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Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park
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Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park – Sechelt Rapids

Located in 🌲 British Columbia – 🍁 Canada’s beautiful {Sunshine Coast}, you will find the amazing …

🌺 Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park 🌺

Experience the incredible force of the changing tides in the Skookumchuck Narrows, forming the 🌊 Sechelt Rapids.

Skookumchuck refers to – “Strong Water!”

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park – Location

Skookumchuck Narrows British Columbia
Established back in 1957, this Provincial Park has become the most visited attraction in all of the Sunshine Coast.

Located on the west coast of Canada, getting to this part of the Sunshine Coast is easily done via …
β›΄ BC Ferries. β›΄

For travelers coming from the πŸ™ City of Vancouver, you can catch a βš“ British Columbia Ferries sailing from; Horseshoe Bay on the mainland, crossing over to the town of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.


Total πŸš— driving time from Sechelt is about 1 hour to the Provincial Park, located in the tiny community of; Egmont.

As you get closer to the {Provincial Park} and Egmont off of the πŸ›£ Sunshine Coast Highway, it is well marked with signs. You will turn onto {Egmont Road} and follow along for 5 kilometers.

Welcome To Egmont Sign

Parking is located for Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, just as you are entering the community of Egmont.

You are also welcome to park across the street at the {Egmont Heritage Centre}, which is well worth stopping in during your visit.

First Nations Totem

The center offers a detailed history of the area and its people.

For those traveling from Vancouver Island, you can also catch …

β›΄ BC Ferries, β›΄

from the; City of Comox to Powell River {Saltery Bay} and then take a 2nd ferry crossing over to {Earls Cove}, which is just minutes away from Egmont.

BC Ferries

Both crossings are very scenic and make for an excellent {round trip} journey and vacation. A great way to see Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast combined.

Hiking to Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck Narrows Trail

From the parking area, the πŸ₯Ύ hike to the best viewing locations of {Sechelt Rapids}, is 4 kilometers in length one way.

Skookumchuck Narrows Trail Map

The hike is considered to be {easy to moderate} for the most part. The walk begins along a roadway with a few private homes and a there’s also a very cool looking {seasonal bakery/cafe} to check out.

Skookumchuck Bakery Cafe

The short roadway then leads onto a broken scenic trail, with a number of your typical tree roots to walk over, without much difficulty at all.

It’s an 8 kilometer round trip hike, so come prepared with; good walking shoes, water and snacks for the hike in and out.

Cougar Warning Sign

As well, do keep in mind that your are in 🐱 Cougar & 🐻 Bear Country, as well as other wildlife living in the forest. So take extra care as you normally would, when πŸ₯Ύ hiking in the wilderness.

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park BC

It’s a great hike and the scenery is superb, as you pass along a small lake, heading towards the oceanfront and the Narrows.

Observing The Tides At Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck Narrows

You definitely want to arrive at Sechelt Rapids in the Skookumchuck Narrows, when the tide changes and the flow of tidal water begins to switch directions.

Water levels from one end of the 🌊 rapids to the other, can typically reach seven feet in height and more!

Skookumchuck Narrows Sechelt Rapids

The tidal current can flow at an incredible; 15 miles per hour or more, as the rapids pump {200 million gallons} of water through Skookumchuck Narrows, on a typical tide of up to 10 feet in height.

Skookumchuck Narrows Sechelt Rapids Kayaking

Kayaking is very popular for experienced kayakers only, during this change in tides.

Skookumchuck Narrows Tidal Current

The viewpoints at {North Point} and {Roland Point}, are the most popular places to experience the rapids and kayakers. It’s an absolutely awesome site to see!

It’s like watching the rapids on a fast flowing river and not what you would expect to see in the ocean as the tides change directions.

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The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful part of 🌲 British Columbia’s west coast. There’s so many small coastal communities to explore, along with outdoor activities galore!

If you are visiting 🍁 Canada’s west coast, then be sure to include this region in your travel plans. I’ve included β›“ links to the πŸ‚ Official Sunshine Coast Tourism website below, for your convenience.

I’ve directed the β›“ links to their pages on {Egmont and Skookumchuck Narrows}, where both offer much more detailed information on the area and up to date {Tide Guides} as well.

🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for its exact location. 🗺

🌞 Sunshine Coast Tourism – Egmont 🌞

🌞 Sunshine Coast Tourism – Skookumchuck Narrows 🌞

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