About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Misery Falls is a sheer cliff rising out of the ocean with another gallery of shíshálh (Sechelt) First Nation pictographs found on it. These paintings are more elaborate than the first two sets. The two-headed figure is once again believed to be Tchain’-ko. Between the two heads is a depiction of a mountain goat. Two deer, a tree, a face and other symbols can also be seen.
The head of Salmon Inlet is another 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east. There you will find a BC Hydro dam built between the ocean and Clowhom Lake. This dam was constructed in the 1950’s to supply additional power to a growing Sechelt. Overlooking Salmon Inlet and Clowhom Lake is Clowhom Lodge, a fishing lodge that started in the 1930’s as a private enterprise. It was rebuilt in 1980 and in 2000 became a commercial venture, though I’m not sure if it is still operating.
There have been years of logging activity in the area so there is definitely an industrial look to the head of the Inlet. Looking on the bright side, it can be quite interesting to consider the engineering aspect of the dam and power project. There were no roads to the dam site and all of the construction material needed to be barged in. Power lines also had to be constructed from the dam to Sechelt, a distance of 22.5 miles (36 km) over some extremely difficult terrain. These were pre-helicopter days so all the materials had to be winched up the mountainside.
All down the north side of Salmon Inlet is the Cheekye-Dunsmuir Power Transmission Line. Built in the early 1980’s, it runs from the Cheekye sub-station near Squamish, BC to the Dunsmuir sub-station on Vancouver Island. It is over 80 miles (126 km) long with a portion of it going under Georgia Straight. It is quite amazing to see considering the terrain and difficult building conditions.
The 13 mile (21.6 km) return trip down the north side of Salmon Inlet is more of a grand scale visual experience – the clouds, light, ocean, steep Inlet mountainsides, etc. Beauty is always there if you look for it.