Lighthouse Pub

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Lighthouse Pub
Entrance Lighthouse Pub, Buccaneers Restaurant and Harbour Air Sechelt Base.jpg
Lighthouse Pub
Former namesChina Gate Cafe
General information
TypePub / Restaurant / Marina / Float Plane Base
LocationSechelt, British Columbia
Address5764 Wharf Avenue
Construction startedNovember 1987
CompletedJune 1988
RenovatedApril 2006
Technical details
Structural systemPost & Beam Wood Structure

The Lighthouse Pub is a Transportation Corridor / Restaurant and Pub at the southern tip of Sechelt Inlet. The building was originally a restaurant from Expo 86 and has since been slowly transformed into an air and sea gateway[1] to Sechelt.


First mention of the proposed pub was made in the Coast News newspaper, in the March 24, 1986 edition. However, no mention was made of the name or type of building that would be built, with only the location being indicated as the shores of Porpoise Bay.[2]

The Lighthouse Pub located in Sechelt, BC is one of few remaining restaurant buildings from Expo 86. The building was formerly the China Gate Restaurant during the exposition and was purchased by Sechelt Developer Len Van Egmond [3] during the auction of buildings after the closing of the exposition.

The "Lighthouse" motif that stands on top of the building were actually part of the space-themed McDonald's. Len Van Egmond saw the spaceship and thought that could be made into a lighthouse with some modification.[4]

The complex was incorrectly identified as the Munich Festhaus[5] in the book VANCOUVER'S EXPO 86 by Bill Cotter.[6]


The pilings went into the ground in June 1987 and the building was trucked piece by piece on the Langdale Ferry to the Sunshine Coast, and then to Sechelt via Highway 101. The pub is built half on land and half over the water and was re-opened in June 1988. Previously, the pub location was the Tyee float plane base and a very small marina.

At that time the complex included:

  • The Pub
  • Liquor Store
  • Rental Space
  • Marina
  • Float Plane Base


A restaurant was built under the lighthouse motif, enclosing a previously open deck, and opened in December 1994. The pub went through major renovations in 2006. The liquor store was moved offsite, the front of the pub was opened up, and the previously small deck was expanded to the entire width of the building. The renovations were completed in 2007.

Current Status[edit]

The establishment has grown into a typical neighbourhood pub with big screen TVs and weekend live entertainment, and serves a variety of pub fare and local seafood options. The Complex is also unique as it serves as a transportation hub via its marina to the Sechelt Inlet and its float plane base with regular scheduled flights to Vancouver, Richmond, Nanaimo.

The complex currently houses:

  • The Lighthouse Pub
  • Buccaneers Restaurant
  • Lighthouse Marine
  • Harbour Air Sechelt Base


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nadina Van Egmond Quote.
  2. ^ "New Pub Proposed". The Coast News. March 24, 1986. p. 7.
  3. ^ Lighthouse Pub History, in November 1986
  4. ^ Haig-Brown, Alan (March 1989). "Hospitality in Sechelt". WestCoast Hospitality: 25, 26.
  5. ^ Expo Lies and Wikipedia
  6. ^ VANCOUVER'S EXPO 86, by Bill Cotter, published in 1997 by Arcadia Publishing

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Coordinates: 49°28′52″N 123°45′28″W / 49.481143°N 123.75782°W / 49.481143; -123.75782