Backeddy Resort & Marina, located in the small community of Egmont on British Columbia’s north Sechelt Peninsula, is known for being a small, quiet and relaxing marina. But, there were a couple of other reasons for our two-night visit last summer. First, it made for a perfect location to time our departure and arrival at Malibu Rapids before a visit of Princess Louisa Inlet. Second, we wanted to witness the power of the world–famous Skookumchuck rapids.
Area attractions include:
- Quality marina
- Backeddy Pub
- Skookumchuck Narrows
- Egmont Heritage Centre
- Good jump-off point for a trip to Princess Louisa Inlet
Backeddy Resort & Marina
We timed our arrival for near slack water. As we pulled into our assigned dock space, we were met by a helpful and energetic summer wharfinger who assisted with Easy Goin’s lines.
The marina offers moorage for vessels to 120-feet.
Open year–round Backeddy Resort & Marina offers over 300-feet of guest and can accommodate vessels up to 120-feet, diesel and gasoline, 15 and 30-amp power, Wi-Fi, ice, washrooms, showers, laundry, a liquor store, snacks and floatplane service by Kenmore Air and West Coast Air. Reservations are recommended during the summer season. There are also cabins, motel rooms, geodesic domes, campgrounds and boat launch available.
Backeddy Resort & Marina is small, quiet and relaxing.
At times the current is strong at the dock on both flood and ebb tides. The dock is best approached with the bow to the current for maximum control. It’s suggested to hail the marina on VHF 66A so a wharfinger can assist with the lines.
The red triangle day beacon, off the marina’s south dock, is a navigation aid for Sechelt Inlet. Approach the inner southern dock by leaving the beacon to port as it does mark a rock that extends from shore.
Leave day beacon to port when approach inner southern.
Where to Dine When Visiting Backeddy Resort & Marina
For excellent pub fare, the Backeddy Pub is a must. If you’re up for a tasty challenge, try wrapping your mouth around the giant 16-oz. Skookum burger. The pub is popular with boaters and locals with live music on Friday and Saturday nights and for lunch and dinner. The pub does not serve minors but does offer a restaurant area for families and a picnic area overlooking the water and marina.
Backeddy Pub overlooks the marina and Sechelt Inlet.
If you’re looking for fine dining, a short walk up the hill from the marina is the West Coast Wilderness Lodge offering seasonal Northwest cuisine, indoor and outdoor dining and a beautiful view of Sechelt Inlet.
The Turbulent Waters at Skookumchuck Narrows
On the afternoon of our second day, we walked to the Skookumchuck Narrows, one of B.C.’s most magnificent natural shows. We timed the 90-minute walk so we would arrive 30-minutes before the maximum flood. Just a few feet from the trailhead we came upon the Skookumchuck Bakery & Cafe, but they were closed. The wharfinger had told us they baked fantastic cinnamon buns and other delectable treats.
Hard to miss the Skookumchuck Bakery.
The trail winds through Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, which resides in a rainforest, where things are greener than can be imagined and a number of ancient Western red cedar and Douglas firs stand in all their glory.
Skookumchuck (“strong or turbulent waters” in the Salish language) Narrows boils as 200 billion gallons of water are forced through the narrows twice a day. These are the largest and fastest-running tidal rapids in North America. The water can reach speeds of up to 16–knots making it popular with “extreme” kayakers and surfers.
You can not only see the rapids but also feel and hear the roaring power.
The most dramatic motion happens at max flood when the water is boiling into cavernous whirlpools and up into 8– to 10-foot standing waves. As we stood on the water’s edge at Roland Point, we could not only see the power but could also feel and hear the rapids roar.
The water can reach speeds of 16 knots and whip-up 10 foot standing waves.
Other Ways to Experience the Area
Located across from the Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park is the Egmont Heritage Centre. The Centre tells the story of the native and early pioneer settlers of the area with emphasis on the logging and fishing heritage. There are special collections of early 1900s Vivian and Easthope diesel engines, antique bottles, Depression-era glass and a gift shop featuring local books, arts, and crafts as well as outdoor displays and a picnic area.
Kw’at’am-us Totem Pole on the shore of Sechelt Inlet.
Sunshine Coast Tours will also help you discover the cultural and historical highlights of the area. Should you not want to take the 80-mile round trip or have the time to make the run in your own boat, they offer daily five-hour tours to Princess Louisa Inlet. The inlet is judged one of the ten most scenic spots in North America and is only accessible by water or floatplane. To explore under the sea, join one of their scuba dive excursions.
~ Deane Hislop
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