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!
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.
We passed some lakes on the way. I know I always say this but I really do love lakes!
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.
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)
Free to access Skookumchuck Narrows
Bakery nestled in the park for sandwiches (or take a picnic!)
Ruby Lake to relax in B.C’s natural watering hole
Where have you heard nature at its noisiest?