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Outside the Skookumchuck

Egmont

Egmont Boat Houses

After going through the Skookumchuck Narrows and passing the community of Egmont there is a ‘crossroads’ of inlets.  Behind you is Sechelt Inlet, ahead is Jervis Inlet, to the left Agamemnon Channel and to the right Hotham Sound and the entrance to the reaches of Jervis Inlet.

Jervis

Jervis Inlet

When Captain Vancouver surveyed this area in June of 1792 he did so by a 25 foot rowboat launch and a crew of thirty.  They had left his ship near what is now the US border and had rowed up the coastline, charting along the way.  When Vancouver saw the entrance to Jervis Inlet he was hoping he had found the Northwest Passage.  As exploration of the area began a strong rain and wind came up and they made a run up Jervis Inlet, ignoring Sechelt Inlet entirely.  Finally, after rowing 40 miles (65 km) up the twisting inlet they reached the end and, much to Vancouver’s disappointment, he realized he hadn’t found the Northwest Passage.

Jervis Inlet Mountains

The entrance to the reaches of Jervis Inlet

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