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.
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.
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.