Monday, October 17, 2011

Kayaking the Skookumchuck Narrows - Sunshine Coast, BC

A recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia brought me to the Skookumchuck Narrows - a fascinating place!  A couple times a day the tide rolls in or out of the massive Sechelt Inlet.  The sheer volume of water (200 billion gallons on a 10 ft tide change) creates a tidal surge.  Although quite dangerous if you're swimming or sailing, it's perfect for Kayakers to play on the huge standing wave formed by this phenomenon.

Be sure to time your visit to see the maximum height of the tide and take into account the hour long hike from the parking lot.  More info on the narrows and the Provincial Park here.

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