The best way to see Skookumchuck Narrows and Sechelt Rapids is to take our 1 hour outing. On select days our Skookumchuck Narrows tour sails at 4:30 pm. We scheduled these days as we are able to experience current running at 10 knots or more. We consider this to be prime viewing time.
Skookumchuck Narrows is a 4 mile long passageway, the only entrance to the inner Inlets, Sechelt, Narrows and Salmon. Glaciology created a unique situation here. Bottom shallowing and an island plug serve to restrict water moving between the Inlets and the ocean. Water speeds up to compensate for the restriction (think what happens when you pinch the end of the garden hose). The result is North America’s fastest tidal currents. These currents are a phenomenon; remarkable and extraordinary! Join us on the boat to not only see it but to also hear it and feel it. The security and shelter of the tour boat is a special vantage point to experience the waves and whirlpools.
Our tour is not a high adventure outing. We try not to splash. Our intent is to be in safe areas in close proximity to the power of the flow. The operator’s commenatary will highlight the features and explain how they are created.
Summer: (May 5 to Sept 19) – Frequently
We only schedule this tour during prime viewing times.
We have regular scheduled tours and can arrange charter outings outside of scheduled times, or for full groups.
1 Hour Tour (4:30PM – 5:30PM)
Tours depart from the Backeddy Marina: 16660 Backeddy Rd, Egmont, BC
Group departures can be arranged to suit any schedule. Call toll free to 1-800-870-9055 to ask about making special arrangements.
Adults: $49.00 ($46.67 + $2.33 GST)
Youth: (under 12) $49.00 ($46.67 + $2.33 GST)
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Payment in full is required to confirm your reservation. No refunds are available. Once any reservations are confirmed we will not cancel the trip for lack of numbers. Until confirmations are issued the schedule is subject to change. Make sure you reserve ahead to avoid disappointment.
The Skookumchuck Narrows tour is more for the curious than the adventurer. We see all the features of this central, stategic waterway. When in Sechelt Rapids we move about carefully, putting the boat in prime positions to get the full sensory experience. Being in the flow is thrilling. From the tour boat we’re able to feel the power. We the roar. all our senses are consumed. Added to that is the understanding the operator’s commentary gives.
The rapids are famous for their spectacular waves and whirlpools. The gaps between the islands are beautiful. On our tour we move around and see all this from a variety of vantage points. The tour boat is a unique platform that stimulates all the sensory inputs.
“My girlfriend & I booked a tour to Princess Louisa Inlet hosted by Bryce of Sunshine Coast Tours and, although it rained heavily throughout the trip, Bryce was upbeat & informative about the peoples and surroundings along this wonderful waterway. The previous day he had taken us on a thrilling ride through Sechelt Rapids on Skookumchuk Narrows where he spoke knowledgeably of the history and natural wonders of the area.”