BC is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful provinces in the country. It’s chock full of amazing natural wonders and untouched wilderness. While beautiful, these spaces can also have an extremely powerful and somewhat terrifying side that reminds us just how intense nature is. A space that reminds us of that is Tremble Island, an island that literally trembles from the force of the water that surrounds it.
This tiny island is located at the narrow entrance to Seymour Inlet which just so happens to have the fastest tidal surge in the world. This body of water is called the Nakwakto Rapids and is located near Mount Waddington. The current races past the island at speeds of 16-22 knots making it nearly inaccessible for boats. In fact, there is only a three-minute window throughout the day where a boat can safely approach the island. Crazy right?
The most amazing part of this island history though is the story of an early land surveyor who stayed at the island was forced to lie down and shove grass in his ears due to the shaking and noise that the island created. While it’s probably not that loud, it certainly is a testament to how strong nature is and is also a unique time capsule. The island is covered in signs from previous sailors who have visited the island with many signs well over 100 years old. We’re not kidding when we say this island is a sight to see.
Obviously visiting Tremble Island is a “don’t try this at home” sort of deal. You absolutely have to go with professionals and luckily there are ways to do that. The land that the island sits on is of course ancestral First Nations land and you can take tours by both the Gwa’sala and ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations to see the rapids and island.
If this is something that speaks to you we highly recommend that you take a tour. It’s a great way to see the land and also learn directly from First Nations peoples about their land and history. You can learn more about the island here. Stay curious folks!