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Upper Narrows Inlet

As mentioned in the prior post, the Tzoonie Narrows is only about 80 feet (25 meters) across.  With two tidal changes a day a lot of water passes through the channel but it is almost always clear sailing as the current only reaches 4 knots (4.6 mph) at the maximum.  However, kayaks and canoes may need to choose the right time to pass through as it could be a tiring paddle.  Once through the channel you are in upper Narrows Inlet and the scenery can be breathtaking. In the glassy calm reflections in the water are amazing, along the shoreline they often look like native designs.

The inlet is 5.2 miles (8.4 km) from the Narrows to the head and varies from 1500 feet (458 meters) up to 3000 feet (914 meters) wide.  The mountains on either side rise steeply up to 5,250 feet (1600 meters).  Mount Drew at the end of the inlet is 5,900 feet (1800 meters).  At times it feels like you are boating through the Rockies.

At the end of Narrows Inlet is the Tzoonie River.  For many years this site had been a logging and booming operation but I believe that stopped in early 2000. Kayaking is great here and you can make it quite a way up the Tzoonie River depending on time of the year. Though we never tried it, you can anchor and stern tie on the north side of the bay and enjoy the incredible view up the Tzoonie Valley.

This area was also a seasonal village of the Tahw-ahn-kwuk (Tewankw), one of the four groups of the shíshálhs (Sechelts).  In very cold weather the waters of the upper inlet can freeze so the villagers would move to warmer climes to the south for the winter.

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2 comments

  1. Just happened across your site……very good. We have a cabin at the end of the inlet, right at the base of Ramona Falls (about 1k before the Tzoonie River delta). Just want you to know the whole place is slated for a power project that will be draining 3 of the high alpine lakes and diverting part of the waterfall. There will be above ground penstocks, powerhouses and powerlines soon……still time to write Minister of Environment if you feel we should leave some areas of our province free from industrialization.

    Let me know if you want a bit of info.


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