Area D: Roberts Creek
Population: 3,523 (2021 Census)
Growth rate: 3.0% (2016 Census)
Dwellings: 1,550 occupied private dwellings
Area: 143.4 sq. Km.
Voting strength of elected official: 2
Roberts Creek is a residential and beach area located between the Elphinstone area and the District of Sechelt. It is known for its 9-km of shoreline, much of which includes sandy swimming beaches, and the Roberts Creek Mandala which is re-painted each year by 300 residents and visitors. The Roberts Creek community is centered around small shops and restaurants which provide a distinct village ambiance. The Roberts Creek Community Hall, a popular venue for dances, meetings and other events, was built in 1934 and is owned, operated and maintained by the community.
The area includes a paved bike path that runs parallel to the highway; a golf course, Cliff Gilker Park, a family-oriented hiking area.
Roberts Creek is also the location for several important regional amenities including Dakota Ridge, a winter recreation area offering 12 km of groomed snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, the “Sechelt” landfill, the SCRD’s water intake and Seaview cemetery.
Director Kelly Backs
Kelly Backs was elected as Director for Area D – Roberts Creek, on November 10, 2022.
After a lifetime of traveling Canada, time well spent in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, rural New Brunswick, as well as Salt Spring Island, Director Kelly Backs finally landed in Roberts Creek to stay, in 2010.
The last 12 years has been spent raising a son on his own and running a successful blacksmithing business. The community he has found in the Creek is an endless inspiration to him. Kelly spends his spare time playing drums and has put in three years as a community columnist for the Coast Reporter, and six years as a volunteer Firefighter.
Director Backs is excited for this chance to serve the place he loves in this new and important way and is humbled by the trust given him by his community.