What is the hub of local social activity in a small town? Where do you go to get the local news (some might say, the local gossip)? It is no longer the neighborhood sewing circle. No, it is not the pub. It is your favourite coffee shop. By that we don’t necessarily mean Tim Hortons or Starbucks. Tim Hortons is found in Gibsons, has a drive through window and for those of us who are sugar addicts, there are always Timbits.
Starbucks operates in Sechelt and Gibsons and offer a drive through window. It is perhaps the latte capital of Sechelt, offering every conceivable kind of latte and offers its drive through well into the evening.
However, if you wish to participate in the local colour, there is nothing like the smaller, intimate coffee shops, where the customers at any one time, may know one another.
One of the popular local coffee shops in Sechelt is The Daily Roast located at the corner of Highway 101 and Wharf Road. Like most local coffee shops, it has a variety of coffees but this one also has excellent hot chocolate. A large selection of sandwiches are made fresh daily and the cinnamon buns are a treat. When the weather is warm, you can drink your coffee outside.
Another popular Sechelt store is The Bakery. It is a fairly intimate establishment and as the name suggests it sells more than coffee. There are luscious coffee cakes and on certain days you can buy a whole cheese cake.
Another popular coast establishment is Wheatberries which has four locations; one at the Langdale ferry terminal, one in Gibsons, one in the Sechelt Hospital lobby and one in Davis Bay. The location in Davis Bay mirrors life on the Sunshine Coast. You can sit, drinking your coffee and look across the road at the beautiful Georgia Strait and towards Vancouver Island.
There is nothing better with coffee than cakes or pastries and you won’t find any better of these than at Moore’s in Gibsons. You might also try the Black Bean Roasting Co. in either Gibsons or Sechelt.
A final coffee shop is just off Highway 101 where you exit to Madeira Park. A delightful coffee shop that is in a small mall and serves homemade soups and pies. The owners will even go next door to the ice cream store to get you ice cream for your pie.
The coffee shops we have referred to are all distinctive. Try several of them and see which ones have an appeal to you. At least one of them could become your favourite spot, one where you could take that special friend.