[twitter]Skookumchuck Narrows | Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park
10km return, flat, 2 – 2 1/2 hours
Ages: 3+. The coastal rainforest of British Columbia is outstanding. The hike to Roland Point at Skookumchuck Narrows is about as wonderful as you can get.
Huge, ancient cedars covered in moss (the boys called the sweater trees) tower throughout the park offering shade and cover from the elements. Our day was particularly humid, and the trees cooled us down and protected us from the scattered rain.
Wide gravel paths make the first 4k of the hike easy, the last little bit gets a little root-filled and rocky. There’s some up and down at the end as well. The signs list it as a 1 hr hike, it took us closer to 70 minutes each way.
The entire trip feels like an expedition to Endor. It was a perfect way to keep the boys’ minds occupied on the hike. They kept their eyes peeled for Ewoks and Scout Troopers, and afterwards I had fun photoshopping some in.
Make sure you time your hike to get to the end within the 30 minute window of the high ebb and flood tides. The tide charts are posted at the start of the hike, you can look them up online too. You’ll see strong whirlpools and standing waves at these times.
At Roland Point you can see tidal pools and sea stars, marvel at the churning tides, and maybe even sea some sea kayakers. We saw a collection of small boats hidden in the woods, but there were no wave riders crashing the whitewater during our visit.
The trailhead is right at the Skookumchuk Bakery, a perfect place to pick up provisions to have on the rocks at the narrows, or as a treat at the end of your walk. On our day we placed an order for some cinnamon buns and, 3 hours later when we returned, they were hot and fresh out of the oven.
The hike to Skookumchuck Narrows was very popular with families and tourists alike on our visit and is a must if you make it to the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.