One of the advantages of being able to trailer our boat, is if the weather gets rough in Howe Sound, we can easily pack up and head to the inlet. For those of you who have never had the chance to adventure into the Sechelt Inlet, we highly recommend it! Not only is it calm and sheltered, but the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
We have done a fair amount of exploring and one of our favorites routes is into Narrows Inlet, with a quick spin around through the Skookumchuk rapids before heading home.
The trip into the end of Narrows Inlet lasts about 1.5 hours (depending on how many times we stop to look at the harbour seals- and if I’m on the boat it’s lots! 😀 ) It’s a lovely trip, and just as the name suggests, there is a point where the inlet narrows to about 20 ft across. When the tide is low you can see tons of purple Ochre Sea Stars clinging to the sides of the wall. This is also home to a fantastic dive site called “Tzoonie Narrows”
Going through the Skookumchuk Narrows before heading home is always a highlight for our guests. Skookumchuck Narrows has some of the fastest moving water in the world, and is famous for it’s whirlpools on the ebb tide and standing waves on the flood. The waves are a huge attraction for kayakers and surfers who will take turns riding the “skook.” We caught the tide on the flood today, and loved watching these guys battle the waves!