While we were staying at the Backeddy Resort in Egmont, on British Columbia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, we wanted to be able to witness one of the coolest phenomenon you’ll find in BC; the mighty Sechelt Rapids. “Skookumchuck,” derived from Chinook First Nations vernacular, means “strong water.” At Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, “strong water” is quite an understatement.
This was only the second hike we have done with our kids, aged four, two and now three months, where we did not (and wouldn’t have been able to) bring a stroller. The first was the day before, when we hiked Smuggler Cove. We wondered if we were pushing it, doing a big hike on back-to-back days, but we were pleasantly surprised when the kids did so well. Darcy was having a little knee pain after some intense workouts, but his knee sleeve got him though. They loved getting into the forest and exploring. With the little kids along, it took us about an hour to hike the 4km to the viewpoint.
Twice each day as the tide changes, an incredible torrent of water pours through the narrows between the Georgia Strait and the Jervis Inlet. From North Point we were able to witness an interesting tidal view on the ebb tide of whirlpools and tidal pool activity. At a flood tide, choose Roland Point to see the standing wave, and possibly advanced surfers and kayakers out battling the waters for a thrill. Roland Point is where you want to go for a close-up view of the rapids. You’ll be right on top of the rapids. However, if you have little kids with you, remember the unpredictability and power of the current. With young kids, we suggest you do what we did and go to the other viewpoint, North Point.
It was neat to see the rushing water forming whirlpools; like a hole was opening within the water and forming a tornado in the water. It was wonderful to witness Mother Nature’s power.
Check the tides timing before you go so you are there to see the viewpoint you want to see. It’s a gorgeous hike, but you wouldn’t want to miss the main event.
Take a look at the beauty and power of Mother Nature that you’ll want to witness for yourself:
Where have you witnessed Mother Nature do something incredible?