Skookumchuck Narrows | Sunshine Coast BC

Seas the Day at Skookumchuck Narrows

This article has links to products and services we love, which we may make commission from.

Skookumchuck is a real word! We’ve not made it up, promise. Although it sounds like a word that comes from the back of your throat during a coughing fit it actually means ‘strong water’ and once you’ve seized the day at Skookumchuck Narrows, you’ll agree that its name is reflective!

Sechelt’s Rapids

Skookumchuck Narrows is also known as Sechelt’s rapids and it shows off three times per day (check here for the timetable). There is a two hour window (one hour before and after stated times) so there is plenty of opportunity to see the action. And we wanted to, so in celebration of my parents visit to the Sunshine Coast we hired a car from Prime Rentals and took to the north, stopping off at Skookumchuck Narrows as well as Pender Harbour and a couple of lakes.

To get to the main event we hiked for fifty five minutes (an easy four kilometres) to The North Point through the shaded woods of Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park in Egmont.

Skookumchuck Narrows | Sunshine Coast BC

We passed some lakes on the way. I know I always say this but I really do love lakes!

Brown Lake | Sunshine Coast BC

Rapid Time!

First impressions, the noise was deafening. The waves looked like a potion in a witch’s cauldron, dancing swirls of blue and green water. Sometimes the potion does have an effect. It calls to the local daredevils to take to the rapids and tempt fate! For instance, Liam and Cameron Smedley of @smedleycanoe – real Team Canada canoeists!

Unfortunately, we did not see any extreme sport stars like the kamikaze surfers that we’ve heard about but I did spot a seal struggling to get upstream. I’m hoping it was just playtime for the grey creature and not game over!

Although the waves sound offensive, they are actually calming to watch from the public gallery (stoned area with a bench.) The motion was almost as hypnotic as watching the bubbles escape from our instructor’s diving kit in Cuba.

Skookumchuck | Sunshine Coast BC


How go get to Skookumchuck Narrows

1 hour 15 mins by car from Roberts Creek / 1 hour from Sechelt using the Highway 101 (very straight forward)

Cost

Free to access Skookumchuck Narrows
Bakery nestled in the park for sandwiches (or take a picnic!)

Where next?

Ruby Lake to relax in B.C’s natural watering hole

Skookumchuck Narrows


Where have you heard nature at its noisiest?

Gemma and Craig are full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

Comments 22

    1. Post
      Author
  1. Wow, what a gorgeous place!! I feel a little terrible that I’ve never heard of this place and I’m from and living in British Columbia… Well, I know now that I’m obviously missing out!

    Any chance you two are heading up to Northern British Columbia while you’re in the province? 🙂

    1. Post
      Author

      We are moving to Van in September and have a Rockies Tour booked with West Trek but bar that no plans. Do you recommend anywhere in particular? Plan to utilise the end of summer in September before the rain starts…

      1. I highly recommend visiting the “northern capital” of British Columbia, which is Prince George. It’s the northern gateway and has some amazing hikes with beautiful sights close by. For example, look up some photos of the Ancient Forest. 🙂 It’s also my home so I’m a little biased haha. Plus, Jasper and Mount Robson are only a 3 hours drive East into Alberta. 🙂

        1. Post
          Author

          Bias is good with me, I like to hear about people’s home areas! I will add that to our list for September, hoping to get away as much as possible whilst the weather is good. Have loved the Sunshine Coast though and glad we spent two months here instead of a weekend. Really enjoying not packing up every two nights!

  2. Love the instagram reposts of the rapids – looks like such a fab and fun area to visit! Are there any tours of the area where you can experience the rapids if you’re not too much of a daredevil?

    1. Post
      Author
  3. From what I understand these strange named rapids are in Canada, right? They look a little scary to me, I don’t think I’d dare go down with my kayak there

    1. Post
      Author
  4. Niagara Falls, both the New York, and the Canada sides, was where I heard nature at its loudest! It was awesome–we rode the Maid of the Mist boat, and had a wonderful time!

    1. Post
      Author
  5. I’ve been whitewater rafting several times and I just love the sound of the rapids. There’s nothing like it to get your heart pumping!

    1. Post
      Author
  6. I’ve never been to a lake with such cool rapids! How interesting that it does that a few times a day. I think I have a lot more exploring to do in Canada!

    1. Post
      Author

      I am so grateful we started on the Sunshine Coast for two months as I reckon we would have left it for a weekend trip only. The country is so big!

  7. Nature at its loudest for me was in Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil. It was truly deafening. Although another really intriguing sound was at Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. As the ice broke and fell in the water it sounded like a roar!

    1. Post
      Author
  8. Looks a nice day out, but a shame there weren’t any lunatics giving it a go when you were there!

    1. Post
      Author
  9. Just added this to my list of places I must visit. The water looks amazing and fun to do some small whitewater kayaking.

    1. Post
      Author

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *