Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls

Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls
by Nancy Pezel, 23 Feb

After a few sleepless nights worrying about the snowy weather forecast for the day of this trip, 12 of our members were happy to board the Sunshine Coast Tours boat at Saltery Bay under high overcast skies!

As we travelled up Jervis inlet, one of the deepest inlets of the area at 2000 ft, Captain Bryce Christie stopped at a few special waterfalls, rock faces and 2 pictograph sites.  He readily shared his extensive knowledge of First Nations history and legends, geology, forestry, aquaculture and history.  We were able to sit back in comfort, listen and learn, and just take in the beautiful scenery of this rugged inlet, surrounding snow covered mountains, and distant glaciers.

Once we passed by Malibu Camp and through Malibu rapids, we boated up the 5 miles of Princess Louisa Inlet.  This steep sided, narrow fjord carved out by glacial action, has walls of granite rising straight out of the water to heights of more than 8,000 feet.   At Princess Louisa Provincial Park we were able to take a short walk to Chatterbox Falls and enjoy our lunch in the covered area or at the bench with the spectacular view of the falls and inlet, before returning to Saltery Bay.  We were even treated to a few glimpses of sunshine.

A wonderful day enjoyed by all!

Princess Louisa Inlet & Chatterbox Falls

Princess Louisa Inlet & Chatterbox Falls
by Lu Wuthrich, 24 Mar 2018. 

Eleven Naturalists headed up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls.  It was an amazing spring day and the views of the snowcapped peaks, multiple waterfalls and granite cliffs were pretty spectacular.

We meandered up the coast on the Sunshine Coast Tours boat looking at all the falls and pictographs while our tour guide, Cliff, discussed the history of the Inlet, logging practices and First Nations involvement in the area.  There was a great stop at Malibu Camp; we toured the impressive facility in the middle of the stunning wilderness.

The spring run-off had not really started so Chatterbox Falls was not at its fullest flow, but the park was deserted and picturesque.

The tour began with a wonderful display of a pod of white sided dolphins swimming around the boat and ended with a beautiful very low arched rainbow off the stern as we zoomed home after a great day.

Thanks to Cindy Dalcourt for coordinating this!

Princess Louisa Inlet

Princess Louisa Inlet
by Heather Harbord, 29
 September 2016.

Nine out of ten members enjoyed our trip up Princess Louisa Inlet.  The tenth was too sick to come, and the only person on the waiting list was also unable to fill in.  Bryce Christy’s boat, the B-Line, was very comfortable.  Everyone could be inside in the well-heated cabin. John Dafoe identified the sea birds we passed and pointed out geological and other interesting natural history features.

No humpbacks showed but, on the way up, we saw lots of Marbled murrelets, Horned, Red-necked and Western grebes, Steller’s sea lions and Surf scoters.  The highlight, however, was three Pacific White-sided Dolphins chasing something hiding under the boat. Everyone had a good look at them.

Bryce showed us several pictographs and related the stories told to him by the Sechelt elders.  The flush toilets and tour of Malibu Camp were a much appreciated preliminary to the wondrous sight of Chatterbox Falls at the end of Princess Louisa.  Without a snow pack up above, the falls were not in full spate, but were still spectacular.

We were the only boat at the dock when we landed.  After viewing the falls up close from different angles, we ate lunch in the big gazebo and then marveled at the industriousness of what John thought was likely a grizzly bear.  He or she had had a good feed after digging up cow parsnip roots all along the trail beside the shore.

On the way back, we stopped at the spigot of Soda Creek which falls directly into the ocean with much white froth.  There were no goats on the heights likely because they were all sheltering under the trees.  “This kind of drizzle is pretty normal for here,” John told us.  Just as we approached Saltery Bay, three Steller’s sea lions put on a big show of waving their salmon catches above the surface in the manner of Excaliber.

At the end of the trip, John pulled out a basket of pine mushrooms gathered yesterday and gave us all a sample.  A great finish to a fun day in the rain.