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Malibu Rapids

Malibu is situated at the mouth of  Princess Louisa Inlet. To get there we left the dock in Secret Cove and cruised for just over an hour through the Agamemnon to Egmont for gas and a coffee at the Back Eddy Dock.

Past Egmont we travel for about 2 hours up the Royal Reaches to Malibu Rapids. The scenery along the way is stunning – the granite soars vertically from the edge of the channel to mountain tops up to 8000 feet.

In all of this the Malibu Rapids, the location of Malibu Young Life (Camp) is a place of special beauty.  Princess Louisa Inlet pours in and out of Queens Reach on every tide. So much water flows through here that the currents easily exceed the cursing speed of many of the boats who can only transit the rapids during a slack tide.

The narrow strip of land that separates the Inlet from the Reach, and creates the rapids is a remarkable piece of real estate.  Young Life owns the property and during the summer months operates a summer camp for young people.  You’ve probably never been to summer camp like this one.  Some pics follow.

For more on Princess Louisa check out the blog from last years cruise to the same area.

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It really doesn’t matter if it rains at the Skookumchuck

It really doesn't matter if it rains at the Skookumchuck

So what if it’s a rainy day. A great day for a hike into the Skookumchuck Narrows. For the guys surfing the tidal flow, what difference does it make if they’re in the rain. They’re getting wet anyway.

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The hike into Skookumchuck is about an hour on a pretty decent trail. Driving in with your kayak on top might be a mistake.

Chatterbox Falls

The trip up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet is great.  It’s 60 miles by water from Secret Cove.  Princess Louisa Inlet itself is a remarkable place.  It’s a classical fjord with gorgeous waterfalls, good anchorage and a nice little sand beach at the end.  It’s a place that all British Columbians should see, but relatively few will.

It was about an hour from Secret Cove to Egmont (at 21 mph. Now we're eading up Jervis Inlet after leaving the gas dock in Egmont.
It was about an hour from Secret Cove to Egmont (at 21 mph. Now we’re eading up Jervis Inlet after leaving the gas dock in Egmont.
This picture really doesn't capture the drama of shading between the ridge lines.
This picture really doesn’t capture the drama of shading between the ridge lines.
We made it!  Chatterbox falls.
We made it! Chatterbox falls.
There's still lots of water flowing at the end of the inlet. If you come in June the water volumes are much bigger, with dozens of falls.
There’s still lots of water flowing at the end of the inlet. If you come in June the water volumes are much bigger, with dozens of falls.
If you don't get a spot on the dock you just drop your hook in front of the falls - sit back and relax.
If you don’t get a spot on the dock you just drop your hook in front of the falls – sit back and relax.
On a faster boat like this rigid haul inflatable these tourists make the trip up from Egmont in an hour.
On a faster boat like this rigid haul inflatable these tourists make the trip up from Egmont in an hour. You’ll notice how the beach towels give our boat a class “cabin cruiser” look.
Float planes are in and out of here.  This guys heading back to YVR south terminal after a quick visit.
Float planes are in and out of here. This guys heading back to YVR south terminal after a quick visit.
Chilling in the pools below Chatter Box falls
Chilling in the pools below Chatter Box falls
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Heading Home. Leaving through Malibu Rapids on Slack Tide.
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Poverty is not so bad. Everyone else has a full galley. Some even have wine coolers. For us an open tin boat and an ice box provides the best spot for breakfast in the inlet.