The Skookumchuck Rapids is one of British Columbia’s most spectacular natural events. Tides cause massive saltwater surges in the Sechelt Inlet twice a day, which in turn creates high waves, tumbling rapids and giant whirlpools. The Skookumchuck Narrows (Egmont, British Columbia) are situated at the end of a 4km hike, which passes through lush Canadian rainforest, densely populated with rich trees, low hanging moss, and freshwater lakes. There are two viewpoints, North Point and Roland Point, which give a safe viewing of the Narrows.
The Skookumchuck Narrows Trail is one of the must-do hikes on the Sunshine Coast. We advise visitors to allow up to two hours there and back when hiking the Skookumchuck Trail. There is an approximately 20 minute window on either side of the “Best Viewing” times, and be prepared for darkness if the “Best Viewing” time is near sunrise or sunset. The path is well built, with very little elevation nevertheless we advise the best footwear possible. Bring water and additional hiking equipment. There is an outhouse located at the far end of the trail, but no waste disposal, so please carry your litter until you have returned to the trailhead.
If you’re looking for big waves, head to the Roland Point viewing area for the Flood Tide (+). The North Point viewing area is the best spot to see Ebb Tide (-) whirlpool activity.
Don’t forget your camera and check out the tide times below for the best viewing experience.