Princess Louisa Inlet is one of those places where seeing truly is believing. Surrounded by rain forest, it’s the home of North America’s highest waterfall – James Bruce Falls, Chatterbox Falls and the hidden Trapper Falls. Through the forest, dozens more waterfalls cascade down the steep inlet slopes making this a lush and abundant ecosystem.
Our first full day in Princess Louisa Inlet was my birthday and it was an amazing way to wake up at the base of Chatterbox. We had rafted up to Wendy and Alan’s boat Blue Fin and had an awesome day planned. Alan was the crack of dawn collecting fresh oysters from a secret stash on shore for fried oysters later.
Tim and I dinghyed ashore for hike while Andy and Demeree explored the shoreline from their sea kayaks.
After our hikes and paddles, we all gathered together for a lazy afternoon. The weather was perfect and we took turns diving into the pristine water. Wendy fried up perfect oysters for an appetizer and we topped off the day with homemade pizzas. Tim brought all the fixings for my favorite-as-a-kid Watergate cake, an incredible treat in the middle of the remote wilderness. We all gathered for candles, champagne and green pistachio deliciousness.
Early next morning, Tim and I hopped into our dinghy and paddled with Alan over to the secret stash of oysters which low tide exposes. We gathered a few more for that night’s dinner. This time it was our turn to do the shucking…
Our next adventure for the day was to hike to the Trappers Cabin, an old cabin from the 1800’s that sits high above the Inlet. The trail was impressively rugged and though it was only a mile, it was almost literally straight up.
We were feeling pretty good about ourselves by the bottom and were tempted by homemade ice cream from Malibu Rapids. It was a several mile dinghy ride, but Andy and Demeree took on the challenge and brought some back in a cooler. It was the perfect treat after a rigourous day.
The next morning it was time to go. Tim and I woke up early and started paddling out the Inlet on the sea kayaks while Andy and Demeree would follow behind several hours later. It was a magical morning of seals, eagles, waterfalls and serenity. We were awestruck by the beauty around us.
We sailed all day on our way back to Smuggler Cove for the night. We got back just in time for yet another spectacular BC sunset.