case, your money would be refunded.
- In the event of cancellation, the Festival shall have no liability beyond the refund of monies paid to the Festival by the purchaser, which shall constitute a full settlement.
- REFUNDS There are no refunds unless an event is cancelled. A $5 fee is charged for ticket exchanges.
- LOST OR STOLEN TICKETS Lost or stolen tickets are the responsibility of the purchaser and cannot be replaced. Tickets purchased by phone can be held in the office and picked up upon arrival at the festival.
- The Festival acts only as an agent for services offered.