While not on Vancouver Island, Skookumchuk Falls is near by on the Sechelt Peninsula. I hiked up to see the falls, but timed it badly as the tide was high, just starting to reverse, and the falls were not visible. My luck was constant as the bakery was closed and I wasn’t able to get coffee and pastry at the end of the hike.

“Skookumchuck” is a Chinook name meaning turbulent water or rapid torrent.

At Skookumchuck Falls one can experience the awesome power of an incredibly turbulent tidal rapid. On a 3 metre tide, 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlet. The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other sometimes exceeds 2 metres in height. Current speeds can exceed 30km/hr. The rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.

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