Known as one of the highest tidal changes in the world, Skookumchuck Rapids is a favorite destination for Sunshine Coast visitors and locals. The word Skookumchuck is Chinook for ‘strong waters’ and hikers should time their visit to best peak viewing times, generally midway between significant tide changes. The hike takes approximately 45 minutes one way, and there are two main viewing areas depending on whether it is a rising (flow) or falling (ebb) tide. Many months of the year experienced whitewater kayakers and surfers can be observed ‘riding’ the standing waves. Tidal pools at the scenic viewing point offer a glimpse into the intertidal zone of the Skookumchuck Narrows, the most turbulent point in the waterway. The photo above was taken a few years ago.
Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park is accessed by returning to Hwy. 101 (Sunshine Coast Highway) and driving northwest towards the Earl’s Cove ferry terminal. Take the turnoff for Egmont and follow the signs. Be sure to pick up the best viewing times to ensure you’ll get to see the tides.
For full park information, please see the BC Parks site.