Misery Bay

At the mouth of Salmon Inlet kayakers and canoeists have a decision to make.  The next marine park on the south side of Salmon Inlet is Thornhill Creek Marine Park, located about 9 miles (14.4 km) from the Old Glad Tidings Camp.  It is a small campground with two tent sites on hard packed gravel, a pit toilet and creek water that must be boiled.  There is limited shelter along the way and wind can be a problem so this might be of more interest to power boaters.  We anchored at Thornhill and immediately got the anchor snagged on an old submerged logging cable.  Made for an interesting time pulling up the anchor.

Misery Falls

The reward for going this far though is seeing Misery Falls tumbling down a granite cleft into the ocean, located less than a mile on the north side of the Inlet.  Three quarters of a mile east of the falls is Misery Bay that is the site of a now deactivated logging camp.  There is an old dock that we tied up to.  Misery Bay, despite it’s ominous name, is quite picturesque and sheltered.  We walked up one of the old logging roads and found a series of falls which was a surprise to come upon.

Misery Falls (upper)

Logging has been going on in this particular area since the early 1920’s and by 1934, when the operation ended, over 7 miles (11.2 km) of railway track ran down the mountainside.  Train cars were hauled up empty up and lowered down full of logs.  This had to be done by cable because of the steep incline. There are little signs of the old operation but more recent logging has left a bit of a mess around the dock area. We just faced out into the bay and quite enjoyed our stay there.

Misery Bay



  1. Know this is an old post.. But you mention that rail line at misery and how they had to snub the locies and cars down the incline. Story goes that one load got away and the loci went off the tracks and down the hillside and they couldnt get it back. My brother lived and logged up there for a long while for Sladey and Trousdale both but didnt find it ever in his limited searching.

    • Thanks very much for the comment. An interesting time in BC history and I admire the men who worked so hard in the forest industry. Conditions must have been very difficult and it is hard to imagine building a rail system under the conditions they did.

  2. It made my heart so glad to see Jazz Age looking so beautiful in your photos at Misery Bay. My mother, Brenda, who has gone from us now, loved that boat, and for the years that we owned her,we spent many happy hours.
    Sincerely, Ellen McGillveray.

    • Hi Ellen – thanks so much for writing. We met your mother when we bought Jazz Age and it was apparent how much the boat meant to her. We had many wonderful excursions and she was a wonderful boat. Jazz Age went to Cortes Island after us and hopefully she is giving the new owners as much pleasure as she gave us.

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