Posted by: cherylyoung | June 1, 2012

Experience the Nakwakto Rapids, near Port Hardy BC

Experience the Nakwakto Rapids, near Port Hardy BC

Many people don’t know that the ultimate white water

 nature trip in BC isn’t on a river, but instead can be found

 across Queen Charlotte Strait and the famed Inside Passage

 from Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island.

The Nakwakto Rapids, at the mouth of Seymour Inlet,

 have been recognized as the fastest tidal surge in the world,

and can run up to 30 km per hour during peak tidal changes.

In fact, the currents are said to be so strong that Turret

 Rock, in the middle of the rapids, is nicknamed

 “Tremble Island” as the island is said to actually vibrate

 during peak tidal flows.

The Nakwakto Rapids have been recognized as the fastest

tidal surge in the world, and can run up to 30 km per hour

during peak tidal changes.

The wild, surging whitewater is powered by enormous

volumes of seawater forced by tidal currents through

 narrow channels and islands.

Turret Rock, in the middle of the rapids, is nicknamed

“Tremble Island” as the island is said to actually vibrate

 during peak tidal flows.

The Nakwakto Rapids are located at the head of Seymour

Inlet, and are the gateway to hundreds of kilometers of

remote and mysterious coastline, including the

Great Bear Rainforest.

The rapids are located about one hour by boat across

Queen Charlotte Strait from Port Hardy.

This amazing part of the world, part of the traditional

 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations territories, is home to

an amazing variety of wildlife, from a resident Orca

 population to seals, porpoises, sea lions, and the

occasional Fin whale, the second largest whale

 on the planet.

Nakwakto Rapids Tours operates out of Port Hardy

 BC aboard a 28′ Coast Guard-certified vessel, and run

the world’s fastest ocean whitewater, the Nakwakto

Rapids. It’s a wild ride, and it’s all tidal-powered, so trip

schedules depend on the tides themselves, which change

 depending on the time of the year.

 Find out about trip schedules here.

Post by NEVIN THOMPSON

VICTORIA BC.

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