The World's Most Scenic An­chor­age (Bri­tish Columbia)

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents - Words By Perry Mack Pho­tos Cour­tesy Sun­shine Coast Tours

Princess Louisa In­let ranks high on the list of the world’s most scenic an­chor­ages. The en­trance is guarded by Mal­ibu Rapids (a ti­dal stream nar­rows). But the re­ward for know­ing how to get through the chan­nel is worth the ef­fort. Sheer rock walls rise on all sides. When it rains, wa­ter flows over the rim in so many places so as to con­fuse any­one try­ing to count the wa­ter­falls. James Bruce Falls, at the head of Princess Louisa In­let, is the high­est wa­ter­fall in North Amer­ica. But it is of­ten missed as the view is dom­i­nated by the majesty of Chat­ter­box Falls, a wa­ter­fall so awe in­spir­ing that it can only be called spir­i­tual. Sheer rock cliffs above Chat­ter­box have a vis­i­ble re­lief of over 1525 m (5,000 ft). Com­pare this to fa­mous El Cap­i­tan which is a mere 1160 m (3800 ft) and you get a sense of just how im­pres­sive it is!

Sechelt Rapids, at the eastern end of the Skookum­chuck Nar­rows (at Skookum­chuk Nar­rows Pro­vin­cial Park) has the fastest ti­dal stream in North Amer­ica. You can some­times see ex­treme kayak­ers play in stand­ing waves up to 5

m (16 ft) high as wa­ter roars through the nar­rows. The stand­ing waves, whirlpools and boils that form as the cur­rent builds in speed are a star­tling demon­stra­tion of na­ture’s awe­some power.

Leave your cares at the dock in Eg­mont for the day while you tour with Sun­shine Coast Tours. All their tour

com­men­tary is de­signed to “en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate” as they pro­vide fac­tual upto-date in­for­ma­tion on the in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture of the re­gion as well as the his­tory and cul­ture of the in­dige­nous First Na­tions.

They also have a tour to Porpoise Bay, Sechelt. You’ll find it’s a very sim­ple, ca­sual out­ing for peo­ple who want to “get out on the wa­ter”. www.sun­shinecoast­tours.ca

Ex­plore the shore­line from a kayak; visit the Eg­mont Her­itage Cen­tre which tells the story of the Na­tive and early pi­o­neer set­tlers of the area; scuba dive the 112 me­tre wreck of the HMCS Chaudière at the mouth of Salmon In­let; fish for salmon or ling­cod, or get your fill of shell­fish in­clud­ing prawns, oys­ters, crab and clams; then pull on your hik­ing boots and ex­pe­ri­ence the Sun­coaster Trail. www.sun­shine-coast-trails.com/ sun­coaster-trail.

From Van­cou­ver, take the Horse­shoe Bay Ferry in West Van­cou­ver to Lang­dale and drive 85 km (53 mi) to Eg­mont via High­way 101. In 2017, give your­self the treat-of-a-life­time tour and ex­pe­ri­ence one of the world’s most scenic an­chor­ages.

Princess Louisa In­let.

Chat­ter­box Falls.

Sun­shine Coast Sail­ing.

Skookum­chuk Nar­rows Pro­vin­cial Park.

Rain­bow at Chat­ter­box Falls.

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