Cruising in the Princess Louisa Inlet
The Malibu Club
Princess Louisa Inlet is located near the head of Jervis Inlet off British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. In 1792 George Vancouver, while charting the BC coast in search of the Northwest Passage, explored Jervis Inlet to its end and apparently found the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet but did not enter it as the tide was ebbing through Malibu Rapids at the time.
This unique fjord, almost completely enclosed, is 300 metres deep (1000 feet) and is 8 kilometres (5 miles) long with mile high vertical cliffs rising from the calm waters. Countless waterfalls tumble down the steep slopes during the spring and early summer months. Chaterbox Falls, at the head of the Inlet, cascades over 40 metres (120 feet) throughout the year. Princess Louisa has a charm and scenic beauty that no words can adequately describe. It must be seen and experienced personally but is only accessable by boat. This makes Louisa a great charter destination.
The privilege of enjoying this bit of paradise comes through the generosity and foresight of James F. "Mac" Macdonald who first saw Princess Louisa Inlet in 1919. In 1927 he purchased the land surrounding Chatterbox Falls with his gold mining earnings. Macdonald believed Princess Louisa Inlet should be enjoyed by all and should not belong to one individual, so in 1953 he gave his land to a society incorporated for that purpose, the Princess Louisa International Society. The formation of this society ensured the preservation of this enchantingly beautiful place for all future generations. Since 1964, the Princess Louisa International Society has been partners with BC Parks in the administration and preservation of the Inlet.
In the 30's, Mac witnessed the development of the Malibu camp on the point over-looking Malibu Rapids, at the entrance to his beloved wilderness. Originally intended to draw the wealthy elite, the commercial potential of Princess Louisa Inlet was interrupted by World War II. Fortunately for the Inlet, the Malibu camp property was acquired by Young Life and has been operated as a non-denominational camp for teen-agers since 1954. Yachtsmen are welcome to visit the Malibu camp and learn firsthand the history of this fascinating area.