Egmont is located at the head of the Sechelt Peninsula 51 km (32
miles) north of Sechelt and 87 km (54
miles) of Gibsons on Hwy 101. If you happen
to be coming from Powell River, Egmont
is only 6 km (4 miles) past the ferry terminal at Earls Cove going
south towards Pender Harbour, also
on Hwy 101
Egmont is a small resort community relying on the tourist trade
and the various boaters that frequent these waters especially during
the summer. If you are coming here by boat, there are two marinas
located at Egmont. One is the Bathgate General Store, Resort and
Marina, the other is the Backeddy Resort & Marina.
General Store, Resort and Marina
The Bathgate General Store, Resort and Marina is located right on
Egmont Road as you enter the community coming from Earls Cove. The
nice thing about the Bathgate is the well-stocked general store
offering an excellent selection of groceries and hard-to-find hardware
items. The Bathgate General Store also has a liquor outlet and there
is a resort plus a marina for boaters.
Resort & Marina
With 600 feet of remote waterfront on the Sechelt Inlet, Egmont's
Backeddy Resort and Marina is a waterfront playground. Located at
the water's edge, the resort has one of the most breathtaking views
of Hotham Sound in Egmont. The resort offers everything from geodesic
domes and an RV campground to rooms at the Inn. There are also A-frame
rustic timber cabins and modern oceanfront cabins, all of which
overlook the Sechelt Inlet.
Areas along the BC Coast
Egmont is at the gateway for two incredible areas along the BC Coast.
One is the Sechelt Rapids where you can witness the natural occurrence
of tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park. The other
is boating up the waters of Jervis Inlet eventually to Malibu and
the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet.
There is a trail at Egmont that takes you to the very famous Sechelt
Rapids - the fastest and largest salt water rapids in North America.
The rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows occur on ebb and floods of the
tide change of three inlets: Sechelt, Narrows and Salmon Inlets.
Sometimes you can see spectacular rapids up to 5 metres (16 feet)
occurring at the very narrow entrance of Sechelt Inlet.
of the Trail
The parking lot and trailhead is near the Bathgate General Store,
Resort and Marina on Egmont Road at Doriston Hwy directly across
from the Egmont Heritage Centre. The trail is around 4 km (2.5 miles)
to the northern end of the Skookumchuck Narrows through a beautiful
You can expect to take around 45 minutes to walk, depending on how
long you spend at Brown Lake which is along the way where there
is some waterfowl viewing opportunities. Once at Skookumchuck Narrows,
there are two viewing areas one best for viewing the flood tide
and other for the ebb tide.
If you're lucky or have timed the situation well with a very low
or extremely high tide you can expect to see swirling eddies, turbulent
waves and lots of whirlpools with currents in excess of 30 km (19
miles) per hour. Please check with the current tide tables to time
your visit to see this spectacular event or the recommended times
compiled by the Sechelt Visitor Info Centre.
Going by boat located north-east of Egmont you'll encounter the
Prince of Wales Reach, Princess Royal Reach and Queens Reach. Once
you're boating halfway down Queens Reach you will find Malibu Club
- a Young Life Christian youth camp. This is the location of another
tidal rapid called Malibu Rapids and the entrance to Princess Louisa
This part of British Columbia's coastline is very unique with sharp
peaks and various steep mountains creating a number of waterfalls
that cascade into Princess Louisa Inlet. Then once you're at the
head of Princess Louisa Inlet, there is the incredible Princess
Louisa Provincial Marine Park featuring Chatterbox Falls.
and Sakinaw Lakes
Coming north from Pender Harbour on Hwy 101, before you arrive at
Earls Cove, you will pass Sakinaw and Ruby Lakes. Make sure you
take the opportunity to visit Dan Bosch Regional Park on Ruby Lake.
The park features a very nice sandy beach and has some excellent
swimming during the summer time.
There is also a section of Dan Bosch that includes Klein Lake that
can be reached off Egmont Road near North Lake on your way into
Egmont. At Klein Lake there are some camping areas and the lake
features some great fresh-water fishing plus the hiking and views
of Ruby Lake are excellent.
to Powell River
If you are travelling by vehicle to Powell River you have to take
a ferry at Earls Cove. The BC Ferries terminal is only 6 km (4 miles)
from Egmont. The ferries run every two hours to the terminal at
Bay Provincial Park
Once, over on the other side, Saltery Bay is a good place to see
some great southerly views back towards Nelson Island. The nearby
Saltery Bay Provincial Park, only a few minutes away from the ferry
terminal, has large private campsites and is very popular with scuba
Information on Egmont
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Store & Marina
- Slack Tide
- on Ebb Tide
Cruising by Malibu
into the rapids
BC Ferries Terminal
at Earl's Cove
North Lake just