Posted by: cherylyoung | May 4, 2014

Princess Louisa Inlet And the Chatterbox falls are one of the most splendid trips you can take in BC

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 on the Sunshine Coast has a charm and

scenic beauty that must be seen and

experienced to be fully appreciated.

Voted the “most scenic natural anchorage”

 in the world, the marinepark is located

 in the Princess Louisa Inlet and is

 accessible by boat or plane only –

there are no public roads.

The only entrance to the marine park is

 through the Strait of Georgia by way of

Jervis Inlet, 90 km north of

Skookumchuck Narrows.

This 65-hectare park offers a unique

setting with tranquil waters surrounded

 by a magnificent granite-walled gorge.

 Cut by a glacier, the walls rise to heights

 in excess of 2,100 metres.

 Until mid-June, the warm sun melting

the mountain snow creates more than

 sixty waterfalls that cascade and spume

 down precipitous walls to mingle with

 the waters of Princess Louisa Inlet below.

 Tumbling 45 metres at the head of the

 inlet is the beautiful Chatterbox Falls,

 one of the most visited and celebrated

nautical destinations in British Columbia.

Princess Louisa Inlet, referred to as

 Suivoolot or “sunny and warm” by

natives, serves an active part in native

lore for groups such as the Sechelt

 Nation.

 As placid as a mountain lake, the ocean

waters of Princess Louisa Inlet move

 constantly with the tides, but currents

 are practically non-existent except for

 the seven to ten-knot Malibu Rapids

at the entrance.

The area surrounding Chatterbox Falls

 was originally purchased by James F.

MacDonald in 1927 and passed on to the

 non-profit Princess Louisa International

 Society in 1953, so that “all may enjoy its

 peace and beauty”.

After years of guardianship by the Society,

 the park’s administration was given over

 to the Government of the Province of BC

 for all to enjoy.

The park was created on June 24, 1965.

There are 800 metres of trails/boardwalks

 located at Chatterbox Falls.

 Outside the park is a nearby hiking trail

to Trappers Cabin that takes approximately

 2 hours and is somewhat dangerous

 and difficult.

It is approximately 7 hours to the alpine

 and another half day to the icefield.

 These trails are recommended for

 experienced mountaineers only.

 Other attractions in the park are the

mountain goats, alpine meadows and

native petroglyphs.

This spectacular park contains 10 walk-in

 tent sites available at Mcdonald Island

and at Chatterbox Falls. Visiting boats

can moor at the floats.

 During the high-use season, usage may be

 limited to 72 hours only.

 Canoeing and kayaking provides a

wonderful perspective from which to view

both scenery and wildlife.

 A hiking and walking trail enables visitors

 to view and appreciate the natural beauty

of the royal fjord from the tranquility

of its shoreline.

 MacDonald Island is accessible by dinghy.

Facilities include campsites, a picnic

shelter, toilets and a ranger cabin.

Boating facilities provided include

 mooring buoys, stern pins, a boat dock

and a dinghy dock.

Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park

is located approximately 38 miles (60 km)

 northeast of Powell River on the

 BC Sunshine Coast.

 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 BC, to the

 tranquil paradise tucked into the

 Coast Mountains

CHERYL

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