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Kayaking Princess Louisa Inlet

Princess Louisa Inlet is a world-class kayaking destination ideal for exploring the trademark beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Often called "the Princess", this waterway situated in a canyon is a kayaker's dream world.

Kayak to Princess Louisa Inlet

Kayak Princess Louisa Inlet


Princess Louisa Inlet campsite
At Chatterbox Falls
On the water in Princess Louisa Inlet
Sechelt Rock Painting
By the fire in Princess Louisa Inlet

Princess Louisa Inlet is truly the jewel of the Sunshine Coast. Steeped in Native history with rock paintings, abandoned villages, mile-high fjords and a thousand glacier-fed waterfalls, this a paradise for paddler's. Princess Louisa Inlet's scenery is internationally known and as you kayak in, you will easily understand why.

This magnificent fjord is a stunning and gorgeous 7 to 10 day trip. This Inlet is at the tip of a number of zig-zagging reaches that cut through the Coast Range Mountains, dividing the upper and lower ranges of the Sunshine Coast. In some places, the mountains of this fjord rise sheerly, 4,000 feet directly from the water. It is an impressive feeling of awe to be in a kayak with such sublime cliff walls on either side.

Originally Princess Louisa Inlet was perhaps a fault in the earth's crust... eventually scoured out by a glacier that has since, obviously, retreated. It is roughly a mile wide and completely hemmed in on all sides by stupendous mountains that rise, nearly perpendicular, to heights reaching over 1,000 meters.

There are certain times in the day when the whole inlet seems choked with mountains, it appears as if there is no line between where the cliffs enter the sea and where the reflections begin.

The climax of your Princess Louisa Inlet kayak trip will come on the 3rd or 4th day when you first see the world-famous Chatterbox Falls. On this day, your eye will be caught at first by a long white scar rising up about 2,000 ft. It slashes across and disappears into the dark-green background. As you paddle closer, you will see that this long white scar has movement. It is moving down, down, down, a steep rapid moving down the cliff wall. It disappears and reappears and then, in one magnificent leap it plunges off the cliff and into the sea a hundred ft. below. This is Chatterbox Falls.

As you, in your kayak, paddle closer to the beaches adjacent to these falls, the mist will come out to great you. On these beaches we camp for 2 days.

In many cases, groups elect to water taxi back from our Princess Louisa trip in order to buy a couple extra days camping by the falls. On the other hand, we always encourage 'the honest paddle back.' After 2 days resting at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet, we begin our return journey capitalizing on winds and tides. This method of returning seems a tad bit more rewarding than the luxury of a water taxi. (Still, we admit that a water taxi is a relaxing way to get back.) Quite simply, if time and weather permit, undertaking the return paddle back allows one to boast that they paddled to and from thee Princess Louisa Inlet- the longest fjord in B.C. Rewarding indeed.

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Scheduled 2015 Princess Louisa Inlet Kayak Trip:

August 4 - August 10, 2015

Custom Kayaking Trips to Princess Louisa Inlet Available!






The People of Princess Louisa Inlet:

This area is the ancient home to the Sechelt Indian Band. The marine life and old-growth forests here have long been enough to sustain their population and Sechelt people have enjoyed a close companionship with this land for several millenia.

On your paddling into Princess Louisa Inlet, you will see rock paintings and abandoned dwellings that serve as evidence of the Sechelt bands ancient presence here. The Sechelt First Nations people today are also commonly referred to just as Shishalh, for the language they have long spoke. Within these inlets, two subgroups of Shishalh people flourished. They were the Xenichen at the inlet's head and the Ts'unay who made their home at Deserted Bay.

The headquarters of the Sechelt Indian Band can be visited on your way to Egmont, in Sechelt, and there is also the Tems Swiya Museum there which offers an abundance of additional information on Shishalh artwork, teachings, land, history and culture.

The Sechelt people are known for making strides in native rights. In 1986 the Sechelt Indian Band became an independant, self-governing body. Basicially, this means that the Sechelt First Nations became a unique extension of British Columbia's provincial government. The Sechelt First Nations holds jurisdiction over its land and has reclaimed their own authority to provide services such as education to its residents. This stride has given the Sechelt people a legitimate opportunity to preserve sacred Sechelt traditions and the Shishalh language.