A Chinook term, Skookum means "strong" and "chuck" refers to water, so combined the term literally means strong or powerful water. It the case of Skookumchuck Narrows it refers to tidal rapids.
To view the rapids you need to walk a 4 km trail from the parking lot.
Near the parking lot is an old truck and a newer sign. Here is my painting of the old truck which I have named "Skookumchuck Truck":
It was a few years ago that we travelled to the park and I photographed this old truck and promised myself I would paint it one day and figure out what the sign meant. The sign the "Green Rosette Bake Shop" apparently points to a bakeshop nearby that has a reputation for making very fine cinnamon buns; it must have been closed when we were there because I love cinnamon and can track down a cinnamon bun from quite a distance!
Here are some photographs that I took and some more information on the park.
"This park was established in 1957. Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park provides trails and viewing areas for visitors who wish to experience the awesome power of incredibly turbulent tidal rapids. On a 3 metre tide, 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlet.
The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other sometimes exceeds 2 metres in height. Current speeds can exceed 30km/hr. The rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.
There are opportunities to view tidal rapids, waterfowl and abundant marine life at various tidal levels. Brown Lake provides further waterfowl viewing opportunities.
Consult with the tide tables for this area to get a schedule of the best viewing times of the rapids."