Posted by: cherylyoung | September 29, 2012

One of the greatest natural shows in British Columbia

 

A small waterfront village on Secret Bay in

Sechelt Inlet, Egmont is located a short distance

east of the BC Ferries terminal at Earls Cove.

 

Egmont is the trailhead for Skookumchuck Provincial Park, and features two modern marinas offering moorage and supplies for yachts and floatplanes.

 

Boat Charters are available in Egmont, and guided tourscan be arranged to the many natural attractions in the area.

Egmont is named after the HMS Egmont, which served under Rear-Admiral Sir John Jervis at the Battle of St. Vincent on 14th February 1797.

Look up to view the 2,000-metre pyramid-shaped peak ofMount Churchill towering over the waters of nearby Prince of Wales Reach.

 

Location: Egmont is located 3.6 miles (6 km) off

Highway 101 at the northern end of the SecheltPeninsula on the

 

Sunshine Coast of BC.

 

The Sunshine Coast is accessible from the Lower Mainland only by boat or airplane.

 

Travellers aboard BC Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver for the 45-minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Highway 101 links Langdale with Egmont and the ferry terminal at nearby Earls Cove.

 

View Map of the Sunshine Coast

 

Egmont was used as the background for the television

series Ritter’s Cove, based on the adventures of a float plane pilot.

 

 

 

At the apex of the sheer granite walls which rise out of

the sea, Freil Falls cascades nearly 450 metres from

the mountaintop Freil Lake into Hotham Sound, located

east of Egmont.

 

Feel the waterfall spray as you sail alongside the falls.

Charter boats will take you through Skookumchuck

Narrows, but be prepared, as the water can reach

speeds of up to 14 knots in spring and summer!

 

 

The waters near the Skookumchuk Rapids are a favourite

haunt for experienced divers and extreme kayakers.

 

 

Jervis Inlet, just north of Earls Cove, leads inland from

Malaspina Strait to a number of sounds and inlets,

including Hotham Sound, Agamemnon Channel, Sechelt

Inlet, Prince of Wales Reach, Princess Royal Reach,

and into Queens Reach.

 

Leading off Queens Reach is Princess Louisa Inlet, at

the head of which is Princess Louisa Provincial Park

and the stunning Chatterbox Falls.

 

Trips to the falls are available out of nearby Egmont.

 

 

Egmont is a convenient and popular departure point for

cruises up Jervis Inlet and Queens Reach to Princess

Louisa Inlet and the Chatterbox Falls, one of the

most splendid trips you can take in B.C.

 

 

Voted most scenic natural anchorage in the world,

Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park has a charm

and scenic beauty that must be seen and experienced to

be fully appreciated, a tranquil paradise tucked into the

 

Coast Mountains on the BC mainland.

 

Stop at the sandy swimming beach at Dan Bosch

Regional Park on the eastern shore of Ruby Lake,

10 minutes south of the Earls Cove ferry terminal, where

you’ll find just the place to picnic and swim.

 

 

The park has 3 picnic tables, and a quarter-mile loop trail

along the shoreline of Ruby Lake.

 

If you need a boat, nearby Ruby Lake Resort rents them out.

 

 

Ruby Lake Lagoon provides a safe home to over 80

species of birds, including a growing abundance of North

America’s most beautiful waterfowl, the Wood Duck.

 

Other wildlife at Ruby Lake includes painted turtles,

 

beavers, otters, Roosevelt elk, deer and bears.

 

 

The Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society

provides facilities for the casual bird watcher and family

nature hikes, and supports activities ranging from scientific research studies to local school projects.

 

Between Madeira Park and Earls Cove, you can canoe or kayak Sakinaw Lake, and follow the portage route up to Ruby Lake.

 

There’s lovely freshwater paddling on Ruby Lake, which most folks only get to admire from their vehicle as they pass by on their way to or from the Earls Cove ferry terminal.

 

Ruby and Sakinaw Lakes are noted for good trout fishing in season.

 

Egmont also makes a good base for charter boats to explore the prime cruising grounds of Desolation Sound – one of the most beauti

ful and varied cruising areas in British Columbia.

 

Egmont Park is located in the heart of downtown Egmont on the old Egmont School site. There is a grassy field, tennis court and playground.

 

One of the greatest natural shows in British Columbia occurs twice daily in Skookumchuk Narrows Provincial Park in Egmont at the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula.

 

One of the largest saltwater rapids on Canada’s West Coast, Skookumchuk Rapids boils as huge volumes of water force their way through Skookumchuk Narrows at the north end of Sechelt Inlet (Skookum is a Native word for strong and chuk means water).

 

 

A 2.5-mile (4-km) walking trail leads from the outskirts of Egmont to viewing sites at North Point and Roland Point.

 

This is an easygoing ramble without much diversion except where it skirts Brown Lake.

 

Depending on the motion of the ocean, viewing is at North Point during a falling tide and at Roland Point during a flood tide.

 

The two points are separated by only a short distance.

 

You can plainly hear the boiling, bubbling roar of these tidal rapids at Roland point.

 

At low tide, the bays around both points display astonishingly colourful and varied forms of marine life.

 

Giant barnacles, colonies of starfish, sea urchins, and sea anemones thrive in the nutrient-rich waters, whose strong tidal currents cause these creatures to grow to extravagant sizes.

 

In order to fully appreciate the scene, plan your visit to coincide with the change in tides.

 

The most dramatic motion, when billions of gallons of water are sucked into cavernous whirlpools and whipped up into standing waves, occurs an hour after slack tide when the ocean is rising.

 

Consult tide tables to determine the timing of your visit.

 

 

 

You’ll find these posted at tourist information centres around the Sunshine Coast, on BC Ferries, and at the trailhead.

 

 

 

CHERYL C YOUNG,REALTOR
 
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C www.cherylyoung.ca

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