Travelling 28 miles (45 km) south from Deserted Bay, passing more majestic scenery, brings us back to the ‘intersection’ of Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet and Agamemnon Channel. There are just a couple of stops to see in Agamemnon Channel before returning home to Sechelt Inlet.
Agamemnon Channel is a 9.95 mile (16 km) narrow channel separating Nelson Island from the mainland. At the southern end it opens out into Malaspina Strait which lies between Nelson Island and Texada Island. Because of it’s narrowness Agamemnon is affected by the tides and, while they aren’t a problem for power boats, kayakers may want to check the tide charts before passing through. It is a much easier paddle when going with the tide rather than fighting it.
Earl’s Cove Pictographs
At the northern end of Agamemnon, on the mainland side, is the BC Ferry Terminal at Earl’s Cove. From there you can take a ferry to Powell River, BC. Very near to the ferry terminal are a set of pictographs thought to be the oldest pictographs in all the inlets.
Agamemnon Channel looking south
5 miles (8 km) south of the Earl’s Cove pictographs are another set found in a cave about 15 feet above sea level.
Continuing south out of Agamemnon there are other pictographs to be found in the area as this was a major gathering place for the shíshálh (Sechelt) in the winter months.
Looking back at the photos on these posts I noticed that the water is glassy calm in all of them so a bit of advice for would-be kayakers and canoeists. Sechelt Inlet and offshoots are often calm for paddling but caution must be taken in the Summer months. As the land heats up and the hot air rises, cooler sea air moves in off the ocean. This can create strong westerly winds funnelling through the inlets making paddling hard work. This is particularly true when heading north and trying to cross the mouths of Salmon Inlet and Narrows Inlet. We’ve had some unpleasant times even in our 36′ boat so you don’t want to try it in a kayak. On hot summer days it is advisable to set out early in the morning when it is calm and if the wind picks up, find somewhere to settle. Once the sun starts to set and the land cools the winds will die again leaving time for some evening paddling.
One of the many great things about kayaking in Sechelt Inlet is the up close encounters with the wildlife that live there. We had the opportunity to paddle with these Pacific White-sided Dolphins a couple of times and it was an incredible experience. They spent quite some time with us, diving around and under the kayaks and seemingly having as good a time as we were. For many years seeing dolphins in the Inlet was a rarity but in the last three or four years they have become a regular occurrence with large pods spending a good part of the Summer in the Inlet. Hopefully a sign of increasing fish stocks and healthier water conditions.