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March 17th, 2010
March 17th, 2010

Sunshine Coast: Skookumchuck Narrows & Sechelt Inlet

by Miss604 | March 16, 2010

After leaving FibreWorks, John and I made our way to Egmont, on the Eastern side of the Sechelt peninsula as we continued to explore the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

From there we met with Bryce Christie of Sunshine Coast Tours out on the dock by the Backeddy Pub. We piled into the B-Line and plotted a course to the Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck is Chinook Jargon that means strong or powerful (“skookum”) and waters (“chuck”). Chinook Jargon became a trade language up and down the coast, used by settlers and first peoples. It is based on the Chinook language but is not the same. There are many places in BC, up to the Yukon and down into Washington State that have Chinook Jargon names such as Cultus Lake (cultus meaning “bad, worthless”), Hyak (as in the New Westminster Hyaks, means “fast”, or “hurried”), Siwash (as in Siwash Rock, is reference to a First Nations male), and Tyee (means “Chief” or “boss”).

We headed toward the strong, churning waters of the Skookumchuck Narrows which get up to 16 knots (30 km/h) when the current is in full swing. The inlet funnels water from the Georgia Straight up to several other inlets that all drain back down through the narrows. At certain points of the day this spot see very dangerous rapids with whirlpools, waves, and a cascading ocean that rises several feet.

There wasn´t much churning going on when we passed through but you could definitely feel the current tugging at the boat. Skookumchuck Narrows is also a Provincial Park so you can park your car in Egmont and walk in about 1 hour to get a nice view of the water from the rocks on shore.

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